Our Team - Japanspecialist

Meet Our Team

Bringing you the best Japan has to offer, and more.

Our team of Japanspecialists all agree that customer satisfaction is the number one priority. Driven by their passion for Japan and extensive local knowledge, they will help ensure that your trip is carefully crafted to your individual needs without compromise. Our friendly team of experts is waiting to help you bring your dream vacation to life today.

Quentin Gontard

Quentin Gontard

Konnichiwa. You want to discover Japan and need some advices? I’d be glad to answer the questions you have about Japan, a country where I studied and worked and which I’m passionate about.

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Paola Naomi Antonelli

Paola Naomi Antonelli

Konnichiwa! My 11 years living in Tokyo – plus many more focusing on its immense culture - makes me the right consultant if you're looking to rediscover Japan. See it through a new lens with my ...

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Niels van Hoek

Niels van Hoek

As a long-time Japan travel consultant with two decades of experience, I have the skills, knowledge, and personal motivation to create the most joyful Japan travel experience for you. My favourite ...

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Nancy Menheere-Tjoa

Nancy Menheere-Tjoa

With the travel gene in my DNA, travelling and arranging trips is like breathing to me. Whether a romantic culinary honeymoon or a city trip full of entertainment and shopping, I love planning it ...

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María Rey

María Rey

My perfect recipe for creating a memorable trip? Take time to understand my clients and their dreams. Only then can I design a personalized itinerary for them. After almost 15 years in the ...

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Martin Pedersen

Martin Pedersen

After 20 years of experience focusing on travel to Asia, my fascination for Japan never stopped (and probably never will). If you want to create the trip of a lifetime, I'll help take care of ...

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Mariagabriella Vanzo, Italian speaking Japanspecialist consultant

Mariagabriella Vanzo

Is Japan your dream destination? With more than 25 years of experience as a professional travel consultant, I'm ready to share with you my love and knowledge for this enchanting land. Whatever ...

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Karolina Simon

Karolina Simon

My expertise is in exclusive and VIP arrangements, uniquely tailored for intimate groups searching for extraordinary experiences. As head of the Japanspecialist team in Europe, I am committed to ...

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Francesca Cagnoli

Francesca Cagnoli

I made my first visit to Japan in 1992, and it was love at first sight. My 30 years of experience have taught me how to plan and create bespoke tours for all types of clients. Whether luxury ...

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Erika Hatamoto

Erika Hatamoto

My Japanese roots give me a unique perspective when organizing a trip to Japan. With more than seven years as a travel consultant, the most satisfying part of my job is seeing my clients return ...

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Angela Rojas

Angela Rojas

Whether you are planning the first or second trip (or the sixth!) to Japan – my 20 years of experience give me the confidence to recommend the unique places Japan has to offer. Are you ready? ...

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What our customers are saying

Their advices were precious. We discovered places like Koyasan, a jewel surrounded by forests.

Jean-Michel, Paris

Thanks to Quentin and JapanSpecialist, I went to Ghibli Museum, and discovered Tokyo with a new eye. I’m looking forward to go back.

Julien, Lyon

It wasn’t the first time we went to Japan, but this time, we discovered Japanese Alps and Kanazawa. We felt in love.

Gilles, Toulouse

I really appreciate your work, and you will always be my reference point for Japan! Thank you so much for everything!

Paola, Florence

The trip was very good, and I thank you so much! We have fallen in love with Japan!

Valerio, Bari

Paola is wonderful! Knowledgeable and a great personality, it was a pleasure planning my trip to Japan with you.

Claudia, Torino

Great support from the moment I reached out to Japanspecialist. Niels really knows his stuff and helped me craft the perfect trip to Japan - completely recommend!

Daan, Rotterdam

I was nervous about booking an online consultation but Niels made the whole process a wonderful experience. I'll definitely be returning to Japan and using the consultation service again.

Emma, Utrecht

Absolutely perfect! Thanks to Niels I was able to arrange the trip of a lifetime for my family. I highly recommend the online consultation service for those planning a trip to Japan.

Lisa, Groningen

It was amazing to be able to get such expert advice and plan out my trip without having to spend hours trawling the internet. Thank you Nancy!

Jasper, Apeldoorn

Nancy is a true professional and an expert when it comes to all things Japan. By simply sharing my ideas she was able to help me craft a trip which went beyond my expectations. Highly recommended.

