Guide Information

Kirishima Geoguide - Rules for Guiding

(Purpose)Article 1: These rules are to define the activities of guides of the Kirishima Geoguide Network, appropriate deployment of guides ensuring the safety of users, a system of cooperation for activities regarding the protection of nature and safety measures for users, fees, etc.
(Explanation for users)Article 2: Geoguides are to explain the following to users before beginning a tour.
(1) Cautions for use
Cautions for using Kirishima (national park rules, no treading on wetlands, pack out all garbage, etc.)
(2) Other (course, main guided contents, etc.)
(Area of use)Article 3: As a general rule, geoguides are to act as guides for the following areas.
(1) Foothill areas - Guides are to use public, maintained roads and nature observation paths only, and are not to trespass on private lands.
(2) Mountain areas - As a general rule, guides are to use trails and paths that are maintained. However, this does not apply during emergencies.
(3) Other - Regions considered to require guidance
(Appropriate deployment of guides [guide ratio])Article 4: Geoguides are to be deployed appropriately according to the following.
(1) Foothill areas
As a general rule, one guide may lead up to fifteen people. (1:15)
However, this does not apply when other attendants are present.
(2) Mountain areas
As a general rule, one guide may lead up to ten people. (1:10)
However, this does not apply when other attendants are present.
(Mountain-climbing registration form)Article 5: When guiding in the mountains, guides must submit a mountain-climbing registration form to the visitor center or post at the trailhead.
(Safety of participants and consideration for nature)Article 6: Geoguides are to take heed of the following to ensure the safety of participants and consideration of nature.
(1) When guiding, guides must stick to the determined path to ensure the safety of participants and protect the trail and vegetation.
(2) When guiding in the mountains, a portable toilet must be carried.
(Avoiding danger / dealing with accidents)Article 7: In order to handle accidents, geoguides must comply with the following.
(1) Be enrolled individually in accident and liability insurance.
(2) Contact the police/fire department immediately in the event of an accident.
(Guide fees, etc.)Article 8: Guide fees are defined by the following.
(1) Fees for each guided course must be made public. Furthermore, additional fees must also be made public and should be explained to participants before beginning to guide. Fees that do not apply to the guided course shall be defined separately.
(2) Guide fees shall be collected by the individual and a receipt is to be issued.
(Private information)Article 9: Personal information that is obtained through geoguide activities is not to be shared with others.
(Contributing to the beautification of Kirishima and the protection of nature)Article 10: In order to promote the beautification of Kirishima and the protection of nature, geoguides are to cooperate with the following.
(1) Cleanup activities
(2) Protection of nature
(3) Other activities deemed appropriate for the beautification and protection of nature
(Items a leader should carry)Article 11: As a general rule, the leader of a mountain climbing group should carry the following. However, this is flexible depending upon weather, season, and course conditions. Furthermore, guides should take care to always wear clothes appropriate of a guide.
(1) Extra drinking water
(2) Emergency food
(3) Emergency clothing, etc.
(4) Equipment
(5) Emergency supplies
(6) Other
(Other)Article 12: Matters other than those defined in these rules that are deemed necessary are to be defined separately by the chairman.

Additional Rules
These rules are effective from March 24, 2013.

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