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

Journey Through Japan

(17 Days - Departs Daily on a Private Basis)
Tokyo, Kamakura & Hakone, Kanazawa, Kyoto, Naoshima, Yufuin & Beppu

This is an exclusive luxury journey in Japan. The tour features a wide range of cultural experiences in Japan’s most popular destinations and atmospheric but lesser-known towns, outstanding traditional and contemporary culture, incredible cuisine, and much more. The tour includes private cultural touring with your own guide and driver, accommodation in Japan’s best luxury hotels and ryokan (traditional inns), private airport transfers, first-class train travel, luggage transfers, and access to a wide range of unique activities.

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.

Next, visit the beautiful seaside town of Kamakura, an ancient capital of Japan. Walk through hillside forests and bamboo groves to reach charming Shinto shrines and majestic Zen temples. Also see the renowned Great Buddha, a huge bronze statue built in the 13th century. 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.

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 (the 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 central food market, and experience Kanazawa’s excellent, refined cuisine at our favorite restaurants. One day, Artisans of Leisure will arrange an exclusive private visit and culinary experience at a traditional Japanese farm in the countryside.

Next, travel 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 or to ancient Nara, the birthplace of Buddhism in Japan. 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.

Continue to Naoshima, a renowned contemporary art destination on an island in the Seto Inland Sea. Stay at Benesse House, a Tadao Ando-designed hotel and contemporary art museum. During private touring, explore Benesse Art Site Naoshima, a complex of museums, installations and art spaces scattered across the island. Visit Benesse House Museum to see work by artists such as Richard Long and Hiroshi Sugimoto, and see installations by Yayoi Kusama, Cai Guo-Qiang and others along the waterfront. Also see the Art House Projects, where installations by James Turrell, Rei Naito and other artists inhabit buildings in a local village. Depending on time and interests, also explore the Chichu Art Museum, Lee Ufan Museum and I Love Yu Bathhouse.

Next, travel to Yufuin, an onsen (hot springs) town on the southern island of Kyushu. Stay in your own traditional Japanese house at a luxury ryokan inn, and enjoy kaiseki ryori meals and soaks in your private hot spring bath. During private touring in the region, see highlights such as geothermal pools, traditional villages, crafts workshops and nearby Beppu, one of Japan’s most famous onsen towns. Also see the Usuki Stone Buddhas, a collection of 60 ancient sculptures carved into rocky cliffs. Another day, venture to Mount Aso, an active volcano with panoramic views over a stunning caldera landscape dotted with farms and villages.

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 city tour

Day 3 Tokyo - Kamakura - Hakone

Private touring en route to luxury hot springs ryokan inn for 2 nights, including kaiseki ryori dinner

Day 4 Hakone

Half-day private tour. Afternoon at leisure

Day 5 Hakone - Kanazawa

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

Day 6 Kanazawa

Full-day private tour, including afternoon cooking class at farm in rural village

Day 7 Kanazawa - Kyoto

Private transfer to train station for first-class express train. Private arrival transfer to hotel for 3 nights. Afternoon private city tour

Day 8 Kyoto

Full-day private tour, including private tea ceremony and vegetarian lunch at temple

Day 9 Kyoto

Private city tour or private excursion to Miho Museum or Nara

Day 10 Kyoto - Naoshima

Private transfer to train station for first-class shinkansen, private car and ferry to island in the Seto Inland Sea. Touring en route to hotel for 2 nights

Day 11 Naoshima

Full-day private tour

Day 12 Naoshima - Yufuin

Transfer by ferry, private car and first-class trains, with optional stop in Hiroshima, to ryokan for
3 nights, including kaiseki ryori dinner

Day 13 Yufuin & Beppu

Full-day private tour of Beppu and Stone Buddhas. Kaiseki dinner this evening

Day 14 Yufuin & Mt. Aso

Half-day private tour. Kaiseki dinner this evening

Day 15 Yufuin - Tokyo

Private transfer to airport for flight. Private arrival transfer to hotel for 2 nights

Day 16 Tokyo
At leisure in Tokyo
Day 17 Depart Tokyo
Private airport transfer

Hotels
Tokyo:

Aman Tokyo

Hakone: Gora Kadan Ryokan
Kanazawa: Hotel Nikko Kanazawa
Kyoto: Ritz-Carlton Kyoto or Four Seasons Kyoto
Naoshima: Benesse House
Yufuin: Sansou Murata Ryokan

Cost
$32,985 Per person (double occupancy)