Reviews

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

Lauren and ZI have provided me with so much information as we head into the 2020 (2021) Games. Thanks!

Robyn Raboutou, Mother, Brooke Raboutou

Lauren grew up in Japan, speaks Japanese, and has a successful travel company. I spent four years in Japan, attending Sophia University and practicing the art of Judo. Tokyo is the city for the 2020 Summer Games, and there is a worldwide interest in visiting for the Games and the country to gain a unique cultural experience, much like I experienced in 1964. If you are contemplating visiting Tokyo for the Games or just want to experience the real Japan, Terry and I would highly recommend that you work with Lauren and ZI to greatly enhance your travel experience, enjoyment of a wonderful city and a beautiful country.

We were introduced to ZI by the United States Olympic Committee to help my whole family (10) people to prepare for our trip to Tokyo. This included airline reservations, transportation to and from the airport and preparation for a variety of side trips that we wanted to take before and after the Olympic games. The most important help that we needed was to obtain appropriate housing for the 10 of us. These apartments were well located and very accessible to the various venues that we would been going to for the different events located all around Tokyo. She negotiated with the landlord and with Air B&B. When Japan decided that foreign guests would not be able to attend the Games, it was necessary for Lauren to assist us to get appropriate refunds which she accomplished expeditiously and in a very satisfactory manner. We were able with Lauren's help to get refunds of almost all of our payments. Lauren also arranged several prospective sidetrips in Japan. We would highly recommend her services for travelers going to Japan in the future.

Martin Blank

Donor

My daughter qualified to compete for our National Team in the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo in August of 2019. I started working with ZI to make travel arrangements to attend the Games and plan a side trip to experience the culture of Japan. When the Games were cancelled to foreign spectators in 2021, Lauren and her team went to bat to procure as much refunds as possible from our flight carrier and hotel, which they accomplished. Plus, they were enjoyable and positive to work with throughout this complex process!

Dave Achterberg, Father, Samantha Achterberg

Lauren grew up in Japan, speaks Japanese, and has a successful travel company. I spent four years in Japan, attending Sophia University and practicing the art of Judo. Tokyo is the city for the 2020 Summer Games, and there is a worldwide interest in visiting for the Games and the country to gain a unique cultural experience, much like I experienced in 1964. If you are contemplating visiting Tokyo for the Games or just want to experience the real Japan, Terry and I would highly recommend that you work with Lauren and ZI to greatly enhance your travel experience, enjoyment of a wonderful city and a beautiful country.

When you visit a new place you want to feel the vibes of the city. You want to find all of the small and hidden gems. You want to meet the local people and hear amazing stories. The best restaurants, bars, views, and experiences. Take my word for it...finding all of those things by yourself is impossible. That is why we use ZI anytime we travel and look forward to working with the team on our first trip to Japan. If you want to spend time with an amazing company and really understand the heartbeat of a destination, call ZI

Adrian Larrea

Co-Founder, Tribucha

As a coach preparing athletes for a shot at Tokyo, I learned so much about Japan, and truly appreciate the work and passion of ZI in preparing even athletes and/or coaches for travel—being well equipped with and understanding of customs and traditions that are deeply rooted in Japanese culture.

Aman Anderson, Head &Coach, Beast Fingers Climbing

Lauren and I first came in contact with each other over a year ago when she reached out to the 1964 athletes with hopes of aiding those of us who might be planning to return to Tokyo for the 2020 Summer Games. I recognized this as a wonderful opportunity for our Diving Team to gather back in Tokyo for a sort of "homecoming" to experience the Games from the other side of the fence as spectators, not competitors. Taking upon myself I contacted our USA team members and the responses I received were encouraging. However, it revealed much information regarding travel, housing and ticket availability was needed. Lauren through her company, ZI, proved to be extremely resourceful. All our questions and concerns were promptly answered and showed Lauren's extensive knowledge as a travel partner. Later, her understanding of the Covid-19 epidemic and in keeping us informed was invaluable. I would highly recommend using Lauren and her company to anyone looking for professional assistance in planning to travel abroad.

Lou Vitucci, 1964 Diver

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