Introduction to Japan
A Week in Japan
Tokyo, Hakone, Kyoto
Family Tour of Japan
Tokyo, Hakone & Mount Fuji, Kyoto & Hiroshima
Highlights of Japan
Tokyo, Hakone, Kyoto, Kanazawa
Essence of Japan
Tokyo, Hakone & Kamakura, Kyoto
Culinary Tour of Japan
Tokyo, Kanazawa, Yamanaka Onsen, Kyoto & Osaka
Contemporary Art & Architecture of Japan
Tokyo, Kanazawa, Kyoto & Miho Museum, Naoshima, Tokyo
Traditions of Japan
Tokyo, Nikko, Kyoto, Kanazawa, Takayama
Best of Japan
Tokyo, Hakone & Kamakura, Kyoto, Yamanaka Onsen, Kanazawa
Cherry Blossoms: Sakura Season in Japan
Tokyo, Hakone, Kyoto
Japan: Culture, Cuisine & Hot Springs
Tokyo, Hakone, Kyoto, Yamanaka Onsen, Kanazawa
Tokyo, Hakone, Kyoto & Osaka, Okinawa, Tokyo
Hiking Tour of Japan: Nakasendo Road & the Japan Alps
Kyoto, Nakasendo Road, Takayama & Kamikochi, Matsumoto, Tokyo
Historic Hikes of Japan: Kumano Kodo & Nakasendo Road
Kyoto, Kumano Kodo, Ise-Shima region, Nakasendo Road, Tokyo
Exclusive Japan: Amans, Art & Onsen
Tokyo, Naoshima, Kyoto, Ise-Shima region
Highlights of Kyushu
Fukuoka & Saga, Nagasaki, Kumamoto, Yufuin & Beppu
Luxuries of Kyushu: Seven Stars Train
Fukuoka, Seven Stars in Kyushu train
Garden Tour of Japan
Tokyo, Kurashiki & Okayama, Kyoto, Kanazawa
Traditional Crafts of Japan
Tokyo, Kurashiki, Kyoto, Yamanaka Onsen, Kanazawa
Best of Hokkaido & Tohoku
Tokyo, Sapporo & Otaru, Hakodate, Sendai with Matsushima & Yamadera, Nikko, Tokyo
Hokkaido in Winter
Sapporo & Otaru, Niseko
Sapporo & Otaru, Furano & Biei, Noboribetsu, Hakodate
Treasures of Japan: UNESCO World Heritage Sites
Tokyo, Nikko, Osaka with Hiroshima, Miyajima and Himeji Castle, Koyasan (Mount Koya), Kyoto & Nara, Kanazawa & Shirakawago, Hakone & Kamakura
Classic Japan & the Guntu Cruise
Tokyo, Seto Inland Sea (Guntu luxury cruise), Kyoto, Hakone
Ryokan (Traditional Inns) of Japan Tour
Tokyo, Hakone & Kamakura, Kyoto, Yamanaka Onsen & Kanazawa
Winter Tour of Japan: Snow Monkeys, Hot Springs & More
Tokyo, Yamanouchi, Kanazawa & Shirakawago, Yamanaka Onsen
Japan Old & New
Tokyo, Takayama & Shirakawago, Kanazawa, Kyoto, Naoshima, Hakone
Sacred Japan: Pilgrimage Sites, Ancient Forests & Cultural Treasures
Tokyo, Koyasan (Mount Koya), Kyoto & Nara, Ise-Shima region, Osaka, Yakushima, Hakone & Kamakura
Kyoto in Depth
Kyoto with Nara, Uji, Himeji Castle and/or Hiroshima & Miyajima
Luxuries of Japan & Thailand
Tokyo, Hakone, Kyoto, Bangkok, Chiang Mai
Best of Japan & China
Tokyo, Hakone, Kyoto, Beijing & Great Wall, Xian, Guilin & Yangshuo, Shanghai
Three Capitals: Tokyo, Seoul & Beijing
Tokyo, Seoul, Beijing & Great Wall
(17 Days - Departs Daily on a Private Basis)
Tokyo, Hakone & Kamakura, Kyoto, Yamanaka Onsen, Kanazawa
The ultimate private luxury tour of Japan, this in-depth, leisurely journey visits Japan’s most important and most fascinating locations and includes stays at the country’s best luxury hotels and ryokan (traditional inns).
Begin in Tokyo, the capital of contemporary culture and style in Japan. Stay at one of the city’s best luxury hotels, and enjoy comprehensive city touring with your private guide and driver. Visit Tokyo’s most interesting neighborhoods, such as Ginza, Asakusa, Shibuya, Harajuku, Aoyama, Shinjuku and Roppongi. See striking contemporary architecture, and tour important historical sites such as Meiji Jingu Shrine and Sensoji Temple. Experience the best of Japanese pop culture during visits to trendy districts, specialty shops, quirky cafes and popular sites such as Yoyogi Park. Also visit Tokyo’s best museums and art sites, such as the Mori Art Museum, a teamLab Borderless installation, Edo-Tokyo Museum or the Tokyo National Museum according to your interests. Experience Tokyo’s exciting culinary scene during visits to the Tsukiji Outer Market or Toyosu Market, the Kappabashi kitchenware district, and our favorite specialty food shops and department store food halls. Artisans of Leisure can also assist with reservations at the best restaurants in Tokyo, which range from local noodle shops, sushi bars and izakaya (pubs) to some of the most acclaimed restaurants in the world.
