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A 14-day family discovery of Tokyo, Hakone, Mount Fuji, Hiroshima and Kyoto

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Itinerary Highlights

  • Bullet Train journeys
  • Canoe on Lake Kawaguchi by Mount Fuji
  • Stay in a traditional hot spring ryokan
  • Visit the Imperial Palace
  • Visit Japan's largest Pokémon mega-store
  • Enjoy a cruise at Lake Ashi

What's Included

  • 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
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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

Days 1-5

Tokyo

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Meet and greet at Tokyo airport

Transfer

Private transfer to your hotel in Tokyo

Accommodation in Tokyo

Four nights in Tokyo Four nights in Tokyo

Enjoy your time exploring the incredible metropolis of Tokyo, a city with an infectious energy that is like no other.

Tour of Tokyo with private guide using public transport Tour of Tokyo with private guide using public transport

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 Visit the Imperial Palace

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.

Toyota Mega Web Toyota Mega Web

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.

Pokemon Mega-store Tokyo
Pokémon Center Mega Tokyo Pokémon Center Mega Tokyo

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.

Tour of Tokyo with private guide and vehicle Tour of Tokyo with private guide and vehicle

With your private guide and vehicle, spend the day discovering Tokyo with tours to the following highlights:

Hamarikyu garden and river cruise excursion Hamarikyu garden and river cruise excursion

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.

Asakusa visit to see Sensoji Temple and Nakamise Dori Street Asakusa visit to see Sensoji Temple and Nakamise Dori Street

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.

Taiko drumming performance and lesson Taiko drumming performance and lesson

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.

Akihabara District Akihabara District

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.

Ghibli Museum tour Ghibli Museum tour

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 Shibuya

Shibuya is a shopping and eating district popular with a lot of young Tokyoites, famous for its bright neon lights and five-way crossing.

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer to your hotel or ryokan in Hakone

Days 5-6

Hakone

Accommodation in Hakone

One night in Hakone One night in Hakone

Enjoy a night at your relaxing ryokan near to the famous spa town of Hakone.

Hakone Lake Ashi cruise Hakone Lake Ashi cruise

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.

Hakone Open Air Museum Hakone Open Air Museum

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.

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer from Hakone to Hoshinoya Fuji

Days 6-8

Mount Fuji

Accommodation in Mount Fuji

Two nights at Hoshinoya Fuji Two nights at Hoshinoya Fuji

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.

Aokigahara Forest and lava cave tour Aokigahara Forest and lava cave tour

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.

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Shinkansen "Bullet Train from Mishima to Nagoya

Transfer

Shinkansen "Bullet Train from Nagoya to Hiroshima

Days 8-10

Hiroshima

Walk to your hotel with English speaking guide Walk to your hotel with English speaking guide

Accommodation in Hiroshima

Two nights in Hiroshima Two nights in Hiroshima

Your Travel Designer will recommend the best things to see and do during your time in Hiroshima and Miyajima Island.

shrine-miyajama-island-japan
Hiroshima and Miyajima Excursion Hiroshima and Miyajima Excursion

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.

mount-misen-hike
Mt Misen hike Mt Misen hike

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.

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Shinkansen "Bullet Train" from Hiroshima to Kyoto

Days 10-14

Kyoto

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer to your Kyoto hotel

Accommodation in Kyoto

Four nights in Kyoto Four nights in Kyoto

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.

Tour with private guide and vehicle Tour with private guide and vehicle

With your private guide and vehicle, spend the day discovering Kyoto with tours to the following highlights:

Japanese tea ceremony
Traditional tea ceremony Traditional tea ceremony

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.

Arashiyama Bamboo Grove and Tenryu-Ji Temple Arashiyama Bamboo Grove and Tenryu-Ji Temple

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.

Kinkaku-ji and Ryoan-ji Temples tour Kinkaku-ji and Ryoan-ji Temples tour

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.

Gion Geisha district tour Gion Geisha district tour

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.

Dressing up as a Samurai or Geisha Dressing up as a Samurai or Geisha

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.

Exclusive evening with Geisha in Kyoto Exclusive evening with Geisha in Kyoto

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.

Toei Kyoto Studio Park Toei Kyoto Studio Park

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.

Full Day visit to Nara Full Day visit to Nara

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.

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer to Osaka Kansai Airport

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