Luxury Japan Tours & Travel
Luxury Japan Tours & Travel
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Nowhere else provides such striking contrasts as Japan. Centuries-old customs meet advanced technology; serene monasteries sit alongside strikingly futuristic public spaces; sprawling neon-lit cities fold out to dense forests and soaring mountains; intricate multi-course kaiseki dinners pair with mouth-watering street food and vibrant nightlife.
Each new day in Japan brings fresh surprises. Get lost in Tokyo’s 1000 neighbourhoods, discover a treasure trove of heritage sites in Kyoto, drink and dine yourself to ruin in Osaka, observe Buddhist monks at their serene work in Mount Koya, walk in rich natural scenery in the Kiso Valley, or soak in the hot springs of Hakone National Park.
In Japan’s busiest cities you’re never far from a tranquil park or majestic garden; in the sleepiest rural village there’s always that tiny antique store or noodle stand that becomes the highlight of your day.
As a destination, Japan really can offer it all. Urban escapades in Tokyo and Osaka really are unbeatable; heritage sightseeing in Kyoto, Nara, Nikko, or Hiroshima throw up insights into both ancient and modern history. Takayama and Kanazawa offer beautifully preserved samurai quarters, artisan craft stores, and stunning gardens. Gorgeous hikes and thrilling outdoor adventure can be found in the Alps, Miyajima, and Kii or Noto peninsulas.
The food is incredible, from the humblest stand-up ramen joint to the most lavish and precisely-executed sushi extravaganza; and the people, most of all, are extraordinary – enthusiastic, excitable, and open-hearted.
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I am totally captivated by Asia. Having lived in Singapore, Nepal, South Korea and Hong Kong, travelled extensively across all of our destinations in Asia, and worked in luxury travel for many years, curating exceptional trips comes naturally to me.
Asia Specialist+44 208 004 2345
The Best Japan Private Tours
Our specialists have traveled extensively throughout Japan. They have curated a selection of sample itineraries, designed to showcase the key destinations and experiences in Japan, and provide inspiration for your luxury tailor-made Japan tour.
Please take your time to look over the itineraries below, remembering of course that all of our trips are 100% bespoke trips to Japan and can be customized to suit. Our aim is to curate the perfect itinerary for you, and with our friendly and knowledgeable specialists, we are confident we will.
Tokyo, Hakone, Kyoto7 NightsFrom £2,850 PPA 7-night discovery of Japan’s futuristic capital Tokyo, ancient capital and cultural heartland Kyoto, plus the stunning natural scenery of Hakone National Park, set in the shadow of iconic Mount Fuji.
Tokyo, Kanazawa, Kyoto, Hakone11 NightsFrom £3,650 PPDiscover Japan’s most enchanting sights on this classic tour covering Tokyo, Kanazawa, Kyoto, and Hakone National Park.
Tokyo, Hakone, Kyoto, Hiroshima, Miyajima, Osaka, Takayama14 NightsFrom £5,425 PPExplore the best of Japan in two weeks: thrilling cities, alluring traditional towns, and stunning natural scenery.
Tokyo, Matsumoto, Kiso Valley, Kyoto, Mount Koya, Osaka11 NightsFrom £4,375 PPThis tour of Japan journeys deeper, contrasting its buzzing cities with tradition, spirituality, and outstanding natural beauty.
Best Hotels in Japan
We hand-pick our accommodation in Japan based on first-hand experience, thorough research, and the very latest industry updates. Below you’ll find a snapshot of our preferred properties in key destinations.
Your Private and Bespoke Luxury Japan Vacations Packages
All of our tours of Japan are completely bespoke and tailor-made to your requirements. Although many tours will include the same or similar destinations – Tokyo, Kyoto, Hakone, Hiroshima, Osaka – we know that each client is unique and we’ll always strive to make your tour of Japan distinctive to you.
This is where our specialists come in. Not only do our experts have extensive first-hand knowledge of Japan, they also have their fingers on the pulse and are always eager to learn more. We’re continually on the lookout for the next big hotel opening, the latest rail link opening up a whole new region, or the sharpest new activity provider bringing a fresh angle on their city. This knowledge and enthusiasm is then poured straight into your itinerary.
