(12 Days - Departs Daily on a Private Basis) Tokyo, Matsumoto, Takayama & Kamikochi, Kyoto, Hakone & Mount Fuji
Begin in dynamic Tokyo, Japan’s capital of style and innovation. During private touring, explore interesting neighborhoods such as Shibuya, Harajuku and Ginza. Tour important historic sites and experience Japan’s vibrant pop culture. 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 train to Matsumoto, a picturesque castle town with views of the stunning Japan Alps. Spend the afternoon exploring the castle, visiting sculpture gardens or art museums, and learning about traditional folklore. Spend the night at a luxury Relais & Chateaux-affiliated ryokan (traditional inn), and enjoy a soak in the therapeutic onsen (hot springs).
Visit Kamikochi, one of the most legendary hiking destinations in the Japan Alps to enjoy a morning hike with a nature specialist. Continue to Takayama, a tradition-steeped hamlet in the shadow of the Japan Alps. Visit the morning market, traditional merchant houses, specialty shops and an outdoor museum featuring thatched-roof farmhouses from throughout the region.
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, shrines and gardens. 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. One day, enjoy a hike with your private guide to beautiful temples and ancient shrines in the mountains surrounding Kyoto.
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, or a visit to a machiya (traditional merchant house).
Continue by first-class shinkansen (bullet train) to Hakone, a volcanic national park renowned for hot springs and views of iconic Mount Fuji. Stay at one of Japan’s most luxurious and renowned ryokan, 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, including a walk along an original section of the Old Tokaido Road. If desired, full-day hikes or overnight trekking extensions on Mount Fuji can be arranged for serious hikers.
Return to Tokyo for last-minute shopping, dining, and free time to enjoy the city.
Private arrival transfer to hotel for 2 nights
Half-day private tour
Tokyo – Matsumoto
Private transfer to train station and first-class train to Matsumoto. Private arrival transfer to ryokan for 1 night, including kaiseki dinner. Private afternoon tour
Matsumoto – Kamikochi – Takayama
Private transfer to Kamikochi for hike with private nature guide. Private transfer to Takayama and ryokan for 2 nights, including kaiseki dinner
Half-day private tour. Kaiseki dinner this evening
Takayama – Kyoto
Private transfer to train station and first-class train to Kyoto. Private arrival transfer to hotel for 3 nights. Afternoon private tour
Full-day private tour
Full-day private tour in Kyoto or private hiking excursion in nearby mountains
Kyoto – Hakone
Private transfer to train station and first-class shinkansen (bullet train) to Hakone region. Private arrival transfer to ryokan for 2 nights, including kaiseki dinner. Private afternoon tour
Morning private cultural tour. Afternoon private hike or nature walk in Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park. Kaiseki dinner
Hakone – Tokyo
Private transfer to train station and first-class shinkansen to Tokyo. Private arrival transfer to hotel for 1 night
Private airport transfer
Park Hyatt Tokyo and The Peninsula Tokyo
Tobira Onsen Myojinkan
Hidatei Hanaougi Ryokan
Hyatt Regency Kyoto or Kyoto Hotel Okura
Gora Kadan Ryokan
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.