This is the ultimate VIP tour of Japan. With the finest cars at your disposal, lavish accommodation in some of Japan’s most opulent hotels and a superior VIP service delivered by our team of local experts, you can uncover the secrets of Japan in complete and utter luxury.
Experience only the very best on your luxury Japan vacation. Navigate the historic old districts and neon-lit streets of Tokyo, and Osaka, and embrace Japan’s history as you hear stories from bygone eras from your private local guide. While away time at the tranquil Lake Kawaguchiko framed by cherry blossoms, with Mount Fuji as its majestic background. Afterward, cultural delights await you in Kyoto – whether you spend time exploring the Golden Temple or learn the art of conversation over dinner with a geisha. Next, set out on the street food trail in Osaka with a culinary expert to help you pick out the best delicacies, and top it off with a bite of Hakone’s famous hard-boiled, smoked eggs that are cooked over the hot vapors! From hot spa experiences to luxuriating in the choicest accommodation, hiking opportunities in iconic landscapes, and private culinary sessions, experience the best of Japan.
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Tokyo is a city like no other! Defined by cutting-edge design, quirky creativity and its own unique ancient culture, the city defines the best of both worlds.
Traditional Tokyo by Day For a day well spent, visit some of Tokyo’s best known landmarks with your local expert! Begin with a trip to the Asakusa locality, well-known for its “shitamachi” or old-world vibe. You can visit the Sensoji temple, a Buddhist temple believed to be Tokyo’s oldest. Adjacent to the temple you will find the Nakamise “dori” or street, where you can taste some traditional snacks if you like. Travel across town to Omotesando and after exploring the ritzy flagship stores and spectacular architecture on the main boulevard. Next, make your last stop at the famous Meiji shrine, dedicated to the spirit of Emperor Meiji. Surrounded by a forested area with 365 species of trees, the shrine is also a popular wedding venue, so don’t be surprised if you come across a bride and groom all dressed up for their big day! (Half Day; 0900 or 1400 hrs; Private Activity; Transfers by private car; Fitness Level: Moderate)
Learn to Make Gourmet Sushi Set off from your hotel with your local guide after a quick safety and security briefing. Follow your guide on to the wholesale floor of the Toyosu Fish Market that is open only to license-holders where you can interact with the vendors. Afterward, hop into a cab and head to Tsukiji Outer Market. Learn the special technique of humanely preparing the fish for use in sushi delicacies. Make your way to a restaurant where a master sushi chef awaits you. Learn how to prepare fresh sushi fillets and perfectly-shaped nigiri or fish slices wrapped in rice. Settle down to relish the meal you have prepared before heading back to your hotel on your own. (Half Day; Time: 0800 hrs; Sushi Lunch Included; Group Size: Max 9 Guests; Shared Activity; Fitness Level: Easy. Please let us know in advance if you have any food allergies or special dietary requirements.)
Lake Kawaguchiko presents an image of picturesque serenity with the majestic Mount Fuji as a backdrop. Set within the borders of Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, this scenic lake is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Kyoto is to be seen to be believed. With no less than 17 UNESCO World Heritage sites, the city encapsulates traditional Japanese culture and tradition.
Golden Temple, Bamboo Forest and Market Visit with Private car Revel in the traditional sights, smells and sounds of feudal Japan’s best preserved city, in the company of your local guide. Visit the many UNESCO World Heritage sites dotting Kyoto, beginning with the Kinkakuji Temple, originally built for the Shogun. At his request, the Shogun’s villa was converted into a Buddhist Temple after his death. Discover the magnificent 15th century Nijo Castle with its splendidly preserved medieval gardens from Japan’s Edo period. Admire the many details and typical architectural features of the old monument, before walking down to the bustling Nishiki Market. Eat your heart out at this food street payable on spot, also known as ‘Kyoto’s Kitchen’, lined with innumerable restaurants and traditional eating houses! Try out typical local delicacies such as pickles, dried fish and sushi. Also visit the beautiful Arashiyama bamboo grove. (Full Day; Private activity & transfers; Duration: 8 hrs. Please wear comfortable walking shoes).
