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

15,870 travelers in  2016
15 million euros turnover in 2016
60 houses in Japan
15 Travel Angels in Japan


25 tours and itineraries
tour leaders

The Japan Experience Team


The founder

Claude Saulière founded Vivre le Japon and has run it since 1981.

“Discovering a country, especially Japan, so comparable to ours and yet so different, does not just mean looking at how people lived three centuries ago, but how they live today, their daily life. To do this, you need to be able to stroll around, observe things, meet people, lose yourself...”


                                                                     Claude Saulière

Our experts in London          

             SARAH                        REBECCA                         SILVIA                            LARA

Our experts in Los Angeles  

               FRANK                            ERIC                          

Our experts in Paris

          MICHIKO                      LAURENCE                  THIERRY                        ROMAIN                        JULIEN

Our experts in Berlin

            NANAE                      CHRISTIAN

Our Travel Angels in Japan

in Kyoto

                SAKI                         CLÉMENT                      WILLIAM   

in Tokyo

            LAETITIA                     CLÉMENCE

in Kanazawa

         VALENTINE                     CHRIS

in Fukuoka


in Hiroshima

in Osaka


in Nara


in Hakone


in Kamakura


in Takayama


     Key Dates

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, created in and has been directed by Claude Saulière since 1981.

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 "YugenGaisha" company under Japanese law, established in 2005 by Claude Saulière.
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