A Luxury Family Vacation to Japan
A 14-day family discovery of Tokyo, Hakone, Mount Fuji, Hiroshima and Kyoto
Personalised journeys from start to finish
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Every detail taken care of
- Completely private family tours of Tokyo, Hiroshima and Kyoto
- Private transfers
- Meet and greet airport service
- Full support from your Travel Concierge before, during and after your trip
At a glance
Discover Japan‘s gleaming cities, fascinating history and green landscapes with your family on this luxurious two week trip across Honshu Island.
Begin in the buzzing metropolis of Tokyo where you’ll be based for four nights. Take private tours of iconic landmarks such as the Imperial Palace, bustling Shibuya, the historic Asakusa District, with fabulous family experiences such as a traditional taiko drumming lesson and a visit to the country’s largest Pokémon mega-store.
From Tokyo, head to Hakone for relaxing night at a luxury ryokan that was once the rural retreat of the Imperial Family and two days exploring the forests under Mount Fuji while staying in a truly unique glamping hideaway.
Return to the urban via Bullet Train and the city of Hiroshima to learn about its history and see the idyllic Miyajima Island before four final nights in Kyoto. Be shown around serene temples, partake in a tea ceremony, feed the friendly deers of Nara Park and learn about life as a samurai of geisha with some exclusive experiences.
Example Trip Itinerary
Meet and greet at Tokyo airport
Private transfer to your hotel in Tokyo
Accommodation in Tokyo
- 84 rooms and suites
- Restaurant and bar
- Pool and fitness centre
Embracing the minimalism of traditional Japanese architecture, this retreat is the epitome of the luxury found in the very heart of Tokyo. Aman is a stylish, bespoke hotel that will offer you an array of amenities and easy accessibility to the city’s sights. Each of the 84 guest rooms and suites have unique layouts with uncompromising city views and every contemporary convenience. You’ll find the design inspiration evident throughout the hotel, from traditional Japanese residential structures to the use of classical materials such as camphor wood, washi paper and stone alongside modern luxurious fabrics. The hotel also offers an exquisite dining experience in their elegant mediterranean fine dining restaurant on the 33rd floor with views of the Imperial Palace Gardens and Mount Fuji. Take a dip in the infinity pool on the 34th floor, high above the hustle and bustle of the city or head to the spa to relax after a long day of exploring the city. You’ll also enjoy Ginza, the upmarket shopping area just a pleasant 15 minute walk away.
- 200 rooms and suites
- 3 restaurants and bars
- Free Wi-Fi
- CHI Spa
- Heated indoor swimming pool
- 24-hour gym
- Jacuzzi and sauna
- Collection of 2,000 artworks
After a smooth and speedy trip on the world-famous bullet train, you’ll find yourself at the elegant Shangri-La Tokyo, a haven of refinement set amid the relentlessly buzz of Tokyo, just opposite Tokyo Station. With some of the largest rooms in the capital, the Shangri-La is a calming, sleek retreat from the 24-hour energy of Tokyo. There’s one lobby bar and two restaurants, including the Japanese restaurant Nadaman, located on the level 29, where you can sample Chef Takehiro Yoshida’s sautéed eggplant wrapped in thin slices of Wagyu beef. The palette of dark wood, chocolate brown and burnt orange is complimented by low, amber lighting, exuding a sense of elegance and sophistication. Many of the spacious rooms have views across Tokyo, a scene that is best viewed at night. That’s ideal, because you’ll be spending your days out and about exploring the endless fascinations of Tokyo. Within walking distance of the hotel, you’ll find the Ginza shopping district and the Imperial Palace in its park surroundings, and a 20-minute train ride will deliver you to the Buddhist Asakusa Senso-ji Temple, Tokyo’s oldest temple.
- 179 guest rooms and suites
- Eight restaurants
- Two bars
- Tea lounge
- Fitness centre
Relax in contemporary luxury at the Mandarin Oriental. Located in the heart of Tokyo, this hotel offers serenity above a ever-growing metropolis. When you arrive in the 38th floor lobby, you’ll find yourself stunned by the dramatic views over the city’s skyline. The 157 guest rooms and 21 suites are heavily inspired by the Japanese aesthetic, blending futuristic luxury with a typical Japanese understanding of sense of space, aesthetically capturing the country’s rich culture within the modern luxury that Mandarin Oriental are renowned for. Step out of your hotel and you’ll be in the middle of Tokyo’s metropolis, just a five minute walk from Ginza shopping district. After a busy day enjoying the buzz of Tokyo, relax in the Sense Tea Room or head to the Mandarin Bar and enjoy a signature cocktail by their award-winning chief bartender whilst listening to live jazz.
