Welcome to the Kumamoto SGG Club!

Our Systematized Goodwill Guide Club, established in 1998, is a volunteer group offering guide services in Kumamoto City and its surrounding areas to visitors from overseas. We have 40 members who can guide in English, Chinese, or Korean. SGG groups are registered with JNTO (Japan National Tourism Organization).

Kumamoto suffered severe damage from the Kumamoto Earthquakes in April 2016. Tremendous efforts have been made to restore the stricken areas, but there is still a long way to go till completion. It is a great chance to see the restoration process for yourself, as well as to learn about the rich history and enjoy the beautiful natural scenery of Kumamoto.

Our services are as follows:

Operating hours: 9:00a.m. ~ 5:00p.m.
Closed: Dec.29 ~ Jan.3
Available operating hours: a maximum of 2~3 hours per guided tour. ※Please contact us for long periods of time, including lunch.
Cost: You are required to pay 2,000 yen (2,200 yen from April 1st,2024) to the guide to cover the transportation expenses from/to their home and your meeting point. Additionally, you are required to bear the following expenses for the guide during the guided tour if necessary: transportation (bus, tram, taxi) fares, admission fees and meals.
Application: At the latest, 3 days prior to the intended sightseeing date.

We can arrange a sightseeing tour at your request. If you would like to use our SGG Club services, please contact us by submitting the website application form in advance.

Kumamoto Castle

Main tower of Kumamoto Castle (Kumamoto castle is an impregnable fortress with unique architectural features that is known as one of the most famous castles in Japan.)

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