Land Expeditions

Japan Family Expedition

  • Duration 9 Days | Tokyo to Kyoto
  • Group Size Max 25
Call 1800 954 479

Trip Overview

 

Neon-lit cityscapes, ancient temples clinging to forested hillsides and markets brimming with exotic ingredients: Japan is a feast for the senses. Experience an intriguing combination of cutting-edge modernity and time-honored tradition as we explore dazzling Tokyo, elegant Kyoto and ancient Nara. Wander through exquisite shrines and palaces where nobles once lingered, go hiking in a steaming volcanic valley near Mount Fuji. Speed aboard a bullet train to explore the timeless mountain town of Takayama, and don a kimono to discover the intricate art of the Japanese tea ceremony.

 

Trip Highlights

  • Explore the fabled geisha neighborhoods of Kyoto by bicycle, and meet our Kid to Kid Connection in Tokyo for a taiko drumming lesson.
  • Discover the wonders of Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, and see a remarkable collection of Picasso’s works at the renowned Hakone Open-Air Museum.
  • Try your hand at Japanese calligraphy and handicrafts; and put on a kimono to take part in an authentic tea ceremony.
  • Stay at a traditional ryokan in Takayama, and visit Hida Folk Village to learn about life in the Japanese countryside.

Itinerary - 9 Days

Day 1 Tokyo, Japan

Welcome to Japan! Arrive in Tokyo—one of the world’s most cutting-edge capitals and transfer to our hotel. Gather tonight for a welcome dinner at a renowned restaurant, enjoying home-style Japanese cuisine.
Hotel New Otani (D)

Day 2 Tokyo

Experience the fascinating contrasts of Tokyo where neon-lit skyscrapers reside alongside sprawling parks and ancient temples. Visit the serene Meiji Jingu Shrine, Tokyo’s most important Shinto shrine dedicated to the spirit of Emperor Meiji. Travel by private boat along the Sumida River to Asakusa, enjoying lunch on board. Upon arrival, explore the seventh-century Senso Ji—the city’s oldest temple. During our Kid to Kid Connection, get to know our new Japanese friends during a taiko drum lesson. Discover the ancient roots of taiko in Japanese religion and folklore and pick up a pair of bachi (wooden sticks) to try your hand at drumming.
Hotel New Otani (B,L,D)

Day 3 Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park

Situated in Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, Hakone is renowned for its views of nearby Mount Fuji. Visit the Hakone Open-Air Museum and walk among the 120 masterpieces of modern and contemporary sculpture. Return to Tokyo for dinner this evening.
Hotel New Otani (B,L)

Day 4 Tokyo/Takayama

Board one of Japan’s iconic bullet trains for an unforgettable ride by way of Nagoya and through the Hida mountains to the charming 17th-century town of Takayama. Our home for the next two nights is a traditional Japanese inn, or ryokan, where hot spring baths and delicious food offer an opportunity to relax and refresh.
Honjin Hiranoya Bekkan or Hoshokaku ( B,L,D)

Day 5 Takayama

Explore Takayama’s lively market along the Miya River and meander through the narrow Edo-style streets of the historic district, passing wooden merchant houses and sake breweries. Later, travel to Hida Folk Village, an open-air museum featuring traditional farmhouses and buildings from the region. Watch demonstrations of Japanese handicrafts and make your own sarubobo, or “monkey baby”—Takayama’s mascot. Sit down to a traditional multi-course kaiseki dinner at our ryokan.
Honjin Hiranoya Bekkan or Hoshokaku ( B,L,D)

Days 6 & 7 Kyoto/Nara

Ride the bullet train to Kyoto which served as the imperial capital for more than a thousand years. Explore the temples of the Higashiyama neighborhood, including the impressive Kiyomizu-dera, which clings to a steep, waterfall-laced hillside. Test your musical skills during a festive evening of karaoke. The next day, spend the morning discovering ancient Nara. Visit the Todai-ji temple and Kasuga Taisha, Nara’s most celebrated shrine. Wander amid the gardens of Nara Park, home to herds of freely roaming deer.
Hotel Granvia Kyoto (Day 6: B,L,D: Day 7: B,L)

Day 8 Kyoto

Explore Kyoto by bicycle or on a guided walk visiting two of its geisha districts. Visit the Imperial Palace Park and its gardens where nobles once strolled. Don a kimono for a Japanese tea ceremony, then take part in a calligraphy lesson with a local calligrapher. Enjoy some leisure time in the city, followed by a farewell dinner.
Hotel Granvia Kyoto (B,L,D)

Day 9 Kyoto

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight home.
(B)

Related Trips

Japan Family Expedition

Call 1800 954 479

Newsletter

Never miss a Nat Geo moment

Your email address
Submit
We use our own and third-party cookies to improve our services, personalise your advertising and remember your preferences. If you continue browsing, or click on the accept button on this banner, we understand that you accept the use of cookies on our website. For more information visit our Cookies Policy AcceptClose cookie policy overlay