17 Model Japan Itineraries

— Explore the beautiful nature, rich history, and unique culture of Japan

Tours are available across Japan’s four main islands—Honshu, Hokkaido, Kyushu, and Shikoku—as well as popular outlying islands such as Okinawa and Yakushima.

Luxury Travel Japan presents a variety of proposals to meet your various needs and provide the very best Japan holiday for you. 

We want to know your top trip priorities. Check out the model itineraries below for inspiration, or apply for your initial itinerary proposal.

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For most of our visitors, just hearing the word “Tokyo” conjures up a treasure trove of imagery, as it rightly should, since Tokyo is full of charms both old and new.

Urban adventure, discovery, and just plain fun are sure to come your way as you traverse this notoriously vibrant city with us by your side.

With your preferences in mind, we will customize your time here to best enjoy Tokyo’s best sightseeing, restaurants, and shops. Your lodging will also of course be of the highest standard.

Simply put, we promise a perfectly tailored, luxurious holiday in Tokyo that you will never forget.

Kyoto and Nara are together the world’s most culturally rich cities, with 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, more than 1600 Buddhist temples, and over 400 Shinto shrines between them.

On this tour, you will have the opportunity to explore the cities’ best attractions. You will also be afforded the chance to experience the traditional hot spring town of Arima Onsen, a place with centuries of history, snuggled up against Mt. Rokko in Kobe.

Kumano Kodo is a mystical place of nature and worship that appears in the Nihon Shoki, Japan’s oldest historical text. It became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004 as part of the pilgrimage paths of Wakayama’s Kii Mountains

Kumano Kodo is the first pilgrimage route in Japan and second in the world to become a registered World Heritage Site. The Santiago de Compostela pilgrimage route in Spain is the other, and hikers who complete both trails are known as “Dual Pilgrims.” 

Your luxury tour begins in Tokyo before heading to Kyoto via timeless attractions like Hakone and Mt. Fuji.

During your stay in Kyoto, you will also visit the neighboring prefectures of Nara and Osaka.

After Kyoto, head to beautiful Miyajima via Himeji and the Sanin Coast.

Your tour begins in Tokyo. From there, you will take the Hokuriku Shinkansen, a new bullet train line, and head to Kanazawa.

Next is central mainland Honshu, where you will experience stays overnight at Shirakawa-go and Mt. Koya, two preserved, traditional towns rich with history and culture. These will be definitely your greatest memories in Japan.

There’s a grand expanse of delights awaiting you in Tohoku, which is defined as the area above the Tokyo region all the way to the northern tip of Japan’s main island. Your luxury Tohoku tour starts in Tokyo and heads north into Iwate Prefecture, Akita Prefecture, and finally into the northernmost part of Honshu, Aomori Prefecture. You will be rewarded with spectacular scenery and the distinctive culture of the Tohoku region, as well as be afforded a bit of wilderness exploration along the way. You will also be treated to Tohoku’s delicious local cuisine and Jizake (local sake), famous across all of Japan.
Shikoku consists of the four prefectures of Ehime, Kagawa, Kochi and Tokushima, and is one of the five main islands of Japan. Shikoku is the second-smallest main island after Okinawa and smaller than Sardinia and Bananal. By population, it ranks 23rd, having fewer inhabitants than Sicily or Singapore. People from Shikoku say there is nothing to do, but I would strongly disagree. The island’s rich natural bounty—its sea, rivers, mountains, and forests—is waiting to be explored. Shikoku is indisputably a natural sightseeing mecca! Please note that this tour can start in Tokyo or Kyoto or any other Japan destination.

Kyushu is the southernmost of Japan’s four large islands (the others being Hokkaido, Honshu, and Shikoku) and consists of seven prefectures: Fukuoka, Saga, Nagasaki, Kumamoto, Oita, Miyazaki and Kagoshima. Each prefecture has its own personality and popular destinations.

Though sometimes not given its due, Kyushu is actually a beautiful island—a subtropical paradise covered in beaches, hot springs, and volcanos. Between the legendary warmth of its people, gorgeous natural wonders, and fascinating tourist spots, some might say Kyushu is the perfect holiday destination!

Okinawa is located at the southernmost section of Japan’s large archipelago.

Here are the island nation’s most popular resorts with unique culinary, artistic, and musical traditions to explore.

Though remote, the gorgeous islands of Okinawa are undeniably a place worth visiting.

Hokkaido, the large island located at the northernmost tip of Japan, is justifiably a very popular travel destination.

The climate and vegetation, among other things, are markedly different from other areas in Japan, and for Japanese people the place conjures up the image of being in a foreign country.

In summer, traveling around east Hokkaido by private car is recommended. While on the road, you can see the unusual (for Japan) sight of a straight road continuing to the horizon surrounded by a vast wilderness

Get ready to enjoy spectacular scenery and delicious local cuisine while exploring this unique part of Japan!

Mie Prefecture is best known for Ise Jingu Grand Shrine, the holiest site in all of Shinto and the top dog among all of Japan’s tens of thousands of shrines. Still, the area is more than a religious center, with beautiful nature, a lively fishing industry, and delicious local delicacies to explore.

The Kii Peninsula was selected as a Best in Travel Top 10 Regions winner, coming in 5th Place in 2018 by Lonely Planet.

Indulge yourself in a relaxing winter vacation by visiting some of Japan’s best onsen (hot spring) and ski resorts.

Just a few hours from Japan’s capital city, are beautiful, mountainous onsen resort towns tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Tokyo.

In total, you will travel for 10 days through Japan’s most famous ski and onsen resorts.

Model Itineraries - Tokyo's Spectacular Countryside

Just a quick jaunt from the Tokyo metropolitan area are a host of lovely, historic towns and sightseeing spots tucked away in the Japanese countryside. Add one—or more!—of the short trips below to your Tokyo tour.

Hakone is a generic name for “volcano,” and one of most popular luxury spa resorts located across Kanagawa and Shizuoka Prefectures.

You can enjoy the scenery of all four seasons while looking at the Mt. Fuji in the distance.

Kamakura in Kanagawa Prefecture is an ancient capital of the samurai tradition.

As the land of the birth of the first samurai regime, the “Kamakura Shogunate,” Kamakura created its own culture during the Kamakura Period (1185-1333).

Now, it’s home to one of the nation’s largest Buddha statues, as well as temples, forest hikes, delicious seafood, and gorgeous ocean views—all in Tokyo’s backyard!

Mt. Takao in Western Tokyo is considered a sacred power spot, attracting not only Tokyoites, but tourists from all over the world.

Enjoy the scenery and listen to the sounds of nature while climbing the spiritual mountain.

Scenic and historic Nikko is one of Japan’s major attractions.

The World Heritage Sites around Toshogu are Nikko’s centerpiece. These include Japan’s most lavishly decorated shrine and the mausoleum of Tokugawa Ieyasu (1543-1616), the founder of the Tokugawa Shogunate.

Mt. Fuji (377m), called Fuji-san in Japanese, is the nation’s most revered and timeless attraction.

Now a World Heritage Site, you will visit the most attractive places in the area and stay overnight in neighboring Atami Onsen resort town.

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Hiiragiya Ryokan in Kyoto

What does luxury mean to you? A lavish hotel room, a fine restaurant, high-end shopping, one-of-a-kind experiences, exploring one’s personal interests without impediment, or even just a certain feeling.

Let us know your top trip priorities by applying for your initial itinerary proposal. You are also invited to see our suggested itineraries for your consideration and inspiration, keeping in mind that all trips can be modified to best suit your needs. Made exactly as you like it, luxuriously, naturally.

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