Private luxury tours in Japan

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Luxury Japan Tours

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

Highlights of Tokyo and Kyoto
(8 Days)
Tokyo, Kyoto

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

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

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

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
(7 Days)
Tokyo, Kyoto

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

Ceramics Tour of Japan
(17 Days)
Tokyo, Mashiko, Fukuoka, Imari & Arita, Hagi, Kurashiki, Imbe, Kyoto, Kanazawa, Kaga Onsen

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

Multi-Country Tours

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

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

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

Treasures of Japan

(13 Days - Departs Daily on a Private Basis)
Tokyo, Kamakura & Hakone, Kurashiki, Miyajima & Hiroshima, Kyoto & Nara

This comprehensive private tour features Japan's most iconic destinations and experiences, including famous temples and shrines, tours of traditional towns, renowned gardens, and exclusive cultural experiences.

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. 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, 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.

One day, take an excursion outside of Tokyo. See Zen temples, Shinto shrines and the Great Buddha in the beautiful seaside town of Kamakura, an ancient capital of Japan. Also visit Hakone, where highlights include seeing geysers and hot springs, taking a lake cruise at the base of Mt. Fuji, and visiting acclaimed local art museums.

Continue by first-class shinkansen (bullet train) to Kurashiki, an atmospheric town of willow tree-draped canals, traditional black-and-white architecture, and folk art museums and shops. Stay at a ryokan (traditional inn) and enjoy a gourmet kaiseki (seasonal tasting menu) dinner. Visit Okayama to see Korakuen Garden, one of Japan's most important gardens, en route to Miyajima, most famous for its UNESCO-listed vermilion torii (Shinto shrine gate) that seems to rise out of the sea. During a private tour, explore the island and its traditional temples and architecture. If desired, also take a private tour of nearby Hiroshima to visit the Peace Park and Museum.

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 and private gardens such as Katsura Rikyu, Shugakuin 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 a private 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 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.

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 3 nights

Day 2 Tokyo

Full-day private city tour

Day 3 Tokyo

Full-day private excursion to Kamakura and/or Hakone

Day 4 Tokyo - Kurashiki

Private transfer to train station for first-class shinkansen (bullet train) to Kurashiki. Private arrival transfer to ryokan for 2 nights, including kaiseki dinner

Day 5 Kurashiki

Half-day private walking tour of town. Evening kaiseki dinner

Day 6 Kurashiki - Miyajima

Private transfer to Okayama for tour of Korakuen Garden. Private transfer to train station for first-class shinkansen to Hiroshima with transfer to Miyajima. Private arrival transfer to ryokan for 2 nights. Evening kaiseki dinner

Day 7 Miyajima

Half-day private walking tour

Day 8 Miyajima - Hiroshima - Kyoto

Transfer to Hiroshima for private city tour. Transfer to first-class shinkansen to Kyoto. Private arrival transfer to hotel for 4 nights

Day 9 Kyoto

Full-day private tour, including temple lunch

Day 10 Kyoto

Full-day private tour

Day 11 Kyoto

Full-day private city tour or private excursion to the Miho Museum or Nara

Day 12 Kyoto - Tokyo

Private transfer to train station for shinkansen to Tokyo. Private arrival transfer to hotel for 1 night

Day 13 Depart Japan
Private airport transfer

Hotels
Tokyo: Park Hyatt Tokyo and The Peninsula Tokyo
Kurashiki: Ryokan Kurashiki
Miyajima: Iwaso Ryokan
Kyoto: Hyatt Regency Kyoto or Ritz Carlton Kyoto

Cost
$20,600 Per person (double occupancy)