Japan Family Tour

15 Days NEW ITINERARY

from £3,299 (Adult), £2,599 (Child)

Explore the history and culture of this amazing country, with fun-filled excursions for all the family. Discover ancient castles and tranquil shrines, marvel at Mt. Fuji, perhaps feed the deer in Nara Park, cruise Lake Ashi on a Pirate Boat, and tread in the footsteps of ancients at Osaka Castle. Let your imagination run wild in the fantasy worlds and exhilarating rides of Disneyland and Universal Studios! This is a semi-escorted tour, based on travelling independently and joining day tours where specified. Japan Rail Passes are included to enable you to travel freely on all applicable Japan Rail services.

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Day 1 UK to Tokyo
Depart the UK on your scheduled flight to Tokyo. Flights from regional airports can be arranged on request.

Day 2 Arrive Tokyo
Upon arrival at Haneda/Narita Airport, you will be met by an English speaking assistant who will help you board an airport shuttle bus transfer to your hotel. Upon arrival at your accommodation in Tokyo, please check in by yourself. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Day 3 Tokyo Half Day Tour (B)
This morning, after breakfast, join a Tokyo Morning Tour. Marvel at the city panorama from the main observation platform at the Tokyo Tower, a 332.9m tall communications and observation tower. Visit the Meiji Shrine, a Shinto shrine located in Shibuya and drive past the Akasaka Guest House and the National Diet
Building. Continue to the Imperial Palace East Garden (or Imperial Palace Plaza and Double Bridge, Monday, Friday and when the garden is closed) and drive through the Ginza shopping district, where the tour ends.

Day 4 Mount Fuji and Hakone (B)
Enjoy a day tour to Mount Fuji and Hakone to marvel at one of the most iconic sights of Japan. Visit Mount Fuji’s 5th Station and journey on the Hakone Sky Gondola. See the Owakudani Valley and enjoy a Pirate Boat cruise on Lake Ashi. Return to Tokyo by bullet train.

Day 5 Tokyo Disneyland and Disney Sea (B)
Catch a train from Shinagawa to Maihama Station and make your way to Tokyo Disneyland or Disney Sea. Spend a day at the park enjoying the rides, attractions, entertainment, shops and parades. At the end of the day return to your accommodation.

Day 6 Tokyo to Kanazawa (B)
Travel to the station for your Limited Express train to Kanazawa, where you should make your own way to the accommodation. The rest of the day is at leisure to relax or explore the neighbourhood.

Day 7 Day Trip to Shirakawago (B)
Take a Nohi Bus to Shirakawago (travel time approx 75 mins), and explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site, famous for the 250 year old, traditional gasshou-zukuri farmhouses. Return to Kanazawa by bus.

Day 8 Kanazawa to Kyoto, Afternoon Tour (B)
After breakfast, go to the station for your Limited Express train to Kyoto, and make your way to your accommodation. This afternoon, join the Kyoto Afternoon Tour, which includes the Heian Jingu Shrine,
Sanjusangendo Hall and the impressive Kiyomizudera Temple with fantastic views of Kyoto.

Day 9 Nara Half Day Tour (B)
This morning starts with a walking tour of Nara. Take the train to Nara, the imperial capital of Japan in the 8th century, and visit the Todaiji Temple where an enormous bronze Buddha image is exhibited in the Daibutsuden Hall. Continue to Nara Park, where over 1,200 wild shika deer freely roam. Visitors can feed them Shika-senbei, a special snack for the deer sold in the park grounds. Visit the Kofuku-ji Temple, which was transferred from Kyoto in AD710 and has a five-story pagoda, the second highest in Japan, before returning to Kyoto, for the rest of your day at leisure.

Day 10 Kyoto (B)
Day at leisure. You may wish to spend the morning enjoying a cultural experience at a unique Machiya Townhouse, where a guide will explain about the traditions and history of the house and its antique furniture.
You will have the opportunity to learn more about the traditional Japanese Kimono. Select your favourite from one of many choices of finest silk kimonos and learn the secrets of how to wear and move in a kimono with grace and beauty. (Additional cost for this experience £70 per person, must be pre-booked).

