Japan Family Holiday

12 Days | An action-packed family adventure from the Tokyo streets to Kyoto’s eats

5 out of 5 based on 21 reviews submitted.
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Gather up the brood and embark on an adventure through the Land of the Rising Sun on this 12-day family tour of Japan. From the houses of ancient emperors to technological gizmos, this tour packs in the best stuff to see and do as a family, plus plenty of time to kick back and soak it up in the onsen. Learn the art of calligraphy in Tokyo, feast on sushi at the famous Tsukiji Fish Market, ride the Hakone ropeway for views of Mt Fuji and immerse yourself in Japanese culture in Kyoto. With the local expertise of your leader to draw on at every step of the way, this is a family holiday that’s sure to yield lifelong memories.

Trip overview

Map of Japan Family Holiday including Japan
Start
Tokyo, Japan
Finish
Kyoto, Japan
Theme
Family, Rail
Destinations
Japan
Physical rating
Indicates how physically exerting a trip is, and how fit you will need to be to enjoy it. More info on physical ratings
Style
Original
Ages
Min 5
Group size
Min 2 - Max 16
Trip code
CJFP
This trip generates 49 kg of CO2-e per person per day.
We offset these emissions on your behalf. But we know that is not enough, so we also have a carbon reduction target.

Why you'll love this trip
  • Japan is an exhilarating and unique destination that also happens to be incredibly safe, which makes it a great fit for families travelling with kids of any age.
  • Let Tokyo dazzle the whole family. Feast on market-fresh sushi, try your hand at calligraphy and cook your own okonomiyaki on a cruise around Tokyo Bay.
  • Ride the Hakone ropeway then relax in the soothing waters of an onsen. These hot-spring baths are the perfect antidote to a couple of days of walking around Tokyo.
  • From the tiny stalls in the back streets of Tokyo to the Nishiki-Koji Market, your leader will help you and your family navigate Japan’s dizzying cuisine and find something for everyone.
  • Learn about an important chapter of Japan’s history at the Hiroshima Peace Park, followed by a visit to the relaxing island of Miyajima where deer roam the streets.

Is this trip right for you?
  • 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 futon on a tatami (mat floor) in a traditional ryokan is great fun, but keep in mind that in some places the facilities are shared. As part of this you'll get to experience a traditional Japanese onsen bath, such as the hot springs in Hakone!

Itinerary

Map of Japan Family Holiday including Japan

Inclusions

Meals

11 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners

Transport

Bullet Train, Train, Cable car, Taxi, Tram

Accommodation

Hotels (9 nights), Ryokan (2 nights)

Activities
  • Tokyo - Japanese & Calligraphy lesson
  • Tokyo - Sensoji Temple
  • Tokyo - Yoyogi Park
  • Tokyo - Seafood market & sushi lunch
  • Tokyo – Harajuku walk
  • Tokyo - Monjayaki Dinner on Boat
  • Hakone - Lake Ashinoko boat cruise
  • Hakone - Cable car/Ropeway
  • Hakone – Karakuri Secret Box Museum
  • Hiroshima – Peace Park and A-Bomb Dome
  • Hiroshima - Miyajima Island
  • Himeji - Himeji Castle
  • Kyoto - Nishiki-Koji Market
  • Kyoto - Gion District walk
  • Kyoto - Fushimi Inari Shrine
  • Kyoto - Arashiyama sightseeing
  • Kyoto - Tenryuji Temple
  • Kyoto - Hozu River boat ride
Add on activities
  • Tokyo - Karaoke - JPY2000
  • Tokyo Government Tower - Free
  • Hakone - Open-Air Museum - JPY1600
  • Hakone - Checkpoint Museum - JPY500
  • Hakone – Onsen theme park - JPY1900
  • Hakone – Sengokuhara Grasslands - Free
  • Hiroshima – Peace Museum - JPY200
  • Miyajima – Daishoin Temple - Free
  • Miyajima - Itsukushima Shrine - JPY300
  • Hiroshima – Hiroshima Castle - JPY370
  • Kyoto - Gion Corner cultural centre - JPY5500
  • Kyoto – Tea ceremony with maiko - JPY14300
  • Kyoto – Samurai Kembu Theatre - JPY7000
  • Kyoto – Toei Kyoto Studio Park - JPY2400
  • Kyoto – Arashiyama rickshaw ride - JPY4000
  • Osaka - Universal Studios (one day pass) - JPY8400
  • Kyoto - Maiko/Samurai makeover - JPY14000
  • Kyoto – Kyoto Railway Museum - JPY1500
  • Kyoto – Bike hire - JPY1500
  • Kyoto – Ramen Factory Kyoto - JPY16500
  • Kyoto – Kyoto International Manga Museum - JPY900

