Luxury Japan Tours

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

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

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

Introduction to Japan
(6 Days)
Tokyo, Kyoto

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

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

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

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

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

Romantic Japan
(10 Days)
Osaka, Amanemu, Kyoto, Tokyo

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

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

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

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

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

Culture, Crafts & Gardens of Japan
(12 Days)
Tokyo, Kanazawa, Yamanaka Onsen, Kyoto, Hakone

The Best of the Inland Sea & Beyond
(12 Days)
Tokyo, Naoshima, Seto Inland Sea cruise & Kurashiki, Kyoto

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

Ceramics Tour of Japan
(10 Days)
Fukuoka & Saga, Kyoto, Yamashiro Onsen & Kanazawa, Tokyo

Hiking Tour of Japan
(9 Days)
Tokyo, Kamakura & Hakone, Kyoto

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

Spa, Nature & Spirituality Tour of Japan
(14 Days)
Tokyo, Hakone & Kamakura, Koya-san, Kyoto, Yakushima

Multi-Country Tours

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

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

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

Spa, Nature & Spirituality Tour of Japan

(14 Days - Departs Daily on a Private Basis)
Tokyo, Hakone & Kamakura, Koya-san, Kyoto, Yakushima

This private luxury tour features some of Japan's iconic destinations and emphasizes the unique natural beauty and traditional spirituality and wellness aspects of the country, including temples and shrines, national parks and ancient forests, traditional hot springs ryokan and exclusive cultural experiences. 

Begin in Tokyo, the capital of contemporary culture and style in Japan. During flexible touring with your private guide and driver, visit Tokyo's most interesting neighborhoods, such as Ginza, Aoyama, Shibuya and Harajuku. Tour important historical sites such as Meiji Jingu Shrine and Sensoji Temple, see striking contemporary architecture, visit some of Tokyo's best museums according to your interests, or experience Tokyo's culinary scene at Tsukiji Outer Market and department store food halls. Artisans of Leisure can also make reservations at our favorite spas and restaurants in Tokyo.

Next, visit the beautiful seaside town of Kamakura, an ancient capital of Japan. Walk through hillside forests and bamboo groves to reach charming Shinto shrines and majestic Zen temples. Also see the renowned Great Buddha, a huge 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 (traditional inns), where you can soak in your own private outdoor hot spring bath and enjoy a gourmet kaiseki ryori (seasonal tasting menu) dinner. During private touring, explore Hakone's geothermal areas, forested mountains and historical sites. Also enjoy a private boat ride on Lake Ashinoko for views of Mount Fuji. Perhaps also visit one of Hakone's best art museums. Upon request, Artisans of Leisure can incorporate hiking or a drive up the base of Mount Fuji.

Continue to atmospheric Koya-san (also known as Mount Koya), an ancient Buddhist site in a magical forest of giant cedar trees high in the mountains. During private touring, see important temples and walk paths through the vast cemetery inside the beautiful forest, passing hundreds of stone lanterns and moss-covered graves. Stay at a traditional temple lodge, and enjoy shojin ryori (Buddhist vegetarian) meals. Also opt to participate in ritual Buddhist chanting at a temple.

Next, travel 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. 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.

Transfer to the airport for a flight to Yakushima, a mountainous subtropical island and UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its ancient cedar trees and enchanting natural scenery. Stay at a luxurious resort in the rainforest with panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, gourmet cuisine and a superb spa. During private touring, explore the island's otherworldly landscapes of mossy primeval rainforests, mountain waterfalls and coastal scenery. Upon request, we can arrange kayaking, snorkeling, fishing, biking, yoga classes, spa and wellness treatments, guided forest meditation, cooking classes and more.

Return to Tokyo for flexible private city touring before departure.

Itinerary Overview
Day 1 Arrive Tokyo

Private arrival transfer to hotel for 2 nights

Day 2 Tokyo
Half-day private city tour
Day 3 Tokyo – Kamakura – Hakone

Private tour of Kamakura en route to luxury hot springs ryokan inn for 2 nights. Evening kaiseki ryori dinner. Evening time to enjoy onsen

Day 4 Hakone

Private touring. Evening time to enjoy onsen. Reservations for spa and wellness treatments upon request

Day 5 Hakone – Koya-san

Transfer by first-class trains and private vehicle to temple lodge for 1 night, including shojin ryori vegetarian dinner. Afternoon private tour of temples and other local highlights

Day 6 Koya-san – Kyoto

Option for early morning Buddhist chanting at the temple. Private transfer to train station for first-class train. Private transfer to hotel for 3 nights

Day 7 Kyoto

Full-day private city tour, including Arashiyama and private tea ceremony

Day 8 Kyoto

Full-day private city tour including option for excursion to Nara or other local attractions and sacred temples and shrines

Day 9 Kyoto – Yakushima

Private airport transfer for flight to Yakushima. Private arrival transfer to resort for 3 nights

Day 10 Yakushima

Full-day private tour of the island's scenic and cultural highlights

Day 11 Yakushima

Day at leisure to enjoy resort and spa

Day 12 Yakushima – Tokyo

Private transfer to airport for flight to Tokyo. Private arrival transfer to hotel for 2 nights

Day 13 Tokyo

Half-day private city tour

Day 14 Depart Tokyo

Private airport transfer


Hotels
Tokyo:

Aman Tokyo

Hakone: Gora Kadan Ryokan
Koya-san: Fukuchi-in
Kyoto: Ritz-Carlton Kyoto, Four Seasons Kyoto or Aman Kyoto
Yakushima: Sankara Hotel & Spa

Cost
Upon request Per person (double occupancy)

Luxury Japan Tours

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

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

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

Introduction to Japan
(6 Days)
Tokyo, Kyoto

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

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

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

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

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

Romantic Japan
(10 Days)
Osaka, Amanemu, Kyoto, Tokyo

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

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

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

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

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

Culture, Crafts & Gardens of Japan
(12 Days)
Tokyo, Kanazawa, Yamanaka Onsen, Kyoto, Hakone

The Best of the Inland Sea & Beyond
(12 Days)
Tokyo, Naoshima, Seto Inland Sea cruise & Kurashiki, Kyoto

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

Ceramics Tour of Japan
(10 Days)
Fukuoka & Saga, Kyoto, Yamashiro Onsen & Kanazawa, Tokyo

Hiking Tour of Japan
(9 Days)
Tokyo, Kamakura & Hakone, Kyoto

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

Spa, Nature & Spirituality Tour of Japan
(14 Days)
Tokyo, Hakone & Kamakura, Koya-san, Kyoto, Yakushima

Multi-Country Tours

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

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

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

Testimonials

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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