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Experience Japan's warm culture on a 10-day family trip
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10 Days in Japan - 4 Family-Friendly Itinerary Ideas

With 10 days in Japan, you can introduce young travelers to Osaka, Kyoto, and Tokyo's futuristic theme parks and exciting cuisine on a family highlights tour. Or, for a nature-focused excursion, head to Hokkaido Island and enjoy watching the kids' confidence soar while hiking, cruising, and horseback riding. Other options include an animé and theme park-infused adventure and a well-rounded trip that lets children discover their own preferences while hopping between modern, natural, and traditional wonders.

Introduce your little ones to Japanese culture with an epic two-week family tour
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2 Weeks in Japan - 5 Family-Friendly Itinerary Ideas

With two weeks to explore Japan as a family, you can embark on a fun-filled highlights tour complete with theme park visits in Tokyo and Osaka and cultural interactions in Kyoto. Or, speed things up with an active trip that pairs time in the main cities with visits to the remote villages of Magome and Kiso-Fukushima. Other options include an off-the-beaten-path adventure for families seeking a deep cultural connection and a well-rounded itinerary featuring time on the idyllic island of Okinawa.

Take the kids to Kyoto to experience the historic streets and a traditional tea ceremony
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1 Week in Japan - 4 Family-Friendly Itinerary Ideas

Japan's trains allow families to experience two destinations in one week. Those keen on animation and theme parks will enjoy mingling with animé aficionados in Harajuku and splashing around at DisneySea. Budding chefs can sample street eats on a family food tour in Shinjuku and learn the art of sushi making at Tsukiji Fish Market. Parents with younger children interested in experiencing Japan's nature and culture can cruise the Sumida River by boat and play samurai at Okochi Mountain Villa.

Japan family-friendly itineraries

Tokyo's Shinjuku Park
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Classic Highlights of Japan - 14 Days

Welcome to Japan! On this two-week journey around the main island, Honshu, you'll enjoy a mix of cultural sightseeing and active adventures. Visit sacred temples and shrines, cycle through the countryside, and wander around Tokyo's most fashionable neighborhoods. From the history of Hiroshima and the wonders of ancient Kyoto to the historic farmhouses of Shirakawa-go and the quiet island of Miyajima, there's so much to see and do.

Walking in the Higashiyama district of Kyoto
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Family Adventure in Japan - 14 Days

Offering ancient traditions and futuristic fun, Japan is filled with one-of-a-kind attractions for the young—and the young at heart. This two-week family-friendly itinerary features a great mix of cultural sightseeing and hands-on activities, like a sushi class and a samurai sword-fighting course. You'll explore the character cafés and comic book shops of Tokyo, boat on a lake near Mount Fuji, and wander through towering groves of bamboo in Arashiyama, taking time to learn about history in Hiroshima and Kyoto. Rounding out the trip are day trips to two world-class theme parks: Disney Sea and Universal Studios Japan. This action-packed journey is sure to be a hit with the whole family.

Walking through the bamboo grove at Arashiyama
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Family Adventure in Japan - 10 Days

This action-packed 10-day adventure around Japan is perfect for families! The itinerary leads you from the neon lights, futuristic interactive art, and whimsical character cafés of Tokyo to peaceful Lake Kawaguchi, where you can visit a nearby ninja theme park or ride one of the steepest roller coasters in the world. Then it's onward to Kyoto, where you'll learn how to make creative Japanese-style sweets and attend a tea ceremony. Travelers of all ages will enjoy visiting temples, bamboo groves, and shrines on the last few days of the trip in Arashiyama, Nara, and Osaka.

Colorful Japanese Lanterns
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Family Adventure in Japan: Tokyo, Mount Fuji, Kyoto - 10 Days

Traveling together as a family is such a special experience, and this 10-day action-packed adventure is specifically designed with families in mind. From Kanto to Kansai, this trip takes you from Tokyo and its modern, bustling streets to Kyoto with its tight hold on tradition. It's the perfect way to take in all that Japan has to offer while having plenty of family fun.

A family sitting at a temple surrounded by autumn leaves
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Family-Friendly Tour of Japan's Cities: Tokyo, Kyoto & Osaka - 11 Days

Japan is a wonderland for families, with cultural, natural, and modern attractions that will appeal to all ages. This 11-day trip visits three of the country's most significant cities—Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka—with an itinerary chock-full of kid-friendly outings and excursions. Broaden little ones' minds as they explore colorful temples and shrines, meet the local wildlife, and sample exotic new foods—then reward their patience with visits to Tokyo Disneyland and Universal Studios Japan.

