WAY OF THE NINJA

Family Summer Adventure to Japan

Hakone & Mount Fuji, Japanese Alps & Northern Honshu, Kyoto, Southern Honshu & Kyushu, Tokyo & Around

Duration: 12 nights

Price: From £7,500 per person in low season based on two adults and two children under 12 travelling together and including all flights in economy class, accommodation, some meals, private transfers, train transportation, experiences as stated and taxes

Japan is characterised by its diversity, from the old-meets-new idiosyncrasy of its great cities to its blend of pop culture and world famous cuisine – in short a trip to this fantastic country offers something for every member of the family. Whether it’s learning the ways of the ninja in Tokyo, canoeing beneath Mount Fuji, cycling the backstreets of Kyoto or ‘eating yourself into ruin’ in the culinary haven of Osaka, parents and kids alike will enjoy experiences that they are unlikely to ever forget.
Perfect forActive families looking to immerse themselves in all things Japanese.
In the knowWe can arrange countless activities that kids and adults alike will love, from sumo wrestling to dressing in kimonos, learning about the ancient arts of origami or bonsai, and day trips to DisneySea or Universal Studios – just let us know.

Best for

  • Family-friendly
  • First-timers
  • Landscapes & Scenery
  • Teenagers

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Itinerary details

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3 nightsTOKYO

Your Japanese family holiday begins in the country’s iconic capital, Tokyo. A thrilling collision of the old and the new, Tokyo’s ancient temples, soaring neon-fronted skyscrapers and vast shopping and entertainment complexes offer something for all the family. Your home for three nights is the scenic Mandarin Oriental, a luxurious hotel in the heart of central Tokyo. After you’ve settled in, the day is yours to explore the city at your leisure – the Meiji Shrine and Imperial Palace Gardens are well worth a visit. Consider visiting Tokyo’s old town, seeing what life was like in centuries past at the places like the Shitamachi Museum, and then continuing on to Ameyoko, a bustling food market beneath the Yamanote train tracks. For budding anime fans, head to the brilliant Ghibli Museum, dedicated to the iconic animation and film studio of the same name or for the Kung Fu Panda-obsessed, walk around the Ueno Zoo to spot the black and white bears. During your stay in Tokyo, you’ll be taken on a tour of Asakusa, the centre of the capital’s shitamachi (downtown or old town region). Here, you and the children will walk past 7th century Buddhist temples, impressive shrines and a variety of traditional stalls laden with local snacks – perfect for refuelling on.
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2 nightsHAKONE

Leaving Tokyo, you will take a short train journey to Hakone and then head to the beautiful Hoshinoya Fuji, considered Japan’s first glamping resort. Set in a dense red pine forest and overlooking the beautiful shores of Lake Kawaguchi, you and the kids will have a glorious viewpoint of Mount Fuji. With two nights here, you can wake up slowly with a lesson on how to brew the perfect cup of coffee or get up with the sun for an early morning yoga lesson. Explore the slopes of Mount Fuji by walking with a guide through the Aokigahara Forest to the nearby lava caves, both of which are national treasures. We recommend taking the canoes out during the day to paddle the placid waters of Lake Kawaguchi and then following this with a horseback trek through the surrounding woodlands. In the evenings, huddle around the warming bonfire as you look up towards the sky for some superb star gazing and then round off the day by making your own pizzas (if you want) in the outdoor clay ovens under the chef’s supervision.
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2 nightsTAKAYAMA

Next, it’s on to Takayama, a ‘little Kyoto’ high up in the Japanese Alps where hillside shrines, ancient inns and temples make up the landscape and centuries-old traditions continue to thrive. The San-machi Suji district, home to Takayama merchants and sake brewers, has remained unchanged for 300 years, and the Hida Folk Village replicates traditional mountain life – both worth a trip. Getting into the slower rhythm of the area, you’ll go on a cycling tour around the gorgeous farming village, through rice fields and ancient avenues, accompanied by an experienced guide. If your calves start to feel tired, return to your hotel, the beautiful Wanosato Ryokan, to dine on delicious fare underneath the lichen-covered thatched roof of the centuries-old historic building.
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3 nightsKYOTO

Japan’s one-time imperial capital, Kyoto is a treasure trove of ancient shrines and temples, and your time here will give you a taste of old-world Japan. A local guide will take you on a bicycle tour of Kyoto’s backstreets, cycling through the ancient districts of Miyagowacho and Gion and past traditional homes of the iconic Geisha – who you will still catch a glimpse of as they dash between appointments. If your children are interested in wildlife, consider visiting nearby Nara, another of Japan’s ancient capitals, which is similarly full to the brim with charm and character. Particularly famous for the deer which roam its parks, Nara is also home to no fewer than 8 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, among them Daibutsu – the Great Buddha statue – one of Japan’s most impressive sites. Back in Kyoto, stop at the Imperial Palace Park with its beautiful gardens, marvel at the fantastic display of food and trinkets at the Nishiki Market, try to creep along the squeaky floorboards like a ninja in Nijo Castle and watch manta rays, sharks and colourful fish float above your head in the Kyoto Aquarium – all ideal activities for active families. Your home for three nights in Kyoto is the traditional Hiiragiya, a luxurious base in the heart of the city with the atmosphere of a family-run inn.
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2 nightsOSAKA

After the quiet streets of Kyoto’s old town, you’ll be able to enjoy some urban buzz to end your trip, which finishes with two nights at the fashionable St Regis in Osaka, renowned as one of the food capitals of the world. An expert guide will give you a tour of Osaka’s eateries where you can sample some of the local dishes, including okonomiyaki pancakes and takoyaki octopus doughnuts, and you’ll soon share the Osakan ambition of ‘eating yourself into ruin’. Most of your time in Osaka is free for you to use at your leisure – the kids will love Universal Studios, while Osaka’s aquarium is one of the largest in the world. There’s also the reconstructed Osaka Castle to explore, while Osaka is home to some of Japan’s most traditional theatrical arts, such as kabuki and bunraku.
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