About Ian Ropke--Japan travel expert-- and his work and experiences in tourism . . .
Hello! My name is Ian Ropke (born and raised in Canada) and I created Your Japan Private Tours in 1990. I have been active in the Japanese travel and tourism industry for more than 25 years. In addition to working with a stable of great guides (tour guides are freelancers by definition), I have guided many individuals and groups through Kyoto and Tokyo since 1990. I have also lectured at seminars and for corporate clients on Japanese culture and history. I have done work for Microsoft, Hewlett Packard, Prudential Life Insurance, and the CEOs (and their families) of many international corporations.
I was the editor-in-chief of the Kyoto Visitor's Guide from 1994-2009 and also the editor-in-chief of the Osaka Visitor's Guide from 1993 to 1997. I am also the author of the Historical Dictionary of Kyoto and Osaka. This book is cited in the bibliography section of the Wikipedia entry for Kyoto, Osaka and Japan. The book is still available on Amazon. Finally, I have also designed courses and lectured on global tourism and travel at Ryukoku University from 2008 to 2009 and as a guest speaker in Tokyo and Kyoto on various occasions.
Beyond my expertise as a Japan travel and tourism destination expert, I am also an expert in international tourism and travel and the founder of tripGaea Inc. (a Delaware corporation).
Let me help you and your family or your company to save time in planning your next trip to Japan.
Note: More than 25% of my business involves digital guidance services and products. Digitally guided tours and digital guidance are a great way to save time and money. For a free example of a Digitally Guided Tour email me today!