- 314 guest rooms and suites
- Pool and fitness centre
- 3 restaurants
Built of amber Namibian granite, The Peninsula Tokyo is a construction of sheer opulence occupying a covetable position opposite the Imperial palace and Hibiya Park in the business district of Marunouchi. The hotels offers you commanding city views, elegant design, luxurious comfort, sophisticated facilities and extraordinary dining. With 314 spacious guest rooms, this hotel is as large as it is luxurious. Designed by the renowned interior designer Yukio Hashimoto, the hotel intertwines rich earth tones, woods, stone and lacquers with modern design and functionality to create a stunning luxurious living environment. Customise your space with the use of the bedside panels allowing you to tweak the room’s ambience from the comfort of your bed. Taste the delicious European Cuisine at Peter with stunning views from the hotel’s 24th floor over the Imperial Palace, or visit the Hei Fung Terrace for a sophisticated Cantonese dining experience. Make sure you don’t miss out on the sensational Japanese cuisine at Kyoto Tsuruya where you can watch the skilled chefs prepare Japan’s oldest and most loved culinary delights.
Enjoy your time exploring the incredible metropolis of Tokyo, a city with an infectious energy that is like no other.
With your private guide, spend the day discovering Tokyo with tours to the following highlights:
Please note that guests pay for their own and their guide's transportation on the day.
Visit the Imperial Palace, the celebrated residence of Japan’s imperial family. Located on the former site of the Edo Castle, the huge park area is surrounded by moats and massive stone walls.
Experience all things automobile at Toyota's self-proclaimed car theme park. Here you can see over 60 current models, including some that have never been displayed anywhere else. As well as learning all about the technical side of things, you can go for a test drive in one of the newest models. The History Garage is a wonderful showcase of historic cars from around the world and there is a kids' section where they can learn all about traffic rules and take a turn behind the wheel.
Visit the appropriately named Pokémon Center Mega Tokyo in Ikebukuro, Japan's largest Pokémon mega-store, to browse its masses of exclusive merchandise, candy, clothing and mountains of cute plushies.
With your private guide and vehicle, spend the day discovering Tokyo with tours to the following highlights:
Take a stroll in the former imperial gardens now known as the Hamarikyu Garden then enjoy a shared cruise on the Suminda River to Asakusa.
Today you'll visit the Asakusa District, one of Tokyo oldest and best-preserved districts. We'll stop at the Sensoji Temple, Tokyo’s oldest Buddhist temple, marked by its huge lantern. We then walk along the Nakamise Dori merchant street. The Nakamise Dori merchant street dates back to the Edo period when the temple’s neighbours were given special permission to open their shops in the approach to the temple. Your guide will show you the small streets of Asakusa, where you can still feel the presence of Ancient Japan.
Visit the Taiko Drumming Studio to experience the exciting world of Japanese Taiko. Wadaiko, Japanese drums, were ceremonial instruments and communication tools. Nowadays, Japanese drumming is used for music and performance. The powerful strokes are balanced and enhanced with a beautiful posture. After the professional performance and explanations by the players, learn how to play the drums Taiko yourself. Afterwards, you'll be transferred back to your hotel.
Explore Akihabara, an area famous for its shops catering to cosplay, manga and anime fans and the center of Japan's otaku (diehard fan) culture. Stroll around to see an amazing array of figurines, costumes and merchandise, as well as vast arcades, 'maid' cafes and electronics shops.
Head to the small city of Mitaka just west of Tokyo, home of the Ghibli Museum. Showcasing the work of the Japanese animation house Studio Ghibli, it combines features of a children's museum, technology museum, and a fine arts museum, and is dedicated to the art and technique of animation. Some features include a life size replica of the Catbus from My Neighbor Totoro, a café, reading room, rooftop garden, and a theater for exclusive short films.
Shibuya is a shopping and eating district popular with a lot of young Tokyoites, famous for its bright neon lights and five-way crossing.
