This article showcases our top picks for the best Japan based Travel companies. These startups and companies are taking a variety of approaches to innovating the Travel industry, but are all exceptional startups and companies well worth a follow.
We tried to pick companies across the size spectrum from cutting edge startups to established brands.
We selected these startups for exceptional performance in one of these categories:
- Innovative ideas
- Innovative route to market
- Innovative product
- Exceptional growth
- Exceptional growth strategy
- Societal impact
Top Japan Travel Companies
KitchHike is an online service that connects cooks and hikers in kitchens all over the world. KitchHike allows its users to eat local by connecting them to real people, who will invite them into their homes.
Its users have the ability to open up their kitchens and cook casual dishes for travelers who want to eat local.. .
Rakuten is a tech company that offers electronic commerce solutions in Japan and internationally. The company operates in three segments such as internet services, finance services, and others.
The internet services segment comprises businesses running various e-commerce sites, including Rakuten Ichiba, an internet shopping mall; travel booking sites; portal sites; and e-book businesses as well as businesses for advertising and sale of contents and similar on these sites. Its offerings include e-reading, online travel reservations, online auctions, online marketing, online golf course reservations, portal sites, search engines, integrated internet marketing, online recipe posting and browsing, student recruiting community, online purchase of discount coupons, online shopping, and video on demand services.
It is involved in the online sale of books, CDs, and DVDs. The internet finance segment is engaged in providing services related to banking and securities, credit cards, life insurance, and electronic money.
This segment provides credit card payment, internet banking, online brokerage, online comprehensive insurance, and face-to-face and online life insurance services as well as credit card transactions on smartphones and tablets. The other segments are involved in the provision of communications services such as next-generation LTE-compatible mobile data communication, telecommunications, internet connection and corporate mobile phone services, and management of a professional baseball team.
The company was formerly known as MDM, Inc. and changed its name to Rakuten, Inc.
in June 1999. Rakuten, Inc.
All Nippon Airways is a domestic and international airline carrier that offers its users with an online system to book their flights. All Nippon Airways allows its users to manage reservations and purchase tickets, check seat availability, and get receipts or certificates for boarding.
It offers its users with pre-travel information such as basic check-in information, SKiP services, baggage information, customer support, transit information, and airport information. Individuals can also check for their flight statuses and they can get premium membership services that comprises of various benefits, gifts, and reservation priority if they frequently travel with the carrier.
The airline hubs of the carriers are Haneda Airport and Narita Airport and it travels to 89 destinations around the world. All Nippon Airways is headquartered in Japan.
The company was founded in 1952.. .
Tokyo-based Bespoke Inc. is a leading developer of Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology dedicated to multilingual guest services through easy access to information, local recommendations, and solutions.
Its products include Bebot, the internationally-popular AI concierge. Bespoke Inc.
has developed AI technology for well-established clients serving users from over 100 countries, such as Holiday Inn, Sofitel Hotels & Resorts, Narita International Airport.. .
Space Market is a service that can easily lend and borrow from conference rooms to uninhabited islands.
atta (formerlyWithTravel) is an accommodation metasearch service that recommends hundreds of hotels, apartments, and vacation rentals for your next holiday. We cover hotels and apartments in most holiday destination under one-site.
Just search by entering your destination, dates, and number of guests. Sort your search results by price range, type of accommodations, or amenities.
WithTravel App is currently available in English, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Thai, Malay, Indonesian, and Vietnamese. We cover major cities in Japan at the moment and will keep populating more accommodations for your discovery..
Tripla provides IT services for various industries such as hotels, railways, travel-related, restaurants, real estate, and apparel. It is one of the fastest-growing startups in Japan that aims to provide a platform where any tourists can make any reservations they want to make in their language through any chat and voice platforms.
It provides the service to hundreds of customers like hotels, rent- a- car companies, transportation companies that provide services to tourists. Tripla chatbot, a BPO service that solves daily inquiry cost reduction and multilingual support at once, has been well received by customers due to its learning AI and double support from operators who are familiar with the industry.
Also, the new hotel reservation engine equipped with the OTA price comparison of each company and the automatic best rate adjustment function has significantly increased the ratio of in-house reservations and contributed to the improvement of profitability.. .
