Japan family vacation

“Our only family specialised vacation in Japan, traveling in a small group, with local guide, for 13 days. With main stops in Tokyo, Hakone and Kyoto. Top family trip. ”


Tokyo | Government Tower | Auction at Tsukiji Fish Market | Ghibli animation studio | Sumo wrestling arena | Bullet train journeys | Yoyogi Park | Hakone National Park | Cable car ride | Hot springs | Stay in ryokan inn | Kyoto

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16 Dec 2017
US $ 3744
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Top tip:
Read up on ryokan and hot springs traditions before you go, so you are prepared. See our Japan travel guide for more details.
Trip type:
Small group, max. 16 people. Min. age 5.
Activity level:
3* hotel 8 nights, ryokan inn 2 nights.
Accommodation, transport, cable car ride, tour leader.
10 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 5 dinners. Budget £3 for fast street food, £8-10 for dinner in modest restaurant when not included.
Vacation type
This trip is for families only (including any aunts, uncles or cousins who’d like to come along, of course). As long as you’re traveling with a child under the age of 18, you’re a family in our eyes. Plus, unlike other travel companies, children aged 17 years and younger receive a 10% discount off the price of their trip. Traveling our way is a bit like traveling with a group of friends. Made up of 3-5 like-minded families, the kids tend to hit it off on these trips straight away, allowing you to enjoy some well earned R&R. We often find the whole family ends up making friendships with people from all over the world, staying in touch long after the adventure ends.

Our family group sizes are small enough to avoid the crowds and reach some out-of-the-way places, but big enough for a good social mix. Our average group size of 10 allows us to hop aboard local boats, buses or trains, eat at friendly, family-run restaurants and kick back in traditional accommodation and homestays.

We know the biggest challenge on a family trip is keeping the kids entertained. So we’ve planned in advance. Nearly all of our hotels feature pools, and each day has a great mix of action-packed adventure and flexible free time. Your local leader can also suggest activities based on your kid’s hobbies or school curriculum.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Japan family vacation

As adventure travelers we relish and celebrate the diversity of all corners of the world, along with acknowledging our obligation to protect the environments that we explore. Our aim is to tread lightly, designing and operating vacations which maximise the positive effects of tourism on local economies, cultures and the environment whilst minimising any negative impacts. We aim to engage all our customers in utilising the potential of tourism as a tool to aid sustainable development. We believe that responsible travelers are always welcome the world over.

We travel in small groups (max 3-5 families) so have a minimal impact on the environment as we go. We work hand in hand on this itinerary with our local operator, who employs on our behalf local group leaders, drivers and the local site guides we use throughout the itinerary, creating vital local employment. We stay in locally owned guesthouses and hotels, eat in local restaurants and source supplies en route as we travel, ensuring that as much of the money as possible spent operating this trip finds its ways back into the local communities which we are visiting.

We only use local group leaders whom we regularly train and work closely with to ensure that they are fully engaged in ensuring travelers not only have a fantastic vacation, but also that they have the tools to help our passengers understand the nature of the environment we are passing through and know how to minimise the impact that they have. This includes everything from where to buy souvenirs and supplies locally to taking all rubbish with you, leaving nothing behind. Not only does more of the money we generate stay within the communities we are visiting, but the specialised local knowledge and expertise of our guides gives our travelers a unique experience.

Throughout this trip, the group will travel on local buses, trains, boats and trams, plus two nights are spent at a ryokan - Japanese style accommodation with Japanese style food and thus a very traditional experience! There’s the chance to visit traditional markets in Tokyo, and an overnight stay in a temple provides direct income to the monks who run it; an important financial resource for those involved, that provides us with a unique experience.

It’s inescapable that flying to destinations involves burning fossil fuels, therefore increasing carbon emission. We work with The Carbon Neutral Company, offering all clients the opportunity to offset their international flight emissions. The Carbon Neutral Company work with projects all over the world from community schemes to environmental initiatives, all designed to make lives a little better. We also contribute £2 per person towards offsetting every client’s in-country travel. We fully offset all emissions from our staff travel and run an energy efficient office.

We have a foundation that collects the funds that you donate to us to support our projects. All our customers are invited to make a £1 per person contribution to the foundation at the time of booking. We will match every contribution that you make with our own £1. Every quarter all contributors are invited to vote on a shortlist of nominated projects – so it really is YOUR foundation

1 Reviews of Japan family vacation

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 21 Apr 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

a) Our guide, Silvia, recommended a garden (Happo-en) in Tokyo to visit on our free day - the trip there and the garden were great fun, we all enjoys the blossom and chatting to brides having their photos taken with the magnificent blossom as a background.

b) having our picture "printed" onto top of our coffee/ baby chin no's at Ginza shopping was amazing highlight.

c) Sushi breakfast was amazing - Silvia took us to a very special place for this authentic experience -the down side is that Sushi will never ever be as good as this experience!

d) Seeing Mout Fuji and a real volcano eating black eggs at the top.

e) getting to Okouchi Sandi Garden very early before all the other tourists - the garden was very tranquil and still had some blossom - it felt good to leave before the tourist crowds arrived via the bamboo forests. Extra special mention must go to Silvia who helped minimise the cultural gap for us, she really helped us to feel at ease in Japan, our flight was delayed and with the change of hotel we missed the welcome meeting - we still hit the ground running on day one and achieved so much in our first 24 hours - we doubt this would have been possible without Silvia!

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Think about packing light for the guest house break - slippers, robes and pyjamas are all supplied at the guest house so only need change of clothes for everyone!

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Fantastic family experience, our children enjoyed other kids on the adventure with them, we walked more and packed lots into each day!

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