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8-Day Essential Japan Family Trip with Disneyland

Emerald Isle Exploration: Cultural Riches, Culinary Delights & Disneyland Thrills

Embark on our 8-Day Essential Japan Family Trip, offering a perfect blend of traditional Japanese culture, history, cuisine, and modern excitement. Traverse through historical landmarks in cities from Osaka to Kyoto to Tokyo, with a special highlight — a visit to Tokyo's magical Disneyland.
Immerse yourself in authentic local experiences; clothe yourself in a traditional kimono, learn stealth and art from an engaging ninja experience. Savor local flavors and the best of Japanese cuisine with something to delight every palette.
Our journey's heart is about family — from the serenity of family time in ancient temples and shrines to the whirl of excitement that only Tokyo Disneyland can offer. This enriching itinerary would ensure a captivating and memorable family adventure through the magnificent Land of the Rising Sun, and we're ready to refine it still further for you.

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  • Best For:First-timers, families, Disneyland devotees, lovers of Japanese food and culture
  • Departure date:up to you
  • Sample Price:from US$ 2,599 each (family of 4, 2 per room)

Journey Route

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This is a Vibrant and Engaging itinerary for the active families. If you're seeking an unforgettable Japan holiday that perfectly combines history, culture, and adventure, I am here to assist you.
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This is an ideal tour for first-time visitors and families. Sign up for your favorite part of the tour or simply treat the whole tour as inspiration, designing each element specially for you.


Enjoy Japan on your family's terms, without the constraints of group travel.

Travelers gazing out from a private vehicle

Delight in Japan's rich local flavors at bustling food markets.

the busy Nishiki Market in Kyoto
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Learn authentic ninja techniques from a local master.

the Ninja Master
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Experience Kyoto's culture firsthand: wear a kimono and explore Gion district.

Family wearing Kimono
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Traverse Japan's key cities: from historical Kyoto to contemporary Tokyo.

Kyoto - The Heartbeat of Japan's History
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Experience the thrill of Japan's famed Shinkansen high-speed bullet train.

Shinkansen train passing Mt. Fuji

Cherish unforgettable family moments in a magical Disneyland.

Disneyland with fireworks at night
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Indulge in personal shopping time at Japan's local markets after your guided tour.

the busy Shibuya crossing of Tokyo

Itinerary in Detail

We've got loads of cool stuff for you! Ninja fun, dressing up in Kimonos, trips to Tokyo Disneyland, and much more. Best part? Everything's tailored just for you!

Day 1
Osaka Arrival

Konnichiwa! Welcome to the kitchen of Japan, Osaka.

Upon arrival at Osaka Kansai International Airport, one of our amiable drivers will meet you and provide a one-way private transfer to your inviting hotel in Kyoto. Settle down in your comfortable room to recover from your travels, or start exploring the alluring ancient city at your own leisure.

the colorful Shinsekai area of Osaka
Osaka's Vibrant Shinsekai District
Day 2
Discover Osaka's Vibrant Blend

Embark on a compelling expedition in the city of Osaka, where historical landmarks perfectly co-exist with modern innovations:

  • Visit iconic Osaka Castle Park, a sprawling estate that plays host to the famous Osaka castle, surrounded by lush gardens and scenic views.
  • Indulge in a half-day gastronomic adventure at Shinsekai, renowned for Osaka's culinary delights. Savor the local flavors and textures that make Japan's food culture a joy to explore.
  • Experience the thrill of ninja techniques at a private ninja base — an immersive experience that carries you deep into Japan's fabled past.
  • Conclude the day with a vibrant stroll through Dotonbori, known for its dynamic street life and the neon-lit billboards reflecting on its canals.

Delve into the dynamic contrasts of Osaka, where historical wonders interlace with modern fascinations, crafting cherished memories with your family.

Osaka Castle
Osaka Castle, framed by a multi-colored foreground
Day 3
Osaka to Kyoto: A Journey Through Time

Begin a captivating trip from Osaka to the historic city of Kyoto, unveiling a unique fusion of age-old traditions and scenic beauty. Experience the tranquility of revered shrines, walk the quaint streets in a traditional kimono, and take in the charm of the old world:

  • Start the day at Fushimi Inari Shrine, widely known for its striking torii gates that line the path up the sacred mountain.
  • Immerse your family in Kyoto's rich culture with a kimono wearing experience. Walk the city in traditional attire and capture timeless memories.
  • Drift through the nostalgic streets of the Gion district, renowned for its well-preserved machiya houses and teahouses.
  • Stroll the history-filled slopes of Ninenzaka and Sannenzaka, offering a charming display of well-preserved Kyoto architectural scenes.
  • End the day at Pure Water Temple, an iconic temple boasting a large wooden terrace overlooking a serene forest.

Your enriching day will end at your comfortable hotel in Kyoto, reflecting on the unforgettable journey through Japan's cultural capital.

the thousand-torii gate at Fushimi Inari Shrine
Don't miss the renowned thousand-torii gate at Fushimi Inari Shrine, perfect for memorable photos!
Day 4
Kyoto's Splendor: Majestic Sites & Arashiyama

Venture deeper into the cultural heart of Japan in Kyoto, as you explore a majestic castle, a vibrant food market, a glistening temple, and serene natural settings under the guidance of local experts.

