Travel on an once in a lifetime opportunity to explore Asia while tourist numbers are a fraction of the normal level.

In-Depth Explorations of Far-Flung Destinations

Diving in Bali. Tuk tuking in Thailand. Shredding pow in Japan...

Since the beginning ZI has forged lasting, one-on-one relationships with locals in Asia and developed a robust tour-operator-support network. Our first ever group tour was in 2018 where we led 25 U.S.-Japan professionals on an Olympic-themed tour through Tokyo. Now, we are excited to be expanding our range and offering seasonal group trips to Asia.

Each trip is accompanied by a Tour Director or Resident Local who has either visited the destination we visit multiple times or has lived there for decades. Whether you are looking for them to accompany you along the way, or simply meet you one day, they'll share their unique understanding of daily life as well as the destination's culture, history, cuisine and unique experiences you can tap into.

The result? A journey that consciously and responsibly connects you to the local moments you're seeking.

Enjoy Unmatched Hyperlocal Access Each Season.


Japan during the spring for sakura, aka “cherry blossoms,” is the perfect time to be in the country. Each March-April we coordinate a group trip to Tokyo, Takayama, Kanazawa and Kyoto to experience and take in the different shades, hues and colors of sakura. We consistently monitor the official Cherry Blossom Forecast across the country and communicate with our local Guides to ensure we are in the prime spots for your enjoyment.


Longer days and the urge to vacate takes us to Southeast Asia on a voyage of discovery, soaking up culture, history and revelling in the flavors of the region. From golden temples, soft white beaches and bright blue skies, to tantalizing seafood and a host of shopping spots, our journey from Thailand down to the Malay Peninsula is sure to relax and delight you.


Travelers on our autumn trips to Japan can expect comfortable weather and striking autumn scenery. Enjoy the season of harvest, where many autumn festivals are held throughout Japan to give thanks or to honor their temple or shrine's deity, stunning fall foliage, refreshing onsens (Japanese hot springs), and delectable seasonable food.


Thanks in part to super cold winds that blow across Siberia and pick up moisture over the Sea of Japan, Japan receives copious amounts of snowfall each season. With its growing infrastructure, remote resorts and ski culture, it has become a top ski and snowboard destination for winter sport enthusiasts around the world. Each February we facilitate various group trips (from beginner to advanced) that infuse unique cultural experiences, from enjoying delicacies at a local izakaya to dipping into a Japanese onsen at the end of a long day.

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A Small Group Size Makes a Big Difference.

We believe a small group size can make a big difference, hence why we keep our seasonable journeys intimate and no larger than 12 people. This opens up a world of insider access opportunities that are unavailable to larger parties, and enables deep interactions and moments with your Tour Director and fellow travelers.

Custom Journeys.

Most of our group journeys can be made private and customizable to you and your party. Whether you are interested in being led by one of our Tour Directors or doing the trip with just your party, we offer our insights and expertise to help coordinate experiences that satisfy different budgets and preferences. Add to your itinerary with an extension, whether a ready-to-book cultural experience or a custom private extension through our insider network.

We love our clients!

This team surrounds you in a bubble of safe, hyperlocal awesomeness no matter where you are on the globe. Lauren, the owner, is a warm, approachable, down to earth adventurer who adjusts her travel rhythms to those around her. She moves at your pace. Her attention to detail is quite something. I’ve never felt more comfortable when traveling domestically or internationally.

Austin Macfarlane

Founder & CEO, My Girl Friday

Special Promos & Offers!

We are always rolling out special travel offerings and ways for you to bring Asia to your home! Please check our Special Offerings page for some exclusive travel deals and experiences.

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