otomo service is now available in 8 prefectures, with over 200 service plans.
~ Kansai area guide registration has begun in March 2019, and tour reservations will begin from June ~
otomo Inc. (Location: Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo/President: Yuuki Hiratsuka), which operates a private tour service for inbound travelers, will now expand their service to the Kansai area. We offer over 60 private tour plans in Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, and Hyogo.
otomo officially released their service in January 2019, over 400 guides are registered in the Kanto area with over 150 private tour plans. In the Kansai area, the popularity of inbound travelers is high. Osaka prefecture is ranked second for the number of inbound travelers in Japan, and Kyoto prefecture is the 4th largest.*1 In order to expand and improve the service we have decided to expand our service area to Kansai. Kansai area guide registrations have begun from March 2019, and tour reservations will begin from June 2019.
Introduction of distinctive tour plans
We offer original tour plans with themes that meet the diverse needs of travelers. All tour plans are created based on our own field research.
- A plan to discover the castle town and the roots of danjiri matsuri (Kishiwada/5 hours)
- A walking tour to admire the remaining retro architecture in the center of Osaka (Yodoyabashi/4 hours)
- A plan to discover the preparation to tasting of sake, immerse yourself in the city of sake (Fushimi/5.5 hours)
- A plan to visit a shrine worshipping the god of beauty, and rabbits engraved in the shrine. It is a plan recommended for women. (Gion/6 hours)
- A city thriving with expensive goldfish and indigo dye, a plan to discover the city and industry remains from the Edo period (Yamatokoriyama/ 5 hours)
- A plan to trace the reconstruction from the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake (Kobe/6 hours)
Tour Plan Distribution (Over 60 plans in the Kansai area)
About Guide Registration
Any person can register as a guide, regardless of nationality*2, occupation, or qualification, if they are over the age of 18 and have over the required level of foreign language skills. The fee paid to the guide from the traveler can be set freely by the guide within 1,000 yen to 10,000 yen per hour. Guide registration can be done via our website. Identity confirmation documents and an interview must be conducted after the guide registration. As of March 2019, more than 400 people (30% of whom are interpreters) are registered as guides. Guide occupations are diverse, including students, office workers, housewives, retirees, and their ages range from 20 to 60.
Guide registration page: https://otomo-travel.com/guides
otomo is a private tour service to enrich travel experience in Japan. Service is centralised around Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, Kanagawa, Chiba, Saitama, Nara and Hyogo with over 200 tour plans. Tours are conducted in 4 languages, English, Chinese, Cantonese and Korean and we have over 300 registered guides on our platform (as of 2019/02). The traveler requests a tour by selecting their desired plan and tour guide from the otomo website. The guide will receive and respond to the tour request within 24 hours, if accepted the tour is established. The tour fee varies depending on the guide selected, however, does not change according to the number of participants. We also offer a booking method where otomo will choose a guide meeting the tourist’s requirements after the booking has been made.
Tour Reservation Page: https://otomo-travel.com/en
Official Service Release – Over 150 tour plans in the Kanto area (January 22, 2019)
Introduction Program Release – Up to 300,000 yen worth of rewards and bonus for 100 introductions (February 5, 2019)
Comprehensive Insurance Contract with Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance – Provide insurance free to travelers and guides (February 19, 2019)
Company Name: otomo Inc.
Location: Mitomi Building 3F, Hongo 3-13-3, Bunkyo Ward, Tokyo, Japan
Representative: Yuki Hiratsuka (CEO)
Founded: April 2017
Capital Stock: 107,000,000 JPY（including Legal Capital Surplus）
Business: Private tour service for inbound travelers, Design/Consulting business
Registration: Travel Agent License (No.3-7570) registered by Tokyo Metropolitan Government
otomo Inc. (Person in Charge: Kitagawa / Otani)
*1 Survey on consumption trends of foreign nationals visiting Japan from July to September 2018 (Japan Tourism Agency)
*2 Foreign nationals must possess a status of residence in order to be a guide