Metro Engines calculates optimal room rates for each plan with different accommodation types, room sizes, meal, cash back, other benefits.
Concur (Nasdaq: CNQR), a leading provider of integrated travel and expense management solutions, established a joint venture in Tokyo, Japan, known as Concur Japan. The joint venture, which will be led by Japanese technology veteran Shigeru Fujii, will enable Concur to meet the demands of the increasing number of corporations in Japan and throughout Asia that are turning to cloud computing and mobile solutions to help them control expenses.
Concur Japan is a joint venture between Concur, as the majority shareholder, SunBridge Corporation, the firm responsible for the Salesforce.com Japan joint venture, and Marc Benioff, acting as a minority direct investor. The transaction closed in February 2011..
ASOVIEW Inc. is an online booking website that provides booking services for weekend leisure activities like skydiving and rafting.
The company was founded in 2011 and is based in Shibuya, Kanagawa.. .
Border provides opportunities for business people to work globally through technology and new ways of working.
AirX is a management service company specializing in air transportation agency business and travel arrangement business. The company leverages technology to transform the notion of mobility into an unprecedented experience.
It also provides services such as CodeShare, AIROS Skyview, and AIROS Air Loss. AirX will create the movement of the future society, sightseeing and the way of life of helicopter, Empty MaaS, Flying taxi, eVTOL, and Next-generation traffic.
AirX was established on February 23, 2015, and is based in Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, Japan.. .
Al Travel is a next-generation cloud-type business travel arrangement and management system (BTM).
Wanderlust is a Japanese startup company developing the online social travel guide, “Compathy”.
Airporter is a tourism agency that offers luggage and baggage delivery services for customers and travelers. The service allows you to complete all transactions from order to settlement on your smartphone.
The company plans to strengthen business partnerships with hotels and delivery systems in the future. In June 2019, the company announced the launch of tens of millions of fundraising, including BASE Partners, Monex Ventures and Mizuho Capital.
The company was founded on November 1, 2017, and is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan.. .
Japan Travel KK
Japan Travel has three businesses: 1) We are Japan’s largest inbound travel site as measured by volume of content, and in the top 2 for traffic. 2) We are a fully Type-2 licenced travel agency specializing in adventure and luxury travel.
3) We are a travel data integrator, creating APIs and apps to re-surface Japanese-facing data to non-Japanese users. Portal Our site is the world’s largest private producer of articles, photostories, and videos, about tourism into Japan.
This was made possible by our unique crowdsourcing User Generated Content engine, which lets more than 30,000 writers, photographers, editors, and others earn and redeem points for travel rewards. Currently Japan Travel has over 30,000 contributors, about 3,000 of whom live in Japan, who help us create 20-50 new articles a day in 13 different languages.
Our main businesses from this portal are advertising revenue, activities sales, and content/marketing projects for local governments and large corporations around the country. Travel Business We are one of the few foreign-owned Type-2 travel agencies in Japan, and we build our services and products with non-Japanese people in mind.
This means copious high-grade information, transparent pricing, and responsive customer service. Our targets are adventure and luxury travel, with the initial adventures being cycling and hiking, while the luxury travel revolves around special custom-built experiences and gourmet.
We are the preferred partner of the Japanese secretariat of the YPO and handle a number of inbound YPO groups each year. In short, our goal is to kill off “old people tourism” based on buses and herd instinct, and instead open up rural Japan and the magical experiences it has to offer.
Shoubunsha Publications is a publishing company engaged in planning, production, publishing, and sale of maps, magazines, and guidebooks, as well as geographical information systems. The company is also engaged in the publication of periodical touring, shopping and driving guides, and electronic mapping for car navigation systems, as well as engaged in the planning, production, and sale of digital database contents and the provision of database-related services.
Some of the company’s publications include road atlases of Japan, which are marketed under the name Mapple, prefecture atlases under the name Newest, and sheet maps under the name of Area Map. It also publishes travel guide books under the name Acchi Kocchi, various travel information magazines and digital map database under the name SiMAP.
