A Japan Family Tour – Tokyo, Nagoya, Kiso Valley, Kyoto & Nara

9 Days / 7 Nights – Tour Code (JPF)

Join Tour – Departs Wednesday & Friday

Kiso Valley, Japan Family Vacation

In recent years, Japan has become one of the most rewarding, most intriguing family travel destinations in the world. Japan is a land of contrasts, steeped in timeless traditions all the while setting new trends for the rest of the planet to follow. Its
vibrant, ultra-modern society is distinctively complemented by its magnificent history, majestic culture, and breathtaking natural beauty — making Japan truly a world class destination for explorers and families alike.

Your introduction of Japan begins with one of the world’s most modern yet historic cities — Tokyo. Affectionately known as Edo, Tokyo served as the ancient capital where the Tokugawa Shogunate ruled Japan for centuries. We’ll show you the highlights of city including a trip up to the Tokyo SkyTree, the world’s newest and highest free-standing structure that boasts a bird’s eye view of the entire city. We also take you to the Nikko’s Edo Wonderland to trace the footsteps of Old Japan alongside with the Ninjas and Samurais! Then, we ride the super fast Shinkansen (Bullet Train) to Nagoya at speeds in excess of 180 MPH where you will catch a glimpse of the Japan’s lush and tranquil countryside on board one of the world’s most advanced locomotives. Enjoy a visit to the Toyota Commemorative Museum, a state-of-the-art industrial museum that showcases everything from ancient textile manufacturing, to 21st Century automotive design; and the historically significant Nagoya Castle that has been the centerpiece Japan’s 4th largest city for centuries.

Next, embark on a time capsule to the beautifully preserved post towns of Magome & Tsumago in Kiso Valley. Situated along the old “highway” connecting Kyoto and Edo during the Samurai Period, it is here where visitors find themselves completely immersed in “Old Japan”, journeying back in time along the cobbled footpaths connecting ancient villages lined with traditional wooden homes, quaint local craft shops and irresistible food stands in the backdrop of spectacular mountain scenery.

Your journey continues on to Kyoto, the ancient capital of Japan for more than a thousand years. Kyoto is forever known for its history and culture, casting an image of Old Japan where ancient Buddhist temples, traditional wooden houses, stunning palaces and beautiful classical gardens abound. Enjoy an invigorating bicycle ride through the back streets of Kyoto to explore the charm and history of this ancient city passing through quiet residential areas and tranquil rivers. We then travel to the outskirts of Kyoto for a memorable visit of Nara, yet another former capital of Japan for 74 years during the 8th Century. Here, visit the awe-inspiring Todaiji Temple, the world’s largest wooden building that houses the country’s largest Buddha statue; Deer Park where over 1,000 free roaming deer abound; and Kasuga Taisha, one of the most celebrated Shrines in all of Japan.

This is a family vacation experience not to be missed. Get ready to experience Japan that goes beyond the imagination.



  • Roundtrip Economy Class Air via All Nippon Airways / United Airlines from the U.S.
  • 7 nights hotel accommodations per itinerary
  • Hotel American Breakfasts Daily
  • Transportation within Japan per itinerary
  • Join sightseeing by motorcoach with services of English-speaking guides
  • Separate baggage transfer service between Tokyo / Kyoto

TOKYO (3 nights)

  • 3 nights at Tokyo Grand Pacific Hotel or Marriot Courtyard Tokyo
  • Half day Tokyo sightseeing including a visit to the Tokyo SkyTree
  • Full day excursion to Nikko & Edo Wonderland
  • Airport transfers by private taxi upon arrival

NAGOYA (2 nights)

  • 2 nights at Marriott Associa Hotel
  • Afternoon sightseeing of Nagoya Castle and Toyota Commemorative Museum
  • Full-day Kiso Valley Excursion to Magome and Tsumago

KYOTO (2 nights)

  • 2 nights at Hotel Okura | Hotel Westin Miyako
  • 1 lunch
  • Half day Nara tour by motorcoach
  • Full day private bicycle tour of Kyoto
  • Departure transfers to Itami or Kansai Airport in Osaka by shuttle van

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Nagoya Castle, Family Travel Japan

