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!
This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2018 to 31 December 2018. View the itinerary for departures between 01 August 2017 - 31 December 2017
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A discount of 10% applies on this trip to children 17 years an under at the time of travel.
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 4 years old
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 will be required for this trip.
1. Japan Rail (JR) Passes are purchased by our team in Japan prior to your arrival. Once on trip, your tour leader will collect your passports and use vouchers to validate and issue the JR pass. Therefore, please make sure that you inform your agent if you are arriving in Japan more than a week prior to the trip start date so that the issuance of the JR Pass voucher in Japan doesn’t contradict your arrival and get invalidated.
2. Please note that JR pass can only be issued if you are on a tourist visa. Please inform your agent if you are on a different visa and additional fee may apply if we can’t issue JR pass for you to use on the trip because of this.
3. Please ensure that your name provided to us is identical to the name on your passport, otherwise, your JR Pass may not be able to be validated.
4. Please note that JR pass can’t be changed once the voucher is issued and booking for JR pass is closed at 30 days prior to your trip starts.
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).
Our Japan Family Holiday trips score an average of 4 out of 5 based on 2 reviews in the last year.
Great trip that offers a very good overview of Tokyo and Kyoto with some fun downtime in Hakone. My seven year old son loved it although at times found the pace and crowds overwhelming. We managed that with a bit of down time, cool drinks and Mario GoKarting. I loved the trip. Japan offers so much for young and old. Tokyo is a super busy place but it works so well! There is a comforting order to the chaos and a level of cleanliness and hygene that fills a traveling mother's heart with joy. There is plenty of fun to be had and we found everybody we encountered to be friendly and helpful. And of course there are no guarantees in life - but it feels really safe. I highly recommend the Japan Family Holiday.
Review submitted 06 Oct 2017
A highly interesting snapshot of Japan. From mad Anime to quiet hotspings and beautiful waterways. Our tour guide Keiji was helpful local and caring and our boy loved being with the other families.
Review submitted 21 Aug 2017