Tamara, Maastricht

Honestly, the best decision I made was booking the appointment for an online travel consultation with Nancy. She helped me feel confident in my choices and I was able to create my dream trip.

Ton, Leiden

Everything’s been absolutely wonderful. This has been one of the best trips of our lives thanks to Maria, and we’ve made done many!

Pedro and Nacho, Barcelona

Fantastic itinerary, perfectly curated, best possible marks in both personal and professional levels. We could manage easily in Japan with all your notes, maps and information. Thank you!

Susana and Alberto, Madrid

I really appreciate Maria's patience with me and all my questions. I left my consultation feeling so confident about my trip and it turned out to be the best thing ever!

Sara, Bilbao

Very polite and helpful consultation. Martin was able to guide me through the multitude of options and in the end create an itinerary I could never have come up with myself. 100% would recommend.

Lars, Copenhagen

Stupendous consultation! Martin was so helpful, I really enjoyed my trip to Japan and having the stress of planning taken away was wonderful. Thank you!

Lisbet, Aalborg

Cannot fault the top quality consultation with Martin. He really knows how to help first-timers navigate the pitfalls of planning a trip to Japan. Book now, you won't regret it.

Ingrid, Aarhus

Dear Mrs. Gabriella, we are glad to inform you that our journey is going in the best way, and we would like to express our deepest satisfaction for your suggested itinerary. Japan fascinated us with cherry blossoms, not to mention the ryokan stay. We thank you again, and greet you cordially.

Alberta e Rosa

Good morning and Happy New Year, Gabriella! I just want to thank you for your time and your good assistance in our trip planning, everything went really great. We will certainly recommend your travel agency to our friends and acquaintances. Hearing us talking over and over again about Japan, they finally got curious and quite ready to set out in turn. For our side, we are looking forward to go for a new journey as soon as we would get the chance: there is so much more to see, Japan is really a very “rich” country. Thank you again and see you soon!

Eleonora

Hello Maria Gabriella. I would like to thank you and your colleagues for the perfect organization, and for the excellent job in planning my vacation trip. Everything worked smoothly, and thanks to your introduction I easily reached many remote places, where even locals were surprised to see me. Thank you again, and…I really hope to contact you again soon for the planning of my next Japan trip ;)

Paolo

Our trip to Japan was magical, exceeding all expectations in every way. Thank you, Karolina, for the highest level of service when making all the arrangements. We could not have done it without you.

Atilla, Budapest

Thank you for making our dreams a reality. Our group's trip to Japan was over the top with attention to all details. Look forward to working with you in the future again.

Zsófia, Győr

An unforgettable trip which wouldn't have been possible without your attention to detail. Thanks for everything, Karolina!

Ildiko, Budapest

My husband and I want to thank you for the wonderful trip you organized! And in record time. We were really happy with the itinerary, guided tours, hotels and their locations, plus everything went smoothly!

Donatella, Milan

I would like to express my great satisfaction with the organisation of my trip itinerary - the consultation was invaluable! I was able to fully relax on my trip knowing everything was arranged.

Raffael, Naples

The trip to Japan was wonderful and as you rightly expected my husband loved it too! We had a great time, with excellent facilities and services. Thank you very much for everything!

Viviana, Bologna

The trip has been great and made even more so by Erika's wonderful advice. Japan is a country of many contrasts, the people very educated and the guides very kind and friendly.

Angela and Pedro, Seville

Thank you so much for all the help planning our trip - it was fantastic! We loved the hotels and, without a doubt, we recommend those looking to visit Japan book with you!

Eric and Ergina, Bilbao

Thank you Erika! Without your help I would never have been able to experience Japan in the way I did - simply unforgettable. I hope to return and will definitely seek out your help once again!

Juan, Zaragoza

What a spectacular journey! Everything was perfectly organized and coordinated by Angela. Thank you for your dedication, your professionalism, and your sympathy. An impeccable job.

Miryam and Juanma, Barcelona

Our trip went so well, everything was absolutely perfect! It's incredible how well Angela can plan a trip to Japan - simply amazing! A kiss and thank you very much for everything.

Amparo, Madrid

Angela, thank you for all the information and support when creating our trip. We have returned from Japan very happy, in love with the country, its culture, and especially its people. We couldn't have done it without you!

Oscar, Valencia