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Japan Family Vacation

10 Days/9 Nights
Japan - Kyoto, Hiroshima, Takayama, Tokyo

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Discover Japan, the island nation that embodies its ancient culture while embracing the modern world. From an isolated mountain village to Tokyo, the capital city where sacred shrines stand in the shadow of skyscrapers, you’ll become immersed in the people and customs of this proud country on an amazing Adventures by Disney family vacation.

 

Trip Highlights Include:

  • Rickshaw Tour
    Tour Kyoto's Arashiyama district and the Bamboo Forest in a traditional rickshaw.
  • Kyoto Dinner and Show
    Feast in an elegant setting, meet a Maiko and try your hand at Samurai sword play.
  • Origami Crane Folding in Hiroshima
    Celebrate peace and fold a unique paper crane, then add it to the museum's colleciton.
  • Bento Box-Making
    Make an authentic Japanese bento box at a local cooking school, then enjoy your delectable creation.
  • Hozugama River Boat Ride
    Take in the enchanting scenery that surrounds you on an exhilarating ride on the Hozuawa River.
  • Sumo Experience & Museum
    Discover the ancient sport of sumo wrestling and see a live demonstration.
  • Shirakawa-go Village
    Visit this serene, traditional mountain village that provides a rare look at life in pre-modern Japan.
  • Rural Japan Bike Ride
    joy a leisurely bike through the farms and rice fields of Japan's scenic countryside.
  • Happo-en Gardens & Tea House
    Experience a matcha tea ceremony in this Zen-inspired garden setting.
  • Shinto Shrines & Buddhist Temples
    Learn the history of some of Japan's iconic shrines and temples.
  • Taiko Drumming
    Keep the beat as you learn to play taiko, a Japanese tradition that dates backs centuries.


Japan - Adventure Dates

2021

  • April 4-April 13, 2021
  • May 16-May 26, 2021: Adult Excluvive (18 and older)
  • May 30-June 8, 2021
  • June 6-June 15, 2021
  • June 13-June 22, 2021
  • June 20-June 29, 2021
  • June 27-July 6, 2021
  • July 4-July 13, 2021
  • July 11-July 20, 2021
  • August 8-August 17, 2021
  • September 12-September 21, 2021: Adult Excluvive (18 and older)
  • September 26-October 5, 2021: Adult Excluvive (18 and older)
  • October 10-October 19, 2021: Adult Excluvive (18 and older)
  • October 24-November 2, 2021: Adult Excluvive (18 and older)

*= Guaranteed Departures


Japan - Adventure Daily Itinerary

Day One

Arrive in Kyoto / Airport Pick Up

Konnichiwa, and welcome to Japan! Once you pass through Passport Control and retrieve your bags from the Baggage Claim area with help from an Adventures by Disney representative, settle into your private transfer and enjoy the ride from Kansai International Airport (KIX) OR Osaka International Airport (ITM) to your hotel in Kyoto.

Check-In at Hotel

Upon arrival at your hotel in Kyoto, your Adventure Guides will get you checked in. After check-in, take time to explore the hotel, as well as the Sanjūsangen-dō Temple, which is famous for its 1,001 statues of Kannon, the Goddess of Compassion.

Dinner on Your Own

Relax and enjoy a leisurely dinner on your own during your first night in Japan. Ask you Adventure Guides to recommend a local restaurant.

Meals included: None


Day Two

Rickshaw Tour: Arashiyama & Bamboo Forest

Begin your amazing adventure with an exploration of the historic city of Kyoto from a traditional rickshaw. Tour the scenic streets of Arashiyama, a district on Kyoto’s western outskirts, as you learn about the city’s history and culture. You'll also ride into the district's renowned Bamboo Forest, a massive grove of manicured bamboo trees that are magical to see.

Arashiyama District Walking Tour

Enjoy a guided morning walking tour of the Arashiyama district, an area of scenic beauty which features the Bamboo Forest as well as many temples, including the magnificent Zen temple, Tenryu-ji Temple, home to one of Kyoto's loveliest gardens and surrounded by forested mountain views.

Lunch at Yoshiya Restaurant in Arashiyama

Soak up the atmosphere of this ancient city through the wonderful flavors and aromas of a traditional Japanese meal.

Welcome Dinner at Sodoh

After a restful afternoon, join your fellow Adventurers for a wonderful welcome dinner at one of Kyoto’s finest upscale restaurants. Share stories from your day in Kyoto and discuss adventures still to come as you dine on attentively handcrafted dishes in an intimate Japanese setting.

