Customized private tours & self-guided tours in English Chinese Spanish in Tokyo, Hakone, Kamakura, Kyoto, Nara, Takayama, Mount Fuji, Hokkaido
Ian Ropke, YJPT's Canadian founder and owner, is a Japan travel expert and is responsible for designing all itineraries for client pre-approval.
Japan's considerable international communication issues and cultural barriers make travel planning a challenge if you do not speak Japanese. Our customized private tours, self-guided tours and travel services save you time and frustrations of all kinds at competitive prices.
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Tokyo (Hakone, Kamakura, Mount Fuji) private tours and self-guided tours in English, Chinese and Spanish
Our personalized itineraries include Tokyo's finest attractions: from the very traditional to the supremely modern; guided tours available in English Chinese and Spanish. Beyond the world's biggest fish market and the forest of high buildings where Godzilla lurks from dusk to dawn, lie the fascinations of the Japanese countryside. Kamakura is highly recommended for the origins of Zen culture/bicycling/walking serious to casual strolling; Hakone is the best for viewing Mount Fuji combined with world-class museums and onsen hot spring bathing (the Lake Kawaguchiko area is pretty ugly and full of outlet shopping and fast food; much better if you use a car/driver but still Hakone is the best); and the rugged Izu Peninsula for old villages and luxurious hot spring resorts. Or you could spend the night on a sacred mountain, less than 2 hours from Tokyo, immersed in Shinto rituals. Looking for a truly traditional setting to experience Japanese tea ceremony? We know just the place!
Kyoto private tours and self-guided tours in English Chinese and Spanish
Our private and self-guided tours of Kyoto offer the visitor some of the most exotic scenes in the world. This is especially true if you like to get off the beaten track. We do! Kyoto receives nearly 52 million visitors each year (97% Japanese) and the city can be extremely crowded in high season. We take this into account and try to design our itineraries to avoid congestion where ever possible. In general, our most popular Kyoto private tours and self-guided tour (full and half day) feature well-known sights and, wherever possible, a rich texture of backstreet, off-the-beaten track scenes (many of which you will not find in guide books). Similar tours of Nara are also available. Popular Kyoto tour itinerary examples. Let us know how we can make your time in the Old Capital of Japan perfect from start to finish!
For Kyoto planning, staying, eating and shopping options, visit the Kyoto Visitor's Guide. The founder and owner of this site, Ian Ropke, was the Editor-in-Chief of the Kyoto Visitors Guide (1994-2009) and the Osaka Visitors Guide (1993-1996) . . .
Nara private tours in English Chinese Spanish and self-guided tours
Our Nara private tours in English Chinese and Spanish and our self-guided tours to Nara are focused on two main areas (ideal for a day trip from Kyoto; can be a 9-10 hour day but 8 is quite easy): Horyu-ji Temple for the wonders of the world's oldest wooden buildings (built almost 1,500 years ago!) and Nara Park. In Nara Park you will see Todai-ji Temple and its immense bronze Buddha, Kasuga Grand Shrine (best near sun set) while strolling past a number of fairy tale scenes from the amazing Nara period (694-794). If you go to Kyoto, then you should plan on seeing the timeless attractions of Nara as a day trip. Nara is about 30-40 min. by train from JR Kyoto Station. Driving to Nara in a hired car is not recommended as it can take much much longer than the train to arrive.
Hiroshima, Miyajima private tours and self-guided tours in English Chinese Spanish
Our Hiroshima private tours in English Chinese and Spanish, and self-guided tours of Hiroshima focus on the tragic end of WWII (The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum is superb!) and the serene world surrounding Itsukushima Shrine, a World Heritage site, on the nearby island of Miyajima. Both can be combined into a single day as a day trip from Kyoto. Hiroshima is roughly 2 hours from Kyoto on the bullet train, so it is possible to see the Peace Park and Miyajima and return to Kyoto on the same day.
To read The Mad Traveler, Kevin Revolinsky, interview Ian on tour in Kyoto in July 2011 follow this link. Kevin is an accomplished travel writer with 15 books listed on Amazon and he continues to ply the world for travel gems year round. Search for him on Amazon or visit his website: TheMadTraveler.com . . . Thank you!!! Kevin . . .
A selection of Kyoto-related blog entries by Ian Ropke, written for the Deep Kyoto blog site, can be found here.
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