Japan Family Adventure Tour

  • $ Japan Family Adventure
  • Beds: Please see itinerary
  • Baths: Moderate
  • Sq Ft: 2+

A Delight for the Young and Young at Heart Alike

Tokyo • Hakone • Kyoto


Tour Highlights

  • Enjoy the breathtaking skyline views at the Tokyo City Observatory.
  • Walk through the Akihabara also known as “Electric Town” and explore the manga (Japanese comic) market.
  • Enjoy a boat ride on Lake Ashi with a splendid view of Mt. Fuji.
  • Tour Kinkakuji Temple, the Golden Pavilion, an exquisite pavilion surrounded by a beautiful pond.
  • Visit Nijo Castle, built for the first Shogun in 1603, where “The Last Samurai” was filmed.
  • Explore the Nishiki Market, Kyoto’s Kitchen”, with over 100 shops and restaurants.

Trip Details

  • Itinerary
  • Day 1: Arrive Tokyo

    Arrive in Tokyo.  Transfer to your hotel by taxi or book a private transfer.

    Accommodations: Hotel New Otani
    Meals Included: None

  • Day 2: Tokyo

    Start your first morning with a trip to the Tokyo City View Observatory to take in the breathtaking views this immense modern city from 52 stories high.

    Continue onto the Meiji Jingu Shrine, a Shinto shrine dedicated to Emperor Meiji and his wife, Empress Shoken, the great-grandparents of the present emperor. The lovely ground spreads over 700,000 square meters covered by a forest of 120,000 trees donated by people from all over Japan. For many Japanese, the shrine is both a spiritual home and an oasis in Tokyo.

    Walk the fashionable Omotesando and Aoyama Streets to soak in modern Japanese culture.

    Enjoy exploring the Mitsukoshi Depachika. In Japanese, department stores are called depato, and basements are called chika. Combine the two and you have depachika. Founded as the Echigoya dry goods store in 1673, Mitsukoshi’s Ginza branch has one of the city’s best depachika where the highest quality of culinary delights are artistically crafted and displayed

    Stroll through Ginza, Tokyo’s most famous upmarket shopping, dining and entertainment district, featuring numerous department stores, boutiques, art galleries, restaurants, night clubs and cafes. The evening is free with dinner on own.

    The evening is free and dinner is on your own.

    Accommodations: Hotel New Otani
    Meals Included: B,L

  • Day 3: Tokyo

    Day 4 • Tokyo

    In the morning visit the old site of Tsukiji Fish Market. About 100 vendors voted to stay in the lively traditional market when the new market is transferred to new site at the end of 2016. As the biggest wholesale seafood market in the world, more than 400 varieties of seafood from around the globe are being sold in the markets each morning. Wander through narrow aisles, witness heated negotiations and watch out for speeding market trolleys piled high with crates of stock for the day’s trade.

    Nezu Museum is located in a quiet neighborhood. This former residence of the nobleman stands in a delightful Japanese garden with ponds and teahouses. It has the finest collection of Japanese, Chinese and Korean classical and Buddhist art, including the famed 17th century screen painting of irises by Ogata Korin.

    Visit Akihabara Electric City (also called Akiba), the fashionable district known for its many electronic shops, as well as anime and manga. Explore the festive Ameyoko street with colorful vendors selling various products such as clothes, bags, cosmetics, fresh fish, dried food and spices. The name “Ameyoko” is a short form for “Ameya Yokocho” (candy store alley), as candies were traditionally sold there.

    After lunch, tour the Edo Museum to discover Japan’s rich history and culture through numerous displays of dioramas, scale models and historical items.

    Cook your own Okonomiyaki dinner (hotplate pancake) at locals’ favorite restaurant.

    Accommodations: Hotel New Otani
    Meals Included: B,D

  • Day 4: Tokyo–Hakone

    Take the train ride (about 1.5 hour) to Hakone Yumoto. Visit the Hakone Open Air Museum with over 100 pieces of master sculptures in the open air in addition to a special rotating Picasso exhibit. (The Museum has a collection of over 300 works by Picasso!)  Enjoy the splendor of art in nature. Lunch is at the museum.

    Take a leisurely walk to Hakone Gora Park and Hakone Museum of Art to enjoy beautiful Japanese garden. Relax at the beautiful tea-house and enjoy a matcha tea (green powdered tea) served with home made sweets. Check in at the traditional Japanese ryokan inn and soak in the hot spring. For dinner, enjoy a spectacular Kaiseki multi-course meal served in elegant dishes. (b,d)

    Ryokan Yoshiike is 7 minutes walk from the Hakone Yumoto station with a beautiful garden and open air hot spring. They also have bigger rooms for family at a reasonable price.

    Accommodations: Ryokan Yoshiike with hot springs
    Meals Included: B,D

  • Day 5: Hakone–Kyoto

    Ride to Komagatake ropeway station and go all the way up to the summit of Komagatake with a spectacular view of Mt. Fuji.

    Enjoy a boat ride (about 40 minutes) on Lake Ashi with a splendid view of Mt. Fuji.

    Tour Sekisho old station, an important site for the history for communication and transportation during the Edo period. It has been restored after 140 years.

