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.
Travelling around with little ones in tow often conjures up thoughts of unwanted stress on holiday, 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 centres, 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 holiday 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 holiday 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.
Mandarin Oriental Tokyo
The Mandarin Oriental is a chic hotel located in a commanding position high above the busy metropolis of Tokyo, giving unparalleled views. It is just a short distance from the exclusive Ginza shopping area and the Imperial Palace Gardens.
Offering commanding views of the city and Imperial Palace Gardens, The Peninsula is an icon on the Tokyo cityscape. Luxurious comfort, sophisticated facilities and the legendary Peninsula service make this one of the most exclusive properties in Tokyo.
Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto
A luxurious addition to Kyoto, the Four Seasons Kyoto offers spacious, contemporary accommodation with a Japanese flare in the historical heart of Kyoto. Enjoy the sites of this former Imperial city during the day before returning to this Japanese haven.
Brilliantly located close by to Tokyo Station and the Imperial Palace, Hoshinoya Tokyo is one of Tokyo's most unique hotels. Drawing inspiration from a traditional Japanese ryokan, this 17 story city hotel offers peaceful respite from the bustling city.
Hyatt Regency Kyoto
Located close to the centre of Kyoto, a pleasant walk from the famous Geisha Gion district and opposite the Kyoto National Museum, the luxury Hyatt Regency Kyoto is a great base from which to explore the cultural heart of Japan.
Established in 1901, Jinpyokaku is a historic onsen ryokan loved by many writers and artists such as Yasunari Kawabata and Soseki Natsume. With only 6 rooms, this is a quiet and traditional option and a great base from which to explore the mountains.
Park Hyatt Tokyo
The Park Hyatt Tokyo is a prominent feature in Tokyo's skyline, comprising three interconnecting towers in the vibrant area of Shinjunku. Luxury accommodation and the latest in technology, style and design dominate the hotel.
A beautiful Japanese Ryokan just twenty minutes from historic Takayama, Wanosato is surrounded by forested hills and traditional Japanese villages. Dating back 160 years, with a rare Gasso-zukuri thatched roof, Wanosato is a truly unique place.
Family Fun in Japan
Tokyo, Takayama, Kanazawa & Kyoto
Designed to appeal to both adults and children alike, this awesome trip takes in the neon-lit metropolis of Tokyo, with its distinctive cultural traditions of kawaii (cute), anime and cosplay, cycling in the Japanese Alps, a stay in a traditional Japanese ryokan inn and cooking class in Kyoto. Full of memorable experiences and contrasting...