Japan tours taken on a private basis require a degree of independence and sense of adventure. This is because, unlike travel in any other Far East country, the costs of vehicle hire, drivers and guides can be prohibitively high. Engaging the services of a private guide and driver on a tailor-made journey is not always feasible and, as a result, sightseeing and travel between cities may involve public transport or shared services that are not exclusive to Cox & Kings.
Furthermore, as English is not always spoken in areas away from the main tourist destinations, a degree of self-guiding may be required. A comprehensive information pack is provided before departure, with transport instructions and bilingual timetables, hotel addresses and maps, and a guide for each destination covering a wide range of topics from eating out to enjoying a hot spring bath.
Private travel provides an opportunity to discover a country at your own pace, tailored to your own requirements and interests. Here, we provide an itinerary as an example of the kind of journey you could take in Japan. This is just a sample: it can be adjusted to suit your needs, or we can help put together an itinerary entirely tailor-made for you – just call our dedicated team of Far East consultants.
Discover the cultural heritage of Japan
on this exciting journey through the
country’s main island of Honshu. Visit
the tranquil Kenroku-en garden and the
castle of Kanazawa before exploring
Combine privately guided excursions with self-guided touring so you can get the most from your visit while avoiding the high costs often incurred with private travel in Japan. Begin with a guided...
Food is an important part of any trip to Japan, with a wide range of fresh, local ingredients and various styles of cooking and eating experiences available. While visiting the classic cities and...
Explore Tokyo's highlights, which includes a visit to a sumo wrestling training centre. Optional Japanese drumming and cookery lessons are also on offer. Stay in a traditional ryokan in Hakone...
Discover the Japanese Alps on this 15-night itinerary, with many mountains, valleys, forests and scenic trails to explore. Visit the alpine region of Kamikochi; journey into the Kiso valley; walk th...
Discover the best of Japan on this luxurious private journey from Tokyo to Osaka. Throughout you will be staying in some of the country’s finest accommodation, travelling by private car or first...
We have highlighted the standard of accommodation featured on a tour immediately above the tour itinerary.
In some cases, tours include some departures in one category and some in another: you can see and select the different tour types under ‘tour variations’. For these tours, the itinerary is generally the same and just the standard of accommodation varies. However, if there are any variations in the excursions included, these are shown within the itinerary.
Superior: Most Cox & Kings tours fall under this category and are based in 4- or 5-star accommodation, or the best available.
Luxury: These tours will usually feature 5-star de luxe accommodation throughout.
Standard: Simpler in emphasis, these itineraries typically feature 3- and 4-star accommodation throughout.
Discovery: This type of holiday is best suited to the hardier traveller, as it will typically include some quite basic accommodation, possibly longer and rougher road journeys and, in some cases, more arduous activities, such as trekking.