Our guide to Japan

Japan for Families

Tokyo, Hakone and Kyoto

From $7600 per person in low season
From $8300 per person in high season

based on 8 nights & selected experiences

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* Pricing is a guideline only and excludes special offers. Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.

Price includes:

  • Accommodation

  • Private transfers

  • Shared transfers

  • Selected experiences

  • Daily Breakfast

  • Bullet Trains in Japan

  • Half Board Basis included at Gora Kadan

starting price per person based on two adults and two children traveling.

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At a Glance

  • A fantastic array of old world heritage and contemporary buzzing Japan

  • An incredible family friendly introduction to Japan

  • Each destination offers something new and exciting from the super modern Tokyo to the old world charm of Kyoto

  • Experiences including samurai sword lessons and Taiko drumming lessons provide a fantastic and fun way to understand more about Japanese culture

  • Hakone is a fantastic destination to relax as a family and do as little or as much as you like

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Japan kicks off its year with cold winter days and the odd snowfall. Although temperatures occasionally drop below freezing, winter (December to February) is usually reasonable. Spring (March to May) brings pleasant, warm days, and, of course, cherry blossoms – early April is probably the best time to view the blooms. Summer (June to August) is hot and muggy. Late June can see torrential rains. The temperature and humidity are at their worst in August. Apart from spring, autumn (September to November) is the most pleasant season as temperatures cool down to a cosy level and days are often clear and fine. Fall also means the return of the dramatic foliage season, when the parks and green areas of the city mellow into varying hues of orange and red.

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We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itinerary is a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you. Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your vacation.

Itinerary

With so many cultural sites to see and outdoor activities to enjoy, Japan is a fantastic destination for families, young and old. The itinerary takes you through the ancient world of Samurai to the modern cityscape of Tokyo with plenty to entertain the whole family along the way.

  1. Days 1-4: Tokyo

    Starting in the sprawling metropolis of Tokyo you will have three nights to experience one of the most high-tech cities in the world. Even though the city can be extremely fast-paced there are plenty of quiet corners for families to enjoy the city at their own pace with its rich heritage. From the beautiful gardens of along the Sumida River, amazing views of the city from the viewing deck of the Moori Art Museum to the vibrant Harajuku District. Alongside these we can arrange a whole host of hands on activities and in this itinerary we have included a full day of sightseeing with a fantastic Taiko Drumming Lesson to really get into the spirit of Japan.

    Accommodation: Palace Hotel (3 nights)

  2. Days 4-6: Gora

    Following on from Tokyo, it is on to the next adventure – a ride on the world-famous bullet train! This super-efficient public transport system rivals that of anywhere else in the world and is an experience within itself. Hop aboard and whizz quickly off to Hakone, which you will call home for the following two nights.  Located high in the mountains and part of the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, its an area known for its stunning scenery and relaxing atmosphere it is the perfect spot to recharge and enjoy Japan on a slower pace. Activities such as cruising on Lake Ashi with the chance to see Mt Fuji and a cable car trip over the volcanic valley of Owakudani are on offer and can easily be reached and enjoyed. In Hakone you will be staying in a traditional Japanese Inn, where you will be served incredible Kaiseki cuisine, a multi course feast with each dish served to you directly in your room, beautifully and painstakingly arranged. It’s an incredible cultural experience for the whole family.

    Accommodation: Gora Kadan (2 nights)

  3. Days 6-9: Kyoto

    Finally, for your last stop on the adventure you’ll jump back aboard the bullet train and head further south to Kyoto which is just two hours away by the bullet train lightning speed. Kyoto is the heart of history and culture in Japan with an enormous wealth of temples and palaces to visit. Intermingled with these, families can enjoy activities such as rickshaw rides through bamboo forests, visits to the ancient capital of Nara where hundreds of deer freely roam, lessons on how to master Samurai swordsmanship and dinners in the company of Geishas. In your itinerary we have included a full day of guiding with an expert guide, specially chosen for families and the chance for the children to learn how to Samurai themselves with a swordsmanship lesson. From Kyoto, as you say goodbye to Japan you will be taken by private transfer to Kansai Airport for your flight home.

    Accommodation: Hyatt Regency Kyoto (3 nights)

Experiences

  • Hakone Discovery

    Spend a day exploring the treasures of Hakone, including a cruise on Lake Ashi, marvelling at the magnificent views of Mount Fuji and surrounding mountains, before visiting the Hakone Open Air Museum, home to works by Rodin, Miro and Picasso.

  • Highlights of Tokyo

    A full day tour of the highlights of Tokyo with your English speaking guide, exploring the Meijijingu shrine, Roppongi Hills where you'll go up to the observation deck for 360 degree views of the city, and the areas of Omotesando, Aoyama and Ginza.

  • Japanese Calligraphy

    Spend some time learning from a master, with a visit to a traditional tea house where you will learn the ancient art of Japanese Calligraphy.

  • Rural Arashiyama

    A guided day in Arashiyama district, located at the base of Kyoto's western mountains. Take a boat trip on the Hozugawa River before discovering Zen Buddhist temples and the famous bamboo grove, one of Japan's most iconic scenic areas.

  • Samurai Experience

    Half day guided tour Samurai Experience to learn more about this ancient art. Learn the skills required to draw, sheathe and wield a katana, the traditional swords used by samurai.

  • Shopping in Kyoto

    Enjoy a shopping trip around Kyoto. Wander down the picturesque streets of Gian where you can visit local handicraft and pottery shops.

  • Taiko Drumming Lesson

    Enjoy a lesson in Taiko drumming lesson in Tokyo. Taiko is broadly a range of large percussion instruments in Japan and its orgins sit within Japanese folklore.

  • Tea Ceremony

    Take part in a traditional Tea Ceremony and gain an insight into this ancient art form and key part of Japanese culture.

  • Visit a Master Swordsmith in Tokyo

    Visit a Master Swordsmith at their home in Tokyo to see the art of Japanese sword making.

  • Walking in and around Hakone

    Hakone have some beautiful hiking trails which provide stunning, scenic walks to many of Japans lofty or snowy peaks. Some of the original stone pavements remain which take hikers past tea houses, waterfalls and through overgrown forests.

Location

Tokyo, Hakone and Kyoto

The Palace Hotel is centrally located in the Marunouchi district of Tokyo within easy access to the Tokyo train station, Imperial Palace and Ginza Shopping district. From Tokyo you will take the bullet train to Kyoto and the Hyatt Regency Kyoto is located in the traditional and historical area of Higashiyama Schichijo, just minutes from the Kyoto Train Station. To get from Kyoto to Hakone you will take the bullet train to Odawara station followed by a 40-minute transfer to Gora Kadan through the mountain passes. Gora Kadan is located just 5-minutes from Gora station in the heart of Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park. From Hakone to Tokyo you will take the same route back to Odawara and then a 35-minute bullet train to Tokyo station. The Mandarin Oriental is located in Nihonbashi business district with easy access to the station and Tokyo's main cultural attractions. On departure Narita Airport is 1-hour and 20-minutes from Mandarin Oriental by road.

How to get there

12-hour International flight to Tokyo International Airport-Narita. The Palace Hotel Tokyo is approximately 1-hour and 20-minutes drive from Narita Airport.

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We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itinerary is a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you. Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your vacation.

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