Discover Japan's summer wonders: A 15-night family adventure from Tokyo's magic to Kyoto's culture

Experience the excitement of Japan’s most vibrant cities, the beauty of its mountains, gardens and villages, the fascinating culture of its food, music and traditions, and the family fun of Disneyland and Universal Studios.

Thoughtfully curated to include a host of family-friendly destinations and activities, this detailed, 15-night tour helps you discover the very best that Japan in the summer has to offer.

What's Included:

  • All meals and accommodation mentioned in the itinerary
  • Private transfers to and from the airport
  • All activities and excursions as stated in the itinerary

 

Trip Itinerary

There are boats rowing along the Chidorigafuchi Moat in Tokyo, Japan

Days 1-4: Tokyo

Day 1 - Arrive in Tokyo

Upon arrival at the airport, a private driver will transfer you to the city, where you'll be staying at Gate Hotel Tokyo (Classy room). An elegant boutique hotel nestled in the heart of the vibrant Ginza district. It boasts panoramic city views and is conveniently located near upscale shopping and dining establishments. The hotel is the ideal retreat for the discerning traveller.

Barrels of Sake at Meiji Shrine.

Day 2 - Half-day private tour of Tokyo

Join your English-speaking guide as you enjoy a tour that seamlessly blends the city’s eastern and western charms.

Begin at Meiji Jingu, a tranquil Shinto shrine, before experiencing the famous, multi-way zebra stripes of Shibuya crossing. Absorb the culture of ancient Japan in downtown Asakusa, home to the iconic Senso-ji Temple, before enjoying a traditional street-food lunch along Nakamise-dori.

After the tour, feel free to explore the futuristic Odaiba in the east, featuring cutting-edge architecture and entertainment, before finishing your day admiring cityscape views atop the Tokyo Tower.

Boy Playing Taiko Japanese Drum

Day 3 – A taiko drumming experience

Deep dive into the music culture of this vibrant city with a hands-on taiko drumming lesson.

As evening falls, tantalise your tastebuds with a captivating culinary tour. Let your guide lead you through neon-lit streets to hidden eateries where you can dive into the heart of izakaya culture. Enjoy a medley of mouthwatering dishes, from fresh sashimi to savoury yakitori, and learn the ancient art of sake tasting before heading back to your hotel.

Tokyo Disneyland ride.

Day 4 - Tokyo Disneyland

Enjoy a magical day at Tokyo Disneyland, where enchantment meets entertainment. With the iconic Cinderella Castle as your backdrop, you’re free to explore seven themed lands, from the futuristic Tomorrowland to the fairy-tale wonders of Fantasyland.

 

Experience heart-pounding rides and captivating shows, and meet your favourite Disney characters as they mingle with the crowds. There are many restaurants and other eating places to enjoy a meal or snack and don’t forget to browse in the many shops to pick up some exclusive Disney merchandise. As night falls, don't miss the enchanting parades and spectacular fireworks. Make the most of every minute as you create memories to last a lifetime.

 

Illuminated Nagoya Castle at Night

Day 5 – Travel to Nagoya

Start your day with a thrilling 1.5-hour bullet train journey from Tokyo to Nagoya, and marvel at the speed and efficiency of Japan's railway network.

On arrival in Nagoya, explore the magnificent Nagoya Castle, an iconic symbol of the city's rich history, before delving into technological wonders at the SCMAGLEV and Railway Park.
 
Take time to stroll through the vibrant Osu Shopping District for those unique souvenirs, while sports enthusiasts can catch a thrilling baseball game at Nagoya Dome. This eclectic day is the perfect blend of historical wonders, technological delights, and the excitement of live sport in the heart of Nagoya.

Atsuta Jingu Shrine, Nagoya, Japan

Day 6 – A visit to Studio Ghibli Park

With captivating storytelling and immersive experiences, Studio Ghibli Park takes you on a whimsical adventure through the enchanting worlds of the beloved Ghibli films.

Explore themed attractions and magical landscapes, traverse the iconic Howl's Moving Castle, and wander through the lush forests of My Neighbor Totoro. When hunger strikes, enjoy delectable Ghibli-themed treats before shopping for exclusive branded merchandise.

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Day 7 – Travel to Takayama

Your picturesque 1.5-hour journey aboard the Hida Wide View Express from Nagoya to Takayama takes you through some truly breathtaking landscapes. After arriving in Takayama, take a walk through the charming streets of Sanmachi Suji, the well-preserved Edo-period district.

Admire traditional merchant houses, visit the Takayama Jinya, and explore the bustling morning markets. This is a day of historic discovery surrounded by stunning mountain scenery and offers a glimpse into Takayama's rich heritage.

A red and brown Chinese temple in Takayama.

Day 8 – Exploring Takayama

We’re proud to partner with Hida Furukawa’s Tourism Association for your scenic guided cycling adventure through this picturesque town in the Japanese Alps. Pedal through quaint streets adorned with traditional machiya houses and visit iconic landmarks like the Takayama Jinya and the Hida Furukawa Festival Floats Exhibition Hall.
 
Then ride along the tranquil Miyagawa River - a delightful way to experience Hida Furukawa's breathtaking location.

Japan, Kanazawa, Shirakawa-go.

Day 9 – Travel between Takayama and Kanazawa via Shirakawa-go

Embark on an enchanting journey from Takayama to Kanazawa on the Nohi Mountain Bus. Prepare to be amazed at the beauty of the landscape as you travel to Shirakawa-go, a UNESCO World Heritage site renowned for its traditional gassho-zukuri farmhouses.

