Experience Japan with your family, traveling by bullet train from Kyoto and Tokyo to the lively towns of northern Honshu, and encountering the timeless ways of samurai warriors, geisha, and ninjas—as well the modern arts of anime and manga.

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 The Fushimilnari Gate, Kyoto  Kinkaku-ji, the Golden Pavilion, Kyoto  Buddha at Todai-ji Temple, Nara  Nara, the ancient capital of Japan  Japan's bullet train with Mt. Fuji in the distance  Evening panorama of Tokyo  Odaiba, Tokyo  Traditional family dinner in Japan  Aomori, Japan

Japan for Families: A Tailor-Made Journey

11 days from $6,950

Experience Japan with your family, traveling by bullet train from Kyoto and Tokyo to the lively towns of northern Honshu, and encountering the timeless ways of samurai warriors, geisha, and ninjas—as well the modern arts of anime and manga.

Request a Tailor-Made Itinerary

or call 855-215-8690

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Enso Ango Tomi II

Kyoto, Japan

The renowned Swiss design group atelier oï played a major role in the design of TOMI II and its interior. This is the group’s first major space installation project in Japan. The play between light and shadow was chosen as the theme for the interior; Japanese umbrella-inspired light shades and Kiyomizu pottery plates combined shelf design in an original expression of Kyoto’s creative wealth and variety. TOMI II houses ENSO ANGO’s only restaurant serving breakfast dinner providing a place to exchange and connect with a diversity of interesting people. atelier oï instilled TOMI II with their own playful blend of Swiss, Japanese and Kyoto influences.

Number of nights: 4

The Gate Tokyo

Tokyo, Japan

Set on a city street, this striking, upscale hotel is a 3-minute walk from Hibiya train station, 1 km from Tsukiji Fish Market and 3 km from the iconic Tokyo Tower. Modern rooms offer minibars, Nespresso machines and teamaking equipment, as well as flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, stereos and desks. Upgraded rooms add canopy beds, sitting areas and/or floor-to-ceiling windows with city views. Suites provide separate living/dining rooms and terraces. Amenities include a sophisticated restaurant/bar, a top-floor beef and seafood eatery, and an airy lobby piano lounge with floor-to-ceiling windows and a terrace.

Number of nights: 3

The Mitsui Garden Hotel Sendai

Sendai, Japan

A 3-minute walk from downtown area Ichibancho, Mitsui Garden Hotel Sendai features a relaxing hot public bath, a restaurant, and free WiFi.  Wood paneling gives the compact rooms a warm touch, while a large window offers views of the city skyline. All rooms have a wall-mounted LCD TV, a fridge and an air humidifier/purifier, while a personal safe and a trouser press are provided.  Guests can unwind in Spa Yugetsu’s spacious public baths on the top floor. Ristorante Barolo features a selection of Italian wines and dishes inspired by authentic Italian cuisine. The breakfast buffet offers a wide range of Japanese and Western fare.

Number of nights: 2

Sunroute Aomori

Aomori, Japan

A 4-minute walk from the Aomori Prefecture Tourist Center, this hotel is located in a commercial district. Low-key rooms come with free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and minifridges, plus tea and coffeemaking equipment. Some have tatami floors, futons, and traditional short-legged tables. Amenities include three down-to-earth restaurants, including a warm eatery serving classic seafood dishes, along with coin-operated laundry facilities. Parking and massage treatments are available for a surcharge.

Number of nights: 2

Tailor-Made Benefits

Smithsonian Archivist Circle membership. Benefits include:

  • Recognition in the Friends of the Smithsonian Honor Roll displayed electronically on the National Mall in the Membership Reception Center
  • Invitation to a special welcome tour for new members at a Smithsonian venue
  • A Smithsonian Institution annual engagement calendar with full color images of exceptional art and artifacts
  • A complimentary Smithsonian museum guidebook
  • Subscription to the award-winning magazine Smithsonian
  • 20% discount at Smithsonian Museum Stores, 10% discount at selected dining facilities, at SmithsonianStore.com, and Folkways Recordings
  • Special member rate for tickets to the Smithsonian's IMAX® theaters and Einstein Planetarium
  • Admission to Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York City
  • Weekday access to the Friends of the Smithsonian Reception Center

If you are already a member of the Archivist Circle or above, you will receive The Smithsonian's History of America in 101 Objects by Richard Kurin.

Reading List

Highly Recommended

An Introduction to Japanese Society
By: Sugimoto, Yoshio
A Brief History of Japan: Samurai, Shogun and Zen: The Extraordinary Story of the Land of the Rising Sun
By: Clements, Jonathan
Japan: Travel for kids: The fun way to discover Japan (Travel Guide For Kids)
By: Publishing, Dinobibi
DK Eyewitness Japan (Travel Guide)
By: DK Eyewitness

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Japan: A Traveler's Literary Companion (Traveler's Literary Companions)
Bending Adversity: Japan and the Art of Survival
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Japan's Cuisines: Food, Place and Identity
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A Traveller's History of Japan [Paperback] [2008] 4 Ed. Richard Tames
Learning to Bow: Inside the Heart of Japan
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Where the Dead Pause, and the Japanese Say Goodbye: A Journey
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