Shoubunsha Publications also offers geographical information system products, CD-ROMs, and other electronic publications. Shobunsha Publications was founded in 1960 and is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan..
relux (relax) is a membership-based accommodation booking sites were carefully selected first-class inns and hotels professionals choose. Lowest, accommodation offer all the lowest price guaranteed online.
And special hospitality of membership site because, it offers a relux limited benefits.. .
Tabinaka is a Japanese booking & reservation platform for overseas tours and travel activities.
Best1Cruise offers overseas cruises, domestic cruises, cruises only, and tours with air tickets or passengers.
sotoasobi is an online platform that enables children and their families to book leisure activities.
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) was born through the merger of three institutions, namely the Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (ISAS), the National Aerospace Laboratory of Japan (NAL) and the National Space Development Agency of Japan (NASDA). It was designated as a core performance agency to support the Japanese government’s overall aerospace development and utilization.
JAXA, therefore, can conduct integrated operations from basic research and development, to utilization. In 2013, to commemorate the 10th anniversary of its founding, JAXA created the corporate slogan, “Explore to Realize,” which reflects its management philosophy of utilizing space and the sky to achieve a safe and affluent society..
FAST JAPAN provides you varieties of useful information traveling in Japan such as sightseeing, onsen, restaurants, hotels, shopping.
Nokisaki.Co., Ltd. provides e-commerce rental space information services.
The company was incorporated in 2009 and is based in Tokyo, Japan.. .
DO THE SAMURAI
DO THE SAMURAI involved in historical site tours, historical events, and goods production.
Akan Adventure Tourism
Akan Adventure Tourism creates, promotes, and markets activities for tourists in the adventure-tourism segment, with the goal of attracting overnight visitors by using the world-class natural resources of the Lake Akan Hot Spring and its surrounding area. As a company providing guidance to this region with earning potential (that is, creating and maintaining business models, increasing employment and the population, and creating resources for destination marketing organizations (DMO) who do not rely completely on the government).
The company aims to maximize the value of the Lake Akan Hot Spring (by finding clients who highly value the magic of the Lake Akan Hot Spring, or, in other words, by creating activities that target adventure tourists seeking high-value-added adventures).. .
ST Booking help educational consultant and travel agents to better access opportunities, and eliminates the barrier between school and international students. We Are a B2B Platform : ST Booking is “B2B Platform” for school to outreach non-Japanese speaking countries and make Japanese education & cultural immersion more accessible.
We Have Local Networks : ST Booking have large network of schools in Japan and agent network in SEA countries and Taiwan as well as prominent experience in education industry. We Offer Quick ROI & Support : ST Booking offer quick ROI for both schools and education consultants.
We also offer ground supports for students and travelers in Japan.. .
Kakaku.com, Inc. is mainly engaged in the operation of electronic commerce (EC) businesses.
The Company has two business segments. The Internet Media segment is engaged in the provision of prices comparison services, gourmet food rankings and reviews services, discount hotels and last minute hotels reservation, newly built condominiums and rental properties searching services, as well as reviews of travel through the operation of Websites.
The segment also generated revenue from the sale of advertising spaces.. .
Voyagin is the tours and activities marketplace in Asia with a mission to help travelers discover and book the best travel experiences across Asia. Its website features over 1,800 things to do including tickets to museums and shows, cultural activities, romantic dinners, adventure experiences, and private guides bookable in English, Japanese, and Chinese in over 50 destinations in Asia, in advance or in destination via its mobile optimized website.
The Voyagin team believes that “travel in Asia is broken.” Guests end up sightseeing because unique experiences are hard to find and insecure to book; hosts end up spending time and money on websites which are hard to update and mostly out of date. They also believe that an “experience is more than just an activity; it’s about meeting people, trying something new and seeing the world from a different perspective.” In hopes to differentiate themselves, they traveled around Asia to find and curate the best experiences and hosts.
Launched in 2012, Voyagin provides a trusted platform for tours and activities providers (hosts) in Asia to list their experiences; its team of community managers work with each host to curate their activities both online and during the experience, ensuring their quality. Backed by its 100% satisfaction guarantee, multilingual customer support, and verified reviews from actual guests, Voyagin is the best place for travelers visiting Asia to discover and book their next local experience.
Voyagin was founded in 2011 as FindJPN, a marketplace for authentic activities in Japan. FindJPN changed its name to Voyagin in December 2012 when they expanded into Asia..
