Become a Withlocals Guide in Kyoto
Earn by sharing your passion for Kyoto with travelers
This is Withlocals
We give you the tools to succeed as a local guide
Withlocals is a free-to-join platform that empowers locals like you to earn money hosting private experiences that show the real side of their city away from mass commercial tourism.
We make your dream a (paid) reality
Become a Withlocals host and receive a fair payment per booking so you can make money by sharing your passion.
We give you the right tools
At Withlocals, you get all the tools you need to manage your hosting schedule in a way that works best for you.
We have the experiences people love
With your expertise and passion, plus our successful Withlocals Originals tours, you are set for a good start as a Withlocals local host.
We help you take part in responsible tourism
Bring benefits to your community and lead tours in a way that respects the environment and those around it.
We want to make you shine!
To increase your opportunities and boost your career as a Withlocals host, we’ll do all the marketing for you and promote our tours in major online travel agencies.
Empowering hosts globally
Be part of a global community of passionate local hosts
As a Withlocals host, you instantly become part of our community. Learn from other local hosts across the globe, meet like-minded people, and get the support you need to keep improving in your career as a local host.
Start hosting right away by joining our Withlocals Originals tours!
Are you a foodie, a history lover, or an art enthusiast? Our carefully crafted Withlocals Originals tours are ready for you to spice up with your expertise & unique personality.
For hosts of all experience levels
Whether you are an expert in the field or starting your career as a local guide - the Withlocals Originals Tours are fit for rookies as well as professional guides!
A tour category for every interest
From food and history tours to day trips, there's a tour that fits your interests & knowledge - pick the one(s) that fits you best!
Our Withlocals Originals Tours are proven tour concepts designed based on years of collecting traveler’s insights and proven records of guests’ satisfaction
Some of our most loved tours in Kyoto
- food tours
The 10 Tastings of Kyoto: Street Food(173) | €67.39 per guestArea: KyotoDuration: 2 hours
- city highlight tours
City Kickstart Tour: Kyoto(206) | €25.55 per guestArea: KyotoDuration: 1.5 hours
- day trips
City Escape: Day Trip Arashiyama & Bamboo Grove(153) | €153.32 per guestArea: KyotoDuration: 6 hours
One stop solution
One platform to rule it all
Manage your earnings, schedule, and receive bookings from the biggest tour providers - all on the Withlocals host platform
Be in charge of your own schedule
Choose when you are available to host with an easy to use host agenda
More opportunities from partner platforms
As a Withlocals host, you'll also be promoted on & get bookings from major online travel agencies
Grow your skills along the way
Access learning content created together with our most experienced hosts
A proactive community
Be part of a growing community of hosts from around the world and connect over social media groups, virtual events or in person.
Adopt responsible tourism practices
Work alongside UN development goals towards a brighter future in tourism with people and planet in mind.
Your brand and online presence
You are in control of your host profile and can edit it whenever you like to reflect who you truly are!
Join the community!
Want to host experiences in Kyoto?
Read all about how to become a host & apply straight away!Apply now
You can count on us - we are here to help!
What do I need to become a local host?
To qualify to be a Withlocals host, we expect you to know your city like the back of your hand and to love your city to the core. You should also have a good level of English to host international guests, and of course, enough availability to host the tours regularly.
How do I receive bookings?
As a member of the Withlocals host platform, your bookings will come in directly in your account, where they can be easily accessed and managed. You’ll get an overview of any incoming requests, future bookings, as well as a list of previous tours you have hosted, all in one place.
How much will I earn as a Withlocals host?
How much you earn will depend on the number of bookings you receive. This goes hand in hand with the number and type of experience you want to host and your availability. We believe in giving fair pay to all. The pricing of each experience takes into account a fair hosting fee for you and the local prices of inclusions such as food, transportation, or entrance tickets. From the total price the guest pays for an experience, Withlocals takes a 32% fee before sending the payment to you.
How do I receive payments?
The moment you are accepted to be a host, you'll be asked to create a profile. There, you can let us know the best way to receive your payments (we offer bank transfer payments and in some destinations, also PayPal.)
Can I add my own tours & experiences to the Withlocals platform?
Currently, new hosts can only host Withlocals Originals (WLO) experiences, and we are not accepting other types of experiences. Our Withlocals Originals tours are carefully crafted experiences created to meet our guests' needs. We know that well because WLO were designed based on years of collecting travelers' insights and proven records of guests' satisfaction. They are experiences offered by multiple hosts, with a general framework that provides great flexibility to you as a host regarding the route you want to take and the stories you want to share, letting you make the experience your own.
What if I can't find my city on the list?
We are sorry to say that if your city is not on the list, it's not in our current portfolio yet. But, keep an eye out! We are expanding fast, and who knows, your city might be next on our list! But, until then, share your email to get notified once we start recruiting hosts in your city. You can do so by choosing your city -> notify me later -> send your contact details.