Boutique Japan is a small, independent travel company, recognized as a Top Travel Specialist for Japan in 2020 by Condé Nast Traveler.

We love working with wonderful travelers from around the world, and promise to do our utmost to ensure you have an extraordinarily personalized, one-of-a-kind experience in Japan.

Along with our profound Japan expertise, our team puts an incredible amount of love and attention into each and every detail of your trip. Learn more about our trip-planning process below.

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

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Planning Your Bespoke Japan Itinerary

Our specialty and passion is curating ultra-customized trips for travelers seeking authentic, personal experiences.

Everything is designed around you, just for you.

We begin by listening and learning about your interests, priorities, and travel style. Then we provide expert input to make sure you’re aware of special places and experiences you may not have considered.

Next, we design a completely customized Japan trip just for you, taking your feedback into account along the way. Throughout the process, we make things as easy and enjoyable as possible for you.

Additionally, with 24/7 emergency assistance during your trip, you can simply relax and enjoy your adventure.

Step 1: Designing Your Japan Itinerary

The first and most important step is to learn about you, and what you are looking for in your Japan trip.

We may be Japan experts, but before we can offer personalized insights we’ll chat about your vision, interests, priorities, and personal travel style. We can then begin designing your perfect Japan itinerary, piece by piece.

When we say bespoke, we mean it. Your trip is customized 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.

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A Trip with Boutique Japan includes:

  • Boutique and Luxury Accommodations: A trip to Japan offers you the chance to stay in stunning boutique and luxury hotels and ryokans throughout the country. We’ll make insightful recommendations for you based on your taste and priorities, and our firsthand expertise.
  • Fun and Insightful Guides and Local Experts: Most of our clients enjoy a balanced mix of free time and guided time, and our specialty is helping you get the most out of your precious time in Japan, without feeling rushed. When it comes to private guides and local experts, we have unusually high standards (few things in travel are more disappointing than a boring guide). It’s about far more than just knowledge: we work with truly engaging individuals who are not only bright and knowledgeable, but also fun and flexible.
  • Effortless Travel and Logistics: We meticulously arrange your in-country travel logistics around your preferences and priorities, and getting around Japan is an absolute pleasure thanks to the comfort and efficiency of its various modes of transport, from the shinkansen (bullet train) to its white-gloved chauffeurs.

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

Throughout the process, we constantly share expert insights. Has one of the destinations you’re interested in become touristy? Is there a hidden gem you didn’t know about?

We’ll make sure you’re aware of special places and experiences, whether they were already on your radar or not.

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Step 2: Preparing for Your Japan Trip

As soon as we’ve designed what you agree is the perfect Japan itinerary, it’s time to book your trip and begin preparing for your adventure.

We’ll take care of the behind-the-scenes process of painstakingly coordinating and fine-tuning all the details of your itinerary. Meanwhile, you can just sit back, relax, and begin daydreaming about your upcoming trip.

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 in Japan. Communicating directly with your accommodations and guides is a time-intensive labor of love that lets us ensure everything is in place for a seamless and wonderful experience.

At the same time, our brilliant Operations Ninjas will expertly guide you in the process of preparing for your trip, providing essential pre-departure information for Japan, and answering any and all questions you may have. (Naturally, we’ll also be happy to provide book, film, and music recommendations to help get you even more excited.)

Our dedication to every detail of your Japan trip is an integral aspect of what sets our service apart – and why our travelers have such memorable trips.

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Step 3: Your Japan Adventure Begins

As departure day approaches, you’ll receive your final itinerary, packed with additional details and extra information for your time in Japan.

Then it’s finally time for your long-awaited adventure!

From start to finish, we’re here to make everything as fun and effortless as possible. While it’s always bittersweet to return home following a wonderful trip, we hope you’ll arrive full of anticipation for your next adventure.

If you’re ready to begin the trip-planning process, or just have questions about our service or visiting Japan, please contact us here.