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In addition to our Japan group tours, we also offer custom itineraries according to your requirements. When planning a holiday, what really matters is that you get the best advice possible from people with real expertise and experience of the places you will be visiting.

Our team of Japan specialists have spent years working as a tour guide in Japan and have the intellectual awareness of its cities and towns, and will enlighten you with the most awe-inspiring gardens and temples, vivid views of landscape, and intriguing shops. With the expertise that we have, we know of the best that Japan has to offer as it correlates with your specific needs. Our knowledge and experience in Japan allows us to customize the best tour program for you, this can be for any purpose: honeymoons, family vacations, garden tours, gourmet tours, nature tours, special interest tours and more. We will not only design a trip exclusive to your tastes, but give you recommendations and guidance, handle all your arrangments, and organize all aspects of your journey, leaving you to take pleasure in a satisfying, memorable trip from beginning to end.

Hands-on experiences are always accommodated, including spur-of-the-moment activities such as language lessons and calligraphy lessons, to flower arranging and green tea ceremony. Please contact us for ideas and plans so we may give you suggestions on where to go and what to do.


Our team of Japan specialists have spent years working as a tour guide in Japan and have the intellectual awareness of its cities and towns, and will enlighten you with the most awe-inspiring gardens and temples, vivid views of landscape, and intriguing shops. With the expertise that we have, we know of the best that Japan has to offer as it correlates with your specific needs. Our knowledge and experience in Japan allows us to customize the best tour program for you, this can be for any purpose: honeymoons, family vacations, garden tours, gourmet tours, nature tours, special interest tours and more. We will not only design a trip exclusive to your tastes, but give you recommendations and guidance, handle all your arrangments, and organize all aspects of your journey, leaving you to take pleasure in a satisfying, memorable trip from beginning to end.
Hands-on experiences are always accommodated, including spur-of-the-moment activities such as language lessons and calligraphy lessons, to flower arranging and green tea ceremony. Please contact us for ideas and plans so we may give you suggestions on where to go and what to do.


Types of Japan Private Journeys - The AJT Ways

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, or keep it as is. 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 our itineraries for inspiration. Our itineraries are created by Japan specialists, all of whom have years of background working as a tour guide in Japan.

Omakase Japan Private Journeys

Perfect for travelers searching for more freedom during their Japan trip. We take care of your hotels and private guide, and the rest are up to your desires and budget.

Our Omakase Private Journeys are designed to take you only to the places you want to go, at a time and place that best suits you: just you, your companion(s), and your private guide or private driver, who will assist you in getting the most out of your vacation. This option is ideal for travelers who desire a lot of flexibility on their trip. We provide the hotels and a private guide to help you navigate Japan, but you get to decide what to do each day. Whether you are feeling adventurous and want to explore the city, or spend time learning the culture of Japan with your guide, the choice is yours. We understand that once you arrive to Japan, you may want to visit particular sites that you did not initially plan before, or perhaps you changed your mind. Maybe you are too tired from walking around the day before and don't want to feel obligated to visit a pre-paid attraction. Omakase Japan Private Journeys are perfect for travelers searching for more freedom during their Japan trip, but with the convenience of hotels and a private guide taken care of. Since this journey plan is so flexible, please note that entrance fees are not included, as well as transportation, toll, and parking fees.

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Japan by Rail Private Journeys

Travel Japan at your own pace and interests at an affordable price by using public transportations. It's the most economical way to have your private tour.

Our Japan by Rail Private Journeys are designed for those who want to travel Japan at their own pace and interests at an affordable price. A private journey to Japan can be expensive. For a small group of 2 people (or a group smaller than 8 people), public transportation is the most cost efficient way to travel Japan. Japan has the world's most convenient public transportation system. Depending on the cities and area, trains cover all transportation needs. Japan's trains are spotless, quiet, and always on time. However, there is a lot of walking involved if you travel by train since some attractions are far from the station. Luggage handling can also be a potential problem, however, as Japan specialists, we know how to make your travels as smooth as possible. Our Japan by Rail Private Journeys feature carefully chosen, centrally located hotel accommodations near stations and sights. This is convenient for exploring the city without hassle as you travel with our private guides by public transportation.

Luxury Japan Private Journeys

Travel Japan in style with a private guide and driver for sightseeing based on your interests, as well as the best hotels and ryokans (traditional inns).

We provide a quality transportation service, including a private guide and driver for sightseeing based on your interests. Travel by shinkansen (bullet train) in first class seats, and enjoy reservations to the best hotels and ryokan (traditional inns). We create momentous and customized itineraries exclusive to you! Our tours are designed to offer you a unique experience, including access to destinations and entertainment that are not attainable to the standard traveler. For instance, Japanese cooking in Tokyo, a geisha dinner in Kyoto, fashion trend spotting or antique art plotting, Zen meditation, sake appreciation, tea ceremony, and dine in places often visited by only locals. Any desires or wishes you have for your holiday, we will do our best to fulfill. Private jet, helicopter, or private yacht charter? We can make all arrangements for you in Japan. Let us grant you a marvelous experience in Japan to cherish -- a trip you will never forget.