Private transfer to your hotel or ryokan in Hakone
Accommodation in Hakone
- 39 guest rooms and suites
- Pool and Jacuzzi
- In-room dining
Immerse yourself into the ancient Japanese way of life at Gora Kadan, the former retreat of the Imperial Family. Situated in the heart of Hakone National Park, this traditional Japanese ryokan – meaning inn – echoes the country’s longstanding cultural emphasis on beauty and purity of form and was designed to exist in harmony with the nearby mountain range. With just 39 guest rooms and suites, this luxury ryokan provides a retreat from the often-hectic pace of city life through the use of Japanese Zen minimalism. You’ll find sliding walls made of rice paper, fragrant floral incense and modern luxury commodities. This calming retreat is located in an area known for its hot springs from which mineral rich water flows into the open-air baths. During your stay enjoy the traditional Kaiseki cuisine, consisting of a variety of small dishes, which will be served in your room for complete tranquillity.
Enjoy a night at your relaxing ryokan near to the famous spa town of Hakone.
Take a cruise on Lake Ashi which formed in the caldera of Mount Hakone. While enjoying the magnificent views of Mount Fuji in the background, look out for the reflections of the surrounding mountains in the lake surface.
Visit the unique Hakone Open Air Museum where you can enjoy the balance of nature and art through a variety of sculptures in perfect harmony with picturesque views of the surrounding valley and mountains. We'll also take a look at the indoor galleries, including works from world famous artists including Rodin, Bourdelle and Miro and one of the largest collections of British sculptor Henry Moore. There is also a Picasso Pavilion with a collection of over 300 pieces.
Private transfer from Hakone to Hoshinoya Fuji
Accommodation in Mount Fuji
- 40 cabins
- Grill restaurant
- Terrace with wood-fire oven
- 'Cloud Terrace' wooden walkway
Nestled within a pristine red pine forest overlooking Lake Kawaguchi and Mount Fuji is Hoshinoya Fuji, a beautiful glamping hideaway that allows guests to enjoy the tranquillity of their natural surroundings. On arrival at reception guests are presented with a camping kit containing binoculars, headlamp, map and blanket before being driven up to the main site. Here you will find the cabins, restaurant and the Cloud Terrace – a network of walkways and wooden platforms seemingly suspended in the air. 40 cubic concrete blocks are nestled with the forest, minimalist in design but featuring everything you could possibly need. Large windows look out over the beautiful landscape and every cabin features a balcony where you can light a fire. Lighting in the cabins is soft, and around the site only the pathways are illuminated so as not to detract from the natural environment. The main restaurant features a grill station in the middle where chefs cook up succulent steaks which are served with a seasoning rack. Alternatively, head up to the top of the Cloud Terrace and have a go at cooking in the wood-fired oven. For complete privacy, you can choose to dine in the comfort of your cabin. Volcanic activity 10,000 years ago created a landscape of craters and ice caves, and the surrounding area is ripe for exploring. Canoe on the lake, go horse riding through the forest or take a lesson in stargazing and marvel at the night sky.
Enjoy your pristine natural surroundings from the comfort of the magnificent Hoshinoya Fuji. Nestled within a pristine red pine forest overlooking Lake Kawaguchi and Mount Fuji, this is a beautiful glamping hideaway. Volcanic activity 10,000 years ago created a landscape of craters and ice caves, and the surrounding area is ripe for exploring. Canoe on the lake, go horse riding through the forest or take a lesson in stargazing and marvel at the night sky.
Today you will visit the mysterious Aokigahara Forest with your nature guide, an untouched natural forest known for its dense woods and lava trails. Folk tales and legends tell of ghosts and goblins haunting the forest. You will also join a cave guide and head into one of the lava caves of the mountain, exploring the underground wonders that await.
Shinkansen "Bullet Train from Mishima to Nagoya
Shinkansen "Bullet Train from Nagoya to Hiroshima
Accommodation in Hiroshima
- 238 guest rooms and suites
- Indoor pool and fitness centre
- Two restaurants
- Two bars
Conveniently located in the centre of Hiroshima city, whilst staying at the Sheraton find yourself in the middle of the energy and excitement of this city, surrounded by its historic sites and rich culture. The 238 spacious guest rooms are designed with comfort in mind, decorated with contemporary furnishings, perfect to unwind after a busy day exploring Japan’s largest island. During your stay experience the culinary delights of the Sheraton, from the international food at Bridges to the contemporary Japanese cuisine at Miyabi-Tei, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Hiroshima is overloaded with historical sites and impressive architecture. During your stay makes sure to visit the Itsukushima Shrine, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which is just a short ferry ride away. For stunning city views visit Hiroshima Castle. After a busy day exploring why not treat yourself to a massage at the Shine Spa or enjoy a pre-dinner cocktail in the Miyabi-Tei Bar.
