Private luxury tours in Japan

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Luxury Japan Tours

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

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

Highlights of Tokyo and Kyoto
(8 Days)
Tokyo, Kyoto

Treasures of Japan
(13 Days)
Tokyo, Kamakura & Hakone, Kurashiki, Miyajima & Hiroshima, Kyoto

Exclusive Japan
(11 Days)
Tokyo, Kanazawa, Kyoto, Hakone

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

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

Kyoto in Depth
(6 Days)
Kyoto & environs

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

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

Culinary Tour of Japan
(7 Days)
Tokyo, Kyoto

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

Ceramics Tour of Japan
(17 Days)
Tokyo, Mashiko, Fukuoka, Imari & Arita, Hagi, Kurashiki, Imbe, Kyoto, Kanazawa, Kaga Onsen

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

Multi-Country Tours

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

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

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

Journey Through Japan

(17 Days - Departs Daily on a Private Basis)
Tokyo, Kamakura & Hakone, Kanazawa, Kyoto, Naoshima, Yufuin & Beppu

This is an exclusive luxury journey in Japan. The tour features a wide range of cultural experiences in Japan’s most popular destinations and atmospheric but lesser-known towns, outstanding traditional and contemporary culture, incredible cuisine, and much more. The tour includes private cultural touring with your own guide and driver, accommodation in Japan’s best luxury hotels and ryokan (traditional inns), private airport transfers, first-class train travel, luggage transfers, and access to a wide range of unique activities.

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. Visit some of Tokyo’s best museums, such as the Edo-Tokyo Museum or the 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, or 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, see Zen temples, Shinto shrines and the Great Buddha in the beautiful seaside town of Kamakura, an ancient capital of Japan. 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.

Continue to Kanazawa, a cultural gem. One of Japan’s wealthiest cities during the feudal era, Kanazawa is known for beautiful gardens, traditional architecture, acclaimed contemporary art and folk art museums, and fresh seafood from the nearby Sea of Japan. With your expert local guide, tour former samurai and geisha neighborhoods. Explore the renowned Kenrokuen Garden, one of the most famous gardens in Japan. Tour fascinating Myoryuji (the Ninja Temple), and visit museums such as the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art and Ishikawa Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts. Visit a pottery kiln and shops specializing in Kanazawa’s celebrated silk, lacquer and gold-leaf products. Also tour the city’s enormous central food market, and experience Kanazawa’s excellent, refined cuisine at our favorite restaurants. 

Next, travel 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. One day, enjoy a private excursion to the I. M. Pei-designed Miho Museum or to ancient Nara, the birthplace of Buddhism in Japan.

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, 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.

Continue to Naoshima, a renowned contemporary art destination on an island in the Seto Inland Sea. Stay at Benesse House, a Tadao Ando-designed boutique hotel. 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 important artists such as Richard Long and Hiroshi Sugimoto. See installations by Yayoi Kusama, Cai Guo-Qiang and others along the waterfront. Tour 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 see other parts of the art complex, such as the Chichu Art Museum, Lee Ufan Museum and Naoshima Bath. One day, journey across the Inland Sea to Shikoku Island, where we will arrange special permission for you to tour the Isamu Noguchi Garden Museum Japan and Ritsurin Garden.

Next, travel to Yufuin, an onsen (spa) town on the southern island of Kyushu. In what’s sure to be a highlight of your tour, stay in a luxury ryokan in your own traditional Japanese house, and enjoy kaiseki meals and soaks in your own private hot springs bath. During private touring in the region, see highlights such as geothermal pools, traditional villages, crafts workshops, and nearby Beppu, one of Japan’s most famous onsen towns. Also, venture to Mount Aso, an active volcano with panoramic views over a stunning caldera landscape dotted with farms and villages.

Fly back to Tokyo for last-minute shopping, dining, and free time to enjoy the city.

Itinerary Overview
Day 1 Arrive Tokyo

Private arrival transfer to hotel for 2 nights

Day 2 Tokyo

Full-day private tour

Day 3 Tokyo - Kamakura - Hakone

Private transfer to Hakone luxury hot springs ryokan for 2 nights, including kaiseki dinner. Private touring in Kamakura en route

Day 4 Hakone

Half-day private tour in Hakone. Afternoon at leisure to enjoy the hot springs. Kaiseki dinner this evening

Day 5 Hakone - Kanazawa

Private transfer to train station and first-class trains to Kanazawa. Private arrival transfer hotel for 2 nights. Afternoon private tour

Day 6 Kanazawa

Full-day private tour

Day 7 Kanazawa - Kyoto

Private transfer to train station and first-class train to Kyoto. Private arrival transfer to hotel for 3 nights. Afternoon private city tour

Day 8 Kyoto

Full-day private tour, including lunch at temple

Day 9 Kyoto

Full-day private tour or private excursion to the Miho Museum, Himeji Castle or Nara

Day 10 Kyoto - Naoshima

Transfer by train, private car and ferry to hotel for 2 nights. Afternoon private tour

Day 11 Naoshima & Shikoku

Morning private excursion to Isamu Noguchi Garden Museum.  Afternoon private tour of Benesse Art Site

Day 12 Naoshima - Yufuin

Transfer by ferry, private car and trains to Kyushu for 3 nights with optional stop in Hiroshima. Arrival transfer to ryokan for 3 nights, including kaiseki dinner

Day 13 Yufuin & Beppu

Half-day private tour. Kaiseki dinner this evening

Day 14 Yufuin & Mt. Aso

Half-day private tour. Kaiseki dinner this evening

Day 15 Yufuin - Tokyo

Private transfer to airport. Flight to Tokyo. Private transfer to hotel for 2 nights

Day 16 Tokyo
At leisure in Tokyo
Day 17 Depart Tokyo
Private airport transfer

Hotels
Tokyo:

Park Hyatt Tokyo and The Peninsula Tokyo

Hakone: Gora Kadan Ryokan
Kanazawa: Hotel Nikko Kanazawa
Kyoto: Ritz Carlton Kyoto or Hyatt Regency Kyoto
Naoshima: Benesse House
Yufuin: Sansou Murata Ryokan

Cost
$34,935 Per person (double occupancy)