Want to take the family to Japan? Then our Japan with Kids itinerary is for you! Eight days of child-friendly luxury travel taking in Tokyo, Hakone, Kyoto, Nara and Osaka, packed with fun activities. With high-speed trains, deer-filled forests, and a relaxing soak in a natural hot spring - there’s something for everyone in the family. Sample unique local cuisine and even learn to make select Japanese delicacies that will wow your friends at home. Explore and catch a unique glimpse into Japanese culture and life during the day and enjoy the sweet life in your luxury hotels at night.
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Arrive in Tokyo and soak in the towering skyscrapers and bustling city life as you check into your hotel - the Mandarin Oriental Tokyo Hotel. This hotel is the perfect location for lounging and relaxing after making the trip into Tokyo with your family. This 5-star hotel caters to both families and adults - with a scrumptious restaurant with kid-friendly options, a spa for a break for mom and mad, and babysitting services, if needed.
Today promises to be an exciting and fun day for the whole family! Start the day by visiting the Tsukiji Fish Market - the largest fish market in the entire world. Next, check out the Pokemon Center and see where all the craze began. Enjoy a spot of culture at the Miraikan (National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation). Finish your day by learning the traditional Japanese craft of origami at the Origami Museum. Maybe you’ll even make it to 1,000 paper cranes and earn a wish!
Discover the Meiji Jingu Shrine, where the spirits of Emperor Meiji and his wife Empress Shoken are believed to rest. Next, explore the wildly colorful Harajuku neighborhood, a district in Shibuya Ward. This is where the doll-esque style and daring fashion originates and can be seen on the locals walking the streets. Take a Wadaiko drumming lesson and have fun making traditional Japanese music with the kids. End the day with a visit to Akihabara, or “Field of Autumn Leaves.” It’s known as an “electric” town for being a major shopping area for electronics and anime.
Leave Tokyo and travel to Hakone where you will have the once-in-a-lifetime experience of riding the Owakudani Ropeway and gazing over Mount Fuji. Play at Japan’s first open air museum, the Hakone Open Air Museum that opened in 1969. Splash around at the Onsen Experience, a natural hot spring said to be the best in the country. Learn about Japanese hot spring etiquette and relax in the therapeutic sulfurous waters. Continue relaxing as you spend the night at the stylish-yet-traditional Gora Kadan hotel.
Travel at high speed on the shinkansen bullet train to Kyoto. Racing full-speed ahead at 200 mph on one of the fastest trains in the world. Explore the three-part Nijo Castle, where the first Shogun of the Edo Period lived in the 1600’s. Sample mochi, a popular dessert made of rice, at the Wagashi Japanese confectionary. You will learn how to make exotic Japanese desserts and experience a cultural tea ceremony first hand. After a full day of adventure, settle in for the night at the accommodating Hyatt Regency Kyoto, located in the heart of the city in the historic Higashiyama Shichijo district.
Sit back and soak in the natural scenery on your Hodu-Gawa Kudari river cruise. The riverbank is covered with beautiful Sakura trees. Immerse yourself in nature as you take a walk down a bamboo path in Kyoto’s bamboo forest. The bamboo trees are so tall and thick, it’s impossible to see past them. Enjoy a cultural experience as you visit the local temple and practice Zen meditation. You may just discover a whole new way to relax!
Travel to Osaka, a metropolitan and economic center in Japan. Tour the Todaiji Temple, one of Japan’s most famous temples constructed in the 700’s. The Todaiji Temple is the largest wooden structure in the world. Here lives the largest bronze statue of Buddha in existence. The Buddha has been recast due to earthquake damage several times and maintains a brand new shine. The Nara Deer Park is the next stop, and it’s full of hundreds of freely roaming deer. These friendly deer are considered to be messengers of God for the Shinto people. Next, sample takoyaki (octopus dumplings) at a cooking class. This popular Japanese snack is made from octopus and flour. Spend the rest of the day at the Kaiyukan Aquarium, one of the largest public aquariums in the world. See incredibly diverse and colorful marine life from all over the planet.
Time to fly home! We hope you enjoyed an incredible cultural and relaxing experience. Today, you’ll check in for your international departure flight either home or to your next destination.
Since its opening at the end of 2014, Aman Tokyo has been one of the most talked-about luxury hotels in the city. The most striking thing about it is its location; spread across the top six floors of a 40-storey tower in the Otemachi business district, the panoramic views are simply incredible. What’s more, all of the 84 rooms and suites take full advantage of the lofty position with floor-to-ceiling windows letting light in during the daytime, while also framing the breathtaking lit-up cityscape at night. Aman Tokyo has also received praise for its impressive interiors, which have been inspired by minimalistic design, including the use of camphor wood, washi paper and stone surfaces throughout the rooms as well as traditional Japanese facilities such as large ‘furo’ baths. Situated on the 33rd floor, both guests and non-guests can enjoy the fine Mediterranean food at the hotel’s signature restaurant, not forgetting more of those incredible views across Tokyo stretching as far as the Imperial Palace Gardens and Mount Fuji in the distance. Elsewhere, there is a spa, enclosed garden area, swimming pool, wine cellar, cigar lounge and a whole host of other facilities to keep guests entertained.
