Why us? Each of our Japan tours are private and custom-tailored to your specific interests and preferences, along with our recommendations of unique and interesting people, places, and things do from over two decades of organizing trips. As you've heard, Japan is the ultimate destination for family travel, contemporary arts, traditional crafts, world-renowned gardens and temples, and of course, culinary delights.
Explore these themes and other trip ideas below—a small sampling of which we've had over 20 years experience in planning. This season we're excited to add new family cycling, traditional pottery, contemporary architecture and culinary adventure itineraries.
Send us an message or call us in San Francisco at (415) 418-6800 —we can often simplify planning by speaking with you directly. —Asami & Tree
TALE OF TWO CAPITALS
Highlights of Tokyo and Kyoto Two of the world's most remarkable cities, yet starkly different. Explore contrasts between Tokyo, the futuristic megalopolis that inspired Blade Runner, with the ancient and sublime Kyoto. Unique places, people, and activities reveal finest aspects of each city.
JAPAN IN BLOOM
Splendors of Sakura Plan early to experience the breathtaking cherry blossom blooms during Sakura season in the most sublime and tranquil places for viewing every March & April such as Ueno, Maruyama & Matsumae Parks, Mifuneyama Rakuen, and the Kiyomizu Temple.
Off the Beaten Path Discover serenity in a secluded ryokan lost in the wilderness. Explore away from the crowds in remote places and small towns where few travelers venture—high mountain villages in the Japanese Alps, sacred forests and shrines of Mount Koya, and sublime Yakushima.
JAPAN WITH KIDS
Family Trips for All Ages
No other destination in the world is as safe, polite, punctual and as fascinating as Japan, making it an easy and reliable destination for families with children of all ages. Our unique mix of places and activities will keep children, teens and young adults of all ages and interests excited and engaged. Explore some of recommended places, things to, and the example itineraries to inspire and spark your imagination.
Walk, Bike, Trek and Hike
Cycle the tranquil Tango Peninsula on Lake Biwa, pedaling small towns while staying at traditional ryokan. Trek pilgrimage trails through Japan's most beautiful mountain landscapes. Hike the scenic Japanese Alps, exploring the country's highest peaks and cycle it's ancient villages. Explore Tokyo and Kyoto by bicycle—safe and enjoyable for all ages—while enjoying all destinations by foot on our guided walks.
THE SHOGUN TRAIL
Highlights of Japan's Feudal Era In ancient cities, where history lingers like a gentle fragrance, step back into the Edo era, a time when shoguns ruled and art and culture flourished with a quiet but intense passion. Explore feudal castles, samurai lanes, and imperial palaces from this fascinating time.
ZEN & NATURE
Sublime Natural Spaces A giant torii gate, majestically afloat on the sea off of Miyajima Island is one of Japan's most sublime sights and offers insight into a tradition of creating places of exceptional peace, harmony and contemplation. Discover Japan's most compelling outdoor spaces.
TWO WEEKS IN JAPAN
Japan in Full Explore unique aspects of Tokyo and Kyoto in depth, but also the best of Osaka, Nara, Takayama, and Kanazawa, with your interests from cooking to cycling, sumo to sushi, pottery to pilgrimage trails, monks to manga, blended into to your itinerary.
ARTS & ARTISANS OF JAPAN
Naoshima, Mori, Miho & More During this private arts journey explore the highest forms of Japanese tradition-inspired crafts, ancient and modern art, performance and theater, and renowned architecture and design that has defined a nation and had profound influence on the world. Journey from Fukoaka along the historic "pottery trail" pausing to explore Naoshima "Art Island," Kyoto's renowned traditional crafts, Ishikawa's Kutani ware kilns and studios, and Tokyo's modern art spaces and galleries.
SUSHI & SUMOS
A Culinary Grand Tour of Japan Nowhere is the mantra food is culture more profound than in Japan. While you've enjoyed sushi, tempura, yakatori and other popular Japanese dishes before—nothing prepares you for authentic expressions in country. Explore the world's greatest culinary destination, dining at renowned sushi bars, world-class restaurants, traditional ryokan kaiseki, and sampling legendary street food. This trip canvases the very best dining in Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka and Kanazawa.
LUXURY & ZEN
Refined Tranquility Japan is known for quality, but the recent openings of Amans and other new resorts, have literally changed the landscape for refined travel in Japan. Experience the sublime and elegant on a trip capturing not only the finest but authentic Japan
An Enlightened Journey Discover Zen Buddhism and Shinto, faiths that form the deepest yet least apparent aspects of Japanese culture. Explore sacred gardens, majestic temples, and pilgrimage sites. Stay in a remote monastery learning from monks their way of life and meditation practice.
Romance and Beauty Japan is the top destination in Asia for a honeymoon, featuring breathtaking landscapes, elegant traditional accommodations, culinary delights, rich culture, gracious and warm people, and sublime experiences for newlyweds.