Your Travel Designer will recommend the best things to see and do during your time in Hiroshima and Miyajima Island.
Your English speaking guide who will take you to the A-Bomb Dome and the Peace Memorial Park and Museum. The A-bomb Dome is the skeletal remains of the Hiroshima Prefecture Industrial Promotion Hall, situated just below the explosion point of the atomic bomb. The Peace Memorial Park and the museum are moving, educational and humbling and feature sculptures and memorials from all over the world. We then make our way to Hiroshimajo Castle, also known as “carp castle”. The exhibits explain the construction of the castle in the Edo Era and display helmets and armour that were used by feudal lords and warriors. We then move on to Miyajima or "shrine" Island to see the celebrated and dramatic gate of the 6th century Itsukushima shrine and red O-Torii gate which appears to be floating on the water.
Take the ropeway and enjoy a short hike to the top of Mt Misen, standing 530m high, where fantastic views of the mountain of sea await. There are some light treks around the summit that can be enjoyed.
Shinkansen "Bullet Train" from Hiroshima to Kyoto
Private transfer to your Kyoto hotel
Accommodation in Kyoto
- 134 guest rooms and suites
- Four dining outlets
- Indoor pool
Exuding Japan’s simple elegance, the Ritz-Carlton combines luxury modern design with traditional Japanese zen accents. With 134 guest rooms, the Ritz-Carlton is Kyoto’s first urban luxury resort. Sitting on the banks Kamogawa river, the hotel boasts astounding views of the famous Higashiyama mountains. The hotel has four restaurants and you can take your pick from traditional Japanese dishes, Italian cuisine or go for the seafood private dining option. Enjoy brunch or sweet treats by the French patisserie Pierre Hermé Paris next to a cascading waterfall in the terrace, or retire to the library where a range of Japanese art and architecture books are available for you to thumb through at your leisure. Situated in close proximity to Kyoto’s popular downtown areas, retail and entertainment districts, this hotel will allow you to enjoy the rich culture of Japan’s ancient capital within modern luxury. Explore the Imperial Palace, Nijo Castle or the atmospheric dining of Pontocho, all of which will be on your doorstep.
- 189 guest rooms and suites
- Spa and fitness centre
- Three restaurants
- Pastry boutique
Located in the heart of Kyoto, the stylish Hyatt Regency offers spacious rooms and excellent hospitality. This hotel is perfect for those looking for a relaxed atmosphere whilst exploring the rich culture of Kyoto. Each of the elegant 189 guest rooms and suites are decorated in light neutral tones combining the aesthetics that Japan is famed for with the style and comfort of western living. During your stay marvel in the culinary excellence offered by the Hyatt, from authentic Italian cuisine to a French grill to flavourful Japanese dishes, there is something for everyone at this luxury hotel. Explore the wonders of Kyoto, with countless temples and shrines and other historical structures, marvel in this city’s fascinating culture. After a busy day of exploring why not visit the hotel’s spa for a relaxing massage or visit The Touzan Bar to taste the hotel’s boutique sake collection.
- 24 rooms
- Two restaurants
- Two lounges
Traditional Japanese aesthetics can be found throughout the luxury Four Seasons in the centre of historic Kyoto. Lanterns brighten interiors filled with artisanal furnishing and sleek hardwood floors while fusuma screens and urushi lacquerware create an engaging cultural experience. The 10 guest rooms enjoy balconies with incredible views overlooking the fascinating cityscape, Shakusuien Pond Garden or the distant Higashiyama Mountains. Upon imperial purple carpets, a custom Four Seasons bed waits after freshening up in a private rain shower oasis. 13 suites contain spacious living areas with sofas, coffee tables and marble-topped desks, natural light streaming in through floor-to-ceiling windows. Special touches such as shoji paper lamps and tatami-inspired wall panels contributes to a rich and contemporary residence. Savouring views of the beautiful 12th-century Myoho-in Temple, the Presidential Suite consists of Asa-no-ha hexagonal patterns and an approach to artisanal décor that authentically and intimately captures the essence of Japan. The Four Seasons has two restaurants. Brasserie boasts a relaxed atmosphere and a simple yet delicious menu. Locally-sourced ingredients combined with modern cooking techniques contribute to seasonal dishes throughout the day and into the evening. Sushi Wakon operates under the skilled hand of Michelin-starred Chef Rei Masuda, preparing a fine-dining extravaganza at the 200-year-old, 10-seat Hinoki counter. Drink tea while relaxing beside the 800-year-old pond garden, taking in the true essence and mystery of the Land of the Rising Sun. Additionally, the Spa is a haven of healing, restoring your mind and body to a state of blissful serenity.
