Over 450 Locations! Visit the Tokyo Tourist Information Desk to Upgrade Your Travel Experience

Traveling to a metropolis like Tokyo can easily land you in a situation where you need directions to a tourist landmark or to the nearest currency exchange. Maybe you’re eager to dive into the less-traveled areas of Tokyo, but don’t know where to begin. In cases like these, you can count on the Tokyo Tourist Information Desk! This service provides multilingual support to visitors navigating the Tokyo metropolis through the provision of sightseeing brochures, local insights on Tokyo's best eateries and hidden wonders, and more. Read on to find out more about the Tokyo Tourist Information Desk, along with additional tips that may come in handy when planning your Tokyo adventure.

*This article was sponsored by the Tokyo Convention & Visitors Bureau.

What Is the Tokyo Tourist Information Desk?

The Tokyo Tourist Information Desk offers a treasure trove of local travel information and advice to domestic and overseas travelers. The facilities registered with this service are operated by local municipalities and private businesses and are certified by the city of Tokyo. These visitor-friendly venues include traditional tourist information centers, hotels, restaurants, and sightseeing facilities.

Let’s explore the benefits of visiting these information desks while in Tokyo.

Highlight #1: Over 450 Locations in Tokyo! There’s a Good Chance You’ll Find One Nearby!

You can find the Tokyo Tourist Information Desk at over 450 locations across Tokyo, including its major train stations and popular sightseeing destinations. Get all the travel help you need during your time in Tokyo with ease!

The Tokyo Tourist Information Desk is also available in the Tama area and the Tokyo Islands. The west Tama area of Tokyo encompasses 30 municipalities and over 350 mountains, perfectly blending the beauty of verdant nature and the convenience of city living. The Tokyo Islands are formed by a total of 11 islands blessed with stunning natural landscapes and rich marine resources.

Travelers can discover the unique charms of Tokyo’s various locales with support from the Tokyo Tourist Information Desk.

Highlight #2: Enjoy an Enriched Travel Experience by Engaging with the Local Community!

As mentioned above, the facilities registered to this service are not limited to conventional tourist information centers. You'll find the Tokyo Tourist Information Desk in electronic retailers, department stores, cafes, traditional handicraft shops, and various other shopping and lodging facilities.

This means that you have the opportunity to gain access to exclusive local insights not listed online or in guidebooks, such as the lesser-known spots that locals like to visit or personal recommendations for eateries. If you are revisiting Tokyo and looking for a fresh perspective, these information desks will help you discover new facets of the city.

Highlight #3: Available in Multiple Languages

One of the most frequent challenges international travelers encounter during their stay in Japan is the struggle to communicate with staff at various facilities due to language barriers. 

The Tokyo Tourist Information Desk offers assistance not only in Japanese, but also in English and several other languages! Some locations even offer multilingual travel support services through monitor displays that connect visitors to call centers.

Enjoy a comfortable visit to Tokyo with the multilingual support of the Tokyo Tourist Information Desk.

Highlight #4: Pick Up a Wide Range of Sightseeing Brochures, Absolutely Free!

Some locations offer a variety of travel brochures, including the Tokyo Travel Guide, the city’s official guidebook. These guides are available in nine languages: Japanese, English, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Korean, German, French, Spanish, Italian, and Thai.

The Tokyo Travel Guide is a guidebook packed full of information, including the city’s top landmarks, shopping districts, transportation systems, and tourist maps. The book also offers useful tips such as utilizing the 1-day open ticket on the Tokyo Metro subway, and even introduces the top attractions in Tokyo’s popular sightseeing areas and walking courses if you prefer to tour on foot. It is a comprehensive resource that covers all the major tourist areas of Tokyo, making it the perfect introduction for visitors experiencing the city for the first time.

【View the digital brochure for the Tokyo Travel Guide】

Japanese: https://www.gotokyo.org/book/actibook/2303_tg_JP/HTML5/pc.html#/page/1

English: https://www.gotokyo.org/book/actibook/2303_tg_EN/HTML5/pc.html#/page/1

Other examples of brochures and pamphlets you may stumble across at the Tokyo Tourist Information Desk include localized walking guide maps or introductions to vegetarian or Muslim-friendly facilities and eateries.

【View the digital brochure for the TOKYO MUSLIM Travelers' Guide】

Japanese: https://www.gotokyo.org/book/actibook/2303_muslim_JP/HTML5/pc.html#/page/1

English: https://www.gotokyo.org/book/actibook/2303_muslim_EN/HTML5/pc.html#/page/1

【View the digital brochure for the TOKYO Vegan & Vegetarian Restaurant Guide】

Japanese: https://www.gotokyo.org/book/actibook/2303_vege_JP/HTML5/pc.html#/page/1

English: https://www.gotokyo.org/book/actibook/2303_vege_EN/HTML5/pc.html#/page/1

Despite having so much useful information in them, they're completely free! So, if you see them, do pick them up - they could come in helpful on your Tokyo trip!

Other Services (Only Available at Certain Locations)

Sightseeing Information Terminals

Some locations come equipped with sightseeing information terminals. Available in English, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), and Korean, users can easily search for information on sightseeing destinations, dining options, events happening in town, and more.

Check Out the Official Website for More Valuable Insights!

The official Tokyo Tourist Information Desk website is rich in valuable content for Tokyo visitors! Available in multiple languages (Japanese, English, Simplified and Traditional Chinese, and Korean), the site can be used to search for the nearest Tokyo Tourist Information Desk from your current location. To add to the convenience, users can also search their vicinity for sightseeing destinations, sorted by popular tourist area.

What’s more, the website also helps you locate information desks by the services offered - whether you’re looking for cultural experience workshops, baggage deposits, ticketing and booking arrangements, SIM card rentals, free Wi-Fi spots, or more.

Official website (Japanese): https://tokyotouristinfo.com/
Official website (English): https://tokyotouristinfo.com/en/

Visit the Tokyo Tourist Information Desk for All of Your Travel Needs!

The Tokyo Tourist Information Desk is your helpful assistant in ensuring a safe and comfortable stay in Tokyo. If you are visiting Tokyo, keep an eye out for a sign like the one below, and feel free to drop by to discover what it has to offer.

*Thumbnail credit: PIXTA (*Image for illustration purposes)

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The information in this article is accurate at the time of publication.

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