11 daysActivity Level
ModerateOur 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. Together we’ll 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.
Recommended Age: 8+
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 the City of Osaka
Discover the different underwater worlds at the Osaka Aquarium and the neon lights of the busy and exciting Dotonbori neighborhood.
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!
Extension: Stay in Japan a Bit Longer
No need to end your adventure so soon! Spend some time in the bustling metropolis of Tokyo or go to Hiroshima to explore another Japanese city.
Fly to Japan
Tour Tokyo’s Old Quarter
Explore Tokyo’s Old City and see some of its most famous sites like the large Buddhist Temple Senso-ji and Nakamise-dori and a walking street lined with shops selling Japanese snacks, arts and crafts, and souvenirs!
Tour Tokyo’s Harajuku Area
We’ll venture to Japan’s uber-trendy Harajuku, the hub of youth culture in the country. We’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.
Spend the night at a calssic Japanese Karaoke box! We’ll get our karaoke on!
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
Osaka Castle, a 16th-century castle originally constructed in 1583 by warrior, general, samurai and politician Toyotomi Hideyoshi is a modern-day symbol of Japanese history, we’ll get a chance try on a samurai-style helmet or kimono to take some fun photos!
Tour Osaka’s Dotombori Area
We’ll explore the historic, photogenic Dotonbori area of Osaka, with its flashy neon signs like a 3D crab, as well as it’s quiet side streets lined with markets and shrines.
Ride a Bike in Asuka
We’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.
Take a Taiko Drumming Class
During a taiko drumming class, we’ll learn new “drum” or “taiko” rhythms under the enthusiastic guidance of a world-famous drumming troupe!
Learn Japanese Katakana
Take a lesson in calligraphy to write your name in Japanese Katakana, a 46-letter, phonetic alphabet used in modern Japanese handwriting.
Friends Across Borders: Visit and Games
As part of our Friends Across Borders program, your children will meet local students from the village and join in on all kinds of fun and games!
Hike Kumano Kodo Trail
Pass ridge-top villages and oji shrines, where nobles once rested and composed poems as they walked, as we hike part of the famed Kumano Kodo trail!
Make Washi Paper
Get a truly unique souvenir as we learn traditional methods to make Japanese washi paper and present it to priests at the neighboring shrine who will write a calligraphic emblem of the shrine for us on the paper.
Take an exciting ride on a jet-boat cruise along Doro-kyo Gorge, a valley carved by erosion on the slates and sandstone. Its emerald waters, precipitous cliffs, and unique rock formations are a beautiful display of Japan’s landscape.
Visit Kiyomizu Temple
We’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!
Depart / Arrive Home
Dates & Prices
04/22-05/0219 year old on boardAdult $8190Teen $8190Child $7890
06/21-07/0112, 14, 15 & 20 year olds on boardAdult $7690Teen $7690Child $7490
07/12-07/22Adult $7690Teen $7690Child $7490
08/02-08/12Adult $7690Teen $7690Child $7490
Smart Traveler Advantages
Book a trip 9 months ahead of the day that you want to leave and get a free GoPro and Travel Protection.
$600 for children under 12 sharing with 2 adults
Traveling in a party of six or more friends or family members? Call us about our large group discounts.
If you are a returning Thomson guest, please subtract $500 per family from these prices.
We strongly recommend purchasing travel insurance. We’ve received great feedback about Travel Insured – you can learn more about the benefits of travel insurance there.
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.
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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Smart Traveler Advantages
Book your trip 9 months in advance and get access to all of the advantages that come with being a smart traveler; from Travel Protection to a brand new GoPro.
Guaranteed DeparturesNo matter what happens, once your family books a trip you’re going.
Friends Across Borders
Your child will have a cultural connection like no other by meeting kids the same age from the country you’re traveling by playing games, throwing a Frisbee, kicking a ball around, or just chatting. Ask us about our pen pal program.
GuidesBe accompanied for your entire trip by an expert local in-country guide who will know all of the ins and outs of the adventure and destination.
Small GroupsWith a small group you’ll have plenty of time for spontaneity and to develop a connection with your fellow travelers and guide.