About This Trip
During this family-friendly tour, you can see the top attractions and experience the unique culture of Japan. See the paper lantern in Sensoji Temple. Learn about anime in the Ghibli Museum. Appreciate the "floating" torii gate of Itsukushima Shrine via kayaking. Get a samurai and ninja experience in Kyoto. Enjoy a night staying in Hakone ryokan. Furthermore, some free days will be left for you and your kids to explore this country at your own pace.
- 1 - 3TokyoSenso-Ji Temple, Meiji Shrine, Ghibli Museum, Rickshaw Ride
- 4HiroshimaAtomic Bomb Dome, Peace Museum
- 5Island of ItsukushimaItsukushima Shrine, Kayaking
- 6 - 9KyotoFushimi-Inari Shrine, Kinkakuji Temple, Samurai and Ninja Museum
- 10 - 11HakoneHot Spring, Free to Explore the City
Day 1: Tokyo ArrivalWhen arriving in Tokyo, you will meet an airport assistant. Get some general information about this country and then make your way to the hotel for check-in.Tokyo
Day 2: Tokyo, Sightseeing Tour & Rickshaw Riding
Before the trip starts, you will get your itinerary in more detail to ensure you can travel the country pleasantly.
Within the neon and skyscrapers, the age-old sites are still the soul of Tokyo that appeal to the first-timers. Spend some time participating in traditional rituals in the Meiji Shrine and Senso-Ji Temple, just as the locals do.
Your kids may prefer the following discovery tour on a traditional rickshaw. Traditional souvenirs, snacks, and sweets along the way, all can be the source of their happiness.B Tokyo
Day 3: Tokyo, Fascinating World in Ghibli Museum
Whether you are a big Studio Ghibli fan or not, the Ghibli Museum is a perfect place to visit with kids. This place combining features of a children's museum, a technology museum, and a fine arts museum, showcases the work of the Japanese animation Studio Ghibli, such as My Neighbor Totoro. What you have to do is go there and soak into the magical world created by Hayao Miyazaki, with your kids together.
If time permits, you can also browse around Nakano Broadway, the pop culture center in Tokyo, for some toys.B Tokyo
Day 4: Bullet Train to HiroshimaHop on the Shinkansen for Hiroshima. Sit back and enjoy the ride while watching the Japanese countryside passing by at speeds of up to 320 km/h. About 4 hours later, you will reach the city of Hiroshima, internationally known as the first city to suffer a nuclear attack in human history. If you prefer, take your kids to visit the Atomic Bomb Memorial Monument and Peace Museum, feeling the cruelty of war and the importance of peace.B Hiroshima
Day 5: Day Excursion to Itsukushima Shrine with Kayaking
Your day-trip excursion today is to the UNESCO-listed Itsukushima Shrine, on the island of Itsukushima and a few minutes away from Hiroshima.
For half a day, you will appreciate the beauty of its "floating" torii gate via kayaking, watching in distance, or getting around it. Once finished here, embark on the island to visit the shrine itself. The lovely deer running around everywhere will be a bonus.B Hiroshima
Day 6: Bullet Train to Kyoto
Ride the Shinkansen east to Kyoto, which usually takes about 2 hours on the road.
Upon arrival, enjoy the rest of the day free at leisure. Going out for a short exploration around your townhouse or visiting museums like International Manga (Japanese comic) Museum is a good choice.B Kyoto
Day 7: Kyoto, Sightseeing Tour & Tea Ceremony Experience
Considered the cultural capital of Japan, Kyoto is home to numerous temples, shrines, palaces, and gardens. Following a local tour guide, you will visit gold leaf-covered Kinkakuji Temple, the historic Nijo Castle, and Kodai-Ji Zen Temple for a traditional tea ceremony experience.
A few hundred meters away is the famous geisha district, Gion. Try to indulge in the atmosphere of traditional Kyoto and encounter an elegant geisha before returning to the hotel.B Kyoto
Day 8: Kyoto, Half-day Samurai and Ninja Experience
After a leisure breakfast, visit the family-friendly Kyoto Samurai and Ninja Museum. Through numerous exhibitions and interactive activities, you and your kids will get an insight into Japan's fascinating history. Boys will get excited about dressing up the samurai armor costumes and a sword as well as throwing ninja stars like the fabled ninja in ancient Japan.
After getting out of the museum, you can make a visit to the Fushimi-Inari Shrine, where thousands of vermilion torii gates stretch along the trail up to the mountain.B Kyoto
Day 9: Kyoto, Free Day
Today is yours to enjoy.
For someone who wants to escape from the hustle of Kyoto, Nara will be perfect for a day trip. It is less than one hour from Kyoto and filled with history, nature, and fresh air aplenty. You and your kids can make friends with tame deer in Nara Park, savor local snacks along the pedestrianized street towards Todaiji Temple, and climb Mt. Wakakusa with a height of 342 meters for a panoramic view of the city.B Kyoto
Day 10: Bullet Train to Hakone, Providing Hakone Free Pass
Depart for Hakone by bullet train this morning.
As the famous hot spring resort in Japan with an unpolished natural environment, Hakone is a nice place to explore at your own pace. The prepared Hakone Free Pass allows for unlimited rides and the most of attractions in Hakone. Get detailed information about the pass and then explore this area at your own pace. Among the museums in Hakone, the outdoor Hakone Open-Air Museum is highly recommended to family travelers.
At night, settle in a ryokan and stretch yourself in the private hot spring bath.B Hakone
Day 11: Bullet Train to Tokyo
Haven't experienced enough hot springs yet? You can take some time to visit Yunessun Spa Resort, a hot spring theme park with 25 different kinds of spa experiences.
Afterward, return to Tokyo by bullet train for your final night in the capital.B Tokyo
Day 12: Tokyo DepartureTime to say goodbye to Japan. Check out of the hotel and head toward the airport via shuttle bus. Fly back home with happy memories!B
- Kinkakuji Temple, Kyoto
- Itsukushima Shrine, Hiroshima
- Itsukushima Shrine, Hiroshima
- Nijo Castle, Kyoto
- Meiji Shrine, Tokyo
- Senso-ji Temple, Tokyo
- Senso-ji Temple, Tokyo
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