Japan family holiday, private departure

Description of Japan family holiday, private departure

A 2-week family tour of Japan including sights, fun family-friendly activities and delicious Japanese food.

Day-by-day experiences

Day 1:Fly from the UK. If you live in another country, you are welcome to arrange your own flights or we may be able to help. Just make an enquiry.
Day 2:Arrival in Tokyo. You'll be met at the airport. Transfer to the city to your comfortable hotel. Evening at leisure. Check out your handy travel pack for our tips on restaurants within walking distance.
Day 3: BLDThis morning, you'll be picked up one of our expert guides who will take you to visit one of the most renowned ancient temples before fun and frolics in the Kappabashi district, where you can try your hand at making the doll-sized replica plastic food that Japanese restaurants use to showcase their wares. Then it's time for lunch. Some free time before an evening food safari! (meals included today are Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner).
Day 4: BLToday you'll visit nearby Yokohama with a guide, a mixture of old and new buildings, highlights include the train museum and trying your hand at designing your own cup noodles, lots of toppings to try.
Day 5: BMore fun for all the family this morning, learning how to draw manga. Did you know this art is actually centuries old? Afternoon at leisure to explore Tokyo, check out our handy tips in your pack.
Day 6: BTime to leave Tokyo. You'll be taking one of Japan's famous bullet trains to the pretty castle town of Kanazawa.
Day 7: BLExplore Kanazawa with one of our expert local guides. A castle, a bustling fish market where you can watch sushi masters at work and trying your hand at making traditional Japanese sweets are some of the highlights.
Day 8: BTime to take a train again. Today, you're off to Hiroshima, a vibrant city with welcoming people, fantastic restaurants and museums.
Day 9: BLA history lesson with a positive outlook visiting the Hiroshima Peace Park and the Children's Peace Monument. You'll also visit Hiroshima castle, with a break for lunch, trying out the speciality of okonomiyaki, a type of pancake with different fillings.
Day 10: BLA day to nearby Miyajima, an island with tame deer and a famous torii gate, at high tide it looks like it's floating on water. Then trek or take a cable car up Mount Misen.
Day 11: BLWe've saved the best for last. Your final bullet train ride is to charming Kyoto, some areas are a real step back in time. Settle into your hotel before a special experience. You'll visit a Japanese home and learn how to make bento boxes for families including colourful character bento.
Day 12: BLA day with a private guide again, this time exploring Kyoto. You'll visit the famous sites as well as get an insight into local life in modern times.
Day 13: BA day to relax. Or if you are feeling active, have a look in your pack for tips and guides on things to do including a day trip to Osaka, visiting famous Nara, or hiking up a mountain to see monkeys.
Day 14: BShuttle transfer to Kansai airport to fly back to the UK.

Travel Team

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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements

Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

This family holiday uses the efficient public transport system of Japan for inter-city journeys on the famous bullet train. We avoid travelling at peak times of the day so as not to take seats from commuters. Most sightseeing is done on foot, aside from using public transport such as local trains and even a ferry to an island.

All travellers receive one of our unique packs which include travel and cultural guidelines. These include tips for family-friendly activities in free time and we recommend restaurants within walking distance of accommodation. Our recommended activities will be easy to get to by public transport (by foot, or in at least one case, by rental bike).

Whilst in Japan we have to work with larger hotels than the intimate style we prefer in other countries, we aim to use those with good environmental policies. We are also working on finding family-run inns which have enough rooms with private bathrooms.

The Impacts of this Trip

On this family holiday, all travellers receive one of our unique packs which include cultural as well as travel guidelines. We include a handy language guide to learn some Japanese. Whilst you are usually with a guide, we think itís good to learn the local language, it fosters goodwill.

When you are with a guide, youíll be with a local guide in each area, rather than have one guide from the 'big city' taking you around Japan. This gives you a localised experience as well as putting money into local pockets. We also work with people and communities who don't always benefit from tourism dollars. We believe in meeting people on an 'equal' basis rather than only meet people who serve you. As an example, on this trip, you can benefit from our relationships to learn how to make bento boxes in a private Japanese home.

On the topic of food, also check your pack for our restaurant recommendations. What better way to really know a country than through its food? You'll be eating where the locals eat.


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