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Family Tour of Japan
(9 Days - Departs Daily on a Private Basis) Tokyo, Hakone & Mt. Fuji, Kyoto& Hiroshima
One of our favorite family destinations, Japan is safe, family-friendly and endlessly fascinating for children and adults alike. This private family tour of Japan—the perfect combination of traditional Japanese culture and contemporary Japanese pop style—is sure to appeal to every family member. It features private cultural touring with your own guide and driver, accommodation in Japan’s best luxury hotels and an exclusive ryokan (traditional inn), private airport transfers, first-class travel by shinkansen (bullet train), luggage transfers, and access to a wide range of unique activities that engage you in real Japanese culture.
Begin in Tokyo, the capital of contemporary culture in Japan. During touring with your private guide and driver, visit Harajuku and Shibuya, neighborhoods synonymous with cutting-edge Japanese youth culture, to see funky shops, outrageous architecture and the latest street fashions. Explore Japanese pop culture through activities such as visiting electronic gadget shops, strolling trendy teen shopping streets, spending time at theme parks or video arcades, or touring the otaku (geek) paradise of Akihabara. Also, see Meiji Shrine, the Imperial Palace and other important historical sites. Tour some of the city’s best museums, such as the Edo-Tokyo Museum and the Tokyo National Museum. Sample local culinary specialties at Tsukiji Fish Market and department store food halls. Upon request, Artisans of Leisure can arrange additional touring according to your interests, such as watching sumo wrestlers practice at a sumo stable, meeting with culinary and sake experts, taking private martial arts lessons, seeing a Japanese baseball game, and visiting favorite family attractions such as Tokyo Disneyland, Odaiba entertainment district, or the Ghibli Museum, which is devoted to the work of Japan's most renowned anime director.
Continue to Hakone, a volcanic national park renowned for hot springs and views of nearby Mt. Fuji. Stay at one of Japan’s most luxurious and renowned ryokan (traditional inns), where you can soak in your own private outdoor hot spring bath and enjoy a gourmet kaiseki (seasonal tasting menu) dinner. During private touring, explore Hakone’s geothermal areas, take a cable car ride through the forested mountains, cruise on Lake Ashi, and perhaps visit an outdoor art museum or Japanese theme park.
Next, travel by first-class shinkansen (bullet train) to enchanting Kyoto, Japan’s heart of culture and tradition. During touring with your private guide and driver, experience the best of this elegant city. Enjoy a family-friendly private tea ceremony. Stroll through a bamboo forest. Enjoy a Buddhist vegetarian lunch at a local temple. Visit important temples, shrines and gardens. Tour traditional geisha districts such as Gion. Visit markets and sample Kyoto’s culinary specialties, considered the most refined in Japan. Upon request, Artisans of Leisure can also arrange a wide range of other unique activities in Kyoto, such as private martial arts lessons, an exclusive private dinner accompanied by geisha and maiko, watching artisans at work, private manga and anime drawing lessons, dressing up in a kimono, learning origami or to cook Japanese food at a family’s private home, calligraphy lessons, privately-guided hiking in the hills surrounding the city, or a visit to Toei Movie Land. One day, take an excursion to Hiroshima to see the Peace Park Memorial and the nearby island of Miyajima, famous for the iconic Floating Torii.
This tour can be fully customized to your family’s interests.
Private arrival transfer to hotel for 2 nights
Full-day private tour
Tokyo – Hakone & Mt. Fuji
Private transfer to train station and first-class shinkansen (bullet train) to Hakone region. Private transfer to ryokan for 1 night, including kaiseki dinner. Private afternoon tour of Mt. Fuji region
Hakone – Kyoto
Private transfer to train station and first-class shinkansen to Kyoto. Private arrival transfer to hotel for 4 nights
Full-day private tour
Full-day excursion to Hiroshima and Miyajima
Full-day private tour of Kyoto and nearby villages
Kyoto – Tokyo
Private transfer to train station and first-class shinkansen to Tokyo. Private arrival transfer to hotel for 1 night
Private airport transfer
Park Hyatt Tokyo and The Peninsula Tokyo
Gora Kadan Ryokan
Hyatt Regency Kyoto or Kyoto Hotel Okura
Per person (based on four travelers/two rooms)
Per person (based on three travelers/triple occupancy)
Per person (based on two travelers/double occupancy)
The Artisans of Leisure Style of Travel:
Private touring with your own personal guides and drivers
Preferred rooms in the very best luxury hotels
Firsthand, sophisticated destination knowledge and recommendations from our travel specialists
Itineraries that are customized according to your interests and schedule
Artisans of Leisure upgrades and amenities
A seamless travel experience, including all logistics, skipping lines during touring whenever possible, restaurant and spa reservations, performance tickets, private airport transfers, internal transportation, VIP and fast-track airport assistance in many destinations
Around-the-clock support in each destination during your trip
Unique, insider travel experiences and access to the Artisans of Leisure network of experts around the world
All Artisans of Leisure tours are private and depart daily.
Please Contact Us for more information regarding the above tour, or to begin customizing your own itinerary.