Tailor-Made Holiday

Family Holiday to Japan

Bullet Trains, Beaches and Ninjas

12 days

from £4,995pp

Japan is an incredibly safe and child friendly country with a culture and history to fascinate the whole family, from legendary Samurai swordsmen to Karate lessons and some wonderful beaches and wildlife.

  • Dine out at a Ninja restaurant in Tokyo with secret passwords and Ninja waiters!
  • Travel by bullet train reaching speeds of up to 360km per hour
  • Learn traditional origami in Kyoto – marvel at how a simple pieces of paper can be transformed into beautiful shapes.
  • Swim and snorkel in the turquoise waters surrounding Okinawa island and even see whales at certain times of year
  • Take a karate lesson - Okinawa is the birthplace of Karate

Begin your family adventure in the magical city of Tokyo – spend a day with a guide who will introduce you to the weird and wonderful of the city before you spend a day at leisure to explore independently using the astonishingly efficient public transport system.

Travel by bullet train to Kyoto, a city with over 2,000 religious buildings many of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Visit Nijo Castle and the surrounding gardens and take a walk through Nishiki market with its colourful array of traditional foods and spices.

Finish your Japanese journey on the subtropical island of Okinawa with 3 days to relax on the beach and explore nearby sites at leisure. 

For a more detailed itinerary with great ideas on what to do and where to stay, please get in touch with our experts.

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what is included

  • All accommodation
  • Internal flights
  • International flights as detailed
  • Sightseeing with private guide as per the itinerary
  • Transfers as detailed

what is excluded

  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visas


Itinerary at a glance

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Day 1

Fly London to Tokyo

Japan is an intriguing blend of the resolutely traditional and the restlessly innovative - and nowhere typifies this more so than Tokyo. Look beyond its futuristic façade and you will discover a different Tokyo, where ancient traditions and customs are quietly maintained. An enthralling and captivating city of many layers, it is an essential place to visit for any keen traveller.

Day 2

Day at leisure in Tokyo

You will be staying at Hotel Keio Plaza, Bed & Breakfast

Day 3

River trip from Hinode Pier to Asakusa
Tokyo was once a city that lived by its rivers and canals. During the Edo period almost all commerce came to the capital on waterways. As wheeled transport, particularly rail, grew, the rivers and canals declined. In recent years, the city’s main river, the Sumida, has been cleaned up and river traffic is on the increase again.
A river trip from Hinode Pier to Asakusa in Northern Tokyo provides a little-seen view of Tokyo. From Hinode the boat starts back up the river, passing between Tsukiji and Tsukuda Island, which escaped the worst of the World War II bombing and remain a centre of old Edo culture.

Half Day Sightseeing Tour
The tour begins with a visit to the outside of the Imperial Palace, home of Japan's Imperial Family. Next is Asakusa, Tokyo's old town to take in the atmosphere of old. Visit Sensoji, Tokyo's oldest temple and wander down Nakamise, a shopping street with snack bars and tourist souvenirs. Take the subway acorss town to Meiji Shrine, a shrine dedicated to the defied spirit of Emperor Meiji and a popular place for traditional Japanese weddings. If time permits walk down Omotesando shopping street, a broad tree lined avenue home to the flagship stores of the world's top fashion brands.

Dinner at the Ninja Restaurant
Your guide will drop you off tonight at the Ninja Restaurant. Their entrance is just as difficult to locate as that of the Ninja's secret hiding outpost. A long stretch of stairs takes you into the Ninja world. Reaching your table is a surprising and interesting experience. Tables are designed like the secret meeting coves of the Ninjas. The structure of the restaurant is truly unique, and so are the contents of menu. The dishes under the "Special" category are performed on the table by a Ninja.

Dinner is included in the trip cost

You will be staying at Hotel Keio Plaza, Bed & Breakfast

Day 4

Day at Leisure
The full day is at your leisure.

You will be staying at Hotel Keio Plaza, Bed & Breakfast

Day 5

Travel from Tokyo to Kyoto (Rail Journey)

Kyoto is quintessentially Japan. Peaceful temples, lavish gardens, and majestic palaces combine to create a slice of Japan at its purest and most distilled. Witness Geishas darting from one liaison to the next, or amble through one of the famous bamboo thickets. The home of Japanese cuisine and wearing its rich culture on its sleeve, Kyoto is a truly magical city.

You will be staying at Hotel Granvia, Bed & Breakfast

Day 6

Visit Nijo Castle
Visit Nijo Castle, constructed in 1603 as the residence of Tokugawa Leyasu. Ninomaru Palace, built in the shoin-zukuri (library-style) of samurai of the Momoyama Period, contains gorgeous paintings on the walls and sliding doors. It was here that the last shogun, Tokugawa Yoshinobu, restored the emperor to his ancient seat of power in 1867. Located at the site of the former Honmaru Palace, destroyed by fire in the 18th century, is the actual Honmaru Palace, which was moved from the former Katsura-no-Miya Palace of the Imperial Palace, preserving the dignity of the original detached palace.

Experience Nishiki market
Food is an important aspect of Japanese culture and the Nishiki market, known as ’Kyoto’s Kitchen’, provides an insight into its importance. Located in a narrow street it is lined by more than one hundred shops. Various kinds of fresh and processed foods including many Kyoto specialties, such as pickles, Japanese sweets, dried food, sushi, and fresh seafood and vegetables are sold.

Origami experience
In the afternoon, visit the home of an instructor of one of Japan's Traditional Arts: Origami One. Learn about this traditional art hands-on with the support and help from the professional instructor and interpretation from an assistant. Marvel at how the simple squares of paper can become beautiful shapes.

You will be staying at Hotel Granvia, Bed & Breakfast

Day 7

Explore the Arashiyama District
Arashiyama is a pleasant district at the outskirts of Kyoto. Its landmark is the wooden (now partially concrete) Togetsukyo Bridge with forested Mount Arashiyama as backdrop. Located here is the Tenryuji Temple, a Zen Temple, that was established in 1339 and like many other temples burnt down several times. The current buildings date from the Meiji Period. Muso Soseki, the temple’s founding abbot and famous garden designer, created Tenryuji’s landscape garden which, unlike the temple buildings, survived the many fires and is considered one of the oldest of its kind. Tenryuji was designated a UNESCO world heritage site in 1995 and is also famous for it's bamboo forest.

Half Day Visit to the Zen Temples and Gardens
Also see the Ryoanji Temple, a Zen temple whose main attraction is its rock garden, the most famous of its kind in Japan. The simple Zen garden consists of nothing but rocks, moss and neatly raked gravel. Finally, see the Golden Pavilion (Kinkakuji). This is also a Zen temple formally known as Rokuonji. In 1397 construction started on the Golden Pavilion as part of a new residence for the retired shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu. Kinkakuji was converted into a Zen temple after Yoshimitsu’s death in 1408. The Golden Pavilion functions as shariden, housing sacred relics of the Buddha and is covered in gold leaf. The present building dates from 1955 as the pavilion was burnt by a fanatic monk in 1950.

You will be staying at Hotel Granvia, Bed & Breakfast

Day 8

Fly Kyoto to Naha (Okinawa)

You will be staying at ANA Intercontinental Manza Beach, Bed & Breakfast

Day 9

Day at leisure

You will be staying at ANA Intercontinental Manza Beach, Bed & Breakfast

Day 10

Fly Naha (Okinawa) to Tokyo

Fly Tokyo to London

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