Private Japan Tours with Indochina Travel

All of our Japan trips are private, individually-designed and tailored to your specific interests and preferences. As you may have heard, Japan is the ultimate destination for family travel, the arts, and exploring the world's greatest and most complex cuisine. Explore these themes below and a sampling of the type of standout Japan trips we are experienced in organizing. If you prefer, call us at (415) 680-3788 in San Francisco—we can often simplify your planning by speaking with you directly.

UNESCO World Heritage site The Golden Pavilion, Ginkaku Ji, Kyoto, Japan

A TALE OF TWO CAPITALS
Tokyo & Kyoto Unveiled
Tokyo and Kyoto, remarkable contrasts between the ancient capital and a futuristic icon. Let us organize a custom tour that explores both, hand-picking destinations, people, and experiences that best symbolize these contrasting cities. Extend your trip to our third favorite destination, Mount Koya, experiencing a deeper though largely unrecognized facet of Japanese culture—its spirituality, staying in a Buddhist monastery.

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Japanese snow monkeys soaking in hot spring

JAPAN IN THE WINTER
Exploring a white paradise
Japan doesn't hibernate through the winter. Falling snow accentuates the country's dramatic natural beauty, while plummeting temperatures lead to some extraordinary experiences. Huddle with monks on Mount Koya, admire hundreds of astonishing ice sculptures at the Sapporo Snow Festival, then witness Japanese snow monkeys bathing in natural thermal baths.

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Private luxury cruise on the Hozugawa River in Kyoto, Japan

HIDDEN JAPAN
Off the beaten path Luxury tour of Japan
Experience an evocative and enchanting journey through an unseen Japan. With districts like Ginza and once unknown destinations like Kanazawa becomign ever more popular, it's harder than ever to escape the crowds. Let us plan your escape into the lesser-known but equally treasured places in Japan, staying in sumptuos ryokan and iconic architectural icons.

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Monk procession in Koyasan, Japan

SPIRITUAL JAPAN
An enlightened exploration of Japanese Zen Buddhism and spirituality
Experience a Zen garden hidden from the world, an ancient sanctuary that's blossomed without pause for many centuries, a lost temple in Kyoto, where the red robes of monks contrasts the elegant sloping roof of history, reside with monks in a monastery, dine on Buddhist cusine—discovering the deepest aspect of Japanese culture.

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Hirosaki Castle and cherry blossoms in Aomori, Japan

CHERRY BLOSSOM SEASON
Experience a private, tranquil, and sublime blooming of sakura next April
Spring ushers in Japan's most enchanting colors, thousands of shades of red and pink filling the avenues and parks from Tokyo all the way to Fukuoka. The astonishing beauty makes the cherry blossom season the most popular time for visitors in Japan. Let us design a trip with experiences and places for a more tranquil journey.

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Mother and daughter on family tour in Japan

JAPAN WITH KIDS
All of the astonishing legends and wonders, expertly crafted for all ages
Japan inspires with films by Miyazaki, flashes exotic with bold costumes, and a pop culture exciting to those of every age. All our Japan family trips are designed and tailored to each family's specific interests and preferences—tell us your dreamed-of destinations and we will connect the dots, adding in insider experiences that celebrate the authenticity of each place, away from the crowds.

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Art space by Walter De Maria at Chichu Art Museum, Naoshima, Japan

ART ENCOUNTER JAPAN
Canvas ancient customs and modern arts from the Mori to Miho to Naoshima
Japan is defined by an unshakable self-possession and obsession with quality. It's pursuit for perfection is found in presentation, nature, aesthetics and the subtleties of all things. This unique private tour explores the highest forms of traditional and contemporary crafts, traditiona and modern art, and architecture that has defined a nation and influenced the world over centuries.

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Miyajima torii gate in Japan. Photo by Vincent Van Der Pas

PICTURESQUE JAPAN WITH MIYAJIMA
Kyoto, Nara, Hiroshima, Takayama, Kanazawa with scenic Miyajima Island
The giant Torii Gate seems to float on the sea, standing majestic besides the Itsukushima Shrine off of Miyajima Island. It's one of Japan's most remarkable sights and an insight into the Japanese tradition of creating places of exceptional peace and contemplation. Rather than museums or temples, explore Japan's most compelling natural settings.

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Fushimi Inari Shrine gateway in Kyoto, Japan

ESSENCE OF JAPAN
All the highlights from Tokyo to Kyoto, with Mount Fuji, Takayama and Osaka
Japan doesn't have a single defining image. The icons come from across the centuries and this exclusive tour go in search of them. Sleeping on tatami mats in charming ryokans, deep in the mountains. Meeting Buddhist monks and finding temples hidden amongst bamboo forest.

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Japanese pottery make in his shop

JAPAN'S ARTISAN TRAIL
Ceramics, pottery, and other traditional crafts and artisans distinguish this trip
For those who admire and passion is for Japanese art and crafts, we can plan exceptional itineraries capturing specific interests, such as varieties of pottery, including kiln visits and artist and craftsmen encounters, off the beaten path. Enjoy a journey from Fukoaka along the "pottery trail" to Naoshima Art Island, explore Kyoto's modern crafts, and Tokyo's galleries.