Located 38 floors above street level, the Mandarin Oriental Tokyo is a world away from the hustle and bustle below. The rooms and suites here are some of the largest in Japan and each offers soaring views across the city through floor-to-ceiling windows, amplifying a sense of serenity and detachment. The bathrooms are divided from the rooms by a pane of glass covered by a wooden blind; with the flick of a switch, privacy is achieved or the room is washed in daylight. All accommodations have an in-room entertainment system with iPod docking station, high definition LCD televisions in the bedroom and bathroom, wired and wireless high speed Internet access (for a fee) and your choice of preferred pillow type from the property’s extensive pillow menu. The restaurants in the hotel are some of the most highly regarded in the world; Signature (contemporary French), Sense (Chinese) and the Tapas Molecular Bar have each been awarded Michelin stars. Other restaurant options include Ventaglio (Italian), Oriental Lounge (continental bakery), Gourmet Shop, K’shiki (breakfast is served here and Japanese and continental food is served throughout the day) and the Mandarin Bar. The excellent spa has four treatment rooms and five private spa suites, and encompasses a 1,500-square-foot fitness center with the latest cardiovascular and weight training equipment.
Mere steps from the Imperial Palace sits Tokyo’s newest luxury hotel, The Peninsula Tokyo. Located in Marunouchi district just a short walk from the shopping paradise of Ginza, the hotel is perfectly located for business or pleasure. With a total of 314 elegantly decorated rooms and 47 suites, the Peninsula Tokyo’s accommodations are among the most spacious in all of Tokyo, and offer plenty of amenities including espresso machines, complimentary Internet access, multifunction fax machines, nail polish drying machines, and shoe shining service. The hotel’s culinary options include Cantonese cuisine at the Hei Fung Terrace, regional Japanese fare at Kyoto Tsuruya, and International food and beverages at Cirque Culinaire and Peter. For relaxation, enjoy the hotel’s state of the art health club with pool complex, undergo a “spa journey” at the Peninsula Spa by ESPA, or try a leisurely jog around the Imperial Palace. Other amenities include a business center and a boutique store that offers food, gifts and souvenir items.
Imagine life as a Japanese royal at this ryokan, which was once the country retreat of the royal family in National Park Hakone. Located 56 miles from Tokyo and 106 miles from Narita International Airport, the ryokan is best reached by train, as Gôra station is just a short distance away. At Gôra Kadan, the delicate whooshing of an opening or closing rice-paper door, fragrant flora and fauna and surrounding hot springs envelope guests in zen-like serenity. There are 23 Japanese-style rooms and 14 suites, and Kaiseki, or seasonal, cuisine is served daily in the restaurant or al fresco on the terrace or in the garden. Amenities include Internet access, an indoor swimming pool and a spa and beauty center, and nearby is a golf course. Gôra Kadan property is part of the luxury hotel and restaurant brand Relais & Chateaux.
Kyoto’s newest luxury hotel, the Hyatt Regency is centrally located in the city’s historic Higashiyama neighborhood, and blends Western luxury with Japanese decor, while displaying works by Hiroshi Sugimoto and other modern artists in its reception lobby. The Hyatt is located near some of the city’s iconic sights, including Kiyomizu-dera Temple (Kyoto’s “Notre Dame”), Sansujangendo, and the narrow streets of machiya (traditional townhouses) and ochaya (tea houses) within the historic geisha district of Gion. Rooms include flat-screen TVs, DVD and high-speed Internet access, while the property’s Riraku Spa offers a variety of treatments incorporating Shiatsu, acupuncture, moxibustion, aromatherapy, and reflexology. The Hyatt’s restaurants are Touzan, serving a variety of traditional Japanese cuisine; The Grill, specializing in meat and seafood dishes, prepared in an open kitchen with woodburning stoves; and Italian fare from Trattoria Sette, while Touzan Bar includes an extensive menu of boutique sakes.
Just steps away from the popular streets of Gion, Kawaramachi and Pontocho, the hotel is the perfect gateway for seeing Kyoto’s fabulous sights. The large meeting facilities and services also make the hotel ideal for business. Respecting the ancient traditions and culture of Kyoto, the extravagant space is inspired from the natural surroundings and traditional architecture. Famous for Zen Temples, palaces and gardens, the Kyoto atmosphere is incorporated in the Ritz-Carlton’s design. Built in the style of a traditional Meiji House and courtyard, this is truly a cultural experience. A four-story waterfall is featured in the hotel entrance amidst patterned motifs. Guests are always guaranteed world-famous luxury at Ritz-Carlton, and Kyoto is no exception: guests enjoy high-thread count linens, plush Japanese “IMABARI” robes and towels, complimentary WiFi, Kyoto soap and seasonal bath salts, LED TVs and touch-panel environmental controls for automatic drape closure. Accommodation amenities include a concierge service, swimming pool, banquet room, babysitting service, four delicious dining options and a spa for any pampering needs.
This luxury hotel is an oasis in the vibrant and bustling city that is Osaka. The Ritz-Carlton Osaka is a business hotel that aims to provide its guests with a soothing and serene atmosphere in the heart of OsakaĂŻÂżÂ˝s business and shopping district. With nearly 300 rooms, including a selection of Executive Suites, Club rooms, and more, each providing stunning views of the city below, as well as exclusive amenities, the options for comfort are bountiful. Egyptian cotton linens, down comforters, designer tea, a bathroom flat screen TV, fully-stocked refreshment cabinets, and complimentary newspaper and overnight shoe-shine are just a few of the exceptional surprises that await guests at this top-end hotel. Furthermore, two of its fine dining restaurants, La Baie, and Xiang Tao, are recipients of Michelin stars.