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Japan Family Tour

Duration
11 Days
Prices From:
US$ 4,046

Often otherworldly, yet super intuitive, Japan is an ideal destination for a family getaway. Your family will experience a variety of Japanese activities and attractions on this guided trip, from pop culture icons to animation studios, to fun Japanese traditions dating back centuries.


This 11-day Japan family adventure package is designed for the first-time visitor. It includes must-see stops in Tokyo, Hakone and Kyoto and will delight travellers of all ages.

Begin in Tokyo, as so many great trips to Japan do. After a night to get settled, test your musical skills at a traditional taiko drum lesson. A sightseeing tour then takes you to see the best of Tokyo, including the Tokyo Skytree, pop culture haven Harajuku (with lunch at the Kawaii Monster Café), and Tokyo Character Street, where you’re sure to meet some familiar faces in the local stores. The following day takes you to either Tokyo Disneyland or Disney Sea with a 1-day passport to enjoy Disney’s magic, Japan style! Your final day in Tokyo will thrill all ages with a visit to the famous Ghibli Museum for a day in the world of one of Japan’s most renowned animation studios.

Hot springs are an intrinsic part of Japanese culture, and perhaps no place in the country offers springs on par with Hakone. You’ll have two nights here (pack a small bag) with free time to explore attractions such as the Owakudani volcanic zone, Lake Ashi, or hot spring theme park Yunessun.

Kyoto embodies Japan at its most romantic and stately, but it’s a wonderful destination for families too. Start your exploration at a kimono shop where you’ll have a chance to find traditional dress that suits your style. Fully kitted up, visit the Fushimi Inari Shrine, famous for its pathway of 10,000 red tori gates, great for both exploration and photo ops. The following day, get around on Kyoto’s excellent public transit system with your guide, visiting the iconic Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion), followed by the Arashiyama Monkey Park, where hundreds of monkeys roam free and you’ll enjoy arguably the best view over the city.

A day trip takes you to Universal Studios, Osaka, for a Japanese take on another theme park favourite, followed by a free day in Kyoto. A number of optional day tours are available, including classes in calligraphy or origami, and excursions to Hiroshima, where you can visit the peace park, or Nara, where free roaming deer make Nara Park an irresistible highlight of Japan. Spend one more night in Kyoto before your onward flight.


 

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Duration
11 Days
Prices From:
US$ 4,046

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Day 1

Arrive Tokyo

On arrival at Narita or Haneda airport, you will be met by an assistant in the arrival lobby after you exit the security zone. Then you will be escorted to the airport bus for your shared transfer to your hotel. The assistant will help you board the bus and then say goodbye. The bus will announce your stop in English. Check in to your hotel on your own and rest of day is at leisure.

Duration4 Nights
Accommodation

Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo

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    Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo



    The Keio Plaza Hotel is the ideal location to explore the delights of the city of Tokyo. Only minutes away from the most popular shopping and entertainment spots, the luxury hotel provides stunning views over central Tokyo. The Keio Plaza Hotel offers a wide variety …

    The Keio Plaza Hotel is the ideal location to explore the delights of the city of Tokyo. Only minutes away from the most popular shopping and entertainment spots, the luxury hotel provides stunning views over central Tokyo. The Keio Plaza Hotel offers a wide variety of home-away-from-home hospitality, with 1,435 guest rooms to choose from to accommodate your every need. Located in Shinjuku, in the very heart of the Tokyo metropolis, the Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo extends top rated services and facilities, features that guests come to expect of a world class hotel.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Bellman/Porters
    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Currency Exchange
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Hair/Beauty Salon
    • Mail and Postal Facilities
    • Massage Treatments
    • Medical Services
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Sauna
    • Secretarial Service
    • Spa

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Day 2

Tokyo

Today experience the traditional and modern side of Japan, starting with a hands-on activity. Meet your guide in the lobby of the hotel and travel together by taxi to the venue for your taiko lesson. Taiko is a Japanese drum used in ceremonies, festivals, sports and other events in Japan. Japanese students learn how to play the taiko drum in elementary school. Enjoy a shared group lesson (approx.1 hr) to learn the rhythm and technique of taiko drumming and a live drum demonstration by the teachers.