It’s always useful to have a starting point though, so with that in mind we’ve created a selection of sample itineraries. These showcase what we believe to be the most effective routes for specific lengths of time – 7, 10, 14 days – and also present a variety of ideas for honeymoon in Japan and of tours and accommodation options on offer in each location.
These itineraries can be booked ‘off the peg’, or – most commonly – used as a template. Once we’ve taken the time to get to you know we can then add that extra day here, a side trip there…there’s this great walking tour we know you’d love, and this ryokan will be the perfect place to relax…
Japan Vacations & Tours - Q&A
Luke our Asia Specialist
What is the best month to go to Japan?
Japan experiences surprisingly bitter winters and steamy summers, so generally, the best time to visit Japan is in the spring or autumn months when the weather is clear, dry, and warm. These periods also see Japan at its most photogenic: either with pink and white sprays of cherry blossom in March and April, or an autumnal wash of oranges and reds in October and November.
How many days are enough for a Japan trip?
There’s enough in Japan to travel for a month or more and still find surprises on each new day. Generally however we find clients travelling for anything between a short but sweet 7 days, to a comprehensive 21. A compact Japan highlights tour covering Tokyo, Kyoto, and perhaps Kanazawa or Hakone, can be achieved in 7 nights. Up to 10 could see you include Hiroshima and Osaka, while a Japanese grand tour round 14 days would allow time to begin straying into the Alps, Mount Koya, or Shikoku.
Can I travel in Japan without speaking Japanese?
Absolutely. Signage in all major towns and cities is in both Japanese and English, ensuring Japan’s outstanding public transport is easily accessible for western visitors. Although spoken English may be patchy among the general public, Japanese people are enthusiastically helpful and polite to a fault – you’ll never struggle to find someone willing to offer advice or assistance, or to strike up a conversation at an attraction or in a bar.
What are the must-sees for a first-time trip to Japan?
Tokyo of course – you’ll almost certainly be flying in or out of the capital, and as one of the world’s greatest cities it demands thorough exploration. Kyoto is also a must – Japan’s former capital, littered with UNESCO heritage sites and offering a wealth of enticing cultural experiences. Hiroshima and attractive offshore neighbour Miyajima, buzzing second city Osaka, and stunning Hakone National Park, in the shadow of Mt Fuji, are also all worthy inclusions. There are plenty of incredible things to do in Japan for everyone.
How far in advance should I book my tour?
For certain periods it is very important to book in good time. Tours during cherry blossom season – March to May – should be booked at least 9 months in advance to secure first choice accommodation and guides, longer still if you’re keen to travel during the absolute peak weeks of late March and early April. Summer holidays in August, Christmas holidays in December, and the national ‘Golden Week’ holidays in early May are busy times for domestic tourism so again need a healthy lead time to avoid missing out on preferred hotels.
Isn’t Japan expensive for private touring?
Despite Japan’s reputation as a costly destination, at UTC we’ve travelled extensively throughout the country and know that this simply does not have to be the case. By taking a more thoughtful approach, and employing a little ingenuity, we’ve developed a style of operation which ensures we provide our usual exemplary standard of service, without passing on sky high costs. This involves a little more independence and self-guiding than our tours in other parts of Asia, but backed up with exceptionally comprehensive travel documents, meticulous planning from our specialists, and first-class assistance from our local representatives as you move through your trip.
What are your Japan Tour Guides like?
As with most Japanese – thoughtful, knowledgeable, and good fun! All our guides are certified by the JTGS (Japan Tour Guide Service) and are enthusiastic, well-experienced, and genuine local experts. They will help you get to monuments before the crowds, unlock the secrets of a hidden neighbourhood, or provide invaluable assistance with general queries – topping up a transport card, getting to the train station, locating a specialist souvenir, or finding out what the local speciality is and which place does it best. We’re also always careful to match guests and guides accordingly: some guides are especially good with families for example, while others have a particular flair for history, food, or hiking.
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