    Walk the Tokaido historic road, the most important of the Five Routes of the Edo period, connecting Edo (modern-day Tokyo) to Kyoto. Unlike the inland and less heavily travelled Nakasendo, the Tōkaidō travelled along the seacoast of eastern Honsu.

    Hike Hakone Suginamiki, also known as Old Tokaido Cedar Trees Road. A gorgeous path, lined with towering trees and flora, this is the old road connecting Edo to Kyoto, one of the most important roads during the Tokugawa Shogun’s reign.

    In the early afternoon, transfer by coach from Suginamiki (40 minutes) to Odawara Train Station and take the bullet train to Kyoto (16:08-18:11pm)

    In the evening, explore Gion (the Geisha District) in Kyoto. The area is dotted with old style Japanese houses called Machiya. If you are lucky you can spot a Geishas or Maikos (apprentice geishas) with elaborate make up and hair dressing in gorgeous kimono dress.

    Enjoy the Japanese cuisine at a local restaurant.

    Accommodations:  Kyoto Tokyu Hotel
    Included Meals: B,D

  • Day 6: Kyoto

    Stop at Heian-jingu Shrine with a massive tori gate. The expansive garden behind the shrine features lovely ponds, Chinese inspired bridge and mature cherry blossom and Japanese maples trees.

    A few minutes walk is the heart of museum district. Stop at Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts in the basement of Kyoto International Exhibition Hall. The multi-purpose hall has excellent display of Kyoto crafts including wood-block prints, lacquerware, bamboo goods, and gold leaf work. Make sure to check out the museum store with beautiful artifacts and souvenirs.

    Tour Kinkakuji Temple—the Golden Pavilion, an exquisite pavilion surrounded by a beautiful pond.

    In the afternoon wonder the nearby Ryoanji Temple, one of the symbols of Kyoto. The lovely temple is famed for the rock garden, an oblong of sand with an austere collection of 15 carefully placed rocks. The intricate Japanese architecture is surrounded by beautifully landscaped grounds around the lake.

    Tour the exquisite Kiyomizu Temple, Kyoto’s icon, for a panoramic view of Kyoto from a grand wooden veranda built on the cliff. There is a popular expression in Japan “to jump off the terrace at Kiyomizu” which is similar to the English expression “to take the plunge.”

    Accommodations: Kyoto Tokyu Hotel
    Included Meals: B, L

  • Day 7: Kyoto

    In the morning wonder the famous Nishiki Market. With over 100 shops and restaurants, it’s no wonder this five block long shopping street is known as “Kyoto’s Kitchen”.

    Explore the Grand Nijo Castle built for the first shogun from 1603 in the heart of the city. In 1939, the Imperial Family donated it to the city of Kyoto. The famous movie by Tom Cruise “the Last Samurai” was shot here.

    Enjoy a delicious vegetarian lunch inside Daitokuji temple prepared by the temple staff.

    Tour the Fushimi Inari Shrine, one of Kyoto’s oldest (founded in 711 AD) and most revered Shinto shrines. Fushimi Inari serves as the headquarters for all the 40,000 shrines dedicated to Inari across Japan. Originally the god of rice, Inari now governs the modern equivalent: success and prosperity in business. The Shrine draws thousands of businessmen and tradespeople seeking blessings for their enterprises, especially at the first prayers of the New Year. Fushimi Inari is noted for its remarkable sight of some 10,000 small torii (shrine gates) that arch over a long path up the hill behind the shrine.

    Tonight, enjoy a farewell dinner in Kyoto.  Afterwards explore the fine restaurants and bars in Ponto-cho Street along the Kamo Gawa River. Few streets in Asia rival this narrow pedestrian-only walkway for atmosphere. The place comes alive by night with colorful lanterns, traditional wooden exteriors, and delicate entryways disappearing into the doorways of elite dining and bars

    Accommodations: Kyoto Tokyu Hotel
    Meals Included: B,L,D

  • Day 8: Kyoto

    Take the train or a taxi on your own  Osaka to depart on your return flight home.
    Meals Included: B

PricesInclusionsExtension Tours

Prices start at:

$XXXX Main Tour Double Occupancy

$XXXX Main Tour Double Occupancy under 17 years old

$XXXX Single Supplement

Roundtrip International Air is not included. For pricing, please contact Airtreks directly at 415-977-7136 or at china-advocates@airtreks.com.

Main Tour Includes: Double occupancy accommodations • All meals listed in itinerary • All sightseeing, entertainment, and cultural activities listed in itinerary • All ground transportation within Japan • English-speaking Japanese Guides • Gratuities to local guides and drivers on main tour • Preparatory materials

Not Included: Domestic U.S. and international airfare • Airport transfers and porterage • Gratuities to guides • Gratuities on extensions • Visa processing • Meals not included in the tour • Excess baggage charges • Travel insurance • Soft drinks, liquor, wine, & beer, and other items of a personal nature

Customize Your China Experience

Pre-tour Extensions:

Hakone, Lake Ashi, & Mt. Fuji Extension – 5 days

To sign up for the Japan Family Adventure, please call (888) 333-2585 or (415) 334-4505
Or fill in the inquiry form below.

 

 

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Price:$Japan Family Adventure
Address:Family Tour
State:Tokyo / Kyoto
Zip Code:Coach, Train, Bullet Train
MLS:9
Square Feet:2+
Bedrooms:Please see itinerary
Bathrooms:Moderate
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