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Family Japan (2018)
Limited to 18 guests
Days: 9 | From: $9,495
Day 1: Arrive Tokyo, Japan
Arrive in action-packed Tokyo, where you are met and transferred to your hotel.
Day 2: Tokyo | Japanese Pop Culture
Your adventure begins with a visit to the Imperial Palace Plaza and the Asakusa Kannon Temple. Stop at the covered Nakamise Shopping Arcade, a colorful stretch of outdoor shops — and the perfect place to search for cool souvenirs, such as Japanese masks and maneki neko (traditional good luck charms). Head to the top of the Tokyo Skytree, the tallest broadcast tower in the world. Next, explore the Akihabara district, a center for Japanese youth culture abuzz with anime and electronic shops. Tonight, gather for a welcome dinner at your hotel.
Conrad Tokyo | Meals: B L D
Day 3: Tokyo | Taiko Drumming & Harajuku Fashion
Walk through the high-energy Tsukiji Fish Market, where hundreds of varieties of fish are caught and hawked daily. Next, get a lesson in playing traditional wadaiko (Japanese drums) as part of a Taiko drum experience. Continue to the Samurai Museum to learn about the customs of this elite-warrior class while viewing samurai swords, armor and weaponry. Next, explore the popular Shibuya shopping area known for its nightlife. Witness the busy scramble at Shibuya Crossing and check out the fashions local teens are wearing near Harajuku station on Takeshita Street.
Conrad Tokyo | Meals: B L
Day 4: Hakone | In the Shadow of Mount Fuji
Today, the great outdoors call your family to Hakone, a beautiful resort town known for its onsen (hot springs) and mountainous scenery. Hakone is set within Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park and surrounds Lake Ashi, which you explore on a scenic boat cruise. Back on shore, ride a cable car on the Hakone Komagatake Ropeway for a spectacular view of Mount Fuji, followed by a hike along the shore of the lake. Stroll the grassy hillsides of Hakone’s Open Air Museum, taking in sculptures and artwork from the likes of Picasso and Henry Moore. This evening, join your fellow travellers for a game of bowling — a popular leisure activity in Japan — at your resort, which sits perched on a mountainside overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
Hilton Odawara Resort & Spa | Meals: B L D
Day 5: Osaka | Riding the Rails by Bullet Train
Enjoy a relaxing morning at your resort. Later, Ride Like a Local by bullet train past Mount Fuji to Osaka, one of the country’s largest cities and a renowned foodie hub. Begin your explorations of Osaka with a walk through the gardens of Osaka Castle. Transfer to your hotel and settle in for the evening.
Ritz-Carlton Osaka | Meals: B D
Day 6: Nara & Osaka | The Art of Sumo Wrestling
Travel early this morning to visit Nara, Japan’s first capital. Stop en route at the Kehaya-za Sumo Pavilion, where you observe a demonstration of this fabled Japanese sport that culminates in a match between two professional sumo wrestlers. You have the opportunity to step into the ring and learn the tactics of the sport from an instructor. In Nara, see Todai-ji Temple and see its bronze Buddha statue, the largest in Japan. Wander through Nara Park, home to thousands of tame deer believed to be messengers of the gods. Return to Osaka and explore the neon-colored Dotonbori Canal District, where adventurous foodies may try takoyaki (octopus balls).
Ritz-Carlton Osaka | Meals: B L
Day 7: Kyoto | Traditional Japan Comes to Life
Travel to enchanting Kyoto. Visit the Fushimi Inari Shrine and enjoy the opportunity to dress in a colorful kimono, which the Japanese have been wearing for hundreds of years. This afternoon, receive a hands-on lesson in origami and take in the stunning views of Kyoto from the massive veranda of Kiyomizu Temple, before exploring the Gojozaka Hills — an area known for its pottery — and tour the home of a famous potter.
Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto | Meals: B L
Day 8: Kyoto | Journey to the Golden Pavilion
This morning, enjoy views of Kyoto's surrounding countryside while you ride the Sagano Scenic Railway. Discover the lush and tranquil Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, and explore the magical Kinkaku-ji (Golden Pavilion). Next, visit the 400-year-old Nishiki Market, packed with wild fruits and seafood. Tonight, gather to celebrate your journey with a farewell dinner.
Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto | Meals: B L D
Day 9: Depart Kyoto
Transfer to Kansai or Itami Airport, both located just outside of Osaka, for your international flight home.
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