Upon request, Artisans of Leisure can arrange additional experiences in Tokyo, such as watching sumo wrestlers practice at a sumo stable, a private sushi-making lesson, specialized shopping, meetings with culinary and sake experts, private martial arts lessons, seeing a Japanese baseball game, attending a kabuki performance and visiting the Ghibli Museum. We can also arrange touring to include Japanese seasonal events such as ohanami (cherry blossom viewing) parties in the spring, fireworks festivals in the summer and viewing koyo (fall foliage) in the autumn.
Next, visit the seaside town of Kamakura, an ancient capital of Japan with dozens of beautiful Zen temples and Shinto shrines along the coast and in the hillside forests and bamboo groves. Tour the highlights of the region including the Great Buddha, a monumental bronze statue built in the 13th century.
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 inns, where you can soak in outdoor onsen (hot spring bath) and enjoy a gourmet kaiseki ryori (seasonal tasting menu) dinner. During private touring, explore Hakone’s geothermal areas and historical sites. Also enjoy a private boat ride on Lake Ashi for views of Mount Fuji. Perhaps also visit one of Hakone’s best art museums or a studio dedicated to yosegi (inlaid wood), a local craft. Upon request, Artisans of Leisure can incorporate hiking or a drive up the base of Mount Fuji.
Next, travel by first-class shinkansen (bullet train) to enchanting Kyoto, the heart of Japanese culture and tradition. Stay at one of Kyoto’s best luxury hotels or ryokan, and enjoy flexible private touring of the best of this elegant city with your private guide and driver. Visit the city’s most important historic attractions and temples and shrines such as Kinkakuji (Temple of the Golden Pavilion), Ryoanji and its famous Zen rock garden, Kiyomizudera Temple, Nijo Castle, Ginkakuji, Saihoji (Moss Temple) and Fushimi Inari, famous for its tunnel of red torii gates. Take a private excursion to Arashiyama, a beautiful mountainside district, to see its enormous bamboo forest, historic gardens and sites, and to have a vegetarian lunch at a Zen temple. Enjoy a private tour of Gion, Kyoto’s traditional geisha district, walk on the Philosopher’s Path, and see traditional architecture in our favorite neighborhoods. Also browse Nishiki Market, antiques districts, small specialty museums and historic shops that have been selling traditional goods for centuries. Upon request, we can arrange access to imperial villas and private gardens such as Katsura Rikyu and other less-visited attractions. Artisans of Leisure will also arrange an exclusive private Japanese tea ceremony in a tea villa and reservations at Kyoto’s best restaurants.
One day, take a private excursion to Hiroshima for an educational and moving visit to the Peace Park and Museum and nearby Miyajima Island with its iconic torii (Shinto gate) that seems to float on the water. Another day, enjoy a private excursion to ancient Nara, the eighth-century capital of Japan.
Upon request, other activities that can be arranged around Kyoto include an exclusive private dinner with geisha entertainment, private Zen meditation in a local Buddhist temple, meetings with local craftspeople, private ikebana (flower arranging) lessons, visiting a master swordsmith, meetings with ceramics experts, tea tastings and tea plantation visits, visits to sake breweries and tofu factories, manga drawing lessons, a visit to a private machiya (traditional merchant house), hiking to temples in the hills, attending local festivals, private Japanese cooking classes, and visiting the best places around Kyoto to view cherry blossoms and fall foliage.
Continue by first-class express train to Yamanaka Onsen, a resort town known for hot springs, refined culinary and craft traditions, and a scenic gorge. Stay at one of Japan’s finest luxury ryokan inns, enjoy exquisite kaiseki ryori meals and relax in your private open-air onsen bath. During private touring, meet renowned artisans in their workshops, explore the historic town and perhaps walk through scenic Kakusenkei Gorge. If desired, visit the nearby traditional town of Yamashiro Onsen and its ceramics boutiques. Also visit Natadera Temple, an ancient Buddhist complex of buildings perched on cliffs and tucked into caves.
Continue to Kanazawa, one of Japan’s wealthiest cities during the feudal era and now a wonderful cultural and culinary destination on the Sea of Japan. With your expert guide, explore the highlights of the town, including traditional Japanese architecture in former samurai and geisha districts and beautiful Kenrokuen Garden, one of the most famous gardens in Japan. Learn about Kanazawa’s celebrated traditional crafts, including silk, lacquer and gold leaf products. Also tour fascinating Myoryuji (Ninja Temple), and visit museums such as the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art and Ishikawa Prefectural Museum of Traditional Arts and Crafts. Explore the city’s Omicho food market, and experience Kanazawa’s refined cuisine at our favorite restaurants. One day, Artisans of Leisure will arrange an exclusive private visit and culinary experience at a traditional Japanese farm in the countryside. Other touring options around Kanazawa include visiting the Ohi Museum, the D.T. Suzuki Museum, and a renowned pottery kiln and studio.
Return to Tokyo by shinkansen for additional touring or shopping according to your interests, as well as free time to enjoy the city.
Our Japan trip was amazing. Each of our guides were excellent and made the trip most enjoyable while also informative and generally good company to have with us. As always, Artisans of Leisure plans and creates a first-class trip that left us to do nothing but enjoy our time and not have to worry about anything. We can hardly wait to plan our next adventure.
~ N.R., Greenwich, CT
We’re back from Japan and had a wonderful time. We are absolutely spoiled by traveling with Artisans of Leisure!
~ M.M., Santa Barbara, CA
Our Japan trip was a wonderful, memorable, lifetime experience. Our guide was a jewel and the absolute highlight of our trip. We appreciated the first-class handling of everything from the hotels, meals, tours and travel. Artisans has been the best, hands down!
~ W.M., Brownwood, TX
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