Experience authentic local interactions and experiences beyond the scope of any guidebook or Google search.

Don't Just Hear the Pulse of Your Destination.

Get Closer To It's Heartbeat.

Our experienced, handpicked guides reveal a local's daily life, informed by decades, if not a lifetime, of first hand experience. ZI works exclusively with local residents of your destination who can help you uncover the secrets of their homes, exposing you to "hidden treasures" you'd probably never find on your own. Whether you are interested in Tokyo's famous fashion scene or trying your hand at zen archery at a thousand year-old temple, we appeal to those who value authentic, immersive experience and are seeking to connect with the local community on an intimate level.

Full or Half Day Private Tour Guiding - On Foot, By Mass Transportation, By Bicycle or By Car...

Half Day Tour

Enjoy an efficient yet culturally immersive half-day tour with one of our experienced multilingual Guides! Whether you are interested in fashion, gastronomy, art, history or religion, we offer a range of tours that allow you to see the city from the locals eyes while having a portion of your day to get lost and discover the city yourself.

Starting at $100/head

Full Day Tour

There are some many dimensions to Asia; its people, the transport, the different districts, the history, culture and food...The list goes on. ZI works with fantastic, fully licensed Guides who can answer any questions you have about life in their city, while getting you beneath the surface to truly feel the heartbeat of their city.

Starting at $200/head

Private Tour

There is no better way to get that extra insight into your destination than to have the company of a local guide for a specific span of time. Once we carefully pair you with your Guide they will come to your accommodation to take you on a day of sightseeing and immersive experiences. Your Guide will have some recommendations of their own for you, which surely includes some of their personal highlights.


Special Tour Offers.

IN-PERSON: We pride ourselves on the ability to help travelers get to the true heartbeat of a destination versus just scratching the surface.

VIRTUAL: Our special virtual experiences from Asia are not just you average sit-and-watch educational videos you can find on YouTube. Our experienced, handpicked guides reveal a local's daily life, informed by decades, if not a lifetime, of first hand experience, so you can get a glimpse of the authentic culture before physically traveling to your destination.

Takayama Sake Experience-VIRTUAL

With Mika of Japanoism

Through this experience, you will be guided through the history, tradition, and art & science behind sake! In 75-minutes, you'll learn how to select sake, learn its taste and pair it with your favorite cuisine. We will recommend sake you can purchase in your city so you can kanpai with our friends in Takayama!

Become a Ramen Expert in Tokyo-VIRTUAL

With Frank of 5AM Ramen

How many ramen shops are in Tokyo? How do you make perfect ramen eggs? How do you order the house special? During this 75-min experience you’ll get to learn this and a whole lot more. Frank of 5am Ramen will guide you through the ins and outs of Japan’s soul food and even take you through a virtual tour at one of Tokyo’s most famous ramen shops.

Experience Japan in Denver - In-Person

With our Founder, Lauren!

Denver has a historically important and "underground" Japanese American (JA) community that most people don't know about, and you can experience it on this tour by hearing about key historical figures that helped shape it, learning the teachings of Jodo Shinshu Buddhism, and sampling delicious Japanese foods and sweets at a second generation Japanese market.


We love our clients!

ZI will offer you a made to measurement “off the beaten track program” of Tokyo according to your interests and time available. Lauren 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