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Luxury Small Group Journeys

Family Japan 2017


9 Days from TBA

Limited to 18 guests

Immerse your family in the diverse charms of Japan, from the youth-driven culture of Tokyo to the traditional hospitality of Gôra Kadan, introducing the kids to kimonos and origami, and sharing a ride on a bullet train.

A&K Advantages

Experience the contrast of fast-paced, neon-lit Tokyo and Osaka with the serene and culture-rich surroundings of ancient Kyoto

Ride Like a Local on a bullet train along the classic stretch past majestic Mount Fuji

Led by an A&K Young Explorers Guide, young guests study Japanese culture through a hands-on lesson in origami

Be among the few to stay at Gôra Kadan, one of the country's most exclusive ryokans (traditional inns)

Enjoy a musical immersion in ancient Japanese culture when you participate in a Taiko drumming lesson

Itinerary at a Glance

DAY 1:
Arrive Tokyo, Japan
DAY 2:
Tokyo | Youth Culture
DAY 3:
Tokyo | Taiko Drumming & Harajuku Fashion
DAY 4:
Hakone | Boat Cruise with Views of Mount Fuji
DAY 5:
Osaka | Ride a Bullet Train
DAY 6:
Osaka | Nara Park & Dotonbori
DAY 7:
Kyoto | Kimono-Wearing Kids
DAY 8:
Kyoto | Bamboo Forest & Golden Pavilion
DAY 9:
Depart Kyoto
DAY 1:
Arrive Tokyo, Japan

Arrive in Tokyo, via Narita Airport, where you are met and transferred to your hotel.

Imperial Hotel Tokyo
The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo
DAY 2:
Tokyo | Youth Culture

Begin a day filled with fun for all ages, first visiting the Imperial Palace Plaza, before continuing to the Asakusa Kannon Temple. Then, stop at the Nakamise Shopping Arcade, a covered street of shops offering a wide selection of souvenirs, from silk scarves to Buddhist devotional items. Also visit the Tokyo Skytree, the tallest broadcast tower in the world. Proceed to Akihabara, a center for Japanese youth culture, from manga to cosplay. Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner at the hotel.

Imperial Hotel Tokyo
The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 3:
Tokyo | Taiko Drumming & Harajuku Fashion

Walk through the lively Tsukiji Fish Outer Market to see the hundreds of varieties caught daily. Next, take part in an exciting Taiko Experience, receiving a lesson in playing the traditional wadaiko (Japanese drums). Then, explore Shibuya, a shopping area favored by youth and noted for its nightlife. Witness the scramble at the busy intersection called Shibuya Crossing and check out the fashions local teens are wearing near Harajuku station on Takeshita Street. Continue to the Samurai Museum to learn about the customs and culture of this elite-warrior class and see their unique swords, armor and weaponry.

Imperial Hotel Tokyo
The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo
Meals: Breakfast
DAY 4:
Hakone | Boat Cruise with Views of Mount Fuji

Today, travel to Hakone, a popular hot-spring resort, and view the forested slopes of Hakone National Park. Embark on a scenic boat cruise of Lake Ashi, gliding past the wooded mountain slopes that surround it. Back on shore, ride a cable car on the Komagatake Ropeway for a spectacular view of Mount Fuji, and then do some light trekking near the quiet lake. Tonight, enjoy amazing service and traditional Japanese cuisine at Gôra Kadan, a top-rated ryokan (traditional inn).

Gôra Kadan
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 5:
Osaka | Ride a Bullet Train

This morning, stroll the grassy hillsides of Hakone’s Open Air Museum, taking in sculptures and artwork from the likes of Picasso and Henry Moore. Later, Ride Like a Local by bullet train past Mount Fuji to Osaka, the second-largest city in Japan. Transfer to your hotel and settle in for the evening.

The Ritz-Carlton Osaka
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 6:
Osaka | Nara Park & Dotonbori

Visit the eight-century Todai-ji Temple to see its bronze Buddha statue, the largest in Japan, and wander through Nara Park, home to over a thousand tame deer. Next, take in the Dotonbori Canal District, a glittering symbol of Osaka famed for its vibrant nightlife and unique foods, such as takoyaki (octopus balls). Stroll the lovely grounds and gardens of Osaka Castle and travel to the top of the 40-story Umeda Sky Building for breathtaking views of the city from an open-air observation deck that is aptly known as the “floating garden.”

The Ritz-Carlton Osaka
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 7:
Kyoto | Kimono-Wearing Kids

Travel to Kyoto to visit the Fushimi Inari Shrine. Then, enjoy the opportunity for children to experience wearing a kimono. This afternoon, young guests, led by an A&K Young Explorers Guide, receive a lesson in origami and explore the Kyoto Aquarium. Meanwhile, adults take in the stunning views of Kyoto from the massive veranda of Kiyomizu Temple, and then stroll the Gojozaka Hills — an area known for its pottery — and tour the home of a famous potter. Cap your day with a Scenic Sundowner at Kangaan Temple.

Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 8:
Kyoto | Bamboo Forest & Golden Pavilion

Ride the Sagano Scenic Railway and enjoy the beauty of Kyoto's surrounding countryside. Discover the lush and peaceful Arashiyama Bamboo Grove and visit the meticulously manicured Kinkaku-ji (Golden Pavilion). Next, visit the 400-year-old Nishiki Market to browse its exquisite displays of produce and seafood. Tonight, gather for a farewell dinner and toast your time in Japan.

Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 9:
Depart Kyoto

After breakfast, transfer to either Kansai International Airport or Itami Airport, both located outside Osaka, to depart.

Meals: Breakfast


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

Journey Details

This journey contains some active elements.

Minimum age is 6 years.

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

Last group event: farewell dinner at 6:30 p.m. on Day 8.

Departures are guaranteed to operate with a minimum of 2 guests.

Children 17 and under save $500.


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