Your Japan Private Tours (established 1990) specializes in and plans private guided tours--city tours, nature tours, traditional & contemporary culture tours-- and private travel services for individuals, families, small groups and business travelers. We provide private tours (guided and self-guided) and travel services (digital, phone, fax) anywhere in Japan. All of our private Japan guided tours & travel options include a local bilingual guide (various languages available) and an itinerary designed in advance by a Japan travel specialist (since 1990). If you don't want to be with a guide all the time or just want to save money then our smart self-guided tours (bilingual PDF format; no need for wifi; just your smartphone!) give you all the logistical and historical | cultural guidance you need to have a convenient, relaxing Japan travel experience. They are used by all our clients and are very popular.Your Japan Private Tours (YJPT) also provides inexpensive digital travel & concierge services at retail prices anywhere in Japan. These services range from personalized restaurant reservations to our very popular A to B digital transfers. Our digital travel services are all designed for the needs and travel preferences of independent travelers, families and small groups. And we can offer you nearly 30 years of experience in the Japan private custom tour and travel industry in ways that will really make your trip smoother and more interesting. Most of our clients (mainly from the USA, Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, Latin America and the Middle East) travel the Golden Route between Tokyo (Kanto) and the Osaka-Kyoto region (Kansai). Our Japan Golden Route journeys (guided or self-guided) usually start from Tokyo followed by Hakone | Mount Fuji, and then always the incredible historical and traditional experiences offered by the ancient Kyoto | Osaka | Nara nexus. We have packages tours (5-7 day, 7-10 day, 10-14 day; see below) for the standard Golden Route and popular side routes. We offer unique relaxing departures from the main Golden Route by adding in a loop after Hakone | Mount Fuji that stops at Takayama | Shirakawago and Kanazawa | Noto Peninsula (lacquerware center of Japan).
Beyond the Golden Route, Your Japan Private Tours, specializes in and is passionate about: 1. Art | culture destinations in Japan. 2. Nature | hiking adventures all over Japan. 3. Spiritual journeys to the serene heart of Japanese Buddhism and Shinto. 4. off-the-beaten-track gems like the stunning coastal beauty of the Izu Peninsula | Tango Peninsula | Noto Peninsula specialize in a wide range of day trips from Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka including everything from spiritual journeys to art & craft activities and experiences.
Your Japan Private Tours offers private tours and travel services anywhere in Japan and the prices are the same where ever you go! Our main Japan private tour & travel work, as you would expect, is focused on Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka. YJPT's Tokyo city tour options & relaxing day trips to Kamakura, Hakone | Mount Fuji, and Nikko all offer excellent value. And with Kansai International Airport as the primary arrival point for travelers from South East Asia, we offer a full range Osaka day tours, and side trips to great places near Osaka. And, as you would expect, we design lots of tours work with clients requesting high quality private tours and experiences in Kyoto. Our special side trips from Kyoto to Nara | Himeiji | Kurashiki | Hiroshima are also very popular.
Are you and your family or small group short on time? Who isn't! A specialist tour operator like Your Japan Private Tours saves you time and improves the quality of your trip! As a 100% bespoke tour operator we specialize in Japan private tours and private travel that is tailor made | customized | personalized for your travel preferences. And designed to take you to the Japan you came to see and experience. Everything from people watching, craft, art and specialty shopping, to theater culture, high-end cuisine & street food, gardens & nature, manga & anime, handicrafts & antiques.
We work a lot with families, small groups, and special needs individuals (wheelchair users, strict vegetarians, VIPs, LGBT, Bleisure) and groups coming to Japan for conferences and special events. We also work with travel agents around the world representing cruise ship clients and travelers looking for personal service in Japan. We also provide deep, expert planning for weddings, conferences, business trips and special events. We also work with business travelers interested in innovative Bleisure tours & day trips from Japan's major centers. Our Bleisure day tours feature spiritual retreats, deep private hot spring evenings and stunning nature walking itineraries. No matter who you are, we save you time and improve the quality of your time in Japan from start to finish!
All YJPT Japan private tours & tour packages, and our digital tour and logistic services, are flexible, smart and highly convenient for travel in Japan. We take care of our clients before they go to Japan and while they are in Japan. We stay in close with our clients before and during their Japan trip with email, Whatsapp, Messenger, and telephone contact. Here's what our clients say about what we do: client testimonials.