Since our foundation in 1997, Rakuten Group has engaged in various businesses and services. With the mission of “empowering people and society” through the Internet, our goal is to become the No.1 Internet services company in the world.
Here are some key milestones in the history of Rakuten Group so far. In an era where everyone seemed to be telling us that people will never buy things on the Internet, “Rakuten Ichiba” launched with only 6 employees and 13 merchants..
Venture Republic is a media management business, etc. to support consumers’ purchasing activities such as travel.
East Japan Railway
East Japan Railway Company is a major passenger railway company in Japan and one of the seven Japan Railways Group companies. The company name is officially abbreviated as JR East in English, and as JR Higashi-Nihon in Japanese.
The company’s headquarters are in Yoyogi, Shibuya, Tokyo.. .
Kiheitai is a global communication platform that develops mobile application. Taptrip, which is a service that provides users with chances to feel free to communicate with foreigners and enjoy cultural shock.
Nowadays, users from over 200 countries worldwide are enjoying their virtual trip on Taptrip. It was founded in 2010 and is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan..
Hankyu Hanshin operates in the urban transportation, real estate, entertainment and communications, travel, international transportation, and hotels businesses in Japan and internationally. It provides various urban transportation services linking railways, buses, and taxis; and advertising services.
Hankyu Hanshin is also involved in the retailing business; development, lease, and administration of condominiums, commercial facilities, and office buildings; real estate fund management; and communication and media businesses, such as information services business, and broadcast and communications business. Moreover, it engages in the sports businesses, including professional baseball, Hanshin Koshien stadium, and related businesses; and stage businesses comprising Takarazuka Revue and related businesses.
Further, Hankyu Hanshin is involved in the provision of travel and international transportation services, as well as ownership and management of hotels. It operated 46 hotels with 10,000 rooms as of March 31, 2018.
Hankyu Hanshin began operation in 1907. It has its headquarters in Osaka in Japan..
ByFood is Japan’s one-stop food platform for food tours, cooking classes, dining experiences, and tastings. ByFood strives to offer rare experiences and make Japanese food accessible for all with filters for vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, halal, and kosher experiences.
In doing so, byFood brings locals and visitors together through food and celebrates Japanese cuisine. In addition, byFood also gives to children in need through our Food for Happiness Program.
When you book an experience on byFood, a portion of the proceeds goes toward NGOs that support children in developing countries, giving them access to necessities like nutritious meals, schools, and housing.. .
AirTripStay is a service company which supports your residential accommodation business introduction and operation. The company provides services in management agency, preparation, and setup.
They also offer tools that can be centrally managed such as multiple account management, guest management, vacant room and calendar management, cleaning automatic arrangement and check-in management. AirTripStay upport the creation of the account of Airbnb and the creation of the introduction sentence that appeals to the attractiveness of the room.
It also offers financial support for the introduction of interiors, furniture, home appliances, and rental. AirTripStay is based in Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan..
Tripia provides a service that allows you to consult “what to do” at a travel destination for free with the line application.
JAPANiCAN.com is Japan’s largest travel booking website, specializing in travel around Japan. The website is managed by JTB Global Marketing and Travel Inc., a part of the JTB Group – Japan’s largest and most prestigious travel agency.
JAPANiCAN.com are able to offer a wide variety of hotels, tours and travel packages at highly discounted rates. Their mission at JAPANiCAN.com is simple: To help Their customers create an unforgettable trip in Japan, which will stay with them for a lifetime..
Fukuoka Convention & Visitors Bureau
Fukuoka Convention & Visitors Bureau is a public interest incorporated foundation.
Apple World provides online overseas hotel reservation and travel services to individual travelers.
AirAsiaExpedia is an online travel portal offering hotels reservation, activities, airline ticket, and travel services for travelers. The portal also offers cheap flights and tour trips for customers.
They transmit travel information such as world festivals and nationality information, overseas hotels and airline ticket information. AirAsiaExpedia offers travelers the ability to select and book a wide selection of hotel accommodation across the world.
AirAsiaExpedia was established in November 2006 and is based in Tokyo, Japan.. .
