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Active Private Journeys

Active Private Journeys are for those who want to find their own adventure in Japan, with the freedom to built their own itinerary.

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Active Private Journeys

Active Private Journeys are for those who want to find their own adventure in Japan, with the freedom to choose their own itinerary. On an active private journey with AJT, you choose the destinations that your group wants to see, and rely on our travel specialists to arrange the best itinerary. The possibilities for active experiences on your tour to Japan are endless, and range from light walking tours using Japan's timely and clean public transportation to multisport activities designed to take full advantage of Japan's impressive natural scenery. Such activities include camping, backpacking, rock climbing, cycling, hiking, walking, mountain biking, kayaking, rafting, snowshoeing, sailing, fishing, golfing, and much more. No matter what sort of exciting adventure you want to have in Japan, we can arrange the best itinerary for you.

The perfect tour to the furthest reaches of Japan is within your grasp, whether you imagine yourself camping high in the mountains, surfing off the coast, or liesurely walking one of Japan's many trails. An Active Private Journey means less hassle ironing out the daily details, and more time spent enjoying the local activities that you look forward to.

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Kumano Kodo Private Walking & Hiking Tour arrow readmore icon

Kyoto / Takijiri / Takahara / Chikatsuyu / Yunomine Onsen / Katsuura / Kyoto

    66 reviews

9 Days 8 Nights | from US $5790.00

A private guided walking & hiking tour with five hikes of 2-6 hours of village-to-village walking on the sacred Kumano Kodo, or Kumano Ancient Trail.

    question mark icon     Tour#: GTK5613828

Hokkaido Private Walking & Hiking Tour arrow readmore icon

Kushiro / Lake Akan / Mt Meakan / Mt Iou / Kawayu Onsen / Lake Mashu / Mt Nishibetsu / Abashiri / Shiretoko / Rausu / Memanbetsu

    66 reviews

9 Days 8 Nights | from US $6990.00

A private guided walking & hiking tour through the wild lands of Eastern Hokkaido.

    question mark icon     Tour#: GTV5621903

Nakasendo Private Walking & Hiking Tour arrow readmore icon

Tokyo / Kiso-Hirasawa / Narai / Yabuhara / Kiso- Fukushima / Tsumago / Magome / Nara / Yoshino / Mt Koya / Kyoto

    66 reviews

12 Days 11 Nights | from US $7840.00

A private guided walking & hiking tour with four hikes of 1-4.5 hours of village-to-village walking on the Nakasendo Trail.

    question mark icon     Tour#: GTL5643653

Tohoku Private Walking & Hiking Tour arrow readmore icon

Tokyo / Nikko / Oze / Dewa Sanzan / Kakunodate / Nyuto Onsen / Tono / Tokyo

    66 reviews

13 Days 12 Nights | from US $8860.00

A private guided walking & hiking tour exploring mountains in Tohoku with 6 days of walking and hiking of 2-6 hours per day.

    question mark icon     Tour#: GTQ5635465

Shikoku Pilgrimage Private Walking & Hiking Tour arrow readmore icon

Mt Koya / Tokushima / Iya Valley / Kochi / Matsuyama / Kagawa

    66 reviews

13 Days 12 Nights | from US $8990.00

A private guided walking & hiking tour to Sacred Mount Koya & The Shikoku 88 Temple Pilgrimage Trail.

    question mark icon     Tour#: GTF5651641

Kyushu Private Walking & Hiking Tour arrow readmore icon

Kyoto / Asuka / Beppu / Kurokawa Onsen / Mount Aso / Takachiho / Kumamoto / Kagoshima / Ibusuki / Yakushima / Nagasaki / Osaka

    66 reviews

15 Days 14 Nights | from US $9320.00

A private guided walking & hiking tour to the land of fire Kyushu with short hikes of 1-3 hours.

Features of Our Active Private Journeys

1. Cost

Starting at US$5000 per person for a 7-day trip (based on 2 people)

2. Expertise

Advice from experts who specialize in Japan, all of whom are tour guides with years of experience.

3. Itinerary

Enjoy freedom during itinerary planning as well as flexibility of activities while on tour.

4. Airport Transfers

Airport transfers are NOT included unless requested.

5. Transfers

Transfer between cities by Shinkansen (bullet train) or express train on your own with train tickets (Japan rail pass included on select tours) and instructions provided in advance. Ordinary class seats on bullet trains, first class bullet train seats can be arranged upon request.

6. Transportation

Sightseeing via public transportation (local bus, subway, and train) with local guides, with all transportation fees included. (Transportation fees and guides are NOT included on self-guided days)

7. Admission fees and activities

All entry fees to sites and activities listed in the itinerary are included. (NOT included on self-guided days)

8. Luggage Transfers

Separate luggage transfers are included on select tours.

9. Accommodation

Accommodations include local Japanese inn (minshuku) to superior/deluxe hotels depending on the tours and destinations.

10. Meals

Breakfast is included every day. Lunches and dinners are NOT included, freedom to choose your own food.

See what you can experience in Japan

If you're looking for inspiration, try browsing our available experiences below. AJT can coordinate green tea ceremonies with a Maiko, a hands-on pottery class, and even snowboarding lessons. Add more flair to your tour with these unique activities.

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Plan your trip

When you contact us through e-mail or phone, we will discuss the type of trip and services you're interested in. There are many things to consider when planning your trip to Japan, such as your travel date, length of stay, destination cities, points of interest, and budget. Based on this information, we will create an initial “sketch” itinerary that includes an outline of recommended travel routes, destinations, accommodations, transportation type, and services we can provide.

If you're not sure which Japan tour is for you, many of our clients select one of our existing itineraries and modify it according to their interests and budget. Other clients have their own ideas about what to see and do, or even a specific itinerary in mind. Please have a look through some of the itineraries for inspiration. Our itineraries are created by Japan specialists, all of whom have years of background working as a tour guide in Japan.

Help Me Plan My Trip

Our Inquiry Form is designed to give us a clear picture of your interests and preferences so that we can create the ideal vacation for you. If one of our itineraries is the ideal base plan for you, please mention so in your inquiry. We will customize the plan so that it will meet your specific needs and desires.

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Why Travel on Our Custom Private Journeys

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Expert Knowledge

We'll provide you with recommendations and the benefit of our insider knowledge.

100% Tailor Made

We design your entire vacation based on your needs, interests, and budget.

Flexible Itinerary

Explore your interests at your own pace.

The Best Guides

Hand-picked, professional, English speaking guides to help you along your journey.

Unique experiences

Can be arranged at your request, based on your interests.

Fully Protected

24/7 emergency support while on tour.

What our customers say

  4.9 stars based on 66 REVIEWS

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