Experience some of Japan’s most family-friendly highlights. Explore Kyoto, Tokyo, Sendai, Kakunodate, Aomori, and Hirosaki by high-speed bullet train to learn about samurais and ninjas, taste local treats, try your hand at anime or manga, and discover the many wonders Japan has to offer.

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12 days from $6,950

Experience some of Japan’s most family-friendly highlights. Explore Kyoto, Tokyo, Sendai, Kakunodate, Aomori, and Hirosaki by high-speed bullet train to learn about samurais and ninjas, taste local treats, try your hand at anime or manga, and discover the many wonders Japan has to offer.

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Overview

This sample itinerary can be tailored to match a variety of budgets and interests by selecting the trip duration, departure date, accommodation style, and tours that fit your needs.

Over the course of 12 days, experience some of Japan’s most family-friendly highlights. Explore Kyoto, Tokyo, Sendai, Kakunodate, Aomori, and Hirosaki by high-speed bullet train to learn about samurais and ninjas, taste local treats, try your hand at anime or manga, and discover the many wonders Japan has to offer. On your custom journey, there is sure to be something for all ages.

Itinerary

Day 1 — Welcome to Kyoto, Japan

Today your guide will meet with you and your family to go over your itinerary and offer local advice so you can enjoy the country with confidence. Then, join your guide for a highlights tour of the city.

Day 2 — Kyoto

In the morning, gain an insight to the fabled ninja who existed in the shadows of feudal Japan. Learn about the art of the ninja (Ninjutsu) and become acquainted with their arsenal. An instructor will demonstrate several Ninjutsu techniques and guide you on how to throw shuriken (throwing stars). (B)

Day 3 — Kyoto

Spend the morning visiting some of Kyoto’s great family-oriented museums, like the Samurai and Ninja Museum and the Kyoto International Manga Museum. In the evening, venture out with one of our local geisha experts for a tour of the geisha district. (B)

Day 4 — Kyoto

Today explore the Fushimi-Inari shrine to the Southeast of Kyoto, famous for the thousands of red torii gates that spill out onto the hillside. Afterwards, visit Nara, the ancient capital of Japan, to see the impressive Great Buddha and expansive park roamed by wild deer. (B)

Day 5 — Tokyo

Take your first bullet train journey today north to Tokyo, the capital city of Japan. In the evening, after checking into your hotel and exploring the local neighborhood, head out with a guide to sample some of the local Tokyo cuisine in the vibrant district of Meguro. (B)

Day 6 — Tokyo

Visit Odaiba, a man-made island in Tokyo that is easily reached by monorail, for a fun way to see the city from above. Once in Odaiba, there is something for the whole family to enjoy: a trick museum, future driverless cars, wandering robots, the ‘Science of the Future’ museum, and even a traditional onsen (hot spring) theme park, Ooedo-Onsen Monogatari, to relax after a long day of exploring. (B)

Day 7 — Tokyo

One of Tokyo’s highlights is the Ghibli Museum, a highly acclaimed studio and mecca for lovers of anime, a Japanese animation style. It’s filled with fun, interactive displays of design for visitors of all ages to enjoy. After lunch, head over to Nakano Broadway to try your hand at drawing manga, another popular Japanese cartoon. (B)

Day 8 — Sendai

From Tokyo you will take your second bullet train ride, continuing north to the city of Sendai, the gateway to the northern Tohoku region, known for its stunning natural beauty. (B)

Day 9 — Kakunodate

Spend the morning in Sendai and visit the local Asaichi Morning Market in front of Sendai Station (the croquettes are highly recommended). Next, hop on the bullet train for a day trip to Kakunodate. This former castle town and samurai stronghold is home to a remarkably well-preserved Bukeyashiki samurai house district, full of artifacts that are fun for kids of all ages to discover! Return to Sendai via bullet train this evening. (B)

Day 10 — Aomori

Travel north again today to the city of Aomori, located at the top of the main Island of Honshu. For lunch, head over to Furukawa Fish Market to make your own Nokkedon, or seafood bowls with fresh, locally caught fish. Kids will love the Wa Rasse Museum, which tells the history of the famous Nebuta festival that occurs each summer. See the giant paper floats that glow through the night on festival day, and watch taiko drumming demonstrations, with a chance to join in! (B)

Day 11 — Hirosaki

Travel 30 minutes by train from Aomori to the former castle town of Hirosaki. Visit Hirosaki Castle, which is widely considered to be one of Japan’s most beautiful, complete with defensive walls, moats, and multi-story towers. Your family will love a visit to the Neputa Mura, a museum and workshop for local craftspeople where you can try your hand at making your own lacquerware chopsticks and more. While in Hirosaki, be sure to stop in one of the over 100 bakeries in town for some apple pie. (B)

Day 12 — Return Home

Transfer to Aomori Airport for your domestic flight to Tokyo where you will connect with your return flight home. (B)

Included meals are denoted as follows: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Reception (R), Dinner (D)