Private Tour

Treasures of Japan - 14 Days / 13 Nights

Experience some of the most famous and historic sights in Japan while exploring some hidden gems tucked in the alpine regions. Visit four historical UNESCO World Heritage Sites and learn about their rich history. Ride the speedy Shinkansen (bullet) trains.  Throughout your trip you’ll experience Japan’s unique array of cuisines that has been awarded as a UNESCO Intangible World Heritage.

Private, Local Guides!

Whether you are a single person, a couple, or a group, you'll have your own guide and driver for all airport pickups, drop offs, and daily excursions.

Choose Your Dates!

This is not a fixed-departure-date tour. Just let us know the dates that work best for you and we will arrange everything.

Customizable!

Need more time? Less time? Want to see or do something that isn't included? The options are unlimited, so talk to us about the different possibilities and our recommendations.

Great Accommodation!

We've scouted the best hotels in the best locations of all categories. We'll recommend accommodation to suit your budget and travel style.
  • UNESCO Heritage Sites of Nikko, Shirakawago, Miyajima Island and Kyoto
  • One of the most Scenic Train Rides on board the Limited Express Hida Wideview
  • Takayawa Sake Brewery
  • Gassho-Zukiri Farmhouses
  • Izakaya (Japanese Pub Snacks) Cooking Class
Private Tour

Treasures of Japan - 14 Days / 13 Nights

Experience some of the most famous and historic sights in Japan while exploring some hidden gems tucked in the alpine regions. Visit four historical UNESCO World Heritage Sites and learn about their rich history. Ride the speedy shinkansen (bullet) trains.  Throughout your trip you’ll experience Japan’s unique array of cuisines that has been awarded as a UNESCO Intangible World Heritage.

  • Day 1Arrive Tokyo

    Upon arrival, you will be greeted by our representative who will assist with transfer by shared shuttle bus or private car or the Narita Express Train to your hotel. Rest of the evening is free at leisure.

    Overnight at Tokyo

  • Day 2Full Day Guided Tokyo City Tour

    Spend the day visiting some iconic historic sites around the city with your private guide using public transportation. Soak up the atmosphere of Old Tokyo and feast on your favorite traditional street snacks as you explore Tokyo’s oldest temple.

    Overnight at Tokyo

  • Day 3Choice of Half or Full Day Guided Tours in Tokyo

    Depending on your personal interest, we have a wide range of handpicked activities for you to choose from. If you’re a huge fan of Anime, do not miss out the world-famous Ghibli Museum where tickets are notoriously hard to get, or let us arrange for you a professional cosplay photoshoot? To indulge in more local history, explore the UNESCO Heritage Site of Nikko National Park where you can explore the Toshogu Shrine complex built in 1636.

    Overnight at Tokyo

  • Day 4Tokyo to Hakone by train

    Travel by local train to Hakone, popular for its “onsen” (Japanese hot spring bath), beautiful nature and views of the majestic snowcapped Mt. Fuji. Take advantage of the extensive public transportation to explore surrounding areas and ride on the world’s second longest cable car to the top of Mt. Owakudani. Spend the night in a traditional ryokan and indulge in a sumptuous Japanese dinner after a refreshing soak in your private onsen.

    Overnight at Hakone

  • Day 5Scenic train ride to Takayama

    From Hakone, you will first take the Shinkansen bullet train and then change to the Limited Express Hida Wideview for one of the most scenic train rides in Japan, winding your way thought tall mountains and stunning gorges to Takayama.

    Known as “Little Kyoto”, Takayama is located in the Hida alpine region and famous for its charming temples, shrines, festivals, rivers and bridges. Also famous for its high quality of sake, we highly recommend a visit to a local brewery for a tasting session!

    Overnight at Takayama

  • Day 6Half Day Guided Tour of Takayama

    Explore the small town using local taxi with our expert guide. Our favorite pick is the Miyagawa morning market to sample local fresh produce and fruits. Take a walk in the district called San-machi Suji, the traditional home of Takayama merchants and sake brewers, which has been preserved in almost exactly the same state as 200 or 300
    years ago. Here are inns, shops and taverns which trace their history back many generations.

    Overnight at Takayama

  • Day 7Drive to Kanazawa via Shirakawago

    You will be picked up this morning for a trip at Shirakawago, a quaint mountain village and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore their famous gassho-zukuri farmhouses, some of which are more than 250 years old. Continue to Kanazawa, best known for its castle garden from the 17th century, as well as beautifully preserved samurai and geisha districts.

    Overnight at Kanazawa

  • Day 8Full Day Guided Tour of Kanazawa

    Explore the famous iconic sights around the city with our local expert guide. Highlights include the Kenroku-en Garden, ranked one of the top 3 in Japan. You will also be visiting the imposing
    Kanazawa Castle, located next to the garden. Nearby Kagayuzen Kaikan offers demonstrations of the centuries-old Yuzen silk painting technique.

    Head to Nagamachi Samurai district where you can enter the Nomura Samurai House. Explore Higashi Chaya District is the largest and by far the most interesting of Kanazawa’s Geisha Districts.

    Overnight at Kanazawa

  • Day 9Kanazawa to Hiroshima by train

    The train journey takes about 4 hours with a change of train at Shin Osaka. Known for its destruction by the first atomic bomb during WWII, travelers are drawn to its Peace Memorial Park and its haunting museum. On a lighter note, the city is a popular getaway to the island of Miyajima, considered by locals one of Japan’s most scenic spots.

    Overnight at Hiroshima

  • Day 10Full Day Guided Tour of Hiroshima

    Spend the day with your guide visiting the Peace Memorial Park and taking a short ferry across to Miyajima Island for the most photographed site in Japan, the Floating Torri Gate. Explore the shrines and temples on the island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Don’t leave without sampling the island’s famous maple leaf shaped cakes!

