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

Highlights of Kyushu

(8 Days - Departs Daily on a Private Basis)
Fukuoka & Saga Prefecture, Nagasaki, Kumamoto, Yufuin & Beppu

This private Japan tour focuses on the southern island of Kyushu, which is renowned for ceramics, cuisine, volcanoes, hot springs, gardens and scenic beauty.

Begin in Fukuoka, the most populous city on the island of Kyushu. During private touring, visit cultural highlights such as the ruins of Fukuoka Castle, beautiful Ohori Park, and interesting local temples and shrines. Also enjoy time to independently explore Fukuoka's famous yatai (food stalls), where you can sample Hakata ramen and other favorite local dishes.

En route to Nagasaki, enjoy flexible private touring in Saga Prefecture—one of the most important ceramics regions in Japan—visit notable ceramics towns such as Karatsu (known for rustic pottery popular for the tea ceremony), Okawachiyama (the Village of the Secret Kilns that produces Nabeshima), and Arita and Imari, which are synonymous with fine export porcelain.

Continue to Nagasaki, a major port city with a beautiful fjord-like setting and a fascinating history. During private touring, visit Dejima, where Dutch traders were allowed to operate during the Edo period, when the rest of Japan was closed to outsiders. Tour Glover Garden to see the Victorian houses and gardens of the thriving international community that emerged after the opening of Japan in the 19th century. Dine on local dishes influenced by Chinese and Portuguese traders and missionaries who visited the city in centuries past. Also spend time at the Nagasaki Peace Park and Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum.

Next, visit Kumamoto, a former castle town. During private touring, see the impressive curving stone ramparts and high towers of Kumamoto Castle. Walk through Suizenji Garden, a 17th-century stroll garden in which carefully placed hills, rocks, trees and ponds replicate miniature versions of Mount Fuji and famous sights along the Tokaido Road. Perhaps also browse a local market for specialty food products from the Kumamoto region.

Venture into the center of Kyushu to explore Mount Aso, an active volcano surrounded by a massive caldera. Drive up the slopes of the mountain to take in panoramic views of the verdant landscape dotted with volcanic cones, farms and villages.

Continue to Yufuin, an onsen (hot springs) town. Stay in your own traditional Japanese house at a luxury ryokan inn, and enjoy kaiseki ryori (seasonal tasting menu) meals and soaks in your own private hot springs bath. During private touring in the region, see highlights such as active geothermal pools, traditional villages, crafts workshops and the nearby town of Beppu, one of Japan's most famous onsen destinations. Another option is seeing the Usuki Stone Buddhas, a collection of 60 ancient sculptures carved into rocky cliffs.

Upon request, this tour can be extended to include a ride on the luxurious Seven Stars train, which is known for excellent food and the beautiful Japanese craftsmanship of the interiors.

Itinerary Overview
Day 1 Arrive Fukuoka

Private transfer to hotel for 2 nights

Day 2 Fukuoka
Half-day private tour
Day 3 Fukuoka – Saga Prefecture – Nagasaki

Private touring of pottery towns such as Karatsu, Arita and Imari en route to hotel for 2 nights

Day 4 Nagasaki

Full-day private city tour

Day 5 Nagasaki – Kumamoto

Private transfer to hotel for 1 night. Afternoon private tour

Day 6 Kumamoto – Mount Aso – Yufuin

Private touring en route to luxury ryokan for two nights. Afternoon private touring

Day 7 Yufuin & Beppu

Full-day private excursion, including option to visit Usuki Stone Buddhas

Day 8 Depart Kyushu

Private transfer to airport or train station


Hotels
Fukuoka:

Grand Hyatt Fukuoka

Nagasaki: Garden Terrace Nagasaki Hotel & Resort
Kumamoto: Hotel Nikko Kumamoto
Yufuin: Sansou Murata Ryokan

Cost
$11,285 Per person (double occupancy)