Japan: A Guide to the Guides

A Who’s Who of the best tour operators specializing in Japan.

Courtesy The Art of Travel
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The Art of Travel

Founded in Kanazawa in 2010 to promote the city’s crafts to Western buyers, the company entered the travel-and-leisure business in 2012 and expanded its radius to all of Japan. But the focus on culture remains. Staff is half Japanese, half American.

Person to Know: Executive director Evelyn Teploff-Mugii, a former educator at Parsons’s Kanazawa campus.
What to Expect: Encounters with master artisans and (given enough advance notice) top architects.
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