The World of a Traditional Geisha Explore the fascinating and genteel world of a traditional Japanese geisha, with Peter Macintosh, an academic and an expert on geisha studies. Go on a walking tour of Kyoto’s old geisha districts with Peter, picking up interesting bits on this almost dying form of traditional Japanese entertainment. You may even spot a geisha and her apprentice (maiko) along the way. Spend the rest of your evening at the private room of a traditional restaurant, in the genteel company of geisha and Peter, who will act as your translator. Enjoy a sumptuous Japanese meal with a free flow of sake, engaging conversation and artistic entertainment. Admire traditional dance and shamisen (Japanese string instrument) performances by the geishas. Play traditional drinking games, and experience a charming, bygone era. (Half Day, Evening Tour; Meals included: Dinner & Drinks; Fitness Level: Easy; Dress code: Smart Casuals, No tanktops or shorts, Please wear easy to remove shoes but absolutely no flip flops or sandals and cameras).
Osaka is third largest city of Japan and has been the home of traders and merchants. It is also well-known for Japan’s oldest temple, the Shinto Sumiyoshi-taisha, and the majestic 16th century Osaka Castle.
Osaka Street Food Trail Eat your heart out on this evening food trail at Osaka’s street food paradise – Shinsekai or Dotonbori, – in the company of your local guide. This pedestrian-only food street in the boisterous Namba District, is lined with causal eateries and hole-in-the-wall establishments, dishing out local favorites and delicious Kansai delicacies. Cross the Dotonbori Bridge and settle down to the joys of sampling delectable takoyaki dumplings (or “octopus balls” as they are more popularly called) and kushikatsu (skewered meat and vegetables). Try out some of Japan’s best ramen noodles from street stalls and scrumptious wagyu beef from high-end eating houses, followed by cheese cakes for dessert, all of which can be washed down with cups of sake or tea. The experience is made richer by the cultural explanations offered by your guide. All in all, this is a most satisfying evening spent out on the town! (Half Day, Evening Tour; Fitness Level: Easy; Meal included: Street food samplings; Please inform your guide about any food allergies and strict dietary restrictions in advance).
Private Transfer from Osaka Hotel to Kansai Airport (please note: the chauffeur usually does not speak English).
Price & Inclusions
Option 1 From $ 15,690 /person
Option 2 From $ 20,090 /person
Prices are in USD and exclude international flights. This trip price is based on low season rates for accommodation and other applicable services, and may change depending on availability, currency fluctuations and number of people traveling together. For high season prices, please contact us with your exact travel dates and preferences.
Accommodation in one double room for 13 days / 12 nights.
Meals as indicated
The following train journeys in the highest class available :
Tokyo Shinjuku – Kawaguchiko (LTD. EXP. FUJI EXCURSION)
Mishima – Kyoto (Shinkansen Train-Green Class)
All activities as listed :
Tokyo: Traditional Tokyo by Day
Tokyo: Learn to Make Gourmet Sushi
Kyoto: Golden Temple, Bamboo Forest and Market Visit with Private car
Kyoto: The World of a Traditional Geisha
Osaka: Osaka Street Food Trail
Your Trip Coordinator: a 24/7 point of contact, supporting you during your trip
On request: A printed set of your travel documents by post
Fees and taxes
All activities specified in the itinerary, including entrance fees, accompanied by your tour guide
All airport, train station and hotel transfers as indicated. For private transfers our representative will meet you at the airport or the station and accompany you to your vehicle (and vice versa).
Tips, additional meals and personal expenses
Travel, health and cancellation insurance
International airfare (from your home country to your destination and return)
What our guests say about this trip
I have to say the stress free planning meant the most for me. The guides were all very pleasant and knowledgeable.