Private Local Tours

Don't just hear the pulse of your destination. Feel it's heartbeat.

New to a destination and not 100% sure where to go? Experiencing decision fatigue? Or pressed for time?


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


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, sustainable experiences and want to connect with the destination on a more intimate level.


Our passionate and readily-available Guides will reveal a local's daily life and can answer any questions you have about their home, while designing an unmatched local tour suited towards your interests and passions.


Enjoy your trip in a deeper, more meaningful way by booking a customized tour today.

Our Options.

Half Day Tour

Hoping to meet a local, build a connection and see their world in four-hours? 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 JPY ¥35,000 (~US $300)/PARTY

Six Hour Tour

There are some many dimensions to a destination; its people, the transport, the different districts, the history, culture, food...The list goes on. Enjoy an efficient yet culturally immersive experience with your Guide who will cater to your curiosity and interests .


Starting at JPY ¥50,000 (~US $430)/PARTY

Full Day Tour

There is no better way to get the full experience and insight into your destination than to have the company of a local for the day. As we learn your travel pace and goals, we will carefully match you with a Guide who'll show you the lay of the land, including hidden treasures we'll think you love and their personal favorites.


Starting at JPY ¥70,000 (~US $600)/PARTY

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

Our guides

Our Local Guides are true experts in their fields (think chefs or kimono artists) who have a zest for their craft and enjoys offering insights into their unique worlds.

Currently, most of our Guides are in Japan however we are gradually expanding our community in France, Switzerland, Italy, Korea, Thailand, and Bali!


Number of Guides:


Tokyo - 5

Nagano - 2

Kyoto - 2

Hiroshima - 1

Osaka - 1

Shizuoka - 2

Kumamoto - 2