  • Bask in the beauty of Kinkaku-ji temple, a.k.a. the Golden Pavilion — a Zen temple layered in gold leaf, offering mesmerizing views across its reflecting pond.
  • Enter Nijo Castle, a significant relic showcasing high artistic style and historical significance in Japanese architecture.
  • Experience the culinary diversity of Japan at Nishiki Market, a lively spot offering a wide array of local food and produce.
  • Journey to Arashiyama next, starting with Monkey Park Iwatayama, a natural habitat for snow monkeys which offers a fun-filled family experience.
  • Take a tranquil stroll through the Bamboo Grove, offering an otherworldly walking experience surrounded by towering bamboo trunks.
  • Conclude the day visiting Nonomiya Shrine, a Shinto shrine surrounded by tranquility and the mystique of medieval tales.

Retreat to your Kyoto hotel, cherishing the memories of the day's exploration and relaxing in anticipation of the adventures ahead...

monkey baby at Arashiyama's Monkey Park Iwatayama
Adorable baby monkey spotted at Arashiyama's Monkey Park Iwatayama
Day 5
Kyoto to Tokyo: Self-Guided Shinkansen Experience

Experience the thrill of Japan's renowned high-speed transportation as you transition from the cultural city of Kyoto to the contemporary heart of Japan, Tokyo, with a day of self-guided travel.

The tickets and travel details are provided, ensuring a hassle-free journey. Independent exploration awaits upon arrival in Tokyo, with options to investigate neon-illuminated city streets, experience diverse culinary delights, or take a respite in your hotel, prepping for the impending metropolis adventures.

inside the Shinkansen bullet train
A glimpse of the standard seating on the Shinkansen bullet train
Day 6
Tokyo Exploration: Shrines, Cuisine & Vibrant Districts

Dive into the vibrant life of Tokyo as you explore revered Shinto shrines, get hands-on with traditional Japanese culinary art, discover the city's bustling districts, and unwind at a uniquely Tokyo-style café.

  • Begin the day in the leafy surrounds of Meiji Jingu Shrine. Experience tranquility in the heart of the city at this Shinto shrine dedicated to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji (1852–1912) and his wife.
  • Relish a sushi-making experience, a fun and interactive family activity, as you learn to prepare this iconic Japanese dish and savor it for lunch.
  • Continue to Senso-ji temple in Asakusa district, Tokyo's oldest and most significant Buddhist temple. Immerse yourself in the historic charm of this spiritual site.
  • Get caught in the rhythmic chaos and excitement of Shibuya district, famous for its fashion and the iconic Shibuya Crossing.
  • End the day with a laid-back visit to an anime café — a quintessential Tokyo experience for any family.

With the day's exploration coming to an end, make your way back to your well-selected hotel room for a well-deserved rest.

The gate of Sensoji Temple
The Gate of the 7th Century Buddhist Temple — Sensoji
Day 7
Family Fun Day: Unfettered Leisure in Tokyo Disneyland

Dive headfirst into a world of magical excitement at Tokyo Disneyland. A day of pure leisure awaits you and your family as you explore the wonders of this enchanting theme park — no guides, no schedules, just the magic of Disney at your pace.

With admission tickets and commuting advice provided by your Tokyo guide, embark on a day of leisure and magical exploration. Traverse your way around the theme park, enjoying thrilling attractions, superb shows, and a colour-soaked realm of fun and whimsy – all at your own leisurely pace. As day transitions to evening, make your way back to your hotel, heart full of delightful Disney moments. Let this magical day leave a lasting spell of heartwarming memories.

gate of Tokyo Disneyland
Enjoy a family-fun day out at Tokyo Disneyland!
A Sweet Sayonara: Journey's End in Tokyo

As your 8-day Japanese family adventure draws to a close, we ensure a fuss-free farewell. Private transport arranged by us provides a seamless journey from your hotel to the airport, mirroring the ease of your journey's beginning.

Time to bid a heartfelt Sayonara to Tokyo, as you leave behind its vibrant energy, Disneyland's whimsy, and the serene beauty of Kyoto and Osaka. You will take with you lasting family memories from an unforgettable journey through the Land of the Rising Sun.

As you set forth, we wish you a peaceful onward journey, with cherished memories of Japan inspiring your future adventures.

The Nighttime Ambiance of Odaiba
Bid Farewell to Vibrant Japan

Hand-Picked Hotels

We have selected hotels with different styles and for different budgets. Let us know your preferences and we will help you find the right one.

Hotel in Osaka
Hotel ideally located for leisure activities in central Osaka
Hotel in Kyoto
Family friendly hotel with excellent location in Kyoto
hotel in Tokyo
Hotel in Tokyo with walking distance to metro station

Tour Price:

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US$ 2,599 p/p (with 4-star hotel options)
  • The price is based on a private tour for 4 people during the low season.
  • The price varies based on program, travel date, number of people.
  • We could also price a tour including both 4-star and 5-star hotels for you.
  • We accept payments in multiple currencies (GBP, AUD, CAD, EUR...).

Price Includes:

  • Privately-driven air-conditioned vehicle with ample space (except where stated)
  • English-speaking local guide for the sightseeing
  • Attraction tickets and itinerary activities
  • Accommodation for all nights
  • Trains between itinerary cities
  • Hotel breakfasts and itinerary lunches/dinners
  • 24/7 helpline while touring
  • Governmental taxes

Price Excludes:

  • International flights not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Visa fee, if applicable
  • Tips for guides and drivers
  • Personal expenses

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