Neuet provides system provision and consulting services for share cycle management business.
Headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. Founded by a diverse group avid backpackers (speaking a total of 6 languages, representing three continents), OodyMate was made with the needs of the 21st century traveler in mind, providing the opportunity to meet other foodies, anywhere in the world.
OodyMate conveys the belief that food is one of the few things that can bring people together, regardless of race, culture, or creed. It breaks down barriers of meeting new people, providing that authentic local experience..
Borderless City is a restaurant search engine that offers its service to travel agencies. With Borderless City, all affiliated stores can be used.
Therefore, it is possible to concentrate on the main business and to improve the efficiency of the business. In addition, the user can centrally manage information and usage fees of restaurants you have used..
Japan Travel Bureau Foundation
Japan Travel Bureau Foundation is a non-profit, independent tourism research institute.
City.fukuoka.lg.jp is an open source travel guide to Fukuoka, featuring up-to-date information on attractions, hotels, and travel tips.
Hamamatsu and Lake Hamana Tourism Bureau
Hamamatsu and Lake Hamana Tourism Bureau provides tourism information in Hamamatsu.
Travelience inc is a company of travel guide experts in Tokyo, Japan, believing that knowledgeable guides make your travels special and memorable. Their policy is “More Knowledge, More Fun”.
They also offer several internet services to support travellers and tourism businesses.. .
Travel Book Japan
Travel Book is a travel guidebook that allows you to find your own destination from spots around the world.
Quraz is, store staff is resident, extra fee is required, is also possible on the same day tours and short-term use.
Computer Business is providing IT solutions for government, travel, finance, logistics and medical sectors.
ADGRAPHY is a web production company that specializes in inn and hotels. It also offers a wide range of web services such as company site, smartphone support, OTA site, and photography.
ADGRAPHY was founded in 2005 and is headquartered in Oita.. .
Yamaguchi Prefectural Tourism Federation
Yamaguchi Prefectural Tourism Federation promotes the sound development and promotion of tourism in Yamaguchi prefecture.
Civy is a mobile app about connecting people instantly for same-day activities. If you have an activity in mind, you can find others to join you.
Or alternatively, you can join someone else’s activity. There are many applications to assist in organizing future group events, or dating.
Civy aims to remove those barriers. Sometimes you just want to do something today.
No waiting, no weeks of tedious small talk before meeting, no matching and never talking or meeting. Just match and go!.
T&TIS is an innovation provider in travel and freight industry. It uses a patented travel time prediction technology and cloud NFC technology and provides several innovative services for travelers, transportation and retailers, based on the new technologies.
Its incomparable services would surely let the travelers have many benefits, the transportation enhance their passenger experience, and the retailers increase their sales revenue.. .
Insight System provides software development and consulting services to the travel industry.
TENSODO is engaging in a license management business for local brands and souvenir wholesale business for inbound travellers.
Travee is an online platform that enables travelers to interact with locals. Travelers use the platform to search and identify locals that are willing to provide them with tours around their local area.
Furthermore, it enables its users to book tours based on location, tour date, and number of people. Users are verified through Facebook to ensure security of travelers.
Travee was launched in 2015 by Kenichi Ikeda and is based in Tokyo.. .
Air Sapo is a service company for listing on private site, mail chat support, trouble handling, optimization of the top view, room cleaning, review management, creating assets, and booking management. They solve the vacancies of owners who are troubled with vacancies, support asset management of investors who want to do private home business, make a profit, increase consumption, and work with pregnant women and children through a private home business.
The company was founded in February 2, 2016, and is based in Okinawa, Japan.. .
Beppu Tourist Association
Beppu Tourist Association is a non-profit association that provides tourism information services.
Tottori Prefecture Tourism Federation
Tottori Prefecture Tourism Federation is an association that aims to promotion of tourism in Tottori Prefecture.
Triplelights is a tourism platform that connects tourists and tour guide professionals with one another.
This article was written by Gabrielle Thompson from Lifney. The editor for this article was Tess Page. If your company is featured in this article and you want to have amendments made please contact us on: Admin@lifney.com.
Alternatively you may write to us at: Lifney/Fupping Ltd, First Floor, 61-63 Rochester Pl, London NW1 9JU.