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Private local tours


Enjoy the best sights,

tastes and experiences.

There is no better way to experience Japan than through a trusted local's eyes.


From the elegant simplicity of a Japanese tea room to the detailed process of sake production, see both faces of Japan -- the hyper-modern urban side and the relaxing traditional side -- with one of our many on-the-ground-guides.


ZI works exclusively with local residents who can help you uncover the secrets of their homelands, exposing you to "hidden treasures" you might never find on your own. Whether you are interested in popular or little-known places (or a combo), we appeal to travelers who value authentic, educational experiences and want to connect with the destination and locals on a more intimate level.


As with our other services, our tours are totally private and will offer your party a unique and personalized experience in any Japan destination.

Half-day tour

Experience the city or countryside through an immersive, half day (3-hour) tour with your Guide. This option is recommended for those who want to dive a bit deeper than the travel guidebooks while having a portion of your day back to yourself.


*Starting at USD 400/party

Full-day tour

There are many dimensions to Japan; its people, the transport, the different districts, the history, culture, food...The list goes on. Enjoy am immersive 6-hour experience with your Guide who will cater to your curiosity and interests, while showing you some of their personal favorites.


*Starting at USD 600/party

HAND-PICKED GUIDES

24/7 SUPPORT

EVERY TOUR PRIVATE & CUSTOMIZED

Our process

01

Questionnaire

You've been dreaming of Japan for some time and we want to know, "What excites you? What will make your day?" Please complete client questionnaire to get started.

02

Connect

The next business day we'll reach out to our network and pair you with one of our Guides we think you'll enjoy. Our team will coordinate and arrange all the details.

03

Explore!

Tap into your Guide's local destination knowledge and enjoy the experience!

ZI will offer you a made to measurement “off the beaten track program” of Tokyo according to your interests and time available. Lauren the Founder has loved Tokyo since her childhood and she speaks Japanese which facilitates logistics tremendously. With her enthusiasm, lively personality and down to earth approach, I enjoyed her guidance in helping me discover Tokyo at my own pace.

Willem van der Zee

Founder, Willem & TOO

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