Japan travel is back! Starting 11 October, Japan is allowing short-term visitors to enter without a visa. Learn more here.
Not a big planner? Then joining one of our hand-crafted signature journeys to Japan is the right option for you.
Our seasonal pre-arranged trips offer our clients a special way to see a side of the country that most tourists do not consider. Plus, each trip is thoughtfully designed to provide you with the finest experience, all of which offer the same great benefits: the leadership of a knowledgeable Trip Director, who helps guide the journey from start to finish; unparalleled insider-access experiences, courtesy of our 20+ years in Japan; and the support of our extensive and hyperlocal networks.
Once a quarter our team comes together to brainstorm, design and build an exclusive, one-of-a-kind itinerary focused on a particular region of Japan or around a specific "theme." We then extend invitations to these trips to a handful of clients and travelers who identify with our mission and values.
Discover Japan's best sights, tastes and experiences while getting the inside track on the country's multi-faceted and layered culture. Each of our Tour Directors has first hand experience living and/or traveling in Japan.
From arriving at the shinkansen platform right on time to squeezing into an exclusive 10-person only restaurant, we coordinate all logistics with our exclusive partners & suppliers to ensure an efficient, smooth journey for our party.
From distinguished international and Japanese hotels to charming ryokans, our exclusive selection of properties are personally visited and chosen, ensuring the very best Japanese omotenashi (hospitality) during our journey. We also introduce you to both traditional modern dining experiences through world-class chefs and restaurant owners, allowing you to discover the rich and varied nature of Japanese cuisine.
Japanese culture offers a big treat for one's imagination which is why our team is passionate about identifying novel, highly-sought-after cultural encounters. Whether its spending the day at a samurai residence or learning about modern architectural masterpieces while walking the streets of Tokyo, we provide unique opportunities to indulge your interests in the true context of Japan.
For us, it is not just about the places you visit -- it's how you experience them and leave a positive, lasting impact on the community. While it's up to each one of us to be responsible travelers, ZI makes it easier by integrating sustainable travel fundamentals into each and every one of our seasonal trips. Throughout our journey we give you the tips and tricks to mindfully invest your travel dollars in local businesses, leave a lighter footprint, and show respect and cultural sensitivity for the Japanese way-of-life.
Calling all powder hounds! The last two seasons in Japan have seen their highest snowfall totals in a decade, and the 2022-23 ski season is set out to be an epic one. Come before the crowds in December, or a bit later in March to melt into the powder snow without the crowds.
Spring sakura trip
Many Japanese people regard haru (spring) as their favorite season, and with good reason! The temperate climate emerges and beautiful cherry blossoms emerge across the country. Join us on two-week, women's-only trip to celebrate this special season.