Taking your family to Japan for an adventure will be one of those special family holidays remembered forever. Japan is one of the safest and cleanest countries in the World and boasts superb family accommodation and facilities whilst travelling with children is wonderfully stress-free. The dining options are everything from creating your own 'pot noodles' to all-you-can-eat ice cream parlours. So if your child doesn't eat wasabi or sushi then it does not matter!
To explore Japan means embracing the contrasts of flashing, neon-light, bustling whirring cities for with exploring the calmer, more peaceful coastal and rural areas in sea kayaks and bicycle. There are endless hands-on activities to inspire and educate from martial arts, to manga drawing, from iaido to taiko teaching traditional swordmanship techniques with the safety of an expert!
In addition to the local culture Japan has a huge range of incredible theme parks where you can discover Japan's version of Universal Studios through to the rollercoasters of Fuji-Q Highland. Tick all the boxes of a family trip to Japan with this itinerary.
‘At-a-Glance’ Illustrative Itinerary
DAY 1: Konnichiwa and welcome to Japan. Transfer to your hotel.
DAY 2 - 4 : Your private guide will meet you at the hotel on your first full day in the capital of Tokyo. Your guide is at your disposal for the day and we can either pre-arrange an itinerary or you can just see what the family feels like on the day. Either way there will be lots of suggestions on hand.
On Day 3 you can journey just 30 minutes away from the hotel for a full day in Disneyland, the famous of all theme parks.
DAY 5 - 7 : Today you will experience the world-famous Shinkansen bullet train, that will cover over 500km in just two and half hours travelling from Tokyo to Kyoto.
Whilst in Kyoto you'll be staying in a traditional machiya townhouse, converted into a self-catering cottage that has been lovingly restored.. Nearby is a little supermarket so you can shop for local foods and ingredients and feel part of the local community.
Most of Kyoto City is nice and flat, despite the city being surrounded by mountains on three sides, making a great place to explore by bike. The day following your arrival you'll be able to pick up bikes and meet your cycle guide by Kyoto Station to then spend the best part of the day exploring Kyoto's pretty backstreets, taking in some famous temples as well as some lesser-known sights. One evening head to Gion, Kyoto's traditional wood-panelled geisha district, for a private afternoon tea with a maiko.
Whilst in Kyoto, you have the chance to experience another theme park - so don't miss Toei Eiga Mura, a theme park and movie set in one, where many TV dramas and samurai films are still shot. The park is made up of film sets including old Edo Period streets, East Enders?, a courthouse and a police box, think Doctor Who!, whilst staff dressed in period costumes to guide visitors around. Top spots are the ninja maze, the samurai stunt show and the haunted house!
DAY 8 & 9: Today you will travel a short 20 minute hop on the Shinkansen bullet train from Kyoto to the noisy, brash and bold metropolis of Osaka, famous for its great food whether it's octopus balls from a street stall, okonomiyaki savoury pancakes (a regional speciality), or some of best sushi in the world.
In addition to food and drink, Osaka has an impressive clutch of attractions. The Ring of Fire Aquarium; Universal Studios and the newly opened Harry Potter World amongst other interesting film sets. At the unusual Instant Ramen Museum guests can have a go at creating their own cup noodle! Or enjoy a good soak in a Japanese hot spring, Osaka Spa World.
DAY 10 - 12: Today you travel back to Tokyo on the Shinkansen bullet train. For the next three nights you will base yourselves in the capital's exciting Shinjuku district, a vibrant district of Tokyo, as it has fantastic train links and plenty of excellent restaurants and shops.
In between seeing the sights, enjoy two of our favourite family activities, cycling around the more traditional neighbourhoods, and a private taiko drumming class where you can put on your own family performance.
The final theme park of this family holiday definitely has the best location. Fuji-Q Highland is the place for rollercoasters, situated by Lake Kawaguchi with Mount Fuji as a picture-perfect backdrop, this park holds records for rides with the fastest acceleration, most inversions and steepest - not for the faint hearted!
DAY 13: Sadly your time in Japan must come to an end, and on your final morning you'll take the airport limousine bus service direct to Tokyo Narita Airport in time for your flight home.