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Cosplay girls in Harajuku, Tokyo, Japan

JAPAN TEEN & YOUTH CULTURE
Immerse your teens and older kids in Sumo, robots, anime, manga, and cosplay
Our Japan family trips are created for everyone's interests, while canvasing what is most unique and engaging in Japan. From the legacies of the feudal system and samurai warriors, Harajuku cosplay, futuristic robots, world-famous manga and animation, Japan is a delightful destination for children of all ages.

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Skiing powder in Myoko, Japan

OUTDOOR ADVENTURE IN JAPAN
Experience an active Japan, from the sedate and tranquil to high adrenaline
Cycle in Tokyo, hike the sublime pilgrimage trails, climb Mount Fuji, trek through powedery drifts to view snow monkeys, Heli skiing in Hokkaido, ride horseback on Yonguni Island, mountain bike on Shikoku, kayak in Nogano, and rafting in the Iya Valley and much more...

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Aman Tokyo premier room city view

LUXURY JAPAN
Mixing contemporary opulence with the luxury of experience.
Japan has been redefining luxury for some time now. The classic definition is still cogent, experienced in a range of eye-catching five-star hotels and decadent restaurants. Experience sublime and stylish extravagance on a Japan private tour.

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Sushi chef in Tokyo, Japan

CULINARY JAPAN
Ultimate foodie trips in the world's greatest culinary destination
Nowhere is the mantra “food is culture” better celebrated than in Japan. But while ubiquitous Japanese cuisine has crossed the world – sushi, tempura, ramen – regional specialities can only be discovered when you're in the country. So journey into Japan's complex culinary tradition, opening all your senses to the gastronomic search for perfection.

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Sumo wrestlers doing battle in Tokyo, Japan

INSIDER'S JAPAN
Insider perspectives reveal the stories behind the legends.
The Japanese experience is found in the details. This is a country that rewards the explorer, a country that takes you far beyond notions of point and shoot the camera. There's a story behind each of the legends and luxury Japan travel centers on the experiential experience.

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Cycling past cherry blossoms in Takayama, Japan

CYCLING JAPAN
City to longer biking tours
Tokyo and Kyoto and remarkable, pleasant, and safe for cycling, reveiling places no other travelers see. We also organize trips throughout the country for all abilities, from the stunning coastline off of the Noto Peninsula, around the Seto Sea, and through the lush countryside on Shikoku Island.

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Japanese snow monkeys soaking in hot spring

JAPAN
Exploring a white paradise
Japan doesn't hibernate through the winter. Falling snow accentuates the country's dramatic natural beauty, while plummeting temperatures lead to some extraordinary experiences. Huddle with monks on Mount Koya, admire hundreds of astonishing ice sculptures at the Sapporo Snow Festival, then witness Japanese snow monkeys bathing in natural thermal baths.

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Private luxury cruise on the Hozugawa River in Kyoto, Japan

HIDDEN JAPAN
Off the beaten path Luxury tour of Japan
Experience an evocative and enchanting journey through an unseen Japan. With districts like Ginza and once unknown destinations like Kanazawa becomign ever more popular, it's harder than ever to escape the crowds. Let us plan your escape into the lesser-known but equally treasured places in Japan, staying in sumptuos ryokan and iconic architectural icons.

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The Indochina Travel Difference in Japan


Asia Expert

Asia changes quickly and is, well, very different from trip planning to other places. Many of our travelers have never used a tour company before.


Experience

We were the 1st American tour company to open offices Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia and the first to organize specialty adventure, arts, photography, and culinary trips.


Insider Travel

Toss the guidebook. Discover the authentic, away from crowds, overlooked gems, immersive activities, and encounters that provide real insight into places.


Unique Experiences

Toss the guidebook and skip the sites and tourist traps. Thrill to unique insider experiences, fascinating people encounters, and activities that only we arrange.


Airlines

We provide consulting and full-service booking on your international flights and arrange all regional and in-country flights.


Only Private Trips

Access our decades of experience in the region on an entirely private custom trip, enjoying insider access, exceptonal people, and activities few travelers experience.


Visas and More

Relax while we handle airlines, visas, and all other incedentals, including VIP immigration for your arrivals. Benefit from attentive local offices, experienced staff, and premier guides.


Culinary Delights

We organized the 1st culinary trips in Indochina. We plan and organize our dining from street eats to formal. See the remarkable people behind our culinary trips.


Premier Guides

Experienced travelers know the guide makes the trip. Our guides and staff are the most experienced, knowledgeable, and also best paid in Asia.


Value

Enjoy a private trip for what many companies charge for a group trip, all with equal or better quality guides, itinerary, and accommodation.


Trip of a Lifetime

Even the most jaded our travelers return thrilled about thier unique and unforgettable trips. Ask us for references and read our testimonials.


Peace of Mind

Enjoy the services that premier travel agents use. Meticulous trip planning and attentive in-country 24-hour offices allow you time to relax and enjoy your trip.

Call us in San Francisco at (415) 680-3788 or submit your contact information below to have us contact you.

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