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

Snow Monkeys, Hot Springs & More

(16 Days - Departs Daily on a Private Basis)
Tokyo, Kyoto, Yamanaka Onsen, Kanazawa & Shirakawago, Yamanouchi & Jigokudani

Ideal for winter, this private tour of Japan includes must-see cultural highlights in Tokyo, Kyoto and Kanazawa, time at one of Japan’s most exclusive onsen (hot spring) resorts, walking through a beautiful rural village, visiting the workshops of traditional crafts people and food producers, and an excursion to Jigokudani, where snow monkeys soak in hot springs.

Begin in Tokyo, the capital of contemporary culture and style in Japan. 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 the Meiji Shrine and Sensoji. See striking contemporary architecture and the latest Japanese gadgets. Visit some of Tokyo’s best museums, such as the Mori Art 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, touring Tokyo's nightlife districts, 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, 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. Enjoy an exclusive private tea ceremony. Stroll through a bamboo forest. Gain access to imperial villas and private gardens such as Katsura Rikyu or Saihoji (the Moss Temple). 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. If desired, also tour a sake brewery or a renowned whiskey factory. 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, 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, visit Yamanaka Onsen, a scenic resort town known for hot springs. En route, see Nata-dera Temple, which is particularly beautiful when covered in snow. Stay in one of Japan’s finest luxury ryokan (traditional inns), 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 the workshops of craftsmen making ceramics, washi paper or lacquerware.

Continue 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 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 enormous central food market, and experience Kanazawa’s excellent, refined cuisine at our favorite restaurants. One day, enjoy a private excursion to Shirakawago, a rural village and UNESCO World Heritage Site of thatched-roof farmhouses. Explore the traditional structures in the town, and also go for a guided snowshoe tour through the snow-covered forest, a winter wonderland.

Continue into the mountains of Nagano to the Yamanouchi region and Yudanaka Onsen. During private touring, visit the renowned Jigokudani Wild Monkey Park, where wild macaques popularly known as snow monkeys like to soak in hot springs during cold weather. Also explore the highlights of Obuse, a nearby town known for chestnuts and its association with renowned artist Hokusai, including interesting museums, temples, specialty food shops and sake breweries.

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

Itinerary Overview
Day 1 Arrive Tokyo
Private arrival transfer to hotel for 3 nights
Day 2 Tokyo

Full-day private tour

Day 3 Tokyo

Half-day private tour

Day 4 Tokyo – Kyoto

Private transfer to train station and first-class shinkansen (bullet train) to Kyoto. Private arrival transfer to hotel for 3 nights. Afternoon private tour

Day 5 Kyoto

Full-day private tour, including lunch at a temple

Day 6 Kyoto

Full-day private tour or excursion

Day 7 Kyoto – Yamanaka Onsen

Private transfer to train station for first-class express train to Yamanaka Onsen and ryokan for 2 nights

Day 8 Yamanaka Onsen

Full-day private cultural and scenic touring including visits to local craft workshops, nature touring and soba-making lesson

Day 9 Yamanaka Onsen Kanazawa

Private transfer to Kanazawa for 3 nights with tour of Nata-dera Temple en route. Afternoon private tour

Day 10 Kanazawa

Full-day private tour

Day 11 Kanazawa & Shirakawago

Full-day private excursion including snow forest tour

Day 12 Kanazawa – Yamanouchi (Yudanaka Onsen)

Private transfer to station for shinkansen to Nagano. Private transfer to ryokan for 2 nights

Day 13 Yamanouchi (Yudanaka Onsen) & Jigokudani

Private flexible touring including Jigokudani Wild Monkey Park, Obuse and other local highlights

Day 14 Yamanouchi (Yudanaka Onsen) – Tokyo

Private transfer to Nagano for bullet train to Tokyo. Private arrival transfer to hotel for 2 nights

Day 15 Tokyo

Half-day private tour

Day 16 Depart Tokyo
Private airport transfer


Aman Tokyo, Park Hyatt Tokyo and/or Peninsula Tokyo

Kyoto: Ritz-Carlton Kyoto or Four Seasons Kyoto
Yamanaka Onsen: Kayotei Ryokan
Kanazawa: Hotel Nikko Kanazawa
Yamanouchi (Yudanaka Onsen): Yorozuya Ryokan

$28,605 Per person (double occupancy)