Japan Family Adventure

  • Overview
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    10 days

    Activity Level


    Our moderate adventures are similar to our easy adventures, but you’ll spend more time on your feet.

    8 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 8 dinners

    This Japan family vacation takes your family to one of the most interesting places in the world. Explore its vast cultural contrasts, from contemporary city centers with thriving arts scenes and plentiful shopping, to quiet countryside vistas lined with rice paddies and defined by ancient temples and castles.

    See Tokyo Like a Local

    Explore some of the most unique neighborhoods in the city like the fashion district of Harajuku and the “low-city’ of Asakusa, the home of Senso-ji Temple.

    Explore Osaka Castle

    Osaka Castle dates back over 450 years and is one of the most famous landmarks in Japan. A modern-day symbol of Japanese history, you’ll get a chance to try on a samurai-style helmet or kimono to take some Instagram worthy photos!

    Relax in Quaint Kyoto

    Learn about the history of the renowned Geisha culture, explore the halls of Nijo Castle, and venture through the serene bamboo grove in Arashiyama.

    Stay in an Authentic Ryokan

    Spend time on the Kii Peninsula hiking parts of the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage trail, a UNESCO Heritage Site, in the day and relaxing in an authentic serene ryokan at night.

    Taste Delectable Japanese Cuisine

    Don’t hold back during any meal during this family vacation, from perfectly rolled sushi to freshly made noodles served on a slide!


  • Itinerary

    Day 2


    Arrive Tokyo/Transfer to Hotel

    Welcome to Tokyo! After arriving at Tokyo’s Narita International Airport, meet a Thomson Family Adventures representative and transfer to the hotel.

    Tour Tokyo’s Harajuku Area

    You’ll venture to Japan’s uber-trendy Harajuku, the hub of youth culture in the country. You’ll explore just off the bustling streets to a quiet wooded area, visiting the peaceful Meiji Shrine, dedicated to Japan’s first modern emperor, Emperor Meiji.

    Karaoke Box

    Enjoy a quintessentially Japanese experience: singing in a karaoke box, where you’ll get your karaoke on!

    Days 4-5


    Ride a Bullet Train to Osaka

    Take a bullet train to Osaka, known as the country’s commercial center and for it’s legendary good food. In fact, the term “kuidaore” or “eat till you drop” is heard so often here, it’s practically the city’s motto!

    Visit Osaka Castle

    Visit Osaka Castle, a castle constructed in 1583 by warrior, general, samurai and politician Toyotomi Hideyoshi. A modern-day symbol of Japanese history, you’ll get a chance try on a samurai-style helmet or kimono to take some fun photos!

    Taiko Drumming Session

    During a taiko drumming class, you’ll learn new “drum” or “taiko” rhythms under the enthusiastic guidance of a world-famous drumming troupe!

    Ride a Bike in Asuka

    You’ll ride bikes through the rural town of Asuka — the first permanent capital of Japan — cycling in the quiet countryside past ancient burial mounts and mysterious stone monuments.

    Lunch at a Local Farmhouse

    Stop by a tradtional farmhouse and enjoy a delicious and delectable bento box lunch!

    Walk in Nara Park

    More than 1,000 tame deer roam freely through this green haven, and you can choose to feed them their favorite biscuit treats. According to ancient folklore, one of the four deities of the nearby Kasuga shrine was seen riding a white deer; since then, the animals were considered divine. Today, the Nara Park deer are protected as national treasures.

    Visit Todaiji Temple

    Visit Todaiji—the “great Eastern temple.” Its main hall, the Daibutsuden, is the world’s largest wooden building. Tour the temple and see the enormous, bronze, seated Buddha statue, one of the largest in Japan. Find the pillar with base the width of Daibutsu’s nostril – it is said those who can squeeze through will be granted enlightenment in their next life.

    Days 6-7

    Kii Peninsula

    Visit Kumano Kodo

    Explore part of the network of ancient pilgrimage trails known as the Kumano Kodo or Kumano Ancient Trail, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This has been part of a pilgrimage route for more than 1,000 years!

    Musuhi Budo

    Your group will change into traditional training gear before watching a demonstration of authentic sword techniques by Master Asami.  You will then get to practice with wooden swords before a very brief talk on Japanese culture. Next, using imitation swords, you’ll try paper cutting before photos with real swords. Then you will move onto calligraphy where you can practice writing your names using the brush and ink technique, before making your final version on paper or transferring it to a fan. Everyone will get a lovely certificate holder tube to place their hard work into.  

