Our guide to Japan
Sushi and Samurai - A Family Adventure in Japan
Tokyo, Hakone and Kyoto
- 9 nights
- from $8600 per person
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 and Taiko drumming lessons, tea ceremonies and Calligraphy 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
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. To start planning your vacation
Starting in the sprawling metropolis of Tokyo you will have a chance 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 visiting the world famous Tsukjii fish market with every imaginable sea creature on show to exploring the historical Meijijungu Shrine. To experience all of the highlights, guiding can be arranged.
Alongside these, experiences such as Taiko Drumming lessons, Calligraphy lessons and trips to Tokyo Disney Land can be arranged so that active youngsters will be kept thoroughly entertained.
Following on from Tokyo you will head south to Kyoto on the famous bullet train. This super powered locomotive takes just over two and a half hours and is an experience in itself rather than just another way to get from A to B. 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.
After the busy Kyoto schedule it is back onto the bullet train to visit Hakone, high in the mountains and part of the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park. Renowned 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 for those looking for action in the stunning surrounding countryside.
From here it is back to Tokyo to take in the bright lights of the big city for one final night.
Location & Directions
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.
When to go
Tokyo 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.