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.
What our specialists say...
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.
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Day 1 Tokyo
On arrival into Japan, you will have the services of an airport representative whose main job is to help validate your rail pass before taking you over to the airport shuttle transfer. You will be transferred from the airport directly to your hotel. Spend the remainder of the day exploring Tokyo at leisure and acclimatising as a family to Japan.
Day 2 Tokyo
Use our free-time information for your first day of acclimatising to explore 'cool Tokyo', using Tokyo's excellent public transport. A PASMO pre-loaded travel card is included in the package. This is a great way to get your bearings around this sprawling capital and seeing the fun and cool side of this great city.
Day 3 Tokyo
Day 4 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. Afterwards, take the Tokyo metro or river cruise down to sumo town to see the sumo museum here. There are 3 bouts a year in Tokyo so it may even be possible to see these big wrestlers spar!
Day 5 Tokyo
Enjoy a fun experience taking part in one of Japan's quintessential martial arts - kendo. This shared experience will teach you the 'ways of the sword'. Children as young as five practise kendo so it's fun for everyone. Once finished here, head over to the man-made island of Odaiba out in Tokyo Bay. It has something for everyone, from science museums, walking robots, shopping, even a recontructed hot spring resort from the Edo era!
Day 6 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 7 Osaka
From Yudanaka, take the local and bullet trains to the Japan's third largest and arguably its most lively town of Osaka and visit the Kaiyukan, which is one of the biggest aquariums in the world. Its focal point is the enormous cylindrical tank in the middle. 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 8 Osaka
Day 9 Kyoto
Today you will travel to the cultural capital of Kyoto, only a short train ride away. Later this afternoon you will be taken on a privately guided walk of the mysterious Gion geisha district to 'spot' these elusive ladies.
Day 10 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 11 Kyoto
This morning you will get the chance to take part in a cultural activity of your choice such as the quintessentially Japanese green tea ceremony. Later this afternoon, head to the birthplace of ninja at Iga-Ueno. Experience a hands-on workshop as a ninja complete with costume, ninja stars and practise 'dojo'.
Day 12 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 13 Return home
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