Tokyo, Toyama, Nara, Kyoto, Osaka, Yokohama, Hakone
Dates are customizable for private departures.
Designed for families who want to explore Japan’s food, culture, and ancient history, this customizable 14-day Japan tour leads you on immersive and exciting experiences. Delve into the world of Studio Ghibli, encounter gentle Nara deer, and learn about the samurai way of life with this incredible trip to Japan.
Tokyo - Takeshita Street in Harajuku
When your flight lands at Narita Airport, a private transfer will greet and transfer you to your luxury accommodation. Once you have settled in, your guide will lead you to Tokyo Skytree, which is the tallest tower in Japan. The tower sits at 2,080 feet tall and has a viewing deck that is over 1,100 feet tall. Harajuku is a renowned area in Japan because of its colorful street art and quirky clothing of the locals. After the tower, you will have some time to visit Takeshita Street. Here, you may be able to recognize your favorite anime character as cosplay is very popular in this area.
Tokyo - Ancient Streets of Asakusa
The main attraction in Asakusa is the Sensoji, which is a very popular Buddhist temple that was built during the 7th century. During the height of its time, Asakusa was known as the entertainment district of Tokyo. The Sensoji is the oldest temple in Tokyo and was dedicated to the goddess of mercy, Kannon. A Sumida River cruise is the perfect way to cut through the crowds to reach different parts of the city. You will use this method of transportation to transfer to Odaiba, which is a human-made island in Tokyo Bay.
Tokyo - The World of Studio Ghibli
After breakfast, your guide will lead you to the animated world of Studio Ghibli. The experience will immerse you in the world of anime, where life-sized reproductions of the anime characters will come to life in front of your eyes. As your day starts to wind down, your guide will escort you to a Michelin-starred restaurant. Here, you can dine, and the chef will personally customize your entrees for you.
Toyama - The UNESCO Site of Gokayama
Toyama embodies the friendly charm and easy way of life, and the Japanese Alps loom in the background. You will take a bullet train to Toyama, and when you arrive, a private driver will greet and transfer you to your accommodation. When you are ready, your guide will escort you to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Gokayama. The villages in Gokayama have uniquely pitched roofs, and you can see how silkworms are raised and farmed. With your guide, you can also wander through the different homes of the locals, where artisans may create beautiful artifacts for you.
Toyama - Sail on the Matsukawa River
After breakfast this morning, your experienced guide will lead you to a river that lies behind Toyama Castle. Here, you will board a gondola and sail down the river. The ride down the Matsukawa River is a scenic trip. Toyama Castle was constructed in the 16th century during the Edo period, which is also known as the golden era of Japan. You will have a tour of the castle, and you can visit the park that lies around the castle as well.
Yokohama - Traverse Yamashita Park
The city of Yokohama is known for its abundance of stunning landscapes and scenery. After breakfast, you will transfer via train to Yokohama. A driver will greet you at the station and transfer you to your luxurious accommodation. When you are ready, your guide will transfer you to Yamashita Park, which is the largest seaside park in the city. Along the promenade, you will come across a massive ocean liner that once attracted the royal family and even Charlie Chaplin for their journey across the ocean before it was retired in the 1960s. This evening, you can indulge in a Michelin-starred restaurant for dinner.
Yokohama - Ascend Landmark Tower
After breakfast this morning, your guide will lead you on a tour of the city. One place that you may become particularly fond of is the Landmark Tower. In the building, your guide will escort you to the top of the tower, where you can walk out to an observation deck that will provide you with a panoramic view of the entire city. Afterward, you will transfer to Nogeyama Gardens. The gardens are located on a hilltop in a quiet residential neighborhood, which is also home to red pandas.
Hakone - The Hot Springs of Hakone
The countryside of Hakone is the perfect place for your family to unwind and relax. You will transfer to Hakone via train, and a private driver will greet and transfer you to your accommodation. When you are ready, your guide will lead you to the Hakone Shrine in the Moto Hakone. As you and your family enter the town, you will see a pirate ship that crosses Lake Ashi and docks by Moto Hakone. You will be able to board and explore the pirate ship. Afterward, you can indulge in a natural hot spring bath. Your guide will direct you to a private onsen, where you can bask in the minerally-rich water.
Nara - Encounter Nara Deer
After breakfast this morning, you will take the train to Nara, which is an ancient city with significant shrines and artwork. After your driver greets and transfers you to your accommodation, you will have some time to settle in and relax before visiting Todaiji Temple. The temple was built in the 8th century as the head temple for all of Buddhism in Japan. This massive building houses one of Japan’s largest bronze Buddhas, Daibutsu. Afterward, you can visit the nearby park. Here, friendly deer will nudge you to feed them.
