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. Your kids can even learn to wrestle sumo style. 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.This itinerary is an example. It’s designed to inspire you and provide you with thoughtfully curated ideas. You can choose to do this exact itinerary or completely personalize it. All trips are 100% bespoke.
• Harajuku: Discover Tokyo's colorful Harajuku district, filled with cute boutiques and themed cafes.
• Nara Deer Park: Take the bullet train to Nara and feed tame sika deer from your hand.
• Cooking: Learn how to make takoyaki (octopus dumplings), a popular Osakan street food.
Arrive in Tokyo and soak in the towering skyscrapers and bustling city life as you check into your hotel. There are several luxury hotels situated in mid-town, the perfect location for lounging and relaxing after making the trip into Tokyo with your family. The 5-star hotels cater to both families and adults - with restaurants with kid-friendly options and private dining rooms, world-class spas for a break for parents, and babysitting services, if needed.
Today promises to be an exciting and fun day for the whole family. Start the day by visiting the Toyosu Fish Market - the largest fish market in the entire world, followed by a stroll around the produce section of Tsukiji market where you can try Japan's famous pristine fruits, curious rolled egg omelettes, and other delightful morning treats. 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. Take a cruise around the placid Ashi Lake for more scenic views of the tranquil landscape and Mount Fuji, followed by a relaxing walk along the ancient Edo-era Tokaido trail in the forest.
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. The historic city is host to a large amount of UNESCO-designated temples, the most popular of which are Kiyomizudera, Byodoin, Shinto-significant Tenryuji, Gold and Silver pavilions, Ryoanji rock garden, and Edo-period samurai headquarters Nijo Castle. Sample mochi, a popular dessert made of rice from a confectionary on the side-streets. You will experience a traditional tea ceremony first hand and try a special treat, wagashi, which is a sweet served to complement the bitter tea.
Sit back and soak in the natural scenery on your Hogu-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!
Today, travel to Osaka, a metropolitan and economic center in Japan. On the way, stop by the ancient capital city of Nara, another UNESCO-designated city. Tour 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. Make your way to Osaka to 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.
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.
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.
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.
Located in the mountains near the onsen hot spring town of Hakone, Yama No Chaya Ryokan, which literally translates to “mountain teahouse”, is a quiet and secluded ryokan that is built right into the mountainside. The ryokan has 15 rooms, divided into 7 unique types. The ryokan features several hot spring baths that get their water from the Tonosawa hot springs 300m below. Kaiseki meals are served using carefully selected seasonal ingredients such as fish, meat and vegetables from the sea and mountains surrounding Hakone with menus changing monthly. The roykan is located 45 minutes from Tokyo by train and 2 hours by car.
Just steps away from the popular streets of Gion, Kawaramachi and Pontocho, the Ritz-Carlton hotel is the perfect gateway for seeing Kyoto’s famous sights. Respecting the ancient traditions and culture of Kyoto, the extravagant space is inspired by the natural surroundings and traditional architecture. Famous for Zen Temples, palaces and gardens, Kyoto's atmosphere is incorporated in the Ritz-Carlton’s design. Built in the style of a traditional Meiji House and courtyard, a stay here is truly a cultural experience. A four-story waterfall is featured in the hotel entrance amidst patterned motifs. Luxury Ritz-Carlton touches include high-thread count linens, plush Japanese “IMABARI” robes and towels, 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, sophisticated dining and drinking options, as well as an indulgent spa for any pampering needs.
Inspired by the tranquility and contemplative calm of the region’s many temples and Zen gardens, Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto features 110 standard rooms, 12 suites, 57 condos and a Presidential Suite, which at over 2,600 square feet, is the largest hotel suite in Kyoto. The restrained chic of designer Agnes Ng’s modern ideas, allied with traditional design elements such as bamboo groves and shoji paper-walls, create an extraordinary set of contemporary, yet classic, accommodations – with a peaceful vibe, enhanced and completed by the gentle crash of water from the Waterfall Garden. The hotel features two restaurants, bar, lounge and even a tea house where guests can find a range of tantalizing treats and refreshments to expedite their relaxation – set off to perfection by a team of expertly trained, confident and multilingual service staff.
The highly anticipated Aman Kyoto brings an even higher level of luxury to the historic and cultural ancient capital. A blend of authentic, traditional ryokan hospitality and contemporary spaces, the Aman Kyoto offers travelers a respite in the heart of one of Japan's most visited cities. The secluded 80-acre property is situated in a hidden garden close to the Golden Pavilion at the foot of the Mountain of Hidari Daimonji, within easy reach of Kyoto's impressive collection of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Scattered among the grounds is a series of standalone pavilions. The four guest pavilions house 24 guest rooms (choose between garden or stream views) and a pair of two-bedroom villas overlooking the forest canopy. Each room captures a contemporary, minimalistic style with nod to the quintessential ryokan feel; walls of windows bringing the outside in to spacious, light-filled interiors. Facilities include separate Arrival, Living and Spa pavilions. The signature restaurant, Taka-An, showcases Japanese haute cuisine in the form of the kaiseki banquet - a multi-course dining experience made using the season’s finest local produce. The Living Pavilion offers an inviting spaces with a central fireplace for guests to enjoy home-cooked Kyoto obanzai-style cuisine and afternoon tea. The Spa Pavilion’s onsen bathing facilities use water from a local spring and the range of treatments highlight local, natural ingredients such as green tea, black beans, sake and cold-pressed camellia oil.
Conrad Osaka is a 5-star hotel that boasts stunning views and a central location. Situated in Osaka's Kita district, guests are a 15 minutes' walk from Nakanoshima Park, and a castle, museum, and church are all accessible by foot. There is an abundance of artwork in the lobby and scattered throughout the hotel. Rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows, inviting beds, and indulgent bathrooms, and upgraded accommodations feature access to the Executive Lounge that offers complimentary breakfast, afternoon tea, and evening cocktails. There are a number of gourmet restaurants on the 40th floor, such as a sushi and teppanyaki restaurant and a noteworthy crustacean bar. In particular, Atmos Dining boasts an extensive breakfast buffet in the morning and a mixture of Western and Asian dishes throughout the day. The spa is a highlight, and there is also an indoor heated pool, 24-hour gym, and a fitness center.
Price is based on double or twin hotel room occupancy and includes accommodation, transfers, car/driver, English-speaking guide, activities and entrance fees, breakfasts and some casual lunches while touring. Flights and optional special activities will be quoted separately. Most personal expenses, including dinners, alcoholic beverages, spa treatments and gratuities can be paid on the spot while traveling. Prices may vary depending on season, choice of accommodation and other factors.
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