Maiko Performance

Delight in the playful ambience created by a Maiko (Geisha in training) as she shares her vibrant culture and history through her performance.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner


Day Three

Shinkansen Train to Hiroshima

Board a Shinkasen train, Japan's famed high-speed bullet train, to begin your journey to Hiroshima and Miyajima Island.

Lunch on Your Own in Miyajima

Known as the "Island of the Gods," Miyajima is often named as one of the most scenic spots in Japan. Enjoy exploring this beautiful island which is also home to many wonderful dining options for an appetizing lunch.

Shinto Shrine and Buddhist Temple Tour

Learn the history of the popular Itsukushima Shinto shrine and its famed Torii Gate from a local expert who will take you on a tour of the shrine and a nearby Buddhist temple.

Hiroshima Peace Park

Visit this memorial park in the center of Hiroshima, which is dedicated to the memories of the victims of the atomic bomb that was dropped on August 6, 1945. Built on what was once the city's busiest areas, it is now the scene of the A-Bomb Dome, the ruins of one of the buildings, as well as several memorials.

Museum Visit

Discover the history and the horrors of Hiroshima and its role in World War II. The museum houses many exhibits and information, plus substantial memorabilia and images from the bombing.

Origami Crane Experience

This activity is tied to Hiroshima through 10-year-old Sadako Sasaki and an ancient legend that anyone who folds a thousand origami cranes will be granted a wish by the gods. To this day, visitors to the museum, as well as people around the world, continue to fold origami cranes and add them to the collection at the statue created in Sadako's memory.

Okonomiyaki Dinner Experience

Dig into a local favorite food-Okonomiyaki! This healthy crepe is crafted to accommodate individual tastes and is filled with choices that include meat, seafood, noodles, vegetables or any combination of these ingredients. The dish is so beloved by the people of Hiroshima, there are over 2,000 Okonomiyaki restaurants in the region.

Shinkansen Train to Kyoto

Take a Shinkansen train back to Kyoto.

Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner


Day Four

Hozugawa River Boat Ride

Traverse the scenic Hozugawa River from Kameoka to Kyoto on an exhilarating 2-hour river boat ride that covers 9.9 miles (16 kilometers) of beautiful seasonal scenery that includes exciting rapids, stunning rock formations and gorgeous flowers and trees.

Bento Box Cooking Class

Experience the art of authentic Japanese cuisine as local instructors teach you how to create a traditional bento box with fresh, local ingredients.

Bento Box Lunch

Put your culinary skills to the test as you dine on the bento boxes you created during your cooking class.

Honpō-Ji Temple Tour & Taiko Drumming

Visit Honpō-ji, a 15th-century Zen temple with a magnificent garden that includes a lotus pond and an arrangement of rocks meant to resemble a waterfall. On your tour, you'll feel the beat as you get a hands-on demonstration of Taiko drumming on Japanese percussion instruments.

Dinner on Your Own in Kyoto
Explore the wonderful city of Kyoto, famous for its classical Buddhist temples, magnificent gardens, Shinto shrines and traditional wooden houses. It is also known for its food, which includes traditional kaiseki dining with multiple courses of precisely prepared dishes. Ask your Adventure Guides to recommend something for your family, or discover a new favorite on your own.

Meals included: Breakfast and Lunch


Day Five

Fushimi Inari Shrine: Torii Trail

Trek through a remarkable trail of over ten thousand orange Torii gates that lead to sacred Mt. Inari and the Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine. With each Torii donated by businesses, organizations and individuals grateful for their luck and prosperity, the Torii Trail extends high onto the mountain.

Lunch on your own in Nara

Continue to discover all that this amazing city has to offer, especially through its flavorful foods. Ask an Adventure Guide to recommend a favorite spot, or find one of your own.

Kehaya-za Sumo Experience & Museum

After lunch on your own, learn about the history of the traditional Japanese sport of Sumo wrestling at this fun and informative museum where you’ll not only discover a fascinating exhibit of the sport’s ancient beginnings, but you’ll step into the museum’s dohyo, a sand-filled ring, where you will see a live Sumo demonstration.

Buffet Dinner at Rosiere


Upon your arrival at Hotel Associa Takayama Resort, you will partake in a buffet dinner at the hotel's Western restaurant.