Nara - Kasuga-Taisha Shrine
Nara has one of the richest collections of traditional sites in Japan. The most significant Shinto shrine in Nara is the Kasuga-Taisha shrine, and your guide will journey with you to the shrine after breakfast. Shinto was once the original religion in Japan, and many of the buildings still have the former religion’s architecture. Your day will culminate with a meal at a Michelin-starred restaurant. Here, you can indulge in a kaiseki-style meal. When you finish your meal, your guide will lead you on a walk along the beautifully-lit city paths.
Kyoto - Arashiyama Bamboo Wonderland
Kyoto was once the capital of Japan but is now known as the cultural heart of the country. You will transfer to Kyoto by bullet train this morning, where you will be met by a driver. After having time to relax at your accommodation, your guide will lead you to the Arashiyama Bamboo Forest. Afterward, you will continue along the path to the Hozugawa River, where you will have the chance to sail along the water. The boats are flat-bottomed and are piloted by captains who guide the craft with oars and bamboo poles.
Kyoto - Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine
After breakfast this morning, you will venture to Nijo Castle, which is one of the more significant historical structures that is still standing in the city. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is divided into three parts of defense. Fushimi Inari Taisha is an important Shinto Shrine in Kyoto and is famous for its rows of thousand orange torii gates that lead visitors to the top of the sacred Mt. Inari. After your time at Nijo Castle, you will visit Shinto Shrine.
Osaka - Samurai Culture at Osaka Castle
Osaka may be known as the nation’s kitchen, but it is also known for its authentic samurai culture that blends into every part of Japanese life. You will transfer to Osaka via bullet train. After your driver transfers you to your accommodation, you visit Osaka Castle. Here, you can stroll through the castle’s ancient grounds. During your time at the castle, you will have the chance to dress up as a samurai and learn a few moves from a swordmaster.
Osaka - Departure
When you wake up this morning, it will be your final day in Japan. After breakfast, you will have some time to leisurely explore Osaka before returning to your accommodation to gather your belongings. When you are ready, your driver will transfer you to the airport for your flight home.
- Marvel at the colorful Takeshita Dori district in Harajuku before traversing the ancient streets of Asakusa
- Delve into the world of Studio Ghibli and witness life-sized reproductions of anime characters
- Observe the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Gokayama and wander around unique roofs
- Sail down the Matsukawa River in a gondola and view the city from a unique perspective
- Traverse the largest seaside park of Yamashita Park and ascend to the top of the Landmark Tower
- Stroll through Hakone Shrine and immerse yourself in the healing waters of a private onsen
- Encounter Nara deer and visit the Big Buddha Temple
- Traipse through the wonderland of Arashiyama Bamboo Forest
- Traverse the thousand bright orange torii gates at Fushimi Inari Taisha
- Learn about samurai culture at Osaka Castle and even learn a few techniques of the sword
Japan is a world of innovation, bustling energy, and ancient culture. You will immerse yourself in the culture of Japan from the moment your plane lands at Narita Airport. Your first excursion in Japan will lead you to Tokyo Skytree, which is the tallest tower in Tokyo. As you ascend to the top of the building and walk to the observation deck, you will be able to witness a panoramic view of Tokyo. Asakusa is the entrance to Japan’s ancient past. During your visit, you will visit the Sensoji, which is a popular Buddhist temple that was built during the 7th century.
The world of Studio Ghibli will allow you to witness life-sized characters from the studio’s anime shows. The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Gokayama in Toyama will reveal how silkworms were raised and farmed. The following day, you will sail down the Matsukawa River in a gondola. In Yokohama, you can stroll through Yamashita Park before ascending to the top of the Landmark Tower, which has an incredible view of the city and a Pokemon Center for your kids. In Hakone, you can indulge in a private onsen experience.
In Nara, you will explore ancient sites and encounter the gentle deer of the city. The next day, you can wander through the Arashiyama Bamboo wonderland. You can then walk through the thousand orange torii gates at Fushimi Inari Taisha in Kyoto. When you immerse yourself in samurai culture at Osaka Castle, you will learn the samurai code and how to handle a sword from a swordmaster. The following day, your vacation will sadly come to an end, and your driver will transport you to the airport to connect you with your flight home.
$5,595 per person (excluding international flights)
Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.
The starting price is based on travel during the low season for a minimum of two travelers staying in shared 3-star accommodations. Please inquire for a custom trip quote based on your travel preferences and travel dates.
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