Our mission: to become the first Tour Operator specializing in Japan and to share our real knowledge of the country.

The Japan Experience Vision



Strip out

For better rates, and to put the traveler directly in contact with the person who will welcome them.

Combine freedom
with security

Our "Travel Angels" based in Tokyo and Kyoto will assist and advise you for the entire duration of your stay.

Experience the country, don't just visit it

Go beyond
the average tourist trip with an exciting and
authentic experience.

"Cultural Aspect"

Spend the day
with a private guide or participate in our cultural and gastronomic activities.


Key Figures

29 000 travelers in  2019
3 500 online articles
100% experts in Japan
50 peoples (Worldwide)


60 houses in Japan
55 tours and itineraries

The Japan Experience Team


The President


Thierry Maincent discovered Japan in 1994 during a professional internship in Tokyo, where he met his Japanese wife.
After he graduated from Paris Dauphine University in 1995, he returned to Japan between 1996 and 1998 to work with a French cooking school.

After moving back to France in 1998, he founded an online wine sales company with two friends, which was listed on the stock market in 2006. In 2010, he joined the specialized tour company Japan Experience to participate in the development of the company alongside the founder Claude Saulière. After sustained international growth, Thierry Maincent became president of the company in 2018. He splits his time between Paris and Tokyo.


Our experts in London          

REBECCA                           ALEJANDRA

Our experts in Los Angeles  

               FRANK                            ERIC                          

Our experts in Paris

          MICHIKO                     ROMAIN                    JULIEN                         CLEMENT                      

Our experts in Berlin

            NANAE                      CHRISTIAN

Our expert in Madrid


Our Travel Angels in Japan

in Kyoto

               SAKI                            AURORE                        JULIEN                       DAISUKE    

in Tokyo

            LAETITIA            PIERRE-ALEXANDRE

in Kanazawa


in Osaka


in Takayama


     Key Dates

New office in Madrid
New office in Los Angeles
New office in Berlin
Launch of the "Visit Japan" section with 1,500 articles to prepare your trip
Creation of the book "The Japanese Railways Travel Guide"
Launch of Self-drive tours
New office in London
Launch of Car Rental


"Voyageurs au Japon" becomes "Vivre le Japon"
House rentals launched under the "Vivre le Japon" brand
"Voyageurs au Japon" separates from the "Voyageurs du Monde" group
"Carrefour Japon" becomes "Voyageurs au Japon"
1st French travel agency offering trips to Japan

Creation of "Carrefour Japon"

   The Company


Japan Experience is the English name of Vivre le Japon.

In France:

Vivre le Japon is a SAS company in France,
 directed by Thierry Maincent.

Siret: 32060777300035
RCS: 320 607 773
N° Atout France: IM075110003
N° IATA: 202 22565
Financial guarantor: Crédit du Nord
Professional Liability Insurance: Policy No. RCP009565 HISCOX

In Japan:
The company Japan Experience in Japan, is a "
Kabushiki Gaisha" company under Japanese law, directed by Thierry Maincent.