For your 2018 or 2019 Japan holiday vacation consider the benefits and features of our discounted Tokyo-to-Kyoto Golden Route tour packages. These 5-7 day, 7-10 day, 10-14 day tour packages offer great value. These smart packages combine guided tour days and digital self-guided day tours in and around Tokyo and Kyoto. All our Premium and First Class Golden Route tour packages are totally flexible and include free restaurant reservations and 24-7 support. These 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 email or call us, if you have any questions about private travel in Japan or special needs or requests (dietary issues, wheelchair travelers, children, or anything else).
And for those who are interested in going to other less-traveled areas of Japan, we have nearly 25 years of travel planning experiences in all the best off-the-beaten-track areas of Japan, including Hokkaido (Sapporo, Furano, Noboribetsu, Jozankei hotsprings and Daisetsuzan National Park), Honshu (Aomori, Shimokita Peninsula, Shirakami Sanchi, Shirakawago, Dewa Sanzan, Mount Koya, Kamikochi, the Kiso Valley, Kanazawa, Matsue), Shikoku (Naoshima, Shodoshima, Matsuyama, Kotohira), Kyushu (Nagasaki, Daizaifu, Kurokawa hotsprings, trending Yufuin, Yakushima, Amami Oshima), and Okinawa (Miyako Island, Yaeyama Islands).
Go anywhere in Japan with full confidence. We offer all the options a smart traveler wants and needs: ryokan, hotel, minshuku reservations, restaurant reservations, craft experiences, spiritual journeys, Bleisure trips, hiking and walking tours, and private geisha experiences in Kyoto. All of our tours are tailored to your specific interests.
Your Japan Private Tours (YJPT) provides its clients with three advantages: 1) Personalized one-day and or multi-day tours anywhere in Japan, designed by a Japan travel specialist with over 25 years of experience in Japanese tourism. 2) Competitive private tour prices and really convenient, smart digital travel services. We provide every client with exactly what they need at prices they can afford. 3) Free practical and always helpful logistical and cultural guidance. During tours, our local Japan private tour guides (fluent in English, Spanish or Chinese; other languages possible) are also trained to teach you things that will make the rest of your trip easier and better. Simply said, we save you time and improve the quality of your time during your Japan vacation or Bleisure trip. Email us today to learn more!.
Please note: 1) Tours are subject to guide availability (especially in Kyoto in April, May, July, August, and October, November). Booking earlier than later is always recommended however last minute guidance is always available with YJPT's digital self-guided tour services. 2) For details on our super simple booking process follow this link. 3) YJPT's payment policy details are here, and our cancellation policy is here.
Other information about Your Japan Private Tours & travel services
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 or digital tours, giving you or your small group the confidence to go anywhere without a guide. Ask questions to learn more!
We specialize in 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). The early morning picnics are especially designed for Kyoto, as the city is so busy in the daytime. Have Japan all to yourself: let us design you a perfect morning picnic experience!
Our private guides are knowledgeable, friendly, flexible and trained to follow the final itinerary approved by you and your family or group. 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 . . .
Remember, 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 digital 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 or Nara 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. And don't forget our full range of digital travel & concierge services, including accommodation advice, restaurant and ticket reservations, airport transfers, and A to B digital transfers.
Japan private tour planning & useful travel information for 2018 and 2019
To have the very best Japan trip or vacation possible, planning and logistics preparation is essential. Our Japan private travel planning, logistics and reading section is a good place to start. Please also see our FAQs & travel tips section.
For excellent general trip planning information in English for all of Japan, we highly recommend Japan Guide and Japan Visitor. Both offer a really good overview and practical travel advice for anywhere in Japan. For photographers and architecture fans, this article is very informative, useful and well written. A private tour of Japan can be a great cultural experience and, if your Japan trip is longer, a smart way to learn about local travel logistics (such as how to use the trains and ticket machines, subways and buses 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 transfers please see the useful information and articles and samples in our Japan travel planning section.
For excellent general trip planning information in English for all of Japan, we highly recommend Japan Guide and Japan Visitor. Both offer a really good overview and practical travel advice for anywhere in Japan. For photographers and architecture fans, this article is very informative, useful and well written.
A private tour of Japan can be a great cultural experience and, if your Japan trip is longer, a smart way to learn about local travel logistics (such as how to use the trains and ticket machines, subways and buses 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 transfers please see the useful information and articles and samples in our Japan travel planning section.