    Hike Kumano Kodo Trail

    Hike a short but scenic section of the Kumano Kodo trail, much like emperors did in the 11th Century! Along the way you’ll pass ridge-top villages and oji shrines, where nobles once rested and composed poems as they walked.

    Make Washi Paper

    You’ll learn traditional methods to make Japanese washi paper and you’ll present it to priests at the neighboring shrine, who will write a calligraphic emblem of the shrine for us on the paper, creating a one-of-a-kind souvenir of this unique experience.

    Kawabune Ride

    Days 8-9


    Visit Kiyomizu Temple

    You’ll visit Kyoto’s Higashiyama area to see Kiyomizu Temple, founded in 778, and walk a street lined with vendors selling Kyoto’s famous pickles, kiyomizu-yaki pottery and traditional crafts.

    Explore the Gion District

    On a visit to the world-famous Gion District we will learn about the strict training undertaken by young women who hope to become geisha, known in Kyoto as “geiko.”

    Visit Arashiyama Bamboo Grove

    Explore Kyoto’s western region of Arashiyama, a beautifully scenic and serene area tucked at the base of the Arashiyama Mountains, renowned for its otherworldly and mesmerizing bamboo grove.

    Tour Nijo Castle

    Nijo Castle was the original Kyoto residence for the Tokugawa shoguns in the 17th century. The castle is most noteworthy for its nightingale floors, which “chirp” when walked on to warn of intruders. Try and walk the floors without making a sound, we’re willing to bet you can’t!

    Day 10


  • Dates & Prices

    2024 Dates


    Adult $9890
    Teen $9890
    Child $9690


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    Adult $9890
    Teen $9890
    Child $9690

    2025 Dates


    Adult $10990
    Teen $10990
    Child $10790


    Adult $10990
    Teen $10990
    Child $10790


    Adult $9890
    Teen $9890
    Child $9690


    Adult $9990
    Teen $9990
    Child $9790


    Adult $9990
    Teen $9990
    Child $9790

    Additional Info

    Single Supplement

    Single supplement starts at $1,600.

    Alumni Discount 

    If you are a returning Thomson guest, please subtract $500 per family from these prices.

    Travel Insurance

    We strongly recommend purchasing travel insurance. We’ve received great feedback about Travel Guard – you can learn more about the benefits of travel insurance there.

    Price Includes

    All entrance fees, accommodations based on two to a room, land transportation, private bilingual guide throughout, most meals, and snacks in the vehicle.

    Depending on your flight schedule you may return home the following day. 

    Guaranteed departure. Small group surcharge may apply. Call us to discuss age recommendations for each destination. Prices are subject to change.

  • Hotels

    Park Hotel

    The Park Hotel is located in downtown Tokyo. Amenities include air conditioning, free Wi-fi, TV, a room safe, hair dryer, telephone and refridgerator. The hotel also has a fitness center, complimentary tea and breakfast, laundry, services, a lounge, restaurant and currency exchange.

    Hotel Nikko Nara

    The Hotel Nikki Nara is located in the center of Nara prefecture, within walking distance of Nara Park and Todai-ji Temple. The hotel amenities include a gym, spa and massage facilities, access to a Japanese-style bathhouse, as well as free Wi-Fi and a restaurant.

    Fujiya Ryokan

    The Fujiya Ryokan is a traditional Japanese hotel located on the east end of the village Kawayu Onsen. The rooms have tatami (straw mat) flooring and comfortable futon (bedding) placed on the floor. Amenities include a refrigerator, TV, hair dryer and Wi-Fi.

    Kyoto Granvia

    Kyoto Granvia is part of the JR Kyoto Rail Station in downtown Kyoto. Amenities include air conditioning, free Wi-Fi, refridgerator, telephone, hair dryer and LCD TV. The hotel includes a health club, eight dining options and spa and steam rooms. The station complex includes a museum, theater and undergruond shopping mall.

    Thomson Family Adventures will attempt to adhere to this itinerary and its hotels as much as possible. However, certain conditions (political, climatic, environmental, cultural, or availability) may necessitate changes in the accommodations.

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