(11 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, ride elephants, 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.
Arrive Tokyo, Japan
Private arrival transfer to hotel for 2 nights
Half-day private city tour
Tokyo – Hakone
Private transfer to luxury hot springs ryokan for 1 night, including kaiseki dinner. Afternoon private tour
Hakone – Kyoto
Private transfer to train station and first-class shinkansen to Kyoto. Private arrival transfer to hotel for 2 nights. Afternoon private tour
Full-day private tour
Kyoto – Bangkok, Thailand
Private transfer to airport for flight (not included in tour cost) to Bangkok. VIP airport assistance on arrival. Private arrival transfer to hotel for 2 nights
Full-day private city tour, including private longtail boat ride
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
Option for sunrise alms-giving. Half-day private tour with option for city touring or excursion to elephant camp
Depart Chiang Mai
Private airport transfer
The Peninsula Tokyo
Gora Kadan Ryokan
Ritz Carlton Kyoto or Hyatt Regency Kyoto
Mandarin Oriental Bangkok
Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai
Per person (double occupancy)
The Artisans of Leisure Style of Travel:
Private touring with your own personal guides and drivers
Preferred rooms in the very best luxury hotels
Firsthand, sophisticated destination knowledge and recommendations from our travel specialists
Itineraries that are customized according to your interests and schedule
Artisans of Leisure upgrades and amenities
A seamless travel experience, including all logistics, skipping lines during touring whenever possible, restaurant and spa reservations, performance tickets, private airport transfers, internal transportation, VIP and fast-track airport assistance in many destinations
Around-the-clock support in each destination during your trip
Unique, insider travel experiences and access to the Artisans of Leisure network of experts around the world
All Artisans of Leisure tours are private and depart daily.
Please Contact Us for more information regarding the above tour, or to begin customizing your own itinerary.