Our Japan Getaways are limited-edition, small group private tours personally conducted by us to selected spots in Japan.

Our tours are designed around the Japanese concept of Kisetsu-kan, a sense for the changing seasons. Available only four times a year, these tours are hand-crafted by us to visit a mix of bucket-list and off-the-beaten-path attractions chosen for their beauty in the season, combined with seasonal events and activities that let you truly experience Japanese culture. Each season’s tours are different.

As photographers, we always remember one of our earliest lessons in the art: the difference between just looking and truly seeing. We want to help you see Japan to the fullest, so our tours are slower-paced, designed around leisurely walks through beautiful byways where the bus-tour groups don’t go, and since they’re fully private tours with just you and your family or friends, we can take as long or as short at any stop as you like.

We bridge the gap between the easily available but rather generic big-group tours, and the difficulty of planning and organizing everything yourself and finding your own way around, making it easy for you to have the experience you want. As lifelong fans of Japanese culture, history, art and food, we want to share our fascination with this beautiful land and its kindly people with you in a way you’ll always remember.

Availability

Our Japan Getaways are only available four times a year. Please check the Japan Getaway Schedule for specific dates and destinations. The next Getaway will be from November 14-December 9, 2018, and features tours of Kyoto, Nara, Shiga Prefecture, Kobe and Himeji.

Photo Tours

Photo Tours are designed specifically for photography enthusiasts of all levels. These feature an itinerary of interesting, photo-worthy sites selected for their beauty in the season, many of them off-the-tourist-track spots to give you better chances of nailing that classic travel photo. The tours usually start much earlier and may end later than our standard tours to take advantage of the best light or catch a specific photo op. We’ll be on hand to provide tips and instruction, specially if you’re new to photography.

Our Photo Tours are available in 3-day and 5-day sets, and any of our other tours may also be converted into a Photo Tour for a small additional fee.

Discovery Tours

Discovery Tours are casual-type tours featuring a variety of destinations and experiences, easily accessible for families and first-time visitors to Japan. These tours are available in 3-day sets that feature different  special locales of Kyoto and Nara. With a good mix of bucket-list sights to see and interesting activities, these tours are a great way to get a taste of Japan!

Focus Tours

Focus Tours take you beyond the usual tourist track, giving you the chance to explore some lovely but out of the way attractions and get a meatier bite of Japanese culture with a variety of interesting and creative activities. Visit historical castles with intact original structures, have a full private tea ceremony in kimono, or stay in an onsen ryokan. Focus Tours are available in one-day modules, choose as many as you like and string them together to create a custom experience of Japan.

Photo Sessions

We also offer private portrait sessions at selected locations in and around Kyoto. Dress up in elegant kimono or yukata and save your precious memories of a lifetime bucket-list trip with a photo album of your best pictures. Perfect for couples and families.

Pricing

Our Photo Tours, Discovery Tours and Focus Tours are priced per person. Prices for most of these tours scale down as more of you join the tour. This pricing scheme allows us to handle very small groups, even solo travelers, at reasonable rates. Tour fees include all transportation (by bus/ subway/ train), admission fees, our personal services as your tour facilitators (at least one of us will accompany you on the tour), and usually include a lunch, dinner or snack.

Photo Sessions are priced per session, regardless of the number of participants. We will however charge a small additional fee per person if your group exceeds 10 persons.