Meals include: Breakfast and Dinner


Day Six

Historic Village of Shirakawa-Go

Step back hundreds of years in time as your Adventure Guides take you on a walking tour of Shirakawa-go, a fascinating village cut off from the world due to its isolated mountain location. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the village has Gassho-style housing with steep-pitched thatched roofs which are the only examples of their kind in Japan.

Traditional Japanese Lunch at Irori

Dine on dishes from Irori's unique menu while seated around a traditional Japanese sunken hearth. The menu features fresh vegetables and edible wild plants picked in the surrounding villages of Gokayama, Hida and Shirakawa-go.

Countryside Bike Ride

Pedal through the scenic countryside on this leisurely bike trip that takes you into a quaint farming village where you’ll see a way of life that has been passed down for generations. Your knowledgeable guide will teach about the Satoyama history and culture as you travel through rice fields and charming ancient streets on this unique adventure.

Dinner at Suzuya

Experience a calm and tranquil meal in this architecturally authentic restaurant that features traditional melt-in-your-mouth Hida beef as well as vegetarian-friendly meals.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner


Day Seven

Guided Food Tasting Walking Tour of Historic Takayama Market District & Calligraphy Lesson

Spend the morning exploring Takayama's old town district with its beautifully preserved buildings and streets that date back to the 17th century. As you walk through the historic Takayama Market, you’ll stop to sample local fare that includes sake, dumplings, tofu, miso, sweet treats and aromatic coffee. You'll also receive a hands-on lesson in the art of calligraphy.

Lunch On Your Own in Takayama

Continue exploring Takayama and all it has to offer—which includes an appealing array of lunch options for you to discover.

Dinner at Gonpachi

Enjoy a fun and lively meal at this popular destination for Tokyo locals and tourists alike. Hosting the occasional celebrity, the restaurant is also known for its buzzy atmosphere and signature cuisine that pushes traditional Japanese favorites in multiple new directions.

Panoramic Tour of Central Tokyo & Shibuya Crossing

Experience the sights and sounds of one of the world’s most vibrant and exciting cities on a nighttime tour of Tokyo in all its bright, neon glory. You’ll also walk the famous Shibuya Crossing, rumored to be the busiest intersection in the world, with over 1,000 people crossing in all directions with each light change!

Meals include: Breakfast and Dinner


Day Eight

Happo-en Gardens & Tea House

Enjoy a moment of reflection as you walk amongst the beauty of this garden.

Traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony

While some tea ceremonies can last for hours and follow strict guidelines, the Happo-en tea house offers a more informal ceremony in a serene setting that allows you to follow the ritual and still feel steeped in Japanese culture.

Tokyo Tower

Make your way to the top of this impressive tower and reap the reward of magnificent views of the cityscape far below. Measuring almost 43 feet (13 meters) taller than the Eiffel Tower, on which it is based, Tokyo Tower is an active broadcasting facility with modernist charm.

Lunch & Afternoon On Your Own in Tokyo

Discover a great new spot for a delicious lunch before spending the afternoon exploring Japan’s remarkable capital city of Tokyo. Discover a wealth of museums and colorful neighborhoods that feature a perfect blend of old-world traditions and contemporary culture.

Dinner On Your Own in Tokyo

Discover some of the most unique restaurants in the world that mix eye-popping entertainment and Japanese delicacies.

Meals Included: Breakfast


Day Nine

Day Nine

Toyosu Fish Market

Visit this wholesale market located in Tokyo’s Toyosu area. Head up to the 2nd floor to watch the action from the viewing deck.

Lunch at Toyosu Fish Market

Enjoy a delicious meal made with the freshest seafood and produce straight from the market.

Teamlab Borderless

Immerse yourself in the vast, three-dimensional, 108,000 sq. feet (10,000 sq. meters) world of borderless art that is known as the "museum without a map."

Farewell Dinner at The Peninsula Tokyo Sky Room
Celebrate the end of a magnificent journey on the 24th floor in the glass-encased Sky Room, where you will enjoy a seamless view over Hibiya Park and the vibrant Ginza district.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner


Day Ten

Transfer to Narita International Airport (NRT), Haneda International Airport (HND) or Tokyo Disney Resort

Say sayonara to your fellow Adventurers as you transfer to Narita International Airport (NRT) or Haneda International Airport (HND) to begin your journey home. Transfers to Tokyo Disney Resort will be provided to those Guests who are extending their Adventures by Disney Japan vacation.

Meals Included: Breakfast