It's all about family on this fun-filled 10-day jaunt through Japan. Start in Tokyo, where the kids can meet their favorite animé characters in Akihabara, catch some Pokémon at the Pokémon Center, and discover the wonders of Tokyo Disneyland. Learn about the secret world of ninjas and take a day trip to the Fuji Five Lakes region; then, it's off to Osaka for historic castles and the neon lights of Dotonbori. End your vacation in style with a day of rides and roller coasters at Universal Studios Japan.


  • Let the kids meet their favorite animé characters in the neon world of Akihabara 
  • Try your hand at creating the perfect sushi roll in a family sushi-making class
  • Adventure through the wild, splashy rides of DisneySea
  • Jump into the world of virtual reality at Osaka's VS Park

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Narita, Transfer to Tokyo, Explore the "Electric City" of Akihabara  Tokyo
Day 2 Animé Lovers Tour: Harajuku, Pokémon Center, Ghibli Museum & Gundam  Tokyo
Day 3 Discover Tokyo Disneyland Tokyo
Day 4 Adventures in Japanese Culture: Sushi Making & Ninja Training Tokyo
Day 5 Fuji Five Lakes Family Excursion  Tokyo
Day 6 See the Wonders of Tokyo DisneySea Tokyo
Day 7 Train to Osaka, Visit Osaka Castle Park & Kamigata Ukiyoe Museum Osaka
Day 8 Family Tour Around Osaka: Virtual Reality & the Neon Lights of Dotonbori Osaka
Day 9 Self-Guided Visit to Universal Studios Japan Osaka
Day 10 Depart Osaka  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Narita, Transfer to Tokyo, Explore the "Electric City" of Akihabara 

Visit the electric Akihabara district

Welcome to Japan! Your flight lands in Narita, where you'll meet your driver for your private transfer to Tokyo, Japan's bustling capital. The city creates a seamless blend of modern and traditional, with sky-high buildings and neon lights alongside peaceful temples and gardens. Once you've checked in at your hotel and had a chance to regroup, head out with the family to see more of this fascinating urban metropolis.

For an immediate immersion into Japan's vibrant animé and manga culture, head to Akihabara, or Electric Town, a bustling district packed with themed cafés, electronics stores, arcades, and more. As you walk, you'll come across enthusiastic cosplayers in elaborate costumes and wigs, making you feel as if you've stepped right into the pages of a manga—the kids can even get some pics with their favorite characters! Learn more about the history and evolution of Japanese animation as you go, adding to the depth of your experience. 

Stop in at the multistoried Animate store, the ultimate destination for official animé merchandise. From manga and DVDs to character goods and themed food, this shop has it all. Spend some time browsing through their vast collection and let the kids pick some souvenirs to commemorate this pop culture paradise. End with some gaming fun at the GiGO Akihabara Building 3, where the whole family can test their skills at the UFO catchers. These addictive crane games are a popular pastime in Japan and offer a thrilling challenge as you attempt to snag your desired prize. 

Day 2: Animé Lovers Tour: Harajuku, Pokémon Center, Ghibli Museum & Gundam

Visit the whimsical Harajuku district for cosplay, shopping, and sweet treats

Your family's exploration into the world of animé continues today as you and the kids meet with your guide and head out to explore more of this fun and fanciful part of Japanese culture. You'll start with a walk through the whimsical Harajuku district, known for its vibrant street art and edgy youth fashion. Tweens and teens in your group will love shopping at some of the ultra-trendy boutiques, and you may even catch a glimpse of the famed "Harajuku Girls." 

Stop in at the Pokémon Center, where your little ones can realize their Pokémon Master dreams and you can purchase everything from plush Pikachu dolls to rare trading cards, then end the tour at one of Tokyo's animé cafés. These themed eateries offer delectable treats and beautifully crafted dishes, all inspired by characters from various animé and manga series. The kids can enjoy images of their favorite characters displayed on the walls, sparking imaginative play while you all relax with a great meal. 

Afterward, visit the Ghibli Museum, where you can learn more about classic animé films such as "My Neighbor Totoro" and "Spirited Away," and see exhibits and interactive displays that showcase the creations of filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki. The kids will love the tiny doors and winding staircases around the property, and you can all take in the views from the rooftop garden. End the day at the Gundam Base Tokyo, where fans of the popular animé franchise can see giant Gundam models up close, explore interactive exhibits, and even try their hand at piloting a Gundam flight simulator!

