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Family Japan 2018


9 Days from $9,495

Limited to 24 guests

Explore Japan’s most dynamic cities, experiencing buzzy shopping arcades and markets in Tokyo, a sumo wrestling match near Osaka, and traditional Japanese culture in Kyoto.

A&K Advantages

Explore diverse, high-energy markets and shopping districts from Tokyo to Kyoto that sell everything from anime toys to exotic foods

Be part of a powerful musical immersion during a hands-on Taiko drumming lesson

Learn the ways of Samurai warrior, discovering the noble bushi with a guided visit to the Samurai Museum

Experience majestic Mount Fuji from exciting perspectives, cruising in its shadow on Lake Ashi, viewing it as you climb by cable car ride to the top of Mt. Komagatake and speeding past it on a bullet train bound for Osaka

Discover traditional Japanese culture in Kyoto with an origami lesson and the chance to practice kimono wearing

Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1
Arrive Tokyo, Japan
Day 2
Tokyo | Japanese Pop Culture
Day 3
Tokyo | Taiko Drumming & Harajuku Fashion
Day 4
Hakone | In the Shadow of Mount Fuji
Day 5
Osaka | Riding the Rails by Bullet Train
Day 6
Nara & Osaka | The Art of Sumo Wrestling
Day 7
Kyoto | Traditional Japan Comes to Life
Day 8
Kyoto | Journey to the Golden Pavilion
Day 9
Depart Kyoto
Day 1
Arrive Tokyo, Japan

Arrive in action-packed Tokyo, where you are met and transferred to your hotel.

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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.

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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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.

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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
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 onsens (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 around 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 & Spa
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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
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Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
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 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 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. An adventure for the taste buds awaits in the neon-lit Dotonbori Canal District, where you may sample everything from takoyaki (ball-shaped octopus snacks) to okonomiyaki (Japanese pancakes), all part of a Family Foodie Experience.

Ritz-Carlton Osaka
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
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
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
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 for a farewell dinner.

Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9
Depart Kyoto

Transfer to Kansai or Itami Airport, both located just outside of Osaka, for your international flight home.

Meals: Breakfast


Prices are in USD, per person, based on double occupancy.

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Journey Details

Minimum age is 6 years.

Children 17 and under save $500

First group event: Welcome briefing at 8:30 a.m. on Day 2.

Last group event: Farewell dinner at 7:00 p.m. on Day 8.

Departures are guarenteed to operate with a minimum of two guests.


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