All hosts on Doot are paid volunteers. They’re not trained tour guides or full-time service providers. They’re regular people with regular day jobs, but want to meet international people to help them enjoy the food of their country and see life from a local’s perspective. Conversations and experiences aren’t scripted or trained for – they’re natural, authentic and casual.
I’m an English speaker but I'm an expat. Can I use Doot as a local host or must I be Italian/Japanese?
You’re welcome to register as a local host, regardless of nationality. If you want to meet new people, know some good food in your area and can help travellers with the language barriers in restaurants, you’re welcome to register as a local.
Experiences become cheaper for each additional person in your group.
The service fees in Japan are:
1 person = $16.99 total
2 people = $26.99 total
3 people = $36.99 total
4 people = $46.99 total
5 (max) people = $59.99
The service fees in Italy are:
1 person = $19.99 total
2 people = $24.99 total
3 people = $29.99 total
4 people = $38.99 total
5 (max) people = $45.50
This is a service fee that includes your local host and a complimentary drink, but excludes meal and drink costs. You decide your own meal and drinks budget at the time of booking, which is added to the price.
Nope! The only expense is the service fee and your food and drinks, all paid upfront. Your local host will handle the bill, including their own expenses.
All meetups must be cancelled 6 hours before the predefined meeting time with the host and Doot. If a meetup is cancelled 6 hours before the meetup, all parties will be refunded the full amount. If the cancellation is made within the 6 hour time frame, there will be no refund
For locals: 日本在住の方:
For both travellers and locals: 訪日観光客、日本在住の方:
We recommend meeting at a train station exit. For example: Namba Station, Exit 4. Use the chat function on Doot to tell each other what you are wearing, so you can find each other easily.
The recommended period of time is one hour per meeting, since this is the usual duration of a meal together. However, if the conversation and food is good, you’re welcome to extend the time if both groups agree!
We advise you to tell your family and friends where you will be meeting, when you’ve arrived and when your meeting is over. Feel free to message your network during the meeting too – safety is never rude. All users are prompted to provide feedback on their meeting partner after their meeting too, so you will be able to find trusted users with a record of good behaviour and etiquette.
Doot gives you the freedom to determine your own meal budget. You can choose the items that sound interesting to you, rather than being locked into the foods that we think you’d like. We collect your meal budget, determined by you, upfront at the time of booking. This is passed on to the local who then handles the total bill, including their own expenses, at the restaurant.