Our Japan private tour plans and Japan custom tours, tour packages and travel services are for families and small groups. Your Japan Private Tours (YJPT)custom day tours, city tours and off the beaten track tours, are all personalized to suit your travel needs and designed by a Japan travel specialist who has lived in Kyoto for nearly 30 years.
We specialize in families, small groups, and special needs individuals (wheelchair users, strict vegetarians, VIPs) and groups coming to Japan for conferences and special events (Yes we also do event planning, including weddings and small conferences!). Our Japan tours and tour packages, combined with our digital tour guidance services, are flexible, smart and very inexpensive. We take care of our clients day and night and stay in close touch before and during their vacation or holiday trip to Japan.
For your 2017 or 2018 Japan holiday vacation experience consider the benefits and unique features of our private tour guide services and tour packages. Our private tours range from city tours designed for traditional and contemporary interests (historical and cultural). We have a range of popular side trips and private tours to the best places just beyond Tokyo (Kamakura, Mount Fuji, Nikko) and Kyoto (Osaka, Nara, Hiroshima, Kobe), and itineraries for specialty interests such as shopping, foodie & high end cuisine, anime & manga, and much more. We also do a lot of off the beaten track travel, tours and planning: Hida-Takayama, the Kumano Trail, the Izu and Tango Peninsula coastlines, Nagano Snow Monkeys, exclusive hot spring and ryokan destinations, and the wilds of Hokkaido and Kyushu. For sample tour itineraries and self guided tour guidance in PDF format see our Travel Planning section.
Our guided private Japan tours, local day trips, and tour itineraries are flexible and focused on three travel advantages: 1) Personalized itineraries designed by a Japan travel specialist (since 1990). 2) High value tours at competitive prices for independent private or small group travel. 3) Helpful logistical and cultural guidance by a local Tokyo private guide (in English, Spanish or Chinese).
Our guided or escorted Japan tours—one day or many days—are focused on saving time, seeing the best attractions, and showing you a lot of traditional or modern Japanese life and culture. In peak Kyoto high season (April and November) we highly recommend walking a lot and using subways and trains to get across town. All of our guided tours, tour itineraries, and Japan travel adventures can also be self guided giving you or your small group travel confidence, excellent cost savings at retail prices (airport pickup, transfer and delivery, meet and greet, ryokan, restaurant and ticket reservations, geisha entertainment, A to B digital transfers). Please inquire.
We offer Japan private tours that begin very early in the morning (2-hour Dawn Picnics; usually self-guided; please inquire) and really creative 4-hour guided night tours that introduce tourists and visitors to the interesting (family safe) after dark worlds of Tokyo (Roppongi, Shinjuku, street food, shrines, modern art and stunning night views) and Kyoto (Fushimi Inari Grand Shrine and Gion).
Are you and your family or small group short on time? Great planning requires great effort. We do all that but the options are all yours. Our guided and self-guided Tokyo private tours can be designed to suit your pace: really relaxing and slow or fairly fast and busy . . . The options are all yours! And all of our private Japan tours can be tailored to your very specific and personal interests such as walking or focused shopping, art or theatre culture, cuisine, gardens & nature, manga & anime, handicrafts & antiques . . .
Our private guides are knowledgeable, friendly, flexible and trained to follow the final itinerary approved by you and your family or group. Our local bilingual guides add value to your trip through their personal insights and interesting cultural knowledge. They are also great introductory teachers and can teach you important logistical information (how to use the ticket machines and the almost-perfect Japan public transportation system) and answer any burning questions you may have.
Please enquire for other day trips and other themes of interest (handicrafts, tea ceremony, old street markets and affordable and not so affordable luxury settings). We love to help our clients experience the Japan they have been dreaming of . . .
If you don’t want to be with a local Tokyo tour guide every day or just want to save money but still be in control don’t forget our very popular self-guided or digital tours.. Self-guided tours, ideal for independent travelers of any kind, are all customized to your individual or group needs and designed for good time flow, flexibility, and ease of travel. Digital tours are a great way to see and experience Tokyo or Mount Fuji or Kamakura on your own. They are also great for traveling to remote areas of Japan. With these smart, compact PDFs (downloaded to your smartphone), complete with maps, historical and cultural summaries, you can see and do a lot on a flexible tour schedule, and save between 58% and 76% compared with our private guided day and city tour rates.
If your trip is longer and multi-city then our five to seven, 7-10, 10-14 day tour packages anywhere in Japan offer great value for your 2017 or 2018 holiday in Japan. These smart packages combine guided tour days and self-guided day tours. All our Premium and First Class Japan tour packages are totally flexible and include free restaurant reservations and 24-7 support. Our Japan holiday tour packages are all personalized and professionally planned by our Japan travel specialist. Every package includes days with our friendly licensed bilingual local tour guides and detailed digital guidance (PDF format) for buying train tickets, exact train schedules, bilingual taxi instructions, walking maps and cultural summaries. Please inquire to book or if you have any questions or special needs or requests (wheelchair travelers are no problem at all!).
Tokyo Private Tours: Check out our Tokyo highlight tours and other custom one day tours in Tokyo. Great itineraries for great tour days in and around metropolitan Tokyo. Day Trips & Tours from Tokyo: Custom day tours and day trips to Mount Fuji | Lake Kawaguchi | Hakone, Kamakura and Nikko. Let us know how we can get your trip started today!
Kyoto Private Tours: Our Kyoto highlight tours and other unique one day adventures in and around Kyoto are ideal for seeing the best without any stress at all! Day Trips & Tours from Kyoto: Custom day trips from Kyoto include the older Imperial capital of Nara, Shiga and the Miho Museum, Himeji | Kurashiki, the Tango Peninsula, and Hiroshima. Let us know how you would like to do Kyoto today!
Osaka Private Tours: Our Osaka private tours are a great way to learn about Osaka's unique culture, famous for food and bright color fun day and night. Day Trips & Tours from Osaka: There are so many places an hour from Osaka including Nara, Kyoto, Kobe, Himeji | Kurashiki. All of these custom day trips or tours can be part of your Osaka vacation or trip. Let us know how we can help today!
Other Destinations in Japan: We offer guided private tours and digital self-guided tours anywhere in Japan. And off the beaten track tours of Japan are one of our specialties. All our tours can be tailored to your specific interests. Please inquire.
Tours are subject to guide availability (especially in April, August and November). Booking earlier than later is always recommended (our cancellation policy is very clear). Payment by wire transfer and | or cash depending on each client’s situation. Email us today to learn more!
Japan tour planning & useful travel information for 2017 and 2018
Looked at another way, a private tour of Japan as part of a holiday or vacation or a business trip or even a 24-hour airport stopover can be a great cultural experience and, if your Japan trip is longer, a smart way to learn about local travel logistics (how to use the trains and ticket machines, subways and buses in Japan). For excellent trip planning information in English, we highly recommend Japan Guide and Japan Visitor which both offer a really good overview and practical travel advice for anywhere in Japan.
For a better idea of how to use the transportation system in Tokyo and how public transportation in Japan is used in our Self Guided Tours and A to B bilingual transport assistance please see this PDF. Feel free to request more information about anything in Japan. Your preferences and needs are what we use to design your best trip, every time.
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