Take the trip of a lifetime to Japan

If you’re looking for the trip of a lifetime to Japan, you’re in the right place.

Japan is one of the most fascinating countries in the world, but getting beneath the surface can be a challenge for even the most experienced travelers. Our specialty is helping travelers embark on unique, memorable experiences – not just sightseeing or checking items off a list.

Bespoke Japan Travel Experiences

Japan offers an incredible array of cultural and culinary experiences, from the sublime to the exhilarating. We don’t believe one size fits all, and design your trip just for you whether your interests lie in:

  • Japan’s incredible cities and historic towns and villages
  • Experiencing the tradition of a luxurious ryokan (inn)
  • Visiting centuries-old crafts shops in the backstreets of Kyoto
  • Neighborhood izakaya, Michelin-starred restaurants and casual noodle shops
  • Exploring Tokyo’s culinary scene with a local foodie
  • Modern and traditional arts and crafts, and the art island of Naoshima
  • Soaking in remote onsen (hot springs) while snow falls around you
  • Outdoor pursuits amid beautiful natural surroundings
  • Architecture and gardens
  • Or almost anything else Japan offers

We meticulously arrange your trip around your unique interests, ideal travel pace, accommodation preferences and personal travel style.

Sample Boutique Japan Trip Itineraries

Our sample Japan itineraries are here to inspire you. We can use them as a foundation for your bespoke trip, or design your trip completely from scratch. These are not fixed itineraries, and can be customized or altered in almost any way.

Trip Planning with Boutique Japan

Curious about traveling to Japan with us? Here is some essential information about what it’s like to plan your trip with Boutique Japan.

Whether you usually plan your own trips, or normally work with a destination expert, planning a trip to Japan can seem overwhelming.

Our specialty is crafting bespoke trips for travelers seeking unique 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.

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.

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

While the details vary from trip to trip, below is an overview of what our trips typically include:

  • Your tailor-made itinerary crafted on a bespoke basis, based on our in-depth Japan expertise, relationships & firsthand experience
  • A Japan specialist to answer your questions & help you organize your thoughts
  • Accommodations in hotels & ryokans to match your taste
  • Unique private tours & experiences, with a mix of freedom, support & structure to match your travel style (from private tours every day to no tours at all)
  • Expertly-planned transport & logistics for peace of mind & convenience
  • Recommendations for authentic, memorable experiences, including well-known highlights and hidden gems
  • Extensive Japan-specific pre-departure information, including advice on money, packing, etiquette, tipping, Wi-Fi, language, food, and much more
  • Thoughtful customer service & 24/7 emergency assistance during your trip

Yasaka no Tou Pagoda Higashiyama District Kyoto Japan

Designing your Bespoke Japan Trip

As explained on our About Us page, because of our focus on personalized service and bespoke itineraries, we actively limit the number of trips we work on at any given time.

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.

From here we begin putting your perfect trip together, piece by piece. Because of how much attention we pour into each trip, the process may not be as quick as requesting a proposal from a larger company offering a less customized experience. It’s important to get the details right, but we work as quickly and efficiently as possible.

As soon as we’ve designed what you agree looks like the perfect trip, we’ll proceed to confirmation – and our brilliant Trip Prep team will guide you in the fun part of preparing for (and getting excited about!) your trip. We’ll have many more details about all of this as we embark on the trip-planning process.

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 itemized 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 (for more on pricing, please see below).

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.

Pricing for our Bespoke Japan Trips

While no two of our trips are ever the same, they do tend to fall into one – or a mix – of the following three categories, depending on your interests, priorities and budget:

Itinerary Design Fee

We typically require a preliminary itinerary design fee, which allows us to dedicate our time and efforts to each of our clients, and give each trip the personal love and attention it deserves.

The amount varies depending on various factors (such as trip length, itinerary intricacy, etc.) and is fully applicable toward the final cost of your trip.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have.