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Essential Private Journeys

Enjoy all the freedom of a private tour at a budget-friendly rate. These tours combine guided and self-guided days to give you a fully flexible and economical tour.

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Essential Private Journeys

Our Essential 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 a private guide where necessary. During your guided days, your guide will be happy to answer questions and provide directions to ensure that you are fully prepared before you venture off on your own. This option is ideal for travelers who desire a lot of flexibility on their trip. Our experienced staff will arrange your accommodations, transportation on guided days, and provide you with a guide in a few key locations. Once this basic framework has been set, you will have the freedom to explore and enjoy Japan on your own schedule.

We understand that once you arrive in Japan, you may want to visit particular sites that you did not initially plan before. Conversely, 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. Essential Private Journeys are perfect for travelers searching for more freedom during their Japan trip, but with the convenience of hotels taken care of and a guide available during select days. These journeys often consist of half guided days and half self-guided days for maximum flexibility and budget friendliness.

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Features of Our Essential Private Journeys

1. Cost

Starting at US$2500 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 and instructions provided in advance (Japan Rail Pass included on select tours). Ordinary class seats on bullet trains, first-class bullet train seats can be arranged upon request.

6. Transportation

Sightseeing services provided via public transportation including local bus, subway, and train accompanied by a private local guide.

7. Admission fees and activities

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

8. Luggage Transfers

Bring your own luggage from hotel to hotel, separate luggage transfers can be arranged upon request.

9. Accommodation

Carefully-selected budget hotels and ryokans close to the station.

10. Meals

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

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

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