CUSTOM TRIPS TO JAPAN
PRIVATE TRAVEL FOR YOU, YOUR FAMILY & FRIENDS
Custom isn't complicated: in fact over 70% of our clients experience Asia on a Custom Journey. And here's the beauty, a custom trip to Japan departs on dates of your choosing and you travel only in the company of loved ones to destinations entirely up to you. You determine the trip length and focus. The type of luxury Japan travel and lodging is up to you, as are included meals. All trips to Japan are accompanied by expert private local guides and drivers, all for about the price of a group departure (or if you choose, the sky is of course the limit).
To get started, view our Japan sample itinerary or customize one of our signature Small Group Trips to suit your travel dates.
Your Journey, Your Way
Contact a Japan Travel Expert or call 1-800-642-2742 to begin creating your unique Japan journey.
HERE ARE SOME IDEAS
- Experience the excruciating attention to detail so quintessentially Japanese by staying at a ryokan
- Visit the transcendently tranquil Saihoji Moss Garden, which must be booked far in advance
- Soak in an outdoor hot spring to indulge in a classic Japanese pastime
- Indulge your femme fatale fantasies Japanese-style by becoming a geisha for a day
- Join local revelers at an exclusive and authentic local festival
- Engage in the highly ritualistic art of a private tea ceremony
This is a sketch of what your Custom Journey to Japan might look like. Keep in mind these are merely suggestions. We can create a custom Japan tour package entirely from scratch, based on your available time, interests, budget, and preferred pace.
Get acquainted with the singular islands of Japan when you touch down in vibrant Tokyo. Revive yourself from the flight with a glass of warm sake or feel the pulse of urban Japan with a stroll downtown.
No trip to Tokyo would be complete without visiting the enormous Tsukiji Fish Market, the largest in the world. Then leave the crowds behind and make your way to the ancient Buddhist temple of Senso-ji in the historic district of Asakusa, known for its colorful festivals and shrines. Spend the afternoon viewing kabuki (classical Japanese dance-drama) artifacts and more at the Edo History Museum. Then enjoy a traditional tempura dinner before returning to your hotel.
Begin the day at the Japanese Imperial Palace, a stunning remnant of old Japan amid modern Tokyo. Then treat yourself to one of the most luxurious shopping experiences in the world as you stroll through the legendary Ginza shopping district. Round out another spectacular Tokyo day with a kabuki performance and a quintessential bento dinner.
Climb aboard one of Japan’s sleek, modern trains for the short journey to Harajuku. View the renowned Meiji shrine, take in the vibrant shopping and cultural districts and explore the area’s many art galleries. Then return to Tokyo for the evening.
Get an early start for the short day trip to the scenic mountain city of Nikko. The embodiment of peacefulness, you may never want to leave its mossy forests, meandering bridges, historic temples and sacred shrines.
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PERSONALIZED TRIP PLANNING
Tell us your vision. We'll pull together a dazzling, totally personalized itinerary that reflects all of your interests. We charge no upfront fees for this outstanding service.
We go beyond just preparing a day-by-day itinerary with watertight logistics. Our personal connections and in-depth knowledge mean the possibilities are endless and the experiences extraordinary. Is avant-garde art your passion? We can get you inside an artists' colony in Beijing, with a contemporary-art museum curator as your guide. Do you dream of seeing tigers in the wild? We can arrange for a private elephant-back safari in search of the Bengal tiger with a biologist from the World Wildlife Fund in China.
THE FINE DETAILS
Custom Journeys also include internal airfare, daily activities and entry fees, ground transportation, private airport transfers and a customized Travel Guide, specific to your journey. We also provide comprehensive Emergency Evacuation and Emergency Medical travel insurance.
PRIVATE LOCAL GUIDES & DRIVERS
You will have your own private, local guide in each destination. Our guides are the best in the region–educated, friendly individuals who offer insights you can only get from a local. Your own private driver is also included for all tours and transfers.
ACCOMMODATIONS & CUISINE
Boutique and often very luxurious accommodations are included in a Custom Journey. From exquisite, restored maharajahs' palaces in China to a nomadic ger camp in Mongolia, we emphasize authentic local style–it's as much a door into a culture as any visit to a museum. Our dining picks likewise reflect our true-to-the-land obsession and appreciation of all things excellent.