Frequently Asked Questions //よくあるご質問

For travellers / 訪日観光客:

What is a local host?

All hosts on Doot are regular people like you. They’re not trained tour guides or full-time service providers. They have 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. 

Am I required to pay for the local’s meal?

Nope! The only expense is your own food and drinks. Your host pays for their own food and drink expenses.

For locals: 日本在住の方:



For both travellers and locals: 訪日観光客、日本在住の方:

Where should we meet on the day of our meeting?

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.

How long are the meetings meant to last?

The typical period of time is one hour per meeting, since this is the usual duration of a meal together. However, it’s a free country, so you can do as you like.



Is there any advice for how to behave or how I can be a better meeting partner?

Check out our behavior guide and code of conduct. There is a whole section dedicated to behaviour and meeting preparation for both locals and travellers.



I am worried about meeting people safely. What should I do?

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.