Discover Japan with locals

Japan Local Buddy is the most casual free guide service in the world. Let's explore with locals!

BEST FREE GUIDE SERVICE EVER

Make local friends, and explore with them 
We want you to enjoy your trip in Japan

JLB is a service that connects travelers with local Japanese.

How it works

Just below 4 steps, no big deals.

Request a guide on the Web site

GET STARTED

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Contact in advance with Messenger

Meet up and enjoy the day!
have fun!

TOUR EXAMPLE

Exprore Narita Area 
(Niarby Narita-Airport)

Naritasan Shinshoji Temple and Omotesando are popular tourist attractions that can be reached by train from Narita International Airport in about 10 minutes. Go for a walk slowly at Naritasan where you can enjoy the temple and retro streets and gourmet!

Trying to wear Kimono

Eel is famouse fish as specialty since long year ago. 

Eating Unagi

Eel is famouse fish as specialty since long year ago.

Visit to Narita yama

Naritasan Temple beyond the millennium’s history seems to visit 

Buy local surveniores

Certain things are peanuts, pickles and sheepskins etc!

TOUR EXAMPLE

Make your Okonomiyaki

Okonomiyaki is a Japanese-style pancake made from egg, flour and cabbage with lots of toppings. We eat it with sweet and savory sauce similar to Worcestershire sauce. We have two styles of Japanese pancake such as Osaka style and Hiroshima style.

Cooking step.1

First, shred the cabbage, and put all the ingredient except meat into a bowl. Then, mix them well.

Cooking step.2

Put some oil onto a frying pan, and cook the meat. Put the mixed batter on the meat. Cook for 3-5 min. (You can put a lid.)

Cooking step.3

Flip and cook another few minutes, just same as you make a pancake.

Cooking step.4

Put the Okonomiyaki on the plate, and add toppings. Finished!

Guide Report & Story

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What we’re great at

FREE GUIDE

This is completely free and you don’t need to pay tips. All you have to do is pay for your own transportation fee and other expenses.

EVERY WHERE IN JAPAN

JLB has been expanded to all of Japan. Do you feel nervous to go to places where are new to you? Don’t worry!  There are always our local guides.

ALONG YOUR REQUESTS

We’ll make a tour course containing  places you want to visit in Japan. It means that you don’t need to waste your time during your stay.

CONTACT ON FACEBOOK

You can take our services easily via Facebook. Since JLB guides have Facebook accounts, you’re able to communicate with us.

Founder’s Story

The reason why
I founded
Japan Local Buddy.

There were so many complete strangers who helped me. Whenever they helped me, my impressions of the country and the locale improved. While in the midst of my travels, I began to think, “After I return to Japan I want to do something that can assist foreign tourists. Although I cannot directly repay all the people who helped me in my travels, I can still express this feeling of gratitude by extending hospitality to people when they visit Japan.

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