Spend your time in Kyoto admiring the impressive imperial beauty of the city, evident in the abundance of prewar buildings such as grand palaces, traditional "machiya" townhouses and ornate shrines. See kimono-clad geisha on their way to engagements and stroll in the celebrated Ryoan-ji
rock garden. Make sure you visit the magnificent wooden Kiyomizu-dera and the Golden and Silver Pavilion Temples. Your travel designer can help you to experience the city at its best with private guided tours and excursions.
With your private guide and vehicle, spend the day discovering Kyoto with tours to the following highlights:
Experience a tea ceremony, one of Japan’s most famous traditional cultural practices, a part of culture that encompasses not only the making of tea, but also tea-room architecture, the appreciation of tea utensils and bowls and Zen Buddhism. The tea master will then teach you how to prepare and present 'matcha' powdered green tea.
Visit Tenryu-ji Temple, a famous Zen Buddhist temple that is the head temple of the Tenryu-ji branch of Rinzai Zen sect and part of World Cultural Heritage monuments. You'll also explore the famous Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, one of the most beautiful in Japan.
Visit the Kinkaku-ji 'Golden Pavilion' temple. Built in 1397 to serve as a retirement villa for Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu, Kinkaku-ji served as the inspiration for the Ginkaku-ji the Silver Pavilion which was built by the Shogun's grandson.
We then continue to the serene Ryoan-ji Temple which is celebrated for its rock garden, comprised of nothing but clay walls, raked sand and 15 rocks.
Today we visit the Geisha district of Gion which is famed for its beautifully preserved traditional architecture. During Gion's golden age in the first half of 19th century, more than 3000 Geikos (young Geisha) worked in some 700 teahouses. We will keep our eyes open for Geisha on their way to an assignment. This is also a great opportunity for shopping in this craft-rich district.
Indulge yourself in a little make believe and become a part of old Japan. Try on the elegant makeup and intricately patterned kimono of the Geisha or Samurai wear.
This evening, you'll have the exclusive, once-in-a-life-time opportunity to experience an evening in the company of Geishas at exclusive Kyoto restaurant and tea house. Two Geisha, accompanied by a musician, will perform traditional dances and songs and delight dinners with their skilfully-honed art in entertainment, playing games and making conversation (your guide will be here to act as a translator). This is the unique experience of a lifetime, even for Japanese people themselves. Afterwards, you will be transferred back to your hotel in a private vehicle.
Visit Toei Uzumasa Kyoto Studio Park, known in the 1960’s as the "Hollywood of Japan". Toei, one of Japan's leading film companies has opened its sets to the public at Eiga Mura (Film Village) and the result is a theme park complete with samurai and ninja shows, geisha, arcades and souvenir shops. Many movies were shot here and it is still a working studio with more than 200 TV and movie productions filmed each year. You can also turn into a samurai or a princess with real disguises, including wigs and makeup. This is certainly a touristy place, but children will definitely love it.
Meet your private guide for your trip to Nara, the ancient capital of Japan in the 8th Century. Start your visit from Nara Park, a large pleasant park in the center of the city, commonly known as “Deer Park,” home to hundreds of freely roaming deers, regarded in Shinto religion as messengers of the gods and symbol of the city. A large numbers of historical sites in Nara are located in and around this park.
Visit Kasugataisha Shrine, originally established in 768AD as the shrine of the powerful Fujiwara Family. See the magnificent interior famous for its numerous bronze hanging lanterns, as well as the many stone lanterns that lead up to the shrine. Move on to the gigantic Todaiji temple, reputedly the largest wooden buildings in the world and one of Japan’s most famous and historically significant temples to be overwhelmed by the giant statue of Buddha Virocana.
Finish your Nara tour in Naramachi, the former merchant district of Nara, which was not affected by bombings during the Second World War. The district features several traditional warehouses and residential buildings including the Naramachi Koshi-no-ie, an old residence open to the public for free. Small boutiques, shops, cafes and restaurants can also be found along the narrow lanes in the district. Back to the hotel by 17:00pm and enjoy time at leisure.
Private transfer to Osaka Kansai Airport
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