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Important notes

1. Please note that these trips are for adults and children travelling together and there must be at least one child under 18 with you.

2. Minimum age for children on this trip is 5 years old.

3. A discount of 10% applies on this trip to children 17 years and under at time of travel.

4. A single supplement is bookable on this trip with exception of Day 4 & 5 (Hakone) and Days 6 & 7 (Hiroshima), subject to availability.

5. It is essential you pack light and compact for rail travel in Japan. Size restrictions for luggage on Shinkansen (bullet) trains apply. Luggage over 160–250 cm may require an additional USD 10 fee per train journey. Luggage over 251 cm will not be permitted on the Shinkansen trains at all. Please notify your tour leader at your welcome meeting if your luggage is over 160–250 cm so they can make the necessary arrangements! Failure to notify your tour leader of luggage over 160–250 cm will require the passenger to pay the oversize luggage fee.

6. 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 one month in advance of travel.
For families of 3 requiring a triple share room, we have access to these in each city, however, they are in limited supply and can not be guaranteed. Please advise your booking agent at time of reservation if you require this room type and we will do our best to accommodate you. 

7. March to May and September to November are both high seasons for tourism in Japan. While the weather is good during this period (and March to May is great for viewing cherry blossoms), you will find major sites are very crowded with both Japanese and international tourists during these months.

8. We know the idea of travelling overseas with picky eaters, particularly kids, can be daunting. However, 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 fried snack – a bit like the Japanese equivalent of fish fingers) and 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 sweet red bean in a variety of forms. 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 you can find western options like pasta, pizza and great bakeries in the major cities. If you have any concerns, chat to your leader at the start of the tour.

9. 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.

10. We are not able to book airport shuttle service for Japan now. Japan has an extensive and efficient public transport system and the joining and finishing point instructions are listed in the Essential Trip Information.

11. Please note that there are generally less double rooms in Japanese hotels, even those in Western style. While every effort will be made to accommodate double room requests, this may not always be possible.

Essential Trip Information

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Reviews

5 out of 5 based on 21 reviews submitted.
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Simon · Traveled April 2024
We had a wonderful trip to Japan. Our guide Yuki was amazing - fun and very organised. We were all friends by the end of the trip. Intrepid are great - we will be back.
Review submitted 25 Apr 2024

Lisa · Traveled April 2024
The 12 Day Family Tour of Japan was fantastic. We saw so many places and enjoyed experiences that we would not have likely have done if not a part of an organised tour. We were so happy with our guide Hideto. Would highly recommend.
Review submitted 16 Apr 2024

Christine · Traveled April 2024
We have just returned from 11 days trip around Japan in cherry blossom time, an experience of a lifetime. From cable cars to see Mt Fuji and the islands near Hiroshima to onsens in Hakone and night life of the Geishas in the Gion area And the hustle and bustle of cities like Tokyo and Kyoto. It was a trip I will never forget.
Review submitted 15 Apr 2024

Donna · Traveled April 2024
We have just completed our Japan family holiday which was absolutely amazing. Our tour guide KJ was exceptional. His knowledge and organisational skills were excellent and he made sure everyone fulfilled their aims on visiting Japan. We even did Karaoke which wasn’t on the itinerary. Our tour was awesome.
Review submitted 15 Apr 2024

Elizabeth · Traveled April 2024
Our family holiday to Japan was amazing. Our guide was so thoughtful, informative and kind. We cannot wait to return to Japan to do even more. Thank you KJ for an incredible 12 days. We loved it.
Review submitted 15 Apr 2024
Japan Family Holiday
From
USD $4,744