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Japan family adventure

16 days from £4,945pp

What is tailor made? Customised itinerary | Every trip is unique | Flexible accommodation options | Designed to your budget

Itinerary highlights

  • 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.

Price includes

Scheduled international flights
In-destination transfers
Activities and excursions as detailed
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  • Tokyo
  • Hiroshima
  • Miyajima Island
  • Hiroshima
  • Kyoto
  • Hakone & Mount Fuji
  • 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


Your guide will meet you today in the hotel lobby to run through your trip and offer any local advice to you so you can enjoy the country with confidence. In the first section the guide will explain your itinerary in more detail and answer any questions you might have. They can also assist with validating your Japan rail pass. This can take up to two hours so afterwards head out with your guide to see some of the highlights of the city. In the evening, head out with a guide to sample some of the local Tokyo cuisine in the vibrant district of Meguro.

Day 4 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!

Day 5 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, head over to Nakano broadway to try your hand at drawing the popular Japanese cartoon Manga.

Day 6 Hiroshima

Tokyo , Hiroshima

Take the bullet train further West to the city of Hiroshima. Upon arrival, head out to see the atomic bomb memorial monument and peace museum.

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Day 7 Hiroshima

Miyajima Island , 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.

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Day 8 Kyoto

Hiroshima , 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 9 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.

Day 10 Kyoto


Have the chance to learn about traditional taiko drumming by watching a performance then taking a lesson on the origins of this 6th century art form. Try on a drummer's outfit and grab a pair of drumsticks and have a go yourself.

Day 11 Kyoto


Spend the morning in Kyoto. There are plenty of interesting museums in the city that work well for families. The samurai and and ninja museum and the anime museum could be good options. Upon your return to Kyoto, head out with one of our local geisha experts for an evening tour of the geisha district.

Day 12 Kyoto


Spend a day exploring the Fushimi-Inari shrine to the Southeast of Kyoto, famous for the thousands of red torii gates that spill out onto the hillside. Afterwards, visit the old capital of Nara to see the impressive Golden Buddha and expansive park roamed by wild deer.

Day 13 Hakone & Mount Fuji

Kyoto , Hakone & Mount Fuji

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 14 Hakone & Mount Fuji

Hakone & Mount Fuji

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 15 Tokyo

Day 16 International return flight

Tokyo , International return flight

You will be picked up and taken to the airport by shared transfer for your return flights home. Your return flight will arrive the same day.

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