Day 3: Discover Tokyo Disneyland

Make it a "magical" day at Tokyo Disney

It wouldn't be a family trip to Tokyo without Disney, and today you'll get to experience it all with a full day at Tokyo Disneyland. Start the day early as you arrive, just as the park opens, and take some photos in front of the iconic Cinderella's Castle. Then head to Fantasyland for attractions like "It's a Small World" and "Peter Pan's Flight" that transport you into beloved Disney fairy tales. Step into Adventureland and take a thrilling ride on "Pirates of the Caribbean," then break for snacks at one of the many themed restaurants. 

Once the kids have been re-energized with some food and beverages, continue to Tomorrowland. Feel the excitement as you ride "Space Mountain," an exhilarating roller coaster through outer space, or join Buzz Lightyear's intergalactic mission at "Buzz Lightyear's Astro Blasters." Next, make your way to Toontown, an area filled with whimsy and joy. Explore "Minnie's House" and meet your favorite Disney characters. Don't forget to hop on "Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin" for an action-packed adventure.

Throughout the day, keep an eye out for shows, parades, and character meet-and-greets. Check the schedule to ensure you don't miss the thrilling performances and opportunities to meet Mickey, Minnie, and friends. As the day comes to a close, witness the park's evening fireworks show that illuminates the night sky above Cinderella's Castle—the perfect punctuation to this memorable day. 
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Day 4: Adventures in Japanese Culture: Sushi Making & Ninja Training

Learn the secrets of the perfect sushi roll with a hands-on family class

Begin your morning with a guided family tour of Tsukiji Fish Market, a lively shopping spot with more than 400 shops and restaurants crammed into the narrow lanes. Roam around the market as your guide discusses Japan's culinary culture, points out different kinds of fish and seafood to you and your curious kids, and explains how each is used in different dishes. Once you've all worked up an appetite, meet with a local chef for a sushi-making class. Discover the secrets of the perfect sushi roll and let the kids unleash their creativity as they experience Japanese cuisine.

Later today, take a deep dive into the secret world of ninjas with a ninja training experience. With help from experienced instructors, your family will learn the stealth techniques and combat strategies used by these ancient Japanese warriors. Do some practice sessions with each other, let the kids channel their energy into becoming true ninjas, and come away with a better understanding of Japanese history on top of some fun, confidence-building skills.

Day 5: Fuji Five Lakes Family Excursion 

Visit the beautiful Lake Kawaguchi-ko on a Five Lakes excursion

Trade city for countryside today with an excursion to the Fuji Five Lakes area. Meet up with your guide after breakfast for the 1.5-hour drive to your first stop, Kawaguchi-ko, the largest of the five lakes. Here, you'll board a boat for a leisurely cruise around the lake, which takes you past lush forests and quaint villages (if you're here in spring, the cherry blossoms are everywhere).

Next, visit the Itchiku Kubota Museum, where you'll step into the world of legendary kimono artist, Kubota Itchiku. These creations showcase the wonders of nature, the cosmos, and the changing seasons, and you and the kids can marvel at his unfinished masterpiece, "Symphony of Light," which combines 80 intricately designed kimonos as a portrayal of Mount Fuji. Enjoy a quick lunch, then take a scenic drive around Lake Saiko and Lake Shojiko, catching glimpses of the mystical Aokigahara Sea of Trees Forest, born from the aftermath of a Mount Fuji eruption.

Top off the day at the historic Sengen Shrine, which is nestled within a magnificent cedar forest at the foot of Mount Fuji. Built in 788 CE, the shrine holds a significant place in Japanese culture as a revered sanctuary honoring what is one of the country's most sacred mountains. This is also the gateway to the Yoshidaguchi climbing trail, a fun place for your family to hike around before heading back to the city for the evening.

Day 6: See the Wonders of Tokyo DisneySea

Make a splash with the family at DisneySea 

It's back to the realm of Disney today with a visit to DisneySea, a theme park located right next door to Tokyo Disneyland. With water as the main attraction, you and the kids can take some wild, splashy rides, see mermaids, and cruise through ports and rivers. Start your adventure at the Mediterranean Harbor, a beautiful waterfront area at the park's entrance and a great spot for family photos.

From here, head to Mysterious Island, a volcanic island that sits in the middle of the park, where you can embark on a thrilling expedition into the heart of the Earth and take an underwater voyage on the "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" ride. See Ariel of "The Little Mermaid" fame at the Mermaid Lagoon, discover the world of "Arabian Nights" at the Arabian Coast port, and cruise through mysterious ruins and jungles at the Lost River Delta port.

