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

Japan Old & New

(10 Days - Departs Daily on a Private Basis)
Tokyo, Kyoto, Naoshima

This private Japan tour features the contemporary and historic cultural highlights of the country, including modern Tokyo, ancient Kyoto and the art island of Naoshima.

Begin in Tokyo, the capital of contemporary culture and style in Japan. During touring with your 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 Meiji Jingu Shrine and Senso-ji Temple in Asakusa. See striking contemporary architecture and the latest Japanese gadgets. Visit some of Tokyo’s best museums according to your interests, such as the Mori Art Museum, Edo-Tokyo Museum or Tokyo National Museum. Also experience Tokyo’s exciting culinary scene by visiting Tsukiji Fish Market, the Kappabashi kitchenware district, and our favorite specialty shops and department store food halls. Upon request, additional experiences can be arranged such as watching sumo wrestlers practice at a sumo stable, meetings with culinary and sake experts, private martial arts lessons, seeing a Japanese baseball game, visiting favorite family attractions such as the Ghibli Museum, and attending local festivals. Artisans of Leisure can also make reservations at our favorite restaurants in Tokyo, which range from local noodle shops to some of the most acclaimed restaurants in the world.

Next, travel by first-class shinkansen (bullet train) to enchanting Kyoto, the heart of Japanese 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 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 and around Kyoto, such as an exclusive private dinner accompanied by geisha and maiko entertainment, private Zen meditation in a local Buddhist temple, meetings with local craftspeople, ikebana (flower arranging) lessons, visiting a master swordsmith, meeting with ceramics experts, tea tastings and tea plantation visits, attending a sumo tournament, manga drawing lessons, a visit to a private machiya (traditional merchant house), hiking to temples in the hills surrounding the city  and private Japanese cooking classes.

Next, travel to Naoshima, a renowned contemporary art destination on an island in the Seto Inland Sea. Stay at Benesse House, a Tadao Ando-designed hotel and contemporary art museum. During private touring, explore Benesse Art Site Naoshima, a complex of museums, installations and art spaces scattered across the island. Visit Benesse House Museum to see work by artists such as Richard Long and Hiroshi Sugimoto, and see installations by Yayoi Kusama, Cai Guo-Qiang and others along the waterfront. Also see the Art House Projects, where installations by James Turrell, Rei Naito and other artists inhabit buildings in a local village. Depending on time and interests, also explore the Chichu Art Museum, Lee Ufan Museum and I Love Yu Bathhouse. If desired, see additional art installations and architecture on the nearby islands of Teshima and Inujima (also part of Benesse Art Site).

Throughout the tour, sightseeing is private and very flexible. Accommodation is in Japan's most acclaimed luxury properties.

Itinerary Overview
Day 1 Arrive Tokyo

Private arrival transfer to hotel for 3 nights

Day 2 Tokyo
Full-day private city tour
Day 3 Tokyo
Half-day private city tour
Day 4 Tokyo – Kyoto

Private transfer to train station for first-class shinkansen (bullet train). Private arrival transfer to hotel for 3 nights

Day 5 Kyoto

Full-day private city tour

Day 6 Kyoto
Full-day private city tour
Day 7 Kyoto – Naoshima

Private transfer to train station for first-class shinkansen, private car and ferry to island in the Seto Inland Sea. Touring en route to hotel for 3 nights

Day 8 Naoshima

Full-day private tour

Day 9 Naoshima & Seto Inland Sea

Full-day private tour, including option for excursion to Teshima and/or Inujima

Day 10 Depart Osaka

Private transfer to train station or airport


Hotel Options
Tokyo:

Aman Tokyo

Naoshima: Benesse House
Kyoto: Ritz-Carlton Kyoto or Four Seasons Kyoto
* A ryokan can be booked, upon request (supplement applies)

Cost
$19,905 Per person (double occupancy)