A fine view of Kyoto city from the stage of Kiyomizu-dera temple
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Tour Guide Legal requirements
In Japan, "Tour Guides" are regulated according to the "Guide-Interpreter Business Law", which was put into effect in 1949, and revised in 2008.
Article 1 says that the law encourages a guide-interpreter business to grow soundly, and contributes for a tour guide to improve his/her guiding service.
Article 3 says anyone who wants to be a guide has to pass the examination given by Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transportation and Tourism, and acquire a license issued by a prefectural government.
Persons doing business without a license may be fined up to 500,000JPY.
Furthermore details about"The Guide-Interpreter Business Law"