Japan with Children

Japan is a playground for children. It is a world of robotics, pioneering technology, neon lights and make believe, confirming it as the perfect fairy tale destination for youngsters. Tales of ninjas, samurais and geishas will come to life from the moment you step foot in Japan, as you explore its futuristic cities, discover its fascinating history and uncover its ancient old traditions. Traveling around with little ones in tow often conjures up thoughts of unwanted stress on vacation, yet getting around Japan is exceptionally easy, and indisputably fun. With a reputation for fantastic customer service, an abundance of unique experiences and incredible safety, there is no better time to visit Japan’s shores on a family adventure.

In the cities, pop culture and neon streetscapes abound. High tech gizmos and gadgets can be found at every corner and with mind boggling museums, game centers, underground shopping malls, themed restaurants and amusement parks all sitting top of the bill, there is something to keep all ages entertained. Japan’s capital is a high rise metropolis which revels in innovation and pushes the boundaries of progress in all directions, ensuring teens are well catered for. Meanwhile, the bullet train is a superb way to entertain short attention spans. Not only are the high speed locomotives great for getting from A to B, but reaching white knuckle speeds as you whizz across the country is bound to be a vacation highlight.

Japan’s countryside promises much entertainment for children too. The world renowned hot springs, or onsens, are the perfect antidote to a stint in Japan’s bustling cities. Hunker down with the whole family in a ryokan or take to two wheels and explore the beautiful countryside on a bicycle. Getting a glimpse into daily life in rural Japan is an incredible contrast to its bustling cities and bound to captivate the imagination of youngsters. During winter, a visit to the hot spring resort, Yudanaka, will be rewarded with an encounter with snow monkeys. Watching these inquisitive animals frolicking in the eponymous onsen is a truly surreal spectacle for all. Elsewhere, get stuck in with the traditional crafts of Kanazawa; by creating a washi paper bookmark, dyeing your very own silk handkerchief or wrapping chop sticks in the region’s famed gold leaf.

Unique experiences are perhaps the best way to keep the whole family entertained and can be integrated into your vacation itinerary before you depart. By organising experiences in advance, you can rest assured that the interests and whims of every family member will be looked after. Try your hand at a martial art, calligraphy, origami, or taiko drumming before indulging at an all you can eat ice cream parlour for the ultimate family friendly day out in Japan.

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Authentic Japan

Tokyo, Takayama, Kanazawa & Kyoto

Journey through Japan on this 11-night adventure that mixes Japan's neon bright cutting-edge cities with graceful temples, Shinto shrines and heritage villages. Japan is a country like no other and nothing quite prepares you for its extraordinary world class cities, refined and discreet culture and truly unique way of life. This itinerary...

Best for: Culture, History, Spa & health

Highlights of Japan

Tokyo, Kyoto & Hakone National Park

This itinerary provides a brilliant highlight tour of Japan visiting the main cultural sites including Tokyo, Kyoto and Hakone. Japan is a completely unique destination with a fascinating blend of ancient culture and modern cityscapes, which you will be able to experience beautifully through this journey through the country.

Best for: Honeymoon, Rail, Adventure

Japan for Teenagers

Tokyo, Yudanaka, Kanazawa & Kyoto

This unforgettable journey is designed with teenagers in mind, combining the weird and wonderful with arts and crafts and the great outdoors. The journey takes in Snow Monkeys, Tokyo, Kyoto and Kanazawa, brilliantly combining interests for adults and kids alike. Brimming with unique experiences, this is one of our favorite family itineraries.

Best for: Family, History, Teenagers, Adventure

Japan in Spring - Cherry Blossom Season

Tokyo, Miyajima, Kyoto & Hakone

This beautiful itinerary allows to you experience Japan in its most famed and spectacular season, Sakura, when the beautiful Cherry Blossoms blanket the country. Taking you throughout the island of Honshu, visit Japan in spring to see the beautiful cherry blossom in full bloom. This itinerary takes you to Hakone National Park and Miyajima Island,...

Best for: Culture, Adventure, Couples, Honeymoon

Active Japan

Tokyo, Kiso Valley, Kyoto, Miyajimaguchi & Lake Kawaguchi (Mount Fuji)

Japan is most often praised for its incredibly rich culture and history with its natural beauty often being overlooked. This itinerary shows you a different side to Japan, taking in the best of country's most inspiring cities and combining them with the Nakasendo Walking Trail, an ancient postal route through wild forests, and the beautiful...

Best for: Adventure, Culture, Seriously Special

Culinary Japan

Osaka, Kyoto, Kanazawa & Tokyo

This itinerary is perfect for foodies, who love venturing through a new country led by their taste buds. With such an array of regional cuisines, cooking styles and the capital boasting more Michelin stars than any other city in the world, Japan is a culinary delight and through this itinerary you’ll be able to experience some its many delicious...

Grand Tour of China and Japan

Hong Kong, Beijing, Xian, Guilin, Shanghai, Tokyo, Kyoto & Hakone

This itinerary takes you on a journey through two amazing countries, China and Japan. From the heights of Hong Kong, Shanghai and Tokyo to the Forbidden City in Beijing and geishas in Kyoto, this itinerary incorporates our top highlights of these two rich cultures.

Best for: Adventure, Culture, Off the beaten track

Honeymoon in Japan

Tokyo, Kyoto, Kanazawa & Takayama

Japan is the perfect honeymoon destination, full of exotic mystery, with something new to discover around each corner. This beautiful itinerary allows you to experience the country at a relaxed pace from the bright lights of Tokyo, the intertwining lanes of the Gion district in Kyoto, fascinating Kanazawa and of course a stay in a traditional...

Japan in Depth

Tokyo, Nakasendo Walking Trail, Kyoto, Hiroshima, Kanazawa & Takayama

This extensive itinerary allows you to experience all the main cultural highlights of Japan with stops in Tokyo, Kyoto and Hiroshima alongside the more off the beaten track destinations of Tsumago, Kiso-Fukushima, Takayama and Shirakawago. With a brilliant mix of fast-paced cityscapes, cultural strongholds and beautiful rural vistas this itinerary...

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