You’ll have three hours to explore this charming village – plenty of time to visit the Shirakawa-go Museum and stroll along the fascinating streets. Your onward journey resumes after lunch when you travel to Kanazawa, a city known for its rich samurai history and contemporary art scene.

A woman is partaking in a Tea Ceremony in Kyoto, Japan.

Day 10 – Half-day tour of Kanazawa

Enjoy a half-day tour of Kanazawa and delve into its rich cultural tapestry. Begin in the enchanting Higashi Chaya District, renowned for its well-preserved teahouses. Stroll through narrow lanes lined with traditional machiya architecture and explore the revered Shima Teahouse, where you’ll immerse yourself in the world of geishas and enjoy a traditional tea experience.

Transition to the samurai district at Nagamachi, where ancient residences and the Nomura-ke Samurai House offer a glimpse into Kanazawa's feudal past. Conclude your tour with a visit to the impressive Kanazawa Castle.

 People are walking into Nijo-jo Castle in Kyoto.

Day 11 – Travel to Kyoto

Your exciting day starts with a scenic journey from Kanazawa to Kyoto aboard the Thunderbird Limited Express. Upon arriving in Kyoto, dive straight into the vibrant world of manga at the Kyoto Manga Museum, which boasts a collection of over 300,000 manga.

You’ll also have the chance to explore nearby attractions, such as the Nijo Castle, with its stunning gardens, before meandering through the atmospheric streets of the Nishijin district, famous for its traditional wooden machiya houses and the iconic Nishijin market.

Kifune Shrine in Kyoto, Japan

Day 12 – Samurai kenbu martial arts experience and a cycling tour of Kyoto

Begin your morning with a thrilling half-day Samurai Kembu martial arts session, given by an expert instructor who’ll unveil the art's rich history and coveted techniques. You’ll also have the chance to watch a mesmerising performance by skilled professionals, showcasing the elegance and precision of Samurai skills.
 
In the afternoon, your cycle tour of the city starts at Kinkaku-ji, the dazzling Golden Pavilion. From there, you’ll pedal to Ryoan-ji, home to Japan's most famous Zen rock garden.
 
Explore the historical Nijo Castle with its beautiful gardens and discover charming local temples and tea houses in the Kitano Tenmangu area. This carefully crafted cycling tour combines some of Kyoto's most renowned sites with interesting, off-the-beaten-path treasures.

Wild Deer and Torii Gate of Nara Park in Japan

Day 13 – Self-guided trip to Nara

Your day of cultural exploration starts with a scenic local train journey from Kyoto to Nara. Spend time discovering Nara's historic treasures, from the iconic Todai-ji Temple to the shy deer roaming in Nara Park. 
 
Return to Kyoto in the afternoon, via the famous Fushimi Inari Shrine, where you’ll enter through the vermilion torii gates, your every step steeped in centuries of spiritual significance.

Super Nintendo World in Universal Studios Japan.

Day 14 – Universal Studios Japan

Your day of thrills and entertainment at Universal Studios Japan in Osaka begins with the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, where magical adventures unfold amidst spellbinding attractions like Hogwarts Castle and the Forbidden Journey ride.
 
Then dive into Hollywood's cinematic magic with immersive experiences at Jurassic Park, Minion Park, and more. Brace yourself for heart-pounding rides like The Flying Dinosaur and Hollywood Dream. Enjoy live shows with the best-loved characters, make time to enjoy a wide range of delicious dishes and shop for exclusive branded merchandise.

Okonomiyaki, Teppanyaki.

Day 15 - Explore Osaka

After a day exploring Osaka at your leisure, experience Osaka’s lively food scene on a food tour in the city’s vibrant Tenma district. Begin with Osaka's famed street food, takoyaki (octopus balls), at a local stall, then head to the bustling Tenma Market, where fresh produce and street eats abound.
 
Try okonomiyaki, a savoury pancake layered with ingredients of your choice, at a traditional izakaya, and delight in kushikatsu, skewered and deep-fried treats unique to Osaka. Round off your culinary journey with local sweets like imagawayaki.

People walk on the street during the daytime in Osaka.

Day 16 – Enjoy a private airport transfer

Unfortunately, your family's summer holiday has come to an end, but hopefully, you'll have made some amazing memories. Think about these a private driver takes you to the airport. 

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Why Wayfairer

Our 15-night trip to Japan has been carefully curated to offer a comprehensive experience of this fascinating country while keeping sustainability at its core.

By using public transportation where possible, we’re helping to minimise transportation emissions. Japan's train system is known for its efficiency and punctuality, and the trains are well-maintained. Opting for trains also helps alleviate road congestion.
 
Our commitment to hiring local guides provides employment opportunities for residents, supporting businesses and individuals within the community. Local guides are also attuned to cultural norms and practices, helping our clients understand local customs and avoid unintentional cultural faux pas. This all contributes to fostering positive relationships between visitors and locals.

We only book our guests into eco-friendly accommodations that incorporate energy-efficient technologies. Ryokans, for example, opt for locally sourced, organic meals that support regional farmers, thus reducing the environmental impact of food transportation.

Wayfairer supports responsible tourism by encouraging our guests to participate in community-based activities. This not only fosters cultural exchange but also supports local economies. We also try to include eco-conscious tours that prioritise environmental conservation wherever possible.

Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan.

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