Nowhere else in the world can you find as much brilliant innovation paired with age-old tradition. Futuristic cities juxtaposed with stunning ancient history; busy streets and towering skyscrapers, a tranquil ryokan tucked in the mountains. If you’re fascinated by tradition and by artisans who’ve been perfecting their crafts for centuries, or believe that every second of every day should be filled with adventure, Japan is the place.
We pack in enough to satiate the Japanophile in all of us. In between market tours and ancient shrines, gorge yourself on sushi, explore ancient districts and Buddhist temples, and meet with amazing artisans who will show you the inspiring result of technique and time. Leave inspired full, and still hungry for more.
A luxurious exploration tailored for unabashed foodies, Naoshima Island art lovers, and those who want to connect with centuries of design and craft.
Our favorite times of year are April - May, with brilliant cherry blossoms and sunny skies; and Oct - Nov, bursting with autumn foliage and moderate temperatures.
The end-all-be-all of food journeys? The pensive artistic experience? The city-to-country getaway? We can craft a trip that highlights everything you hope to experience in Japan.
From Tokyo to Osaka, Kyoto to the Art Island of Naoshima, we’ll handle all the details: bullet trains, internal flights and transfers, reservations and accommodations, meet-ups with artists and chefs.
We blend the luxurious, modern world with ryokan-style rooms of tatami mats and sliding doors. And it all comes with a restoring dose of Japanese shibui, that notion of striking a peaceful harmony with nature.
Here, time passes gently and the cityscape outside feels a world away. Inside it's fashionable high art, a bar with floor-to-ceiling views of central Tokyo, and all the comforts you'd expect. The Ginza district location means you're in the heart of nightlife, theater and shopping.
Our Kyoto hillside retreat is an architectural beauty. This unique luxury hotel offers tranquil rooms highlighting local craftsmanship and garden views tucked away from the bustling Higashiyama streets.
Few experiences in life can prepare you for staying on the Art Islands, especially in the breezy, light-filled gallery space/luxury hotel on Naoshima. The brainchild of architect Tadao Ando, its expanses of concrete, glass, and wood are designed to showcase one of the world’s most stunning indoor-outdoor art collections.
A night in a traditional Japanese ryokan is like an ancient ritual, where staff in kimonos offer slippers as you’re whisked to minimalist rooms of tatami mats and sliding doors that open to lush gardens. Dine on freshly caught seafood and look over the neighboring Amonohashidate, the natural land bridge that’s wooed Japanese artists for centuries.
We can plan a custom, private departure for any group size. Our custom trips are perfect for a couple wishing to travel on their own, a family, or a multi-generational group. If you’re looking to travel on one of our group departures on a private basis, a minimum number of travelers may apply.
Yes, we can craft an unforgettable milestone celebration or company retreat for groups as large as 40 or more.
Our level of curation, care, and in-country connections. We handle everything, overseeing your experience from beginning to end with the highest levels of ownership and responsibility. We support you every step of the way with comprehensive itineraries, detailed day-by-day descriptions, insider destination info, and 24/7 dedicated support.
Preferably six to nine months in advance and earlier for holiday travel. We stay in unique, in-demand boutique and luxury hotels where advance reservations are important to secure the best accommodations possible. We can help with last-minute travel planning, however availability may be limited.
We curate your MO/AD Private Departure to ensure the experiences are authentic, immersive, and included in your trip price. Your itinerary typically includes accommodations, airport transfers, private transportation for all day trips and excursions, privately guided tours with local guides, exclusive VIP access and activities, and meals as detailed in your itinerary.
MO/AD Private Departures typically cost $750 to $1,500 per person, per day, and vary by destination, time of year, number of people in your group, and types of activities you prefer.
MO/AD Private Departures do not include roundtrip airfare to/from your destination, travel insurance, gratuities for local guides, hotel incidentals, and any activities and meals not included in your itinerary.
After learning more about you, your interests, preferred style of travel, dates, and budget, we will present you with initial ideas and examples of what we can plan for you. In order to design a detailed itinerary and check availability, there is a $500 non-refundable planning deposit due. This will be applied to your final trip cost. Once your itinerary is perfect, we require a 25% non-refundable confirmation deposit to start confirming all of your arrangements. Many of our local partners and hotels require additional advance deposits to secure the best accommodations. The balance of your trip cost is due 90 days prior to travel.
US citizens are not required to have a visa for stays in Japan of under 90 days. Just bring a valid US passport. For citizens of other countries, please check with the Japanese embassy or consulate for information and requirements.
See our Terms & Conditions for complete details about our policies regarding your MO/AD Private Departure booking.