The JBOS was created in 1996 to introduce guides to help those with sight disabilities make outdoor trips, and volunteer groups in 36 prefectures are among its members.
JBOS uses the Internet for communication among its members, and uses e-mail and bulletin boards to help those trying to find guide helpers.
Misako Kamamoto, 59, a tourism writer and chairman of JBOS, says, ''We are using e-mails to discuss our management because e-mails are convenient and cost nothing.
When I join a JBOS tour, I check information about the places we are going to visit beforehand,'' Miyazono says.
But the Internet lessens these difficulties through JBOS and at the same time has the power to resolve the problem of information shortages.''