A bridge in the Kyoto Imperial Palace Garden
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Discover Japanese Culture in Kyoto - 5 Days

Enjoy the quiet scenery and traditional Japanese culture in Kyoto on this refreshing adventure. In just five days, you'll visit sacred shrines, wander through ancient forests, take a boat cruise down a river lined with cherry blossoms, practice meditation with a Buddhist monk, and learn about the traditional arts of calligraphy and flower arranging. You'll also detour to the historic city of Nara, famed for its giant Buddha statue and resident population of deer, before returning to Kyoto for one last evening of sampling sushi and sake.

Two girls at the Tsuten-kyo bridge at Tofuku-ji temple in Kyoto
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Family Fun & Culture in Japan: Tokyo, Kyoto & Osaka - 10 Days

Japan is a spellbinding destination for kids of all ages, and this family-friendly 10-day tour is the perfect introduction to the country's culture, food, and innovation. Split between Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka, you'll start with digital art and a river cruise in the country's capital before catching the bullet train west. Discover temples, monkeys, ninjas, and samurai in ancient Kyoto, then finish up in Osaka to visit a noodle museum and the world's largest aquarium.

Dive into the heart of Japanese culture and tradition in Kyoto
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Family Fun & Culture in Japan: Tokyo, Kyoto & Osaka - 14 Days

Embark on a whirlwind tour of Japan's family attractions with this two-week tour brimming with culture, theme parks, and natural wonders. Ideal for families with kids aged seven and over, you'll start in neon-lit Tokyo as a base for Disney trips, Mount Fuji, and digital fun in the city. Head next to Kyoto for culture and adventures in Arashiyama and finish in Osaka, where you'll find the perfect blend of Godzilla, animé, and ancient shrines.

The animé fans in the family will love a trip to Gundam Base Tokyo
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Adventurous Family Fun in Japan: Animé, Theme Parks & Cultural Excursions - 10 Days

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.

Go beyond Japan's major cities and explore highlights like historic Kanazawa on this two-week family tour
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Japan Off-the-Beaten-Path Family Adventure - 14 Days

Go beyond the highlights with two weeks of family fun throughout Japan's major cities and smaller towns. Get a taste of Tokyo with a kid-friendly food tour; then, it's off to Hakone for ropeway rides and green tea baths at a hot springs resort. Channel your inner samurai as you walk the Edo-era streets of Takayama, practice your painting skills with Kanazawa's artisans, don a kimono for a traditional tea ceremony in Kyoto, and end with a spin on Osaka's high-flying Tempozan Ferris wheel.

Explore Kyoto's many temples and shrines as a family
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Japan Family Highlights Tour: Osaka, Kyoto & Tokyo - 10 Days

Discover the best of Japan with your family on this 10-day vacation that hits the country's natural wonders and cultural landmarks at a kid-friendly pace. Begin in Osaka, where ancient temples meet glass-fronted skyscrapers. Then, delve into Kyoto's tea ceremony culture, wander through bamboo forests, and cruise the Katsura River. Finish your adventure with immersive tours in Tokyo's pioneering digital art and science museums and a restful day on the shores of Mount Fuji.

Treat your little ones to plenty of kid-friendly treats like daifuku (stuffed mochi) on a Tokyo food tour
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Family Travels in Japan: Tokyo, Fujiyoshida & Kyoto - 7 Days

See the wonders of Japan with your family on this seven-day tour that starts in the bustling capital city of Tokyo. Explore the interactive art of TeamLab Planets and visit the historic Senso-ji temple, then you're off to see the peaks of Mount Fuji. Cruise along Kawaguchi Lake, ride the ropeway for sky-high views, and spend a day at nearby Fuji Q Amusement Park for thrilling rollercoasters and animé fun. End with a traditional tea ceremony in Kyoto and a visit with curious monkeys in Arashiyama.

Mount Fuji, one of many natural wonders on your memorable trip to Japan
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Japan City & Nature Tour for Families: Osaka, Kyoto, Hakone & Tokyo - 14 Days

With two weeks in Japan, you and your family can combine dazzling neon city time with outdoor excursions across lakes, mountains, and forests. Perfect for older kids and teens, this itinerary takes you from Osaka's ancient and modern landmarks to Kyoto's temples, shrines, and wildlife experiences. You'll discover the revered Mount Fuji over two days in Hakone and finish in Tokyo for sushi, river cruises, innovative digital art, and a memorable mountain hike.

