Boutique Japan is a modern-day travel company specializing in highly original bespoke trips to Japan.

We love working with wonderful travelers from around the world, and you can learn more about our exceptionally personalized trip-planning process below.

If you’re looking for Japan travel inspiration, make sure to see our sample Japan itineraries for a taste of the Boutique Japan experience.

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Boutique Japan is a small, independent company, recognized as a Top Travel Specialist by Condé Nast Traveler.

For each of our travelers we promise to do our utmost to ensure you have an extraordinarily personalized, one-of-a-kind experience in Japan.

In addition to our expertise, we put an incredible amount of love and attention into each and every detail of your trip.

In Japan, even more so than in other parts of the world, trust is established only over long periods of time. Everything we do is based on valuable relationships carefully cultivated over the years, and we’re extremely fortunate to work with some remarkable people — Japanese and expats alike — throughout the country.

(Our trusted contacts also highly value their relationships with us because we work exclusively with kind, patient, and respectful travelers.)

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Our trip-planning process is simple.

We listen, provide expert input, and then design a completely unique trip for you (taking your feedback into account).

The truth is, whether you usually plan your own trips or normally work with a destination expert, planning a trip to Japan can seem overwhelming at times.

Our specialty is crafting completely customized trips for travelers seeking unique, authentic experiences.

We’re here to help you get the most out of your precious time in Japan, without feeling like you’re rushing around – and make the process as fun and effortless as possible, so you can simply relax and savor every moment of your experience.

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1. Designing Your Trip

The first and most important step in the process is to learn more about what you are truly looking for in this trip.

We will delve into your priorities, interests, and travel style, and our understanding of what you’re envisioning will begin to clearly emerge. Then we can begin putting your perfect trip together, piece by piece.

When we say bespoke, we actually mean it.

Because of how much love and attention we pour into each trip, we actively limit the number of trips we work on at any given time (as explained on our About Us page), and our process may not be as quick as working with a company that offers a less customized experience (see our current availability).

Your trip is designed completely around you – to focus on the aspects of Japan that most interest you – and we take care of all the essential arrangements so you can simply enjoy the experience.

Top Guides

We work closely with wonderful private guides and experts throughout Japan, and arrange your itinerary to maximize your time in the country.

Effortless Logistics

We arrange your logistics to match your travel style, and getting around Japan is a pleasure thanks to the comfort and efficiency of its various modes of transport, from the shinkansen to white-gloved taxi drivers.

Beautiful Accommodations

As for where you’ll stay: Japan offers an irresistible range of accommodations, and we always select the best options based on our firsthand expertise and your priorities.

Learn more about what’s included in the cost of a trip with Boutique Japan.

Since people ask on occasion, it is important to mention a few things with which we are unable to assist.

Because of our focus on personalized service and bespoke itineraries — to ensure each trip gets the full attention it deserves — we specialize in complete trips (as opposed to “a la carte” services) of at least one week and longer.

Please also note that cost breakdowns are not available, and all products and services are sold as a complete customized package. Because of this it’s important to discuss any budget-related goals or constraints before we begin crafting an itinerary (learn more about pricing).

Lastly, as passionate as we are about food and culinary experiences, we only offer restaurant reservations as part of private culinary outings with local experts, rather than on a standalone basis.

See a real-life example of how we planned one trip from start to finish.

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2. Preparing for Your Trip

As soon as we’ve designed what you agree looks like the perfect trip, we’ll proceed to confirmation and begin the “behind-the-scenes” process of meticulously coordinating and fine-tuning all the details of your itinerary.

Unlike most travel companies, who often outsource all arrangements to a third-party ground handler, we personally do the legwork of making your on-the-ground arrangements.

Communicating extensively with your guides and accommodations is a time-intensive process that enables us to ensure everything is in place for a seamless and wonderful trip.

At the same time, our brilliant Operations Ninjas begin guiding you in the process of preparing for your trip, providing you with essential pre-departure information and answering any questions you may have.

Our dedication to every detail of your trip is an essential aspect of what sets us apart, and is a huge reason our travelers have such unforgettable trips.

3. You’re Going to Japan!

As departure day approaches, you’ll receive your detailed and beautiful final itinerary, packed with essential information.

Then it’s finally time to enjoy your long-awaited trip!

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We look forward to planning with you. Contact us here to begin the planning process.

If you’re seeking inspiration, enjoy our sample trips or peruse our favorite destinations in Japan.