Answers & travel advice from an expert for Japan guided or digital tours & travel

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Dragonfly doorway noren textile closeup and noren are featured in our private tours in spring and summerPlanning international trips is a time-intensive process and getting it right depends, in the end, on what you know and who you know. Your Japan Private Tours (YJPT) founder and owner, Ian Ropke, has been providing high-level Japan travel consulting services to individuals, families, groups and companies since 1990. Everyone is special at YJPT and we look forward to advising and helping you plan a great itinerary for your trip and connecting you with friendly reliable English speaking guides anywhere in Japan. We work with English as a second language speakers from anywhere in the world.

YJPT Founder & Owner Ian Ropke has worked in the Japan private travel industry for nearly 30 years

Ian Ropke (Canadian) has worked in the Japan private travel industry for more than 25 years and is also an expert in global tourism including community tourism. He served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Kyoto Visitor's Guide from 1994 to 2009 and is the author of Historical Dictionary of Osaka and Kyoto (available on Amazon). Get your trip started today! Email us today!

For really good trip planning information in English, I highly recommend Japan Guide and Japan Visitor which both offer an excellent overview and practical travel advice for anywhere in Japan.

Thank you for taking the time to read this little overview. When you are ready let me know how I can make your trip to Japan interesting, fun and relaxing from start to finish. The more you tell me about your preferences and interests the better the design.