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£5,960 Per person
14 days
Includes flights
Includes transfers
Includes activities
Includes hotels

This itinerary is ideal for families looking to experience a balanced mix of culture and fun. You'll visit some of Japan's most iconic and entertaining cities as well as spending some time with the snow monkeys in the Japanese Alps. The itinerary includes visits to some of Japan's coolest and most unusual attractions (with tickets too) as well as some guided excursions which will help you make the most of your time in the country and learn more about Japanese culture.

Itinerary highlights

  • Learn the 'ways of the sword' in kendo training techniques.

  • Day tickets to Tokyo Disneyland/Disneysea and Osaka's Universal Studios.

  • Explore the mysterious Gion Geisha District with the help of your private guide.

  • Enjoy a private Taiko drumming lesson in Kyoto.

  • Visit the snow monkeys of Yudanaka and enjoy hot springs at a traditional inn.

Audley Travel specialist Rebecca

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Treat this trip purely as a starting point for your own tour to Japan. Your specialist will ask you what you want and then shape your itinerary to match.

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  • Tokyo
  • Yudanaka
  • Osaka
  • Kyoto
  • Tokyo

Itinerary idea in detail

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Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Day 1 International outbound flight

International outbound flight

Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Tokyo.

Day 2 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 3 Tokyo


Use our free-time information for your first day of acclimatising to explore 'cool Tokyo', using Tokyo's excellent public transport. After lunch, head over to Nakano broadway to try your hand at drawing the popular Japanese cartoon Manga.

Day 4 Tokyo


Spend the day exploring Tokyo Disneyland, with tickets included. You may wish to change to DisneySea tickets instead which is a fun waterpark run by the company.

Day 5 Tokyo


The world's largest tower stands are 634m (2000 feet) and offers fantastic views over the capital. From here you can head over the Sumida River to the older part of the city, Asakusa, where you can enjoy a rickshaw ride (included) around Tokyo's largest temple, Sensoji. Nearby to the tower is the old district of Asakusa where you will be taken on a rickshaw tour of the local area and bustling streets.

Day 6 Tokyo


Head to a local home for a private sushi-making lesson. Where better for it than the sushi capital of the world? Afterwards take the monorail over rainbow bridge to the man-made island of Odaiba where you can ride the giant ferris wheel for some incredible views of Tokyo bay and see some of the futuristic museums they have there.

Day 7 Yudanaka

Tokyo , Yudanaka

Your first bullet train journey takes you up into the Japanese Alps and over to the small town of Yudanaka. It's here that you will enjoy your first stay at a traditional inn, or ryokan, with tatami rooms, futon and hot springs for those inclined, all part of this Japanese adventure! You will also get the chance to see the ubiquitous snow monkey (any time of the year but best when there's snow of course!)

Day 8 Osaka

Yudanaka , Osaka

From Yudanaka, take the local and bullet trains to the Japan's third largest and arguably its most lively town of Osaka and see the castle there. If in season and time allows, watching Japan's other national game, baseball, from the Hanshin Tigers stadium is a must for absolute Japanese modern entertainment.

Day 9 Osaka


Spend the day exploring the Universal Studios Theme Park (tickets included) with its fun rides and attractions to keep the whole family happy and tired!

Day 10 Kyoto

Osaka , Kyoto

Today you will travel to the cultural capital of Kyoto, only a short train ride away. During the day try making your very own Bento lunchbox. These uniquely Japanese works of food art are often created in the image of a popular cartoon character.

Day 11 Kyoto


This morning is to head out and explore the city's famed temples, including the Golden Pavilion, the Zen gardens of Ryoanji and the unique 'nightingale' beams of Nijo castle that sound when walked on to alert of intruders in days gone by. In the afternoon, take part in a taiko drumming lesson with an expert. Taiko are synonymous with the festivals of Japan and a great way to experience an adrenaline hit.

Day 12 Kyoto


In the morning, gain an insight to the fabled ninja who existed in the shadows of feudal Japan. An instructor will guide you how to throw shuriken (throwing stars) and become acquainted with a ninja's arsenal. This afternoon would be a good chance to check out the international manga museum in central Kyoto.

Day 13 Tokyo

Kyoto , Tokyo

Take the final bullet train of your trip from Kyoto back to the capital for your final night here. After checking in, spend the remainder of the afternoon at leisure around the west of Tokyo. What better way to end this fantastic trip with a stretch of vocal chords and a wave of a tambourine at a karaoke box - how Japanese!

Day 14 International return flight

Tokyo , International return flight

Today you will be transferred back to the airport in time for your return flight. Your return flight will arrive the same day.

Audley Travel specialist Jo

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