Japan Family Adventure

  • Overview
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    10 days

    Activity Level
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    Ideal Age



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    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 1

    Fly to Japan

    Days 2-3


    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 Old Quarter

    Explore Tokyo’s Old City and see some of its most famous sites: the large Buddhist Temple Senso-ji to Nakamise-dori, a walking street lined with shops selling Japanese snacks, arts and crafts, and souvenirs!

    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.

    View the City (Optional)

    Visit the Tokyo Metropolitan government offices and take in a magnificent view over the city.

    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!

    Tour Osaka’s Dotombori Area

    In the historic, photogenic Dotonbori area of Osaka, filled with flashy neon signs featuring a 3D crab, you’ll explore all that is has to offer! You’ll have the chance to tour the area’s hidden shrines and markets, nestled quietly along the side streets.

    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!

    Take a Taiko Drumming Class

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

    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!

    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.

    Enjoy a Cultural Exchange with Your Friends Across Borders

    As part of the Friends Across Borders program, your children will meet local students from the village and join in mutual games.

    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.

    Jet-boat Cruise

    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.

    Days 8-9


    Drive to Kyoto

    You’ll drive out to Kyoto, the former Imperial capital of Japan and one of the country’s most culturally rich cities, boasting 17 temples and shrines designated as UNESCO World Heritage sites.

    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


    Transfer to the Airport

    Day 10

    Arrive home in the US

  • Dates & Prices

    2024 Dates


    Adult $9890
    Teen $9890
    Child $9690


    Adult $9890
    Teen $9890
    Child $9690


    Adult $9890
    Teen $9890
    Child $9690


    Adult $9890
    Teen $9890
    Child $9690

    Additional Info

    Single Supplement

    Additional $1,450 for single accommodations

    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. Surcharge applied to groups smaller than four guests.

  • 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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Activity Level


Active trips revolve around multi-sport activities that keep your family outside and having fun! Your family will spend more time interacting with the elements and exploring than sitting on a beach or inside of a museum. These activities are not always physically demanding but they can be and do require a basic level of fitness.