Pirate ship on Lake Ashi, Hakone, Japan
Get ready to be blown away by the cultural delights of Japan. You’ll find peace in the sacred, local temples, zip around on exciting transport, before feasting on fresh cuisine and relaxing in the gorgeous hot springs.
The Fuji Frolics trip embodies just that. It’s a chance to spend quality family time together, undertaking new activities and frolicking between cities. You’ll visit the astonishing temples of Tokyo, and travel around Hakone in new and exciting ways. You’ll even see a deer or two in the stunning Nara Park, just a short train journey from Kyoto. You won’t forget this fantastic trip in a hurry.
Visit peaceful and sacred temples
A chance to teach children about local Japanese culture
Relax in warming hot springs
Visit friendly deer in Nara
Enjoy fresh Japanese cuisine
This adventurous trip to Japan is based on a family of four travelling and includes international flights, airport transfers, accommodation with breakfast, selected excursions with a local guide and entrance fees, leaving you to focus on spending quality time together as a family.
From the first conversation until you arrive home from your holiday, you’ll be looked after by one of our Travel Designers who has travelled extensively in the region and will give advice from their personal experience on how to make the most out of your trip.
All of our trips are entirely bespoke and we will continually refine your itinerary until it’s perfect.
The time is here for an adventurous journey, and you won’t be able to contain your excitement as you jet off on your overnight flight to the bustling capital city of Tokyo. Once you’ve touched down on Tokyo soil, you’ll meet your driver at the airport, validate your 7 day Japan Rail pass and be transported to the Hotel Gracery Shinjuku, located in the heart of Tokyo’s entertainment district; Shinjuku. The rest of the day is yours to spend as you wish.
Day 3 begins with a humble half-day tour. Starting at the Imperial Palace right in the centre of Tokyo, it is home to Japan’s Imperial Family. This spacious, lush park area is surrounded by moats and sparkling stone walls. From palatial grounds, you’ll move on to Tokyo’s old town; Asakusa, where you can soak in the ancient atmosphere. A visit to Sensoji, Tokyo’s oldest and most significant temple is also on the agenda. After capturing this majestic building in all of its photographic glory, take a wander down Nakamise, a traditional shopping street. Your tour will finish with a traditional subway ride across town to serene Meiji Shrine. For an authentic experience, you can write wishes on little pieces of paper and tie them onto the prayer wall.
Spend the next few days taking in the sights of Tokyo. Head to Yoyogi Park in Shibuya-ku, for some family time after a busy day of exploration. Yoyogi attracts talent in abundance, from horn players to hip-hop dancers. Whatever display you’re lucky enough to witness, this park experience won’t disappoint.
Things to do
Activity & Adventure
On day 6, you will be transported to a region of pure beauty, as you take Japan’s world-famous bullet train to Hakone using your Japan Rail (JR) Pass. Drop your belongings at the Kowakien Ten-yu Hotel before heading back out to explore.
Armed with this magical free pass, you'll take a self-guided tour through the extensive local transport network, marvelling in the spectacular sights of this mountainous town. Experience travel like never before, as you take switchback trains and buses, swing from cable cars and ropeways, and even board a pirate ship that will sweep you across the volcanic Lake Ashi with breathtaking views of Mount Fuji. Tonight, you will stay in a Japanese traditional ryokan, sleeping on futons laid out on tatami mats. You will partake in freshly cooked meals and sink into piping hot onsen, also known as hot spring baths.
Spend the next day at your own leisure. Take a cherry blossom tour or visit the Hakone open-air museum for discounted entry rates with your free pass, to witness artistic sculptures. Whatever you decide to do today, you will find calm and relaxation in the peaceful atmosphere of this quiet hot spring town.
You’ll wave goodbye to Hakone as you make the 2 hour train journey to Kyoto, using your JR pass. Take this day and the next to relax in the Superior Twin Room of Hotel Vista Premio Kyoto, ahead of more adventure over the next few days.
Day 10 begins with a transfer from your hotel with a local guide, to the ancient city of Nara. During the 8th century, Nara was Japan’s capital and many of the sacred temples and shrines built in this time still remain. Visit Japan’s largest Buddha at the Todaiji temple, the world’s largest wooden building. The day will end with a stroll through Nara Park, where you and the children can see the large population of more than 1,000 tame deer. This unique experience will be one both you and the little ones will never forget.
Things to do
Today you'll be taking the train from Kyoto to Osaka. In the evening, your guide will pick you up from the hotel and take you to Dontonbori, a famous pedestrian-only restaurant street in Osaka’s boisterous Namba district. There are delicious options to suit each and every taste in this heavenly food paradise.
This is the place where Kansai people come to celebrate, so take the time to sample a variety of fresh, local foods, including the celebrated takoyaki (octopus dumplings) and kushikatsu (skewered meats and vegetables). The cost of these - and one drink per person - is included. From ramen noodles to izakaya bars, your guide will take you on a creative culinary tour!
The final day will see you waving a fond goodbye to your Japanese frolics as you take the private transfer to Kansai airport before heading home, taking the magic of this Japanese adventure with you.