After the lesson meet your guide and begin your sightseeing tour of Tokyo using public transportation. Visit Tokyo Skytree, the tallest building in Tokyo for a spectacular view from the observation deck. Then, take the train to Harajuku, the pop culture neighborhood. Walk along Takeshita pedestrian street and have lunch at the Kawaii Monster Cafe. Kawaii is the Japanese word for 'cute,' and you will soon find out why. The cafe has a series of brightly colors themed rooms, staff dress up in cute outfits and there is a regular song and dance performance featuring a cute wide-eyed monster. The food is western themed and rainbow in color and kids are sure to find something they like. After lunch take the train to Tokyo station where your guide will drop you off at Tokyo Character Street. Character street has over 30 shops selling popular Japanese character merchandise. Choose to visit the Pokemon Store, the Hello Kitty Shop or other stores. Afterwards, make your own way back to your hotel (your guide will provide directions). The evening is at leisure.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 3

Tokyo

Spend the whole day at Disney's magical kingdom! Choose to visit either Tokyo Disneyland or Disney Sea with a 1-day passport. Take your hotel's Disney shuttle bus to/from the amusement park and explore the park on your own.

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Day 4

Tokyo

Today visit one of Japan's most famous animation studios, the Ghibli Museum (closed on Tuesdays). Miyazak Hayao's Studio Ghibli has produced many feature length films that have received worldview recognition including My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away and Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea. Entrance tickets will be provided, make your own way to/from the museum. The rest of day is at leisure.

Other suggested activities for today: dinner at the Ninja themed restaurant, attend a baseball game (subject to seasonality) or visit a Karaoke place.

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Day 5

Tokyo to Hakone

Say goodbye to Tokyo and travel to Hakone, the hot spring capital of Japan. Hakone is apart of Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park and famous for views of nearby Mount Fuji on clear days. A guide will meet you at your hotel in Tokyo in the morning and help you ship your main luggage to your hotel in Kyoto (approx. cost is 2,000 yen per person per suitcase, standard size). This way you can travel light on the trains, carrying only your overnight bag to Hakone (shipping luggage is very common in Japan). After this, your guide will escort you Shinjuku station and help you board the Limited Express train to Odawara station (approx. 1 hr). On arrival at Odawara station, begin your self guided tour of the Hakone region using many different types of transportation. There are switchback trains, cable cars, boats and buses to travel around the mountainous area. A 3-day Hakone Pass is included so you can travel unlimited. We suggest you take the Hakone rope way to Owakudani, an active volcanic zone and crater where you can hike around, see views of Mount Fuji on clear days and try the popular hot spring cooked eggs that have black shells. From here you can continue by cable car to Lake Ashi where you can take a pirate ship across the lake.

The next 2 nights you will stay at a traditional Japanese inn, called a "ryokan" with hot spring baths. At the ryokan you will have a Japanese style room with futon bedding and enjoy Japanese kaiseki (multi-course) dinners featuring a variety of small plates.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
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Ichinoyu Honkan

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    Ichinoyu Honkan



    Registered as a Cultural Heritage and established over 380-years ago, Ichinoyu Honkan offers indoor/outdoor hot-spring baths in the famous Hakone area. Guests can enjoy massages or facial treatments and stay in Japanese-style rooms with free Wi-Fi. A shuttle is available from Hakone Yumoto Train Station, …

    Registered as a Cultural Heritage and established over 380-years ago, Ichinoyu Honkan offers indoor/outdoor hot-spring baths in the famous Hakone area. Guests can enjoy massages or facial treatments and stay in Japanese-style rooms with free Wi-Fi. A shuttle is available from Hakone Yumoto Train Station, which is a 3-minute drive away. The air-conditioned rooms feature tatami (woven-straw) floors and Japanese futon bedding. Rooms come with a TV, a fridge and an electric kettle with green tea bags. Japanese Yukata robes are provided for all guests, and some rooms have a private open-air bath. Guests can use the internet PC at the lobby and free parking is available on site. A private reservable hot-spring bath is available and local products can be purchased at the souvenir shop. Luggage storage is provided at the front desk. Guests can enjoy hot-spring baths in neighboring properties for free of charge.

