I am an award-winning, food-loving Japan travel expert.
Hi, I’m Andres! I’m the founder of Boutique Japan. I’ve been passionate about Japan since learning Japanese at university in New York City. After living in Japan for several years, I founded Boutique Japan to help like-minded travelers explore Japan in an authentic, meaningful way. Condé Nast Traveler magazine has named me a Top Japan Specialist since 2020. I’m all about helping travelers get off the beaten path, whether that means venturing to remote parts of Japan, or simply exploring hidden backstreets within Tokyo and Kyoto. Having lived for many years in Tokyo and New York City, I’m an avid walker and believe cities such as Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka are often best explored on foot (or bicycle). I’m obsessed with food and drink, and also a lover of unique boutique and luxury hotels and ryokans. I’m also extremely interested in virtually all aspects of modern and traditional culture, the arts, and design. (The only thing that doesn’t excite me so much is conventional “sightseeing.”) I’ve worked personally with hundreds of travelers from around the world, and would love to be your Japan expert. Book a call with me so I can give you creative insights to help you get the most out of your trip.