Explore family-friendly Japan, a place where the ancient and the ultra-modern stand side by side
Gather up the family and embark on an adventure through Japan, surely one of the world’s most intriguing countries. From ancient emperors to technological gizmos, it’s a flurry of contradiction and excitement. Learn an age-old style of calligraphy, feast on sushi and Japanese pancake, gaze across Tokyo from the heights of the city, soak your bones in steaming onsens, sleep on a traditional tatami, and explore some of the most amazing temples and forestlands in the country. With local expertise to draw on at every step of the way, this is a family holiday that’s sure to yield lifelong memories.
Discover Tokyo, where dazzling neon lights are only the beginning. Feast on market-fresh sushi, try your hand at calligraphy, and cook your own okonomiyaki on a Tokyo Bay boat cruise
Bask in the soothing waters of an onsen in Hakone. These Japanese hot-spring baths are the perfect antidote to a couple of days of walking around the big city
Food lovers rejoice! From the depachika of Tokyo to the shotengai of Kyoto, your leader will help you navigate Japan's dizzying cuisine options
Visit Hiroshima to learn about an important, though confronting, chapter of Japan’s history
Kyoto is like stepping into another world. Walk through the amazing bamboo forest, visit a monkey park and gaze at some of Japan’s finest temples
From boat to bicycle to cable car, this trip combines many forms of transport. There is still quite a bit of walking involved, so you'll need a good level of fitness. Comfortable walking shoes are essential.
Sleeping on a tatami (traditional mat) in Hakone is great fun, but keep in mind there are no luxury conveniences during your stay in this location. Unless you count the private Japanese baths!
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Please note that these trips are for adults and children travelling together and there must be at least one child under 18 with you.
Minimum age for children on this trip is 5 years old.
A discount of 10% applies on this trip to children 17 years and under at time of travel.
Due to the rapid increase in tourism in Japan and in the lead up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics it has been necessary to go outside our traditional tour leader sources. As a result our passionate, professional and trained tour leaders may be local Japanese or long term foreign residents in Japan.
JR RAIL PASS:
A JR Rail Pass is included in the price of this trip. Please see the transport section of your Essential Trip Information for more details.
Accommodation in Japan can be difficult to secure at short notice. If you are travelling in Japan before or after your trip, we recommend booking accommodation at least 1 month in advance of travel, especially in high season (March to May, September to November).
For families wanting to book a triple room we can request these for all destinations except Tokyo and Kyoto where triple rooms are not available. In which case we will book you a twin share room + single room
Most of our families find the diversity of Japanese food surprising. Trying different foods is great fun and an opportunity to understand a little about Japanese culture. Some of the different meals you can enjoy include: sushi, soba noodles, ramen noodles, monjaki and okonomiyaki (savoury pancakes), takoyaki (ball-shaped Japanese fried snack – a bit like the Japanese equivalent of fish fingers), yakitori (skewered chicken). There are also great treats to try including green tea kit kats and ice-creams, pounded-rice desserts such as mochi and dango, and lots of types of sweet red bean cakes. Yum! For anyone in search of food for a picnic the majority of department stores have food halls (depachika) with an eyepopping selection of different types of food. Also, convenience stores (combini) are around nearly every corner and have snacks to tempt the fussiest eater. If in doubt and needing a little taste from home the Japanese chain Moss Burgers have great hamburgers, and in the major cities there are more western options such as pasta and pizza as well as great bakeries.
Breakfast in Japan
Some of our families are surprised by the traditional Japanese breakfast foods and the western variations that our accommodation provides. Rice or noodles with fish or meat are common breakfast foods in Japan. Typical western foods available generally include toast, eggs, tea and coffee, and sometimes cereals.
Our Japan Family Holiday trips score an average of 4.25 out of 5 based on 4 reviews in the last year.
Excellent family holiday to Japan. The trip was well designed and varied, encompassing many different places and aspects of Japanese culture. Our children (6, 10 and 12) had a great time with the group. The activities were such that they managed to walk over 70 miles without really realising. Highlights included the meal on a boat in Tokyo bay, the stunning island of Miyajima and the bamboo grove at Tenryu-ji Temple. The Ryokan in Hakone was fun and really comfortable too. Great memories. Will certainly travel with Intrepid again.
Review submitted 18 Apr 2018
Our family holiday to Japan was an amazing experience. We arrived in Japan extremely excited and with a list of things we wanted to see and experience. Over 12 days, in the good company of other families and led by our knowledge local guide Sachi we absorbed as much as possible. I feel we only scratched the surface. Japan is an intriguing, amazing place and the Japanese people so kind, hospitable and inquisitive. If considering Japan, do it!
Review submitted 17 Apr 2018