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 growing travel startup . . .
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!
Our highly popular (with all our clients) self guided tours are all customized to your individual or group needs and designed for good time flow, flexibility, and ease of travel in amazing ways! YJPT Self Guided tours are a great way to see and experience Tokyo or Kyoto on your own, or remote places in Japan. With these smart, compact PDFs (downloaded to your smartphone), complete with maps, historical and cultural summaries, you can see and do a lot on a flexible tour schedule, and save between 58% and 76% compared with our guided Japan day and city tours.
For really great value consider our five to seven, 7-10, 10-14 day tour packages anywhere in Japan for your 2017 or 2018 holiday, vacation or business trip. These smart packages combine guided tour days and self guided day tours in three styles: Basic, Premium, and First Class. All our Premium and First Class packages are totally flexible and include free restaurant reservations. These Japan holiday packages are personalized and well planned by a Japan travel expert. Every package includes friendly licensed bilingual guides (a great way to learn about trains and subways) and detailed digital (PDF format) guidance for buying train tickets, exact train schedules, bilingual taxi instructions, walking maps and free tips and extras.
Tokyo Private Tours: Most popular YJPT Tokyo highlight tours and other custom one day tours in Tokyo. Day Trips & Tours from Tokyo: Custom day tours to Mount Fuji | Lake Kawaguchi | Hakone, Kamakura and Nikko. Let us know how we can get your trip started today!
Kyoto Private Tours: Top YJPT Kyoto highlight tours and other unique one day adventures in Kyoto. Day Trips & Tours from Kyoto: Custom day trips from Kyoto include the older Imperial capital of Nara, Shiga and the Miho Museum, Himeji | Kurashiki, the Tango Penninsula, and Hiroshima. Let us know how you would like to do Kyoto today!
Osaka Private Tours: Our Osaka private tours are a great way to learn about Osaka's unique culture, famous for food and bright color fun day and night. Day Trips & Tours from Osaka: There are so many places an hour from Osaka including Nara, Kyoto, Kobe, Himeji | Kurashiki. All of these custom day trips or tours can be part of your Osaka vacation or trip. Let us know how we can help today!
Other Destinations in Japan: We offer private guided tours anywhere in Japan and off the beaten track tours of Japan are one of our specialties. All our tours can be tailored to your specific interests. Please inquire.
Tours are subject to guide availability (especially in April, August and November). Booking earlier than later is always recommended (our cancellation policy is very clear). Payment by wire transfer and | or cash depending on each client’s situation.