Japan

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YOUR JOURNEY, YOUR WAY

Like an architect creating your one-of-a-kind home, our Asia Travel Experts craft your personalized journey from the ground up. Your preference of destinations, pace, budget, dates, activities and lodging are skillfully arranged, down to the finest detail. Begin planning your custom luxury travel to Asia or the Pacific today!

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 are accompanied by expert private local guides and drivers, the sky is of course the limit.

To get started, view our Japan sample itinerary below.

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

Sample itinerary

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.

DAY 7

The morning’s train journey to Hakone is almost as beautiful as panoramic Mt. Fuji itself. In Hakone, take advantage of a variety of photo ops of the iconic mountain, tour the sculpture gardens and explore Mt. Fuji National Park. Spend the night in a traditional ryokan (Japanese inn) with natural hot spring-fed onsen (baths).

DAY 8

See a different side of Mt. Fuji on a cable car tour culminating at the unforgettable Owakudani Crater. Then relax on a boat trip around Lake Ashi and a ride down the Avenue of the Cedars. Board the train north to Takayama, your home base for the night.

DAY 9

Take in Takayama with a bicycle tour of the traditional Japanese merchant district of Sanmachi Suji. Visit a toy-making center on your way to the Kusakabe Folkcraft Museum where you’ll see ancient Japanese artifacts, lacquered bowls and intricate woodcarvings.

DAY 10

Breeze through scenic bamboo groves aboard your train to the evocative, historic city of Kyoto. Visit ancient temples, some of the city’s oldest shrines and the surreal Moss Gardens of Saiho-ji. Savor a signature sushi dinner before heading retiring to your hotel.

DAY 11

Explore the best of Kyoto’s majestic sites today. Walk through the gardens of the Silver Pavilion, stroll beneath cherry blossoms on the Philosopher’s Walk and admire classical Japanese design at the Temple of the Golden Pavilion.

What’s included

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.

BEYOND-THE-ORDINARY ACTIVITIES

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 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.

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