Private luxury tours in Japan

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Luxury Japan Tours

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

Exclusive Japan
(11 Days)
Tokyo, Kanazawa, Kyoto, Hakone

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

Introduction to Japan
(7 Days)
Tokyo, Kyoto

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

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

Treasures of Japan
(12 Days)
Tokyo, Kamakura & Hakone, Kyoto & Nara, Miyajima & Hiroshima

Highlights of Japan
(10 Days)
Tokyo, Kyoto

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

Kyoto in Depth
(6 Days)
Kyoto & environs

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

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

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

Gardens & Crafts of Japan
(11 Days)
Tokyo, Kurashiki, Kyoto, Kanazawa

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

Ceramics Tour of Japan
(15 Days)
Tokyo & Mashiko, Kanazawa & Yamashiro Onsen, Kyoto & Shiga, Fukuoka, Imari & Arita, Yufuin

Hiking Tour of Japan
(12 Days)
Tokyo, Matsumoto, Takayama & Kamikochi, Kyoto, Hakone & Mt. Fuji

Journey Through Japan
(17 Days)
Tokyo, Kamakura & Hakone, Kanazawa, Kyoto, Naoshima, Yufuin & Beppu

Highlights of Kyushu
(8 Days)
Fukuoka, Nagasaki, Kumamoto, Yufuin & Beppu

Multi-Country Tours

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

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

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

The Art of Japan

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

This exclusive private tour is ideal for travelers wanting to explore in depth the incredibly rich arts and crafts of Japan, from centuries-old traditions to cutting-edge novelties. It features Japan’s top destinations for art, architecture, design and crafts, as well as activities such as meeting artisans in their studios, visiting ceramics villages, browsing top craft boutiques, and taking hands-on classes in traditional crafts such as pottery, gold leaf, calligraphy, ikebana (flower arranging), tea, indigo dyeing and papermaking.

Begin in Tokyo, a dynamic city where tradition and modernity coexist. During touring with your own 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. See striking contemporary architecture and the latest Japanese gadgets. Visit some of Tokyo’s best museums, such as the Edo-Tokyo Museum or the 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, Artisans of Leisure can arrange additional touring such as visiting top art galleries and folk art shops, meeting with gallery owners, visiting the Mingeikan (Folk Art Museum), browsing flea markets, watching sumo wrestlers practice at a sumo stable, meeting with culinary and sake experts, taking private martial arts lessons 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 by first-class shinkansen (bullet train) 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. With your expert local guide, tour former samurai and geisha neighborhoods. Explore the renowned Kenrokuen Garden, one of the most famous gardens in Japan. Tour fascinating Myoryuji (Ninja Temple) and visit museums such as the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art and Ishikawa Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts. Visit a pottery kiln and shops specializing in Kanazawa’s celebrated silk, lacquer and gold-leaf products. Also tour the city’s enormous central food market and experience Kanazawa’s excellent, refined cuisine at our favorite restaurants. Artisans of Leisure can also arrange private meetings with Living National Treasures, craftspeople who have attained the highest skill levels and are considered the preservers of important intangible cultural properties.

Next, visit Yamanaka Onsen, a scenic resort town known for hot springs and fine crafts. Relax in your private open-air bath while staying at one of Japan’s finest luxury ryokan (traditional inns). During private touring, visit the workshops of craftsmen making ceramics, washi paper or lacquered wood products. If desired, additional touring can also be arranged, such as learning to make soba (buckwheat noodles) during a private lesson and visiting a local soy sauce maker and a confectioner.

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 and shrines. Gain access to imperial villas such as Katsura Rikyu. Meet privately with a top ceramics expert. Enjoy an exclusive private tea or incense ceremony. Stroll through a bamboo forest. Enjoy a Buddhist vegetarian lunch at a local temple. Tour traditional geisha districts such as Gion. 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 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 and a visit to a machiya (traditional merchant house).

Itinerary Overview
Day 1 Arrive Tokyo
Private arrival transfer to hotel for 3 nights
Day 2 Tokyo
Full-day private tour
Day 3 Tokyo
Full-day private tour
Day 4 Tokyo – Kanazawa
Private transfer to station for bullet train to Kanazawa. Private arrival transfer to hotel for 2 nights. Afternoon private city tour
Day 5 Kanazawa
Private touring focused on culture, crafts, art, food and gardens
Day 6 Kanazawa – Yamanaka Onsen
Private transfer to luxury ryokan for 2 nights, with touring en route
Day 7 Yamanaka Onsen
Private tour of local artisan studios, scenic and cultural highlights
Day 8

Yamanaka Onsen – Kyoto
Private transfer to train station for first-class train to Kyoto. Private arrival transfer to hotel for 4 nights. Afternoon private city tour

Day 9

Kyoto
Full-day private cultural tour with emphasis on local cultural, culinary and craft highlights

Day 10

Kyoto
Full-day private cultural tour with emphasis on local cultural, culinary and craft highlights

Day 11

Kyoto
Full-day private cultural tour with emphasis on local cultural, culinary and craft highlights

Day 12

Kyoto – Tokyo
Private transfer to train station for first-class bullet train to Tokyo. Private arrival transfer to hotel for overnight. Afternoon at leisure

Day 13 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
$24,945 Per person (double occupancy)