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Trip Ideas

Japan is a country as colorful and exciting as it is diverse, from electrifying metropolises to spacious countrysides, sandy beaches to lofty peaks, and luxury hotels to traditional Japanese ryokan.
Whether you’re interested in cutting edge technology, modern architecture, centuries of old traditions, nonstop shopping, or breathtaking scenery, you will not be disappointed; Japan has it all.


Insider Experiences

A luxury travel isn't just about lavishness, serenity, and an abundance of sensational amenities provided at a destination, it also embraces the ability to access the people, places, and experiences that represent all that is genuine about a destination. You don’t just want to see – you want to be engaged as well. Fortunately, we are able to collaborate with Japan's best artisans and culture houses to allow our guests to interact with these living icons. We have consulted with experts from each field to ensure that these artisans are prime at what they do. Be keen on a marketplace adventure with a Japanese culinary expert, attempt sushi making with a master sushi chef, have lunch with sumo wrestlers at a sumo stable, dine with Geisha at a temple in Kyoto, take a stroll through Japanese gardens with a professional garden builder, meet in the private studios of some of Japan's most prominent artists, and much more awaits you on your compelling journey with the Japan Luxury tour exclusive to you.


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 Omakase Private Journeys, Japan by Rail Private Journey & Luxury Private Journey 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 create by Japan specialists, all of whom have years of background working as a tour guide in Japan.

Our Japan Private Journeys 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 itinerary 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.


Reviews for Our Japan Private Journeys

  4.9 stars based on 59 REVIEWS

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Jeon 0910 Private Tour

9/10/2023 - 9/22/2023 / 2023-09-10   

All well coordinated and thought out! Very thorough and easy to follow!

Mr. Jeon

Custom Group Tour

8/4/2023 - 8/12/2023 / 2023-08-04   

Kiyoshi Katsume was very patient and accommodating to all of our requests as we worked to find a good balance between tour activities and cost. The accommodations were all wonderful. We especially enjoyed the ryokan Aura Tachibana in Hakone, with its beautiful outdoor onsen. Our tour guide Hiro Fukui in Kyoto was so friendly, and so generous with his time and knowledge. He also offered help in the event our travel plans were potentially affected by an incoming typhoon. Our tour guide Mr. Nooga for the Mt. Fuji climb was invaluable - we wouldn’t have made it to the summit without him. Although we chose to explore and navigate to Tokyo on our own, Mr. Katsume was so helpful in explaining which trains to take, how to get to our accommodations, and also where to buy tickets for a baseball game. AJT also gave us excellent advice regarding travel during the busy obon season. We are so thankful for all the arrangements, information, and advice provided by AJT. We had a wonderful balance of guided tours and time and confidence to travel on our own. Thank you!

Mrs. Tamura

Japan Custom Group Tour

6/30/2023 - 7/12/2023 / 2023-06-30   

We had a wonderful time visiting Tokyo, Takayama, Shirakawa-go, Kanazawa and Kyoto. Kiyoshi did a fantastic job helping us narrow the itinerary for each destination. We had many questions and Kiyoshi always responded quickly and provided enough details for us to make comfortable decisions regarding our tours. Kiyoshi’s efforts to accommodate the increase in our group size from 6 to 10 on relatively short notice was exceptional. All of our tour guides in Japan (Mariko, Ayumi, Fujita and Yoshiko) were extremely professional, knowledgeable, energetic and personable. They took time to plan our days to ensure we have the maximum experience. We really appreciated all the tour guides were able to bring us to specific itinerary locations with few foot traffic for great photo opportunities. One of our favorite highlight was staying at the ryokan in Takayama and we would not have considered this if we were to plan our own trip. The hotels were centrally located and close to the train stations for us to explore each city at night. Kiyoshi also provided us with Japan's local tour contact information which we used when there was a slight traffic delay (10 minutes) on our transfer to the airport. We will definitely use AJT for future trips to Japan and would highly recommend AJT to others.

Ms. Lau

Japan Private Custom Family Tour

6/21/2023 - 6/30/2023 / 2023-06-21   

Most of the hotels were very good except for the Righa Gran Kyoto: The room was too small to be comfortable. All the guides were excellent and transportation were adequate.

Mr. Tsutsumi

Japan Custom Private Tour

6/15/2023 - 6/21/2023 / 2023-06-15   

Well planned and well led, it covered everything we asked for and more.

Mr. Kopania

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