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Private Tours


Tailor-made for you

Journey to the East’s Private Tours of Japan are a complete holiday (not just a day tour) which offer bespoke trips focused on sites, culture, nature, art, or cuisine. Customized Japan Private Tours are great for couples, families, groups of friends, clubs, and special interest groups.

A Private Tours of Japan typically start with close consultation with customers and questions like “when are you thinking of travelling and for how long?”, “how many of you in a group and the composition (including ages)”, “what is the purpose (occasion) of the visit?” and “any preferences for what you like to see and do?”.

We can create a bespoke tour from the ground-up or use one of our Private Tour Model Itineraries as a starting point.

You may like to pick some contents from our Small Group Tours to include in your Private Tour. With our intimate knowledge of Japan, we can suggest the best ways to achieve your goals, meet your preferences and budget.

Level of accommodation, the number of guided days, mode of transport, inclusion of meals are all up to you. Once the tour plan is agreed, we provide a detailed itinerary with train timetables, directions and details of arrangements for your hotels and restaurants.

According to our past guests, our private tours in Japan “worked like clockwork”, which takes away the travel stress. That is exactly what we aim for. With an endless amount of information and fast moving world, who has time to research all to plan a fail-proof holiday?trips focused on sites, culture, nature, art, or

Private Tours Japan

Why choose a private tour of Japan?

made to suit your needs

Made to suit your needs

Suitable for meeting specific needs of travellers including mobility, dietary requirements, travel pace or accommodation preferences as well as celebrating special occasions such as anniversaries.

flexibility in time

Flexibility in time

Custom made private tours of Japan can start and finish any time in a year, perfect for people who have specific time for travel.

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Go exactly where you want

An off-the-shelf group tour may not include all the destinations you would like to visit, or may include places that are not necessarily of your preference, but with a tailor-made private tour you can select the exact destinations you would like to visit.

enjoy a stress free holiday

Enjoy a stress-free holiday

Private tours of Japan are ideal for busy people who want their holiday in Japan professionally planned so they can just turn up and have the great stress-free holiday the need and deserve.

Private Tour Model Itineraries

You can take the model itinerary as is, or combine or modify it to suit your needs. There are some great Extension Itineraries available too, and they can also be added before or after joining our Small Group Tours.

Like our popular Small Group Tours, these itineraries are packed with unique and authentic experiences, the Journey to the East way.

All-year-round tours
Autumn Tours
Cherry Blossom Tours
Tour Extensions

Available with any of the Journey to the East Small Group Tours or added on to a Private Tour.
These private extensions allow you to add on extra places of interest at the conclusion (or before) of your Small Group Tour. Extensions can be as simple as an additional night at the tour hotel or multi-city, multi-day itineraries. Please see below some of our popularly requested extensions for ideas, or talk to us about designing an extension just for you.

Journey to the East provided a wonderful tour that exceeded my expectations. The accommodation was superior and better than advertised and organisation of the tour was flawless. Fumiko, our guide for the entire tour, was superb: knowledgeable, thoughtful, attentive to our needs, willing to go the extra mile, entertaining and funny. As for the food! We went to many different restaurants and small local places, all of which in their own way turned on superlative meals. Added to this, we visited artisanal shops and small makers of many typical Japanese products. I learned so much about Japanese food culture. This is a great experience not to be missed if you want to learn more about Japan.

Trip date: 2017

Doreen Rosenthal


WOW! What an experience. Waking up to see the sunrise over Mt Fuji, then taking an outdoor onsen bath as the sun crept higher. The accommodation was a unique experience from the moment we arrived to the time we departed. The traditional rooms with Tatami mats and bedding, the yukata, the traditional meals and number of courses – they had to be seen to be believed

Trip date: 2017

Katie & Alexander Walshe


We don’t have anything to suggest to change as we thoroughly enjoyed the experience as it was. It was good advice to have the extra day in Tokyo before and after the tour to allow time to settle in before the tour and travelling home at the end. With the additional [custom] walking trip, it would probably have been better to have an extra day in Osaka before starting the walking tour to allow time to prepare and rest.  

Trip date: 2017

Sue & Merv Cowie


What a wonderful Autumn Leaves tour we had. Great places, guides, hot tubs and food. Journey to the East thought of everything. It took the pressure off travelling to Japan.

Trip date: 2017

Sue & Peter Wood


We can’t thank our guides enough for showing us the range of sights in Japan.  They were friendly, professional and delightful and we saw things and went to places you could never see on a group tour.   In 2 weeks we visited major cities, UNESCO sites, small towns, travelled on every sort of transport available, saw sunshine, snow, cherry blossoms and ate a range of wonderful food.  Brought home lots of photos and memories.  Thank you for an unforgettable trip.

Trip date: 2018

Susan & Lindsay Short


My wife and I travelled to Japan with Journey to the East on their Cherry Blossom Spectacular tour.  Not only was the tour expertly planned and executed, it was far more enjoyable than we anticipated.  We were well chaperoned by knowledgeable guides, travelled in comfort on the bullet trains and stayed in quality hotels each night.

The special inclusions of dinner with a maiko, our own private tea ceremony, a 2 hour rickshaw ride, a private temple tour by a Buddhist monk, cherry blossoms galore and exquisite Japanese meals gave us memories to treasure.

Trip date: 2018

Jeff & Deb Cashman


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