You'll also come across interactive street performances and shows around the park, and at sunset, find a good spot to watch the spectacular nighttime show, "Fantasmic." This dazzling performance combines water, light, music, and fireworks to create a captivating spectacle the whole family will love.

Day 7: Train to Osaka, Visit Osaka Castle Park & Kamigata Ukiyoe Museum

Kids will love the dioramas on show at Osaka Castle Park 

Your next destination is the port city of Osaka, located on the island of Honshu. Japan's third largest city, this commercial hub is known for its sleek architecture, historic sites, and hearty street food. After breakfast and hotel check out, you'll gather up the family and head to the train station for your scenic, 2.5-hour ride. 

Upon arrival, meet your local guide for a tour of some of the city's most important landmarks. You'll start at Osaka Castle, a prominent landmark offering a wealth of information on Japan's rich history. Young historians will enjoy the dioramas that depict various battles, uniforms, and helmets, and you can all step out to the large observation deck for excellent city views. 

Continue to Kamigata Ukiyoe Museum, the only museum in the world with a permanent exhibition of Kamigata Ukiyoe, or Kamigata woodblock prints. Kamigata Ukiyoe were printed and sold in Kamigata―which is what the Osaka-Kyoto region was commonly called during the Edo Period. The exhibition showcases more than 50 different pieces, which include various subjects such as the great kabuki actors of the day. After spending some time at the museum, your guide will transport you to your hotel where you can check in and relax for the rest of the day. 

Day 8: Family Tour Around Osaka: Virtual Reality & the Neon Lights of Dotonbori

Walk around Osaka's buzzy Dotonbori District

Get ready for an action-packed day as you set out on a guided excursion to some of Osaka's best family hotspots. You'll meet your guide and head to Expocity, a sprawling complex located on the historic grounds of Asia's first World Fair. Visit the NIFREL Museum, home to one of the largest aquariums in the world, where the kids can check out the interactive exhibits and see the more than 2,000 animals that live here. 

Next, jump into the world of virtual reality at VS Park sports arcade. Transport the family to new dimensions as you show off your virtual skills, trying everything from basketball to soccer in friendly competitions that will leave everyone laughing and exhilarated. After working up an appetite, have lunch in central Osaka, then learn how those very realistic food displays you see at Japanese restaurants are made. Visit a laboratory that showcases the creation of what looks like mouthwatering dishes from special wax. You can even create some samples yourselves—a fun souvenir for the kids!

End your day in Dotonbori, a high-powered sensory overload of neon, modern buildings, and throngs of people. Nicknamed "Osaka's Times Square," you'll find enticing food stalls, game arcades, and plenty of shopping in this energetic district. This is a great spot for dinner, with dishes such as grilled crabs, takoyaki (balls filled with vegetables and seafood), and or kid-friendly taiyaki (fish-shaped pastries) available from the various eateries. 

Day 9: Self-Guided Visit to Universal Studios Japan

Enjoy wild rides and fanciful characters at Universal Studios 

Make the most of your last day in Osaka with a visit to Universal Studios Japan. Opened in 2001, this is one of six Universal Studios parks in the world, with exciting rides, captivating performances, and, of course, the beloved characters of Universal movies and shows. Visit Hogwarts Castle in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, ride the "Forbidden Journey" ride, and sample a pint of the famed butterbeer. Then walk through the shops of the Hollywood-themed area and watch some of the live entertainment that takes place here.

Take a wild ride through Jurassic Park, see the characters from "Hello Kitty" and "Sesame Street" in Universal Wonderland, and enjoy everything from burgers to Japanese specialties at one of the many restaurants. After lunch, hit up the mind-blowing 4D "Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man" ride and a live-action "WaterWorld" show, then finish the day by soaring over the park on the "Flying Dinosaur" roller coaster.

Day 10: Depart Osaka

Say your goodbyes to Japan—for now!

Your 10-day family adventure in Japan ends today. After breakfast, check out of your hotel and transfer to the airport for your journey home or to your next destination. Safe travels! 

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Map of Adventurous Family Fun in Japan: Animé, Theme Parks & Cultural Excursions - 10 Days
Map of Adventurous Family Fun in Japan: Animé, Theme Parks & Cultural Excursions - 10 Days