For those of us in the west, Japan continues to hold a magical allure. Large numbers of visitors arrive in Japan each year from across the world, with some gravitating towards its major cities such as Tokyo or Kyoto and others towards its vast rural landscapes.
If you live in Los Angeles or San Francisco and are considering a visit to the Far Eastern archipelago, you may want to consider booking your trip through a private tour company. We’ve picked out some of the best packages that start in the two US cities.
FROM $3,498 PER PERSON
This 10 to 12-day tour combines visits to some of Japan’s most iconic cities with stop-offs at some of the country’s lesser known – but equally fascinating – sites and landmarks. Private guides and drivers will accompany you, helping to enhance your experience with their expert knowledge. Major highlights include a tour of Tokyo’s famous entertainment districts, a visit to the historic city of Hiroshima, two full days exploring Japan’s ancient capital of Kyoto, a trip on the high-speed Shinkansen bullet train, an overnight stay at an onsen (hot springs) hotel, a scenic drive to Shikoku Island, and a traditional Japanese Kaiseki banquet dinner. The sheer diversity of the itinerary ensures that every taste and preference is catered for, so whether you’re a culture buff, an architecture aficionado, a nature lover or a foodie fanatic, there’s something to delight everyone.
FROM $1,999 PER PERSON
This eight day tour is designed for lovers of gaming culture, which has achieved iconic status in Japan. The pinnacle of the trip will be visiting Tokyo Game Show, the biggest and best gaming convention in Japan, where you’ll get to immerse yourself in the very latest technology and gaming trends. During the tour you’ll also get the chance to explore Tokyo itself. Accommodation will be in Tokyo International Airport for your first night and then six nights at Tokyo East 21, located close to the convention centre as well as central Tokyo.
FROM $2,469 PER PERSON
This 12-day trip takes you on evocative journey that gives travellers a taste of Japan’s rich past. You’ll visit the metropolises of Tokyo and Kyoto as well as exploring traditional villages, miles of rice fields and ancient temples, as well as enjoying the stunning vistas of the Japanese Alps. Among the highlights will be a stop-off at Zenkoji Temple, Jigokudani Monkey Park, Matsumoto’s breathtaking ‘Black Crow’ Castle and the traditional alpine market town of Takayama, Some tours may include light hiking, biking, rafting, or kayaking in addition to walking. Accommodation will be in comfortable tourist-class hotels.