- Miyajima Island
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See the 'cooler' side of Tokyo on a number of private tours in the city.
Grab a kayak and circle Japan's most famous gate at Itsukushima Shrine.
Learn to write Japanese characters using brush and 'washi' paper.
Enjoy a private Taiko drumming lesson in Kyoto and practising how to become a 'ninja'.
Stay in your own 'townhouse' in Kyoto with a visit later to see the 'geisha' in Gion.
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Day 1 Tokyo
After passing through customs and luggage collection, you're met by an airport guide who will give you your trip documents and direct you to the shared shuttle service which takes you to your hotel. After checking in, spend the rest of the day at leisure, resting and relaxing after your flight. If you do feel like starting exploring, you may wish to walk around the Imperial Gardens.
Day 2 Tokyo
In order to start your family adventure in earnest, you will have a private guide to see some of the more exciting sights of this capital city, including the scramble crossing of Shibuya, fun and fresh shops and cafes in Harajuku and views from the top of Roppongi Hills. Enjoy a relaxing first afternoon exploring at your own leisure. Take a stroll around the impressing Imperial Palace gardens for example.
Day 3 Tokyo
Odaiba is a man-made island out in Tokyo which is easily reached by monorail, a fun way to see the city from above. Once in Odaiba, there is everything for the whole family to enjoy; trick museum, future driverless cars, walking robots, a super 'Science of the Future' museum, fantastic shopping and even a reconstructed traditional hot spring bath-house to relax in after all that! For the evening, you will board a 'yakatabune' or entertainment boat along the Sumida River enjoying Japanese food and drink while you sail under the neon lighting of Tokyo.
Day 4 Tokyo
One of Tokyo's highlights and highly acclaimed studios is the Ghibli Museum, the mecca for all those anime (Japanese cartoon) lovers. It's an interactive display of design with fun displays for the young and old to enjoy. After lunch, you will meet with a private guide for a half day tour of another side of Tokyo, its arty and fashionista face, most apparent to the west of the city. This includes a visit to Akihabara, or Electric Town, noted for its wonderful array of neon lights and electronics as well as its cafe scene with a difference from cat cafes to maid cafes!
Day 5 Hiroshima
Day 6 Hiroshima
One of Hiroshima prefecture's highlights is the gate of Itsukushima Shrine, often referred to as Miyajima torii, particularly beautiful at high tide. What better way to see it at this time than from a kayak. For half a day you will enjoy kayaking toward the gate and around it (weather permitting). Once finished here, head onto the island to enjoy the shrine itself and the tame deer that enjoy the attention of visitors. Take a fast ferry back to Hiroshima city and through the canals up to the peace park.
Day 7 Kyoto
Your second bullet train journey takes you back east to Kyoto, the city of temples and gardens. It is here you can enjoy a unique stay in a 'machiya' (townhouse) if you wish right in the heart of the city, with your own amenities including kitchen, washing machine and living area. You could explore the immediate area around your townhouse or head over to the impressive International Manga (Japanese comic) Museum for a few hours.
Day 8 Kyoto
Day 9 Kyoto
Day 10 Kyoto
Day 11 Kyoto
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Visit the Fushimi Inari shrine, famous for its never-ending vermillion gates. Then, visit Nara where you can see the Todaiji Temple (the largest wooden structure in the country) and see the bowing deer - they have learned to bow for food in typical Japanese fashion!
Day 12 Hakone
Your final bullet train east will take you to Hakone National Park, famed for its numerous hot spring resorts, traditional inns and viewing points of Mount Fuji. Using your Hakone Free Pass (included), you will circle the park on funicular train, cable-car (or bus if you prefer) and boat on Lake Ashi. On the way there are a number of open-air art museums too which are great for all the family. Check into your Japanese inn, or ryokan, for one night including the use of hot spring bathing - a staple of Japanese society - and 'kaiseki' evening meal, lots and lots of little tapas-style Japanese dishes using local seasonal ingredients.
Day 13 Hakone
If time allows, head to Yunessun Spa resort, a hugely fun if not odd hot spring 'theme park' with baths that look like you're sitting in a noodle soup bowl amongst others. This is very popular with kids and kids at heart alike! Afterwards return to Tokyo for your final night in the capital. This is a good chance to see another part of the city, or do any last-minute shopping before heading home.
Day 14 Tokyo
Day 15 Return home
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