A self-guided tour is basically a tour without a tour guide. Most people think of museum tours when they hear "self-guided tour". But for a traveler a self-guided tour or digital tour is really a powerful tool. You can go anywhere, see anything, and communicate all logistical needs (buying train tickets in Japanese, exact arrival and departure times for trains and buses and ferries). Our digital tours also include walking maps, historical and cultural information and very detailed walking and A to B instructions. Digital tours are perfect for clients who don't always want to be with a guide but who do want to experience Japan as if they were with a guide. They are also a great way to save money (our DTs are up to 70% less than a guided private tour!).
Half day digital tour (4 hours) anywhere in Japan: US$70 or Yen 7,500 for up to 9pax. Details: 1) For more than 9pax, please add 10% for each extra person; 2) Expenses are NOT included but can be managed by the client to low, medium or high. 3) For comparison, a half day guided tour is Yen 31,000/6pax.
Full day digital tour (8 hours) anywhere in Japan: US$135 or Yen 15,000 for up to 9pax. Details: 1) For more than 9pax, please add 10% for each extra person; 2) Expenses are NOT included but can be managed by the client to low, medium or high. 3) For comparison, a full day guided tour is Yen 45,000/6pax.
The biggest challenge of traveling without a human guide at your side is logistical. You can't make decisions because you can't read Japanese or speak it to get more information. This means that planning is hard and everything becomes impossible for the time you have to travel. In addition to the historical cultural insights that an ideal Digital Tour might include we have added precise train timings and platform / transfer information, bilingual instructions sets (English to Japanese) for buying tickets, confirming things, and general assistance for wi-fi, toilet access, food allergy issues. But that's not all. We also provide time-smart itineraries designed by a Japan travel expert, walking maps, useful images and more.
Our Digital Tours are ideal for travelers who want to be flexible and completely independent and for those who wish to really get off the beaten track. Many of our clients have used this service to travel to exotic areas of Japan for weeks at a time without a guide and staying in places where English is barely spoken. No problem! Just open the PDF attachment on your phone and everything (well almost everything) is right there. My clients frequently use this service to travel by taxi all over Kyoto or Tokyo with non-English speaking drivers. Large groups use our Digital Services to guide hired tour bus drivers through itineraries of their choice. What could a Digital Tour do for your family or group?
Our highly popular digital services (used by almost all of our clients around the world) are all customized to your individual or group needs and designed for good time flow, flexibility, and ease of travel in amazing ways! YJPT Self Guided tours are a great way to see and experience Tokyo or Kyoto on your own, or remote places in Japan.
With these smart, compact PDFs (downloaded to your smartphone), complete with maps, historical and cultural summaries, you can see and do a lot on a flexible tour schedule, and save between 58% and 76% compared with our guided Japan day and city tours. About 30% of our overall business revenue comes from digital tours & services.