Private luxury tours in Japan

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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, Kyoto

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

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

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

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

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

Luxuries of Japan & Thailand

(12 Days - Departs Daily on a Private Basis)
Tokyo, Hakone, Kyoto, Bangkok, Chiang Mai

his 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 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 Meiji Jingu Shrine and Senso-ji Temple in Asakusa. See striking contemporary architecture and the latest Japanese gadgets. Visit some of Tokyo’s best museums according to your interests, such as the Mori Art Museum, Edo-Tokyo Museum or 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, and 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.

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.

Next, travel by first-class shinkansen (bullet train) 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. 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 an excursion to the I. M. Pei-designed Miho Museum; to ancient Nara, the birthplace of Buddhism in Japan; or to Hiroshima to visit the Peace Park and Museum and nearby Miyajima with its iconic torii (Shinto gate) that seems to float on the water. 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.

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, participate in a morning Buddhist alms ceremony at a mountaintop temple, enjoy a hands-on experience at an elephant sanctuary, visit local hill tribe villages, and explore Chiang Mai's temples and markets. During leisure time, perhaps enjoy a Thai cooking class, spa treatment, or time to relax at the wonderful resort.

Itinerary Overview
Day 1 Arrive Tokyo, Japan
Private arrival transfer to hotel for 2 nights
Day 2 Tokyo
Full-day private city tour
Day 3 Tokyo – Hakone
Private transfer to Hakone for afternoon touring. Private transfer to luxury hot springs ryokan for 1 night, including kaiseki dinner
Day 4 Hakone – Kyoto
Private transfer to train station for first-class shinkansen to Kyoto. Private arrival transfer to hotel for 3 nights. Afternoon private tour
Day 5 Kyoto
Full-day private tour
Day 6 Kyoto
Full-day private tour or option for excursion to Miho Museum or Nara
Day 7 Kyoto – Osaka – Bangkok, Thailand
Private transfer to Osaka airport for flight to Bangkok (flight not included in cost). VIP airport assistance through immigration. Private arrival transfer to hotel for 2 nights
Day 8 Bangkok
Full-day private city tour, including private longtail boat ride
Day 9 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
Day 10 Chiang Mai
Option for sunrise alms giving. Half-day private tour with option for city touring or excursion to elephant sanctuary
Day 11 Chiang Mai
At leisure
Day 12 Depart Chiang Mai
Private airport transfer

Hotels
Tokyo: Aman Tokyo
Hakone: Gora Kadan Ryokan
Kyoto: Ritz-Carlton Kyoto
Bangkok: Mandarin Oriental Bangkok
Chiang Mai: Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai

Cost
$20,775 Per person (double occupancy)