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Day 6

Hakone

Enjoy a free day in Hakone. We suggest you visit Yunessun, a hot spring theme park with indoor and outdoor baths and water slides. You can also enjoy the hot spring baths at your hotel.

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Day 7

Hakone to Kyoto

Check out and make your own way to Odawara station using your Hakone Pass. Then travel by bullet train from Odawara to Kyoto (approx. 2 hrs). Directions will be provided to make sure you have a smooth trip.

Meet, greet on arrival in Kyoto and walk to your hotel to drop off your luggage and then begin your afternoon tour. Take the train to the Fushimi area of Kyoto where you will visit a kimono shop to get dressed up in a kimono, a unique Japanese experience. Adults and children can select a kimono to wear from different color and pattern options. After getting dressed up, visit Fushimi Inari Shrine, home to over 10,000 red tori gates forming a pathway up the mountain. Explore the shrine pathways and enjoy taking photos in your kimonos.

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Duration4 Nights
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Rihga Royal Hotel Kyoto

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    Rihga Royal Hotel Kyoto



    This hotel is located in the hub of Kyoto. It is close to the amusement centre of Kyoto and numerous places of historic significance. World-famous scenic beauty can be easily reached by various kinds of transportation. This hotel, with 498 rooms, offers an indoor swimming …

    This hotel is located in the hub of Kyoto. It is close to the amusement centre of Kyoto and numerous places of historic significance. World-famous scenic beauty can be easily reached by various kinds of transportation. This hotel, with 498 rooms, offers an indoor swimming pool, sauna, beauty salon, gift shop, bakery, shuttle service to andfrom Kyoto Station, restaurants and bars.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Hair/Beauty Salon
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Lounge(s)
    • Medical Services
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 8

Kyoto

Enjoy a full day guided tour using public transportation to see more Kyoto highlights. You will start your day with a visit to Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion), which was originally built as a retirement villa for the Shogun. After his death it became a Buddhist Temple at his request and is now one of Kyoto's most famous temples.

Then you will head towards Arashiyama area to visit Arashiyama Monkey Park. After hiking uphill for about ten minutes, you will find an open area with over a hundred monkeys roaming freely. There are also nice views down onto the city.

Then take a break from walking and hop into a rickshaw, for a fun two wheeled carriage ride. Your local rickshaw driver will pull you through Arashiyama's famous bamboo groove. Each rickshaw fits 2 people and the tour is approx.30 minutes. After, visit Tenryuji zen temple, the largest temple in Arashiyama. Your guide will escort you by public transportation back to your hotel in the late afternoon.

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Day 9

Day Trip to Osaka

Spend the whole day at Universal Studios in Osaka! Osaka is a short train ride from Kyoto (approx. 30 mins). The whole day is at leisure to enjoy the amusement park. Entrance tickets and directions will be provided.

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Day 10

Kyoto

Your last day in Japan is free at leisure. Optional tours can be booked, such as a calligraphy and origami lesson, excursion to Nara or Hiroshima, or additional sightseeing in Kyoto.

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Day 11

Depart Kyoto

Day at leisure until your shared bus transfer to Itami or Kansai airport for your departure flight.

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PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Accommodation as per itinerary in tripe or quad shared rooms
  • Daily breakfast, 1 lunch, 2 dinners
  • English speaking private guides, entrance fees and public transportation for guided tours as indicated on the itinerary
  • PASMO transportation card with 2,000 yen per person (approx. $25) to use for unguided activities
  • Point-to-point train tickets in ordinary class from Odawara to Kyoto
  • Join-in group Taiko drum lesson in Tokyo
  • 1-day entrance ticket to Tokyo Disneyland or DisneySea
  • Tickets to Studio Ghibli Museum
  • 3-day Hakone pass
  • 1-day entrance ticket to Universal Studios
  • Shared airport bus arrival and departure transfers
  • Meet/greet on arrival at the airport in Tokyo

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Luggage Shipping
  • Fastpass/Express pass at amusement parks

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on triple occupancy for 2 adults and 1 child (aged 4-11) sharing a room and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for double or quad rooms are available on request - please inquire.


13 Dec 2020
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