Private luxury tours in Japan

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Luxury Japan Tours

Essence of Japan
(8 Days)
Tokyo, Kamakura & Hakone, Kyoto

A Week in Japan
(7 Days)
Tokyo, Hakone, Kyoto

Highlights of Japan
(11 Days)
Tokyo, Kanazawa, Kyoto, Hakone

Best of Japan
(15 Days)
Tokyo, Hakone, Kanazawa, Kyoto & environs

Contemporary Art of Japan
(14 Days)
Tokyo, Kanazawa, Naoshima, Kyoto, Hakone

Introduction to Japan
(6 Days)
Tokyo, Kyoto

Exclusive Japan
(16 Days)
Tokyo, Kamakura & Hakone, Kyoto, Yamanaka Onsen, Kanazawa

Luxuries of Japan
(10 Days)
Tokyo, Kamakura & Hakone, Kyoto

Family Tour of Japan
(9 Days)
Tokyo, Hakone & Mt. Fuji, Kyoto, Hiroshima & Miyajima

The Art of Japan
(13 Days)
Tokyo, Kanazawa, Yamanaka Onsen, Kyoto

Treasures of Japan
(13 Days)
Osaka & Hiroshima, Koya-san, Kyoto, Kanazawa, Hakone, Tokyo

Japan Old & New
(10 Days)
Tokyo, Naoshima, Kyoto

Traditions of Japan
(12 Days)
Tokyo, Takayama & Shirakawago, Kanazawa, Kyoto, Hakone

Culinary Tour of Japan
(12 Days)
Tokyo, Kanazawa, Yamanaka Onsen, Kyoto

Gardens & Crafts of Japan
(11 Days)
Tokyo, Kurashiki, Kyoto, Kanazawa

Winter Tour of Japan: Snow Monkeys, Hot Springs & More
(14 Days)
Tokyo, Kyoto, Kanazawa & Shirakawago, Yamanouchi & Jigokudani

Ceramics Tour of Japan
(15 Days)
Tokyo & Mashiko, Kanazawa & Yamashiro Onsen, Kyoto & Shiga, Fukuoka, Imari & Arita, Yufuin

Hiking Tour of Japan
(12 Days)
Tokyo, Matsumoto, Takayama & Kamikochi, Kyoto, Hakone & Mt. Fuji

Journey Through Japan
(17 Days)
Tokyo, Kamakura & Hakone, Kanazawa, Kyoto, Naoshima, Yufuin & Beppu

Highlights of Kyushu
(8 Days)
Fukuoka, Saga Prefecture, Nagasaki, Kumamoto, Yufuin & Beppu

Multi-Country Tours

Luxuries of Japan & Thailand
(12 Days)
Tokyo, Hakone, Kyoto, Bangkok, Chiang Mai

Best of Japan & China
(14 Days)
Tokyo, Hakone, Kyoto, Beijing, Great Wall, Xian, Guilin, Yangshuo, Shanghai

Three Capitals: Tokyo, Seoul & Beijing
(11 days)
Tokyo, Seoul, Beijing & Great Wall

Luxuries of Japan & Thailand

(12 Days - Departs Daily on a Private Basis)
Tokyo, Hakone, Kyoto, Bangkok, Chiang Mai

This private tour of Japan and Thailand is one of the greatest luxury journeys in Asia. It's an ideal combination of Japanese and Thai culture, cuisine and lifestyle. It features private cultural touring with your own guide and driver, accommodation in the best luxury hotels and resorts, private airport transfers, first-class train travel in Japan, internal flights in Thailand, access to a wide range of unique activities and more.

Begin in Tokyo, the capital of contemporary culture and style in Japan. During touring with your own private guide and driver, visit Tokyo's most interesting neighborhoods, such as Ginza, Aoyama, Shibuya and Harajuku. Experience Japanese pop culture and also tour important historical sites such as the Meiji Shrine. See striking contemporary architecture and the latest Japanese gadgets. Also, depending on your interests, visit local markets, specialty shops, or one of the city's best museums. Upon request, Artisans of Leisure can arrange additional Tokyo touring according to your interests. We can also make reservations for you to dine at our favorite local restaurants and at some of the most acclaimed restaurants in the world.