Day 11 Kyoto to Hiroshima (B)
Catch a Bullet Train to Hiroshima, and upon arrival make your own way to your accommodation. The rest of the day is at leisure, with an opportunity to explore Hiroshima independently. Perhaps visit the Peace Memorial Park and the Genbaku-Dome (The Atomic Bomb Dome), the symbol of Hiroshima, a city that advocates world Peace. It was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996. While all structures were decimated by the
atomic bomb explosion, only this building miraculously remained standing! Perhaps take the ferry across to
Miyajima Island and see the Itsukushima Shrine, the great Torii gate that stands in the sea.

Day 12 Hiroshima (B)
Day at leisure. For car enthusiasts, maybe visit the fascinating Mazda Museum, a short train journey from Hiroshima Station.

Day 13 Hiroshima to Osaka (B)
From Hiroshima take a bullet train to Osaka, and in the afternoon, join a half day tour of Osaka. Visit Osaka’s famous sightseeing spots and learn about the city’s history. Explore Osaka Castle, built in 1583 and one of the most important castles in Japan, and enjoy the scenery of the city, from the boat the Aqua Liner, also known as “Aqua Metropolis Osaka” on an hour long cruise.

Day 14 Osaka, Universal Studios (B)
Today, experience a trip to Universal Studios for a fun-filled day enjoying all the rides, attractions and entertainment that this theme park has to offer. Take the short train journey between Osaka Station and
Universal City.

Day 15 Depart (B)
From Osaka Station take the train to Kansai Airport for your flight to the UK.

Your Hotel Accomodation

 

Tokyo: Shinagawa Tobu

Located in the Minato district in Tokyo, the Shinagawa Tobu Hotel features free WiFi access and an on-site restaurant. The rooms are fitted with a flat-screen TV, have private bathrooms, slippers, toiletries and a hair dryer.

Kanazawa: Kanazawa New Grand

Set in a modern building with an annex, this relaxed hotel is just a 13 minutes’ walk from Kanazawa Castle. The rooms feature free WiFi, flat-screen TV’s, mini fridges, and tea and coffee making facilities. The 6 dining options include Chinese and French restaurants, plus sushi and buffet eateries. There is a bar with panoramic city views and a beauty salon.

Kyoto: New Miyako

Right in front of Kyoto Station, New Miyako Hotel features air-conditioned rooms with free Wi-Fi. The hotel offers a beauty salon, a convenience shop and 6 dining options.

Hiroshima: Tokyu REI

Located within a 7-minute taxi ride from the JR Hiroshima Train Station, Hiroshima Tokyu REI Hotel provides free Wi-Fi throughout the property and also wired internet in all guest rooms. Also within a 15-minute walk of Fukuromachi Park, Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, and Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims and Atomic Bomb Dome are also within 1 mi (2 km).

Osaka: Granvia

Hotel Granvia Osaka is located directly above JR Osaka Train Station. It offers 2 lounges, a café, bar and 5 restaurants including a teppan-yaki grill. Easy transport links and free WiFi access.

Tour Name: Japan Family Tour

Tour Code: JFT15
Duration:
15 Day

Departures are daily.
Price from £3,399 per adult and from £2,599 per child.

Land only from £2,499 per adult and from £1,899 per child.

Prices based on 2 adults and 2 children under 11 years of age travelling in low season. For alternative pricing options, please ask for details. Prices and products are subject to availability at the time of booking.

The deposit for these arrangements is £300 per person. Balance is due 10 weeks before departure.

Please call 020 8543 8133 for more information or to make a booking.

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • International flights
  • Accommodation
  • English speaking guides
  • Transfers
  • 14 Day Japan Rail Pass
  • Meals as specified (B=Breakfast, L= Lunch, D=Dinner).

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Local tips
  • Personal spending
  • Travel insurance