Family Fun in Japan

Tokyo, Yudanaka, Kanazawa & Kyoto

From $6000 per person in low season
From $9300 per person in high season

based on 10 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 train transfers

  • Jinpyokaku Honten Inlcuded on a Half Board Basis

per person based on two sharing except at Jinpyokaku Honten where a Quad Room has been included. Pricing based on a family of four traveling.

Please note if traveling during Japan's popular Cherry Blossom season prices can increase considerably.

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At a Glance

  • If you travel in winter, see Japanese macaques bathe in natural hot springs. Known as Snow Monkeys, they can be seen year round but tend to bathe when it is cold

  • Visit Japan's quirky 'Kiddy Land', a shopping paradise for children that includes manga, cartoons and Japanese anime

  • Spend time at the Ghibli Museum. Designed by Hayao Miyazaki, this is a playful wonderland dedicated to Japanese animation that families adore

  • There's the option to visit Tokyo Disneyland and/or Universal Studios Japan

  • Visit Samurai and Geisha houses in historic Kanazawa,

  • Stay in a traditional ryokan run by a local family, a fantastic family experience

  • Complete with ninjas, geisha and samurai, visit a Japanese film set at Toei Uzumasa Eigamura, the Hollywood of Japan

  • Explore rural Japan by bicycle

  • For those with more time, add on a few extra days 'glamping' in Hakone, for views of Mt Fuji as well as horse riding and canoeing

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Best time to Visit

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The best and most popular times to visit Japan are the climatically stable seasons of spring (March to May) and autumn (late September to November). The highlight of spring is the cherry-blossom season, which usually arrives in Kyoto in early April. Bear in mind, though, that the blossoms are notoriously fickle, blooming any time from late March to mid-April. Fall is an equally good time to travel, with pleasant temperatures and soothing autumn colors, which usually peak between late October and mid-November. Be warned that Kyoto is crowded with domestic and international tourists during the cherry-blossom and autumn-foliage seasons.

Of course, you can visit Japan at any time of year and you will need to travel during winter if you want to see the Snow Monkeys bathing in the hot springs surrounded by snow.

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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

This unforgettable journey is designed with families 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.

  1. Days 1-4: Tokyo

    The first three nights are spent in Tokyo. On one of the days with your private guide using the super-efficient public transport system visit the Edo Tokyo Museum, take a look around Akihabara Electric Town that's famous for cosplay and anime and venture up the Tokyo skytree for an amazing view Tokyo’s skyline, stretching as far as the eye can see. Despite being a huge city, Tokyo is incredibly easy to get around and very safe and is often a highlight for families.

    Accommodation: Palace Hotel (3 nights)

  2. Days 4-5: Yudanaka

    Next up is Yudanaka, in the Japanese Alps. From Tokyo you will take the super-efficient bullet train to Yudanaka, with a change in Nagoya, with the total trip taking just over two hours. This region is home to very cute Japanese macaques, who in winter bathe in the steamy hot spring onsens - one of the most photographed sights in Japan. The macaques are here year-round, so even if it isn't snowing you should get to see them feeding and playing on the grass surrounding the natural hot springs. In Yudanaka we have included a private guide and driver so that you explore the snow monkey park and if you fancy enjoy some cycling and hiking and the nearby arty town of Obuse is not far away either.

    Accommodation: Jinpyokaku Honten (1 night)

  3. Days 5-7: Kanazawa

    From Yudanaka you will then visit Kanazawa, again by bullet train with a change in Nagoya and a total travel time if just over two hours. Kanazawa is the most wonderful city on Japan's northern coast. Famed for specialist crafts, this is the perfect place to learn the art of gold leaf but also visiting a traditional Samurai and Geisha houses. Kanazawa is one of only five cities where Geisha can still be seen. We have included a private guide on one of your days in the city so that you can take in all the highlights, especially in the Samurai and Geisha district which the teens will love.

    Accommodation: ANA Crowne Plaza Hotel Kanazawa (2 nights)

  4. Days 7-11: Kyoto

    You'll end in beautiful and unforgettable Kyoto, an easy and direct bullet train from Kanazawa, taking just over two hours. Over your four nights here spend time in some of the world's best parks and gardens, visiting golden pavilions and Buddhist temples. With your day of private guiding, spend some time exploring the beautiful Geisha district of Gion and enjoy browsing through the beautiful handicrafts and even visit Toei Uzumasa Eigamura, a real life movie set. On your free day in the city we suggest visiting Nara, home to hundreds of deer that roam freely around this ancient region. From Kyoto you will say goodbye to Japan and driven to Osaka where you will be able to take your international flight home.

    Accommodation: Hyatt Regency Kyoto (4 nights)

Experiences

  • Ancient Nara Day Trip

    Make a trip to Nara and visit the Deer Park, Todaiji and Kasuga Grand Shrine. In the afternoon, wander in the old town of Naramachi, with its charming Edo period architecture. If time permits, explore the ancient Gangoji Temple.

  • Cruise on Sumidagawa River

    Enjoy a scenic cruise along Sumidagawa river and end in the beautiful Hamairkyo garden. Relax amongst nature and enjoy a cup of tea.

  • Full Day Tokyo City Tour

    Discover Asakusa today and explore Sensoji before proceeding to the Tokyo Skytree, the tallest structure in Japan that offers great panoramic views. Head to Edo Tokyo Museum and if time permits, make a visit to the Meiji Shrine.

  • Gion by Night

    Embark on a Gion district night walk either with the guide or on your own and if you are lucky, catch sight of the geishas' in beautiful kimonos as they go about on their evening activities.

  • Japanese Calligraphy Class

    Embark on a Japanese Calligraphy class and learn about the basic art form of writing, starting from the characters!

  • Jigokudani Monkey Park and Obuse Township

    Visit Jigokudani Monkey Park and nearby Obuse. Jigokudani Monkey Park sits at the foot of the Shiga Highlands and local Japanese macaques are often seen here bathing in the natural hot springs. Afterwards visit Obuse, home to sake warehouses and galleries

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Tokyo, Yudanaka, Kanazawa & Kyoto

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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.