Gaze above the clouds at Unkai Terrace on Hokkaido
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Family Tour of Japan's Hokkaido Island: History, Culture & Outdoor Fun - 10 Days

This family-centric tour focuses on Japan's northern island of Hokkaido, known for its cooler climate and unspoiled nature. You'll hike around steamy ancient hot springs and learn about Japan's Edo period in Noboribetsu, then hop over to Toyako for lake cruises and a meet and greet with the brown bears of Showa Shinzan. Stroll the historic streets of Sapporo, create sweet treats at Ishiya Chocolate Factory, and end with outdoor excursions and relaxing resort time in Shimukappu.

Explore the bustling streets of Tokyo with your family
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Adventurous Family Fun in Japan: Animé, Ninjas, Godzilla & Theme Parks - 7 Days

Family adventures abound on this high-octane weeklong tour through Japan. It starts in Tokyo as you explore historic temples, tour the animé-centric Akihabara, and learn to make authentic Japanese sushi. Then, it's off to Osaka for the neon lights of the Dotonbori district alongside the wild rides of Universal Studios Japan. End with a day at Awaji Island's Nijigen No Mori Park, where the kids can meet their favorite manga characters and battle against the monster Godzilla!

Learn about the history and culture of Kyoto with family-friendly tours and experiences
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Relaxed Family Tour of Japan: Tokyo & Kyoto - 7 Days

See the best of Tokyo and Kyoto at an easy pace with a week of family-focused tours and cultural highlights. Discover ancient temples and animé fun in the capital, then spend a day on the wild rides of DisneySea. Continue to historic Kyoto, where youngsters can take part in a traditional tea ceremony, blaze their own trail through the Sagano Bamboo Grove, and meet the monkeys at Arashiyama Monkey Park. End with a family photo-op at the iconic red gates of Fushimi Inari.

End your two-week adventure on the beaches of Okinawa
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Epic Family Tour Across Japan: Futuristic Fun, Culture, History & Beaches - 14 Days

This exciting two-week family adventure in Japan starts in the capital city of Tokyo, where you'll say hello to resident robots at the Miraikan Museum and catch all the Pokémon at the Pokémon Center. Take a day trip to majestic Mount Fuji, then it's off to Kyoto for tea ceremonies, the Railway Museum, and the friendly deer of Nara. See the neon lights of Osaka's Dotonbori district, take some wild rides at Universal Studios Japan, and end with sun and fun on the white-sand beaches of the Okinawa Islands.

The kids will love browsing the cute characters and charming souvenirs in Tokyo's busy shopping streets
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Fun-Filled Family Highlights of Japan: Tokyo & Kyoto - 7 Days

Spend a week discovering some of Japan's most family-friendly highlights with this lighthearted itinerary. Start in Tokyo to walk the jam-packed alleyways of Tsukiji Fish Market and let the kids practice their Pokémon Master skills at the Pokémon Center. Ride a glass-paneled ropeway up the slopes of Mount Fuji, then hop a train to Kyoto for a family tea ceremony and a visit to the Kyoto Railway Museum. End with a stroll through the Arashiyama Bamboo Grove and a ride on the Sagano Scenic Railway.

Step into the past in historic Kyoto, with kimonos, tea ceremonies, and samurai
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Active Family Tour of Japan: Culture, History & Nature - 14 Days

Adventure awaits on this 14-day family itinerary that blends culture, nature, and outdoor fun. Start in Tokyo to explore local cuisine and immerse the family in the world of animé in the lively Akihabara district. Hop over to Hakone for views of Mount Fuji, experience a tea ceremony and cycle through the bamboo groves of Kyoto, then catch a train to the neon lights of Osaka's Dotonbori district. After some gentle day hikes along the famous Nakasendo Trail, end in Matsumoto to visit its mighty castle.

See the colorful flower fields of Farm Tomita on Hokkaido Island
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Active Family Fun on Hokkaido Island : Club Med, Cultural Tours & Outdoor Excursions - 9 Days

This nine-day adventure in northern Japan's Hokkaido Island is perfect for active families with kids aged six and over. Your vacation starts with a fun-filled stay in the all-inclusive Club Med Tomamu, where you'll explore the region's natural wonders before hot-footing it over to Sapporo. Spend two days indulging in a family-friendly tour of the town's Michelin-starred eateries and a delectable chocolate excursion before discovering the hot springs of Noboribetsu and a scenic cruise across Lake Toya.