    Overnight at Hiroshima

  • Day 11Hiroshima to Kyoto by train

    The Shinkansen bullet train to Kyoto takes about 2hours. If you depart Hiroshima in the morning, we can set you up with an afternoon tour of Kyoto, or perhaps you prefer a cooking class on Izakaya dishes (Japanese style pub snacks). Japanese cuisine is so well respected around the world that it was awarded UNESCO Intangible World Heritage.

    Overnight at Kyoto

  • Day 12Full Day Guided Tour of Kyoto City

    Kyoto, a former imperial capital city for over a thousand years, is a UNESCO World Heritage site as it is one of the best-preserved cities in Japan. Explore this enchanting city with your expert local guide as you learn about its rich heritage history. Discover “Kyoto’s Kitchen”, a lively market where you can pick up seasonal local foods or kitchen tools like knives and cookware.

    Overnight at Kyoto

  • Day 13Half Day or Full Day Guided Tour of Kyoto

    Whether you’re an avid foodie, amateur artist or just want to soak up more historical sites, you can choose from a variety of our favorite hand-picked activities with our dedicated local experts. We also highly recommend you spend some time exploring the historic districts on your own.

    Overnight at Kyoto

  • Day 14Depart from Osaka or Tokyo

    From Kyoto, you can take the Shinkansen bullet train to Kansai International Airport (60-90 min) for your flight back home. If you’re flying out from Tokyo, it’s about 4-hour train ride to Narita

Private Tour

Treasures of Japan - 14 Days / 13 Nights

Our private tours include the things that make it so you don’t have to worry about logistics for your trip.

This Tour Includes

  • Airport Transfers
  • Accommodation, including all Taxes and Service Fees
  • Private, Local, English-speaking Guides for Tours and Activities
  • All Tours and Activities as described
  • Entrance Fees to Sights
  • Japan Rail Pass for unlimited Shinkansen bullet train ride for 7 days
  • IC Pasmo card with pre-loaded credits for City Public Transportation

This Tour Does Not Include

  • International Airfare
  • Visa Fees
    • A visa is not required for American and Canadian citizens for short-term tourist and business trips of up to 90 days. However, you must have a valid passport and an onward/return ticket for tourist/business "visa free" stays of up to 90 days. Your passports must be valid for the entire time you are staying in Japan. Note: All foreign nationals are required to provide fingerprint scans and to be photographed at the port of entry.
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips for Guides and Drivers

Itinerary Add-Ons to Consider

Narita Airport in Tokyo or Kansai Airport in Osaka is well connected with many major Asian cities. Consider a pre- or post-tour extension to this itinerary in either Singapore or Thailand, both with many direct flight options from Japan. It’s quite easy to add a couple of days in Bangkok to indulge in authentic local food at our secret locations or Singapore, the ultra-modern city state rumored to be the cleanest country in the world.

Singapore Discovery

Starting Price : $1000 / Person

Go behind the glitzy skyscrapers where locals live and learn true facts about the Singapore life. Despite being one of the most modern city states in Asia, this tiny island offers some of the most fascinating multicultural and culinary experiences under one roof.

Bangkok Getaway

Starting Price : $900 / Person

Explore authentic century old neighborhoods including one of the world's largest Chinatown established in 1782 and a Thai-Portuguese Quarter. Discover hidden small eateries known only to local foodies, sample unique snacks and dishes you will never find on your own!

Private Tour

Treasures of Japan - 14 Days / 13 Nights

Here’s an explanation of what to expect and the planning process with a Red Lantern Journeys travel consultant.

The price for this trip will vary based on many factors including:

  • Dates of travel – high vs. low vs. shoulder season
  • Your preference of hotel standards – 3, 4, or 5-star categories. We’ve scouted the best hotels and the best locations in each category and will make our recommendations based on your budget and travel style. We’ll even try to book specific room categories to avoid street noise or other inconveniences.
  • The number of people in your group
  • Customization of tours and activities
  • How far in advance you book the trip
  • Personal Travel Consultant

    Your personal travel consult to work with you to prepare your itinerary, recommend tours and activities and accommodation and explain the reasoning behind every aspect of your tour.

  • Private Vehicles with Driver and Guides

    You'll have your own private, chauffeur-driven vehicle for all of your airport transfers and daily excursions. These will also include your personal, English-speaking guide who is licensed and will provide the insights to make each of your tours an exceptional experience.

  • Hotel Recommendations

    We've inspected hundreds of hotels and can recommend accommodation that fits your style and budget.

  • Activity Recommendations

    We have access to a wide range of activities to make your trip truly memorable. Activities range from visiting iconic sights to meeting local personalities, adventure sports, and exclusive dining experiences!

Private Tour

Treasures of Japan - 14 Days / 13 Nights

The Best Time to Do This Itinerary

Weather-wise, Spring (March through May) and Fall (October through mid-December) are the best times to visit most of Japan. Summer from June to September can be quite hot and humid. December can have slightly cool weather, but clear skies. Japan is also a great ski destination in Winter. There are many festivals throughout the year, but travel during those times should be booked very far in advance to ensure access to quality hotels and ryokans–especially during cherry blossom festivals!

Private Tour

Treasures of Japan - 14 Days / 13 Nights

Customize This Itinerary

Starting From: $6500 / Person

Experience some of the most famous and historic sights in Japan while exploring some hidden gems tucked in the alpine regions. Visit four historical UNESCO World Heritage Sites and learn about their rich history. Ride the speedy shinkansen (bullet) trains.  Throughout your trip you’ll experience Japan’s unique array of cuisines that has been awarded as a UNESCO Intangible World Heritage.

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