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, 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

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

Culinary Tour of Japan

(12 Days - Departs Daily on a Private Basis)
Tokyo, Kanazawa, Yamanaka Onsen, Kyoto

Experience Japan’s incredible food culture in an in-depth, hands-on way on this private culinary tour of Japan. The tour features culinary and cultural touring with your own guide and driver, private cooking classes, market tours and specialty culinary-related shopping, dining reservations and tasting opportunities, accommodation in Japan’s best luxury hotels and ryokan (traditional inns), private airport transfers, first-class travel by shinkansen (bullet train), luggage transfers and access to a wide range of unique activities.

Begin in dynamic Tokyo, Japan’s capital of style and one of the world’s most exciting culinary destinations. During touring with your private guide and driver, explore the Kappabashi kitchenware district, Tsukiji Fish Market, food markets and depachika (department store food halls), and other food specialty shops. Explore neighborhoods such as Ginza, Aoyama, Shibuya and Harajuku. Tour important historical sites and also experience Japanese pop culture. Upon request, Artisans of Leisure can arrange additional touring according to your interests, such as meetings with culinary and sake experts, a private tour with the “Tokyo Fixer,” watching sumo wrestlers practice at a sumo stable, and visiting crafts workshops. Artisans of Leisure can make reservations for you to dine at our favorite local restaurants and at internationally acclaimed restaurants (the Michelin Guide has awarded more stars in Tokyo than in any other city in the world).

Next, travel by first-class shinkansen to Kanazawa, a cultural gem. One of Japan’s wealthiest cities during the feudal era, Kanazawa is known for beautiful gardens, traditional architecture, acclaimed contemporary art and folk art museums, and fresh seafood from the nearby Sea of Japan. One day, enjoy a private tour of a miso (fermented soybean paste) factory and a lesson in creating the perfect bowl of miso soup. Another day, take an excursion to the Noto Peninsula to visit a local sake brewery, a sea salt producer and a wagashi (traditional Japanese sweets) shop that specializes in yubeshi, a rice flour-based confection. One day, Artisans of Leisure will arrange an exclusive private visit and culinary experience at a traditional Japanese farm in the local countryside.

Continue to Yamanaka Onsen, a resort town known for hot springs, fine culinary and craft traditions, and scenic Kakusenkei Gorge. Stay at one of Japan’s finest luxury ryokan inns, enjoy exquisite kaiseki ryori (seasonal tasting menu) dinners, and relax in your private open-air bath. Learn to make soba (buckwheat noodles) during a private lesson. Also visit a local soy sauce maker and a confectioner. If desired, additional touring can also be arranged, such as visiting local workshops where artisans craft ceramics, washi paper and lacquered wood, and perhaps walk through the gorge. Also visit spectacular Nata-dera Temple, an ancient Buddhist complex of buildings perched on cliffs and tucked into caves.

Next, visit enchanting Kyoto, the heart of Japanese culture and tradition. Enjoy a private cooking lesson tailored to your culinary interests, explore Kyoto’s incredible food markets, and visit renowned shops selling handmade knives, lacquerware, ceramics, tofu, miso, noodles, tea, sweets, sake and more. Experience different types of cuisine, such as Kyo-ryori (traditional Kyoto-style cuisine), refined kaiseki ryori, authentic Japanese home cooking and vegetarian Buddhist temple cuisine. Enjoy an exclusive private tea ceremony. Visit important temples and shrines. Gain access to imperial villas and private gardens such as Katsura Rikyu and Saihoji (the Moss Temple). Stroll through a bamboo forest. Tour traditional geisha districts such as Gion. 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 and a visit to a private machiya (traditional merchant house).

Return to Tokyo for last-minute shopping, dining and free time to enjoy the city.

Itinerary Overview
Day 1 Arrive Tokyo

Private arrival transfer to hotel for 2 nights

Day 2 Tokyo

Full-day private tour, including Tsukiji Fish Market and other markets, food halls and specialty shops, and historic and cultural highlights

Day 3 Tokyo - Kanazawa

Private transfer to station for first-class shinkansen (bullet train). Private arrival transfer to hotel for 2 nights. Afternoon private city tour

Day 4 Kanazawa

Full-day private tour, including visit to miso factory and afternoon cooking class at farm in rural village

Day 5 Kanazawa – Yamanaka Onsen

Private touring en route to luxury ryokan inn for 2 nights, including kaiseki ryori dinner. Afternoon private soba-making lesson

Day 6 Yamanaka Onsen

Private culinary and cultural touring, including visit to artisan workshop, soy sauce maker or confection-making lesson, and kaiseki ryori dinner

Day 7 Yamanaka Onsen - Kyoto

Private transfer to train station for first-class express train. Private arrival transfer to hotel for 4 nights. Afternoon private tour

Day 8 Kyoto

Full-day private culinary and cultural touring, including private tea ceremony and lunch at a temple

Day 9 Kyoto

Morning private cooking lesson. Afternoon private touring

Day 10 Kyoto

Full-day private culinary and cultural touring

Day 11 Kyoto - Tokyo

Private transfer to train station for first-class shinkansen. Private arrival transfer to hotel for 1 night

Day 12 Depart Japan

Private airport transfer


Hotels
Tokyo: Aman Tokyo, Park Hyatt Tokyo or Peninsula Tokyo
Kanazawa: Hotel Nikko Kanazawa
Yamanaka Onsen: Kayotei
Kyoto:

Ritz-Carlton Kyoto or Four Seasons Kyoto


Cost
$21,540 Per person (double occupancy)