Continue to Hakone, a volcanic national park renowned for hot springs and views of nearby Mount Fuji. Stay at one of Japan's most luxurious and renowned ryokan (traditional inns), where you can soak in your own private outdoor hot spring bath and enjoy a gourmet kaiseki (seasonal tasting menu) dinner. During private touring, explore Hakone's geothermal areas, forested mountains and historical sites. Perhaps also visit one of Hakone's best art museums.

Next, travel by first-class shinkansen (bullet train) to enchanting Kyoto, Japan's heart of culture and tradition. During touring with your private guide and driver, experience the best of this elegant city. Visit important temples and shrines. Gain access to imperial villas and private gardens such as Katsura Rikyu, Shugakuin and Saihoji (the Moss Temple). Enjoy an exclusive private tea ceremony. Stroll through a bamboo forest. Enjoy a Buddhist vegetarian lunch at a local temple. Tour traditional geisha districts such as Gion. Visit markets and food purveyors to sample Kyoto's culinary specialties, considered the most refined in Japan. Explore antiques districts, and browse our favorite shops for exquisite ceramics, lacquerware and other crafts. Upon request, Artisans of Leisure can also arrange a wide range of other unique activities in Kyoto, such as an exclusive private dinner accompanied by geisha and maiko, private Zen meditation in a local temple, meetings with local craftspeople, ikebana (flower arranging) lessons, a cooking class in a private home, manga drawing lessons, a visit to a machiya (traditional merchant house), and hiking to temples in the hills surrounding the city.

Next, fly to Bangkok, the colorful capital of Thailand. With your own private guide, experience the most interesting parts of this fascinating city. Enjoy a private long-tail boat tour through the residential canals. Visit Bangkok's most important temples, and learn about Buddhist practices and influences on daily life. Explore markets overflowing with textiles, flowers, food and crafts. Tour small museums and interesting local neighborhoods. During leisure time, enjoy one of the world's leading spas, shop for exquisite Thai silk, and dine on some of Southeast Asia's best cuisine.

Conclude in Chiang Mai, northern Thailand's most interesting cultural destination. Spend several days at Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai, a luxurious spa resort of Thai villas set among terraced rice fields. During touring with your private guide and driver, tour a mountaintop temple, visit local hill tribe villages, and explore Chiang Mai's renowned craft districts. During leisure time, perhaps enjoy a Thai cooking class, spa treatment, private yoga lesson or round of golf.

Itinerary Overview
Day 1 Arrive Tokyo, Japan
Private arrival transfer to hotel for 2 nights
Day 2 Tokyo
Full-day private city tour
Day 3 Tokyo – Hakone
Private transfer to Hakone for afternoon touring. Private transfer to luxury hot springs ryokan for 1 night, including kaiseki dinner
Day 4 Hakone – Kyoto
Private transfer to train station for first-class shinkansen to Kyoto. Private arrival transfer to hotel for 3 nights. Afternoon private tour
Day 5 Kyoto
Full-day private tour
Day 6 Kyoto
Full-day private tour or option for excursion to Miho Museum or Nara
Day 7 Kyoto – Osaka – Bangkok, Thailand
Private transfer to Osaka airport for flight to Bangkok (flight not included in cost). VIP airport assistance through immigration. Private arrival transfer to hotel for 2 nights
Day 8 Bangkok
Full-day private city tour, including private longtail boat ride
Day 9 Bangkok – Chiang Mai
Private transfer to airport for flight to Chiang Mai. Private arrival transfer to resort for 3 nights. Afternoon private tour of temples and surrounding mountains. Private round-trip transfer to night market
Day 10 Chiang Mai
Option for sunrise alms giving. Half-day private tour with option for city touring or excursion to elephant sanctuary
Day 11 Chiang Mai
At leisure
Day 12 Chiang Mai – Depart Bangkok
Private transfer to airport for flight to Bangkok. VIP airport assistance to connecting departure flight

Tokyo: Aman Tokyo or The Peninsula Tokyo
Hakone: Gora Kadan Ryokan
Kyoto: Ritz-Carlton Kyoto
Bangkok: Mandarin Oriental Bangkok
Chiang Mai: Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai

$18,125 Per person (double occupancy)