Welcome to Nara SGG Club ! A volunteer group to assist international visitors to Nara
On March 13, 1983, some thirty people gathered in a public hall in Nara City to start a local volunteer guide group for English-speaking visitors. This was in accordance with an appeal to do so by the ministerial bureau in charge of tourism (current Japan National Tourism Organization, JNTO). Since then, we have been nurtured through the efforts of all members and ceaseless aid from both the central and the regional governments and grew to our present quality and size.
Our first priority is to provide non-Japanese visitors with substantial
assistance at the information counters in Nara. And we do much more. Accompanying
people as volunteer guides and as interpreters, translating Japanese articles
into English so that foreign residents can live healthier and more comfortable
lives in Nara City, and giving concise explanations to foreign visitors at fixed touristic spots to promote Nara tourism are some
examples of our outward activities.
Our mindset can be best explained with three D words: Determination, Diligence,
and Decency. A fourth can be found in the question, “How should we further
develop? With this question always in mind, our each and every member will
continue to strive for a better mutual understanding with people from all
corners of the world.
Name: Nara SGG Club (Nara Systematized Good Will Guide Club)
Established: March 1983
President: Hisayo Ohnishi
Number of Members :122 (as of April 1, 2021)
Office: c/o Nara City Tourist Center
(23-4 Kamisanjo-cho, Nara City 630-8228)