Nagoya Castle, Nagoya


Day 1 Depart USA
Depart USA for Tokyo via All Nippon Airways / United Airlines

Day 2 Arrive Tokyo
Upon arrival and after clearing Customs and Immigration, proceed to your hotel by airport limousine bus

Day 3 Tokyo
Morning at leisure. This afternoon, enjoy a tour of Tokyo city driving by the Imperial Palace Plaza, Ginza and Akihabara. Visit Sensoji Temple and its Nakamise Shopping Arcade followed by a trip up to Tokyo SkyTree’s observation deck (Tempo Deck). Tour disbands at Tokyo Station.

Day 4 Tokyo (Nikko Edo Wonderland)
Morning transfer by motorcoach for Nikko. Enjoy sightseeing of UNESCO Nikko visiting its Toshogu Shrine, the mausoleum of Tokugawa Ieyasu, founder of the Tokugawa shogunate, which ruled Japan for over 250 years until 1868. The complex consists of more than a dozen Shinto and Buddhist buildings set in a beautiful forest. Afterwards, proceed to Nikko Edomura (Edo Wonderland), a history theme park recreating Japanese town life during the Edo Period (1603-1868). Park guests have the opportunity to experience live performances from comic shows and traditional water magic, to live action, including the popular Grand Ninja Theater, dress up in traditional costumes, tour the town’s historically based shops and museums boasting a variety of replica workshops, two wax museums, Ninja Trick Maze, Haunted Temple, and House of Illusion. Return to Tokyo in the afternoon. Tour disbands at Tobu Asakusa Station. (B)

Day 5 Tokyo / Nagoya
Morning Transfer to the train station on your own arrangements (by taxi or by rail) to Tokyo Station for your Shinkansen for Nagoya. Upon hotel check-in (Marriott Associa located adjacent to JR Nagoya Sation), commence a tour of Nagoya visiting the historically significant Nagoya Castle that has shaped the 4th largest city of Japan, followed by the Toyota Commemorative Museum, a state-of-the-art industrial museum that showcases everything from ancient textile manufacturing, to 21st Century automotive design. Overnight in Nagoya. (B) ****Note: your baggage will be transferred separately between your hotels in Tokyo and Kyoto. Suggest bringing carry-on size bag for stay in Nagoya as Bullet Train may not accommodate large bags****

Day 6 Nagoya (Kiso Valley – Tsumago & Magome):
Depart for Nakatsugawa by limited express. Enjoy a spectacular visit of Magome, a quaint and beautifully preserved post town that was part of the Nakasen-do “highway” between Tokyo (edo) and Kyoto, employed three hundred years ago during the Samurai Period. The village is colorfully lined with rows of traditional houses and post inns lining a steep street. In the afternoon, enjoy a chopstick-making and embark on a time journey with leisurely hike along the Ancient Post Road. Return to and overnight in Nagoya. (B)

Day 7 Nagoya / Kyoto (Nara)
This morning, board your Shinkansen for a 40 minute ride to Kyoto. Upon arrival, be met and transferred to your hotel by taxi. This afternoon, enjoy sightseeing of beautiful Nara, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visits in Nara include Todaiji Temple, Kasuga Shrine and Deer Park. (B)

Day 8 Kyoto
Today, enjoy a fascinating private tour of Kyoto by bicycle. Starting at Kyoto Station, you will enjoy a leisurely ride through the back streets of Kyoto, passing through beautiful temples, tranquil rivers and local residences to the ever-charming GION district. Enjoy a stroll through its cobbled streets with a visit to the revered Imperial Palace Park before returning to Kyoto Station along the spectacular Kamo River. (B)

Day 9 Return Home
Transfer to Kansai or Itami Airport in Osaka for your depart flight home. (B)


2014 Price Chart (Prices valid through December 13, 2014)

Set Departures

Land Only




Single Supplement

January – February

3,325 4,425 4,525 4,575 1,155

March – April

3,425 4,675 4,775 4,825 1,215


3,425 4,725 4,825 4,875 1,215


3,525 5,075 5,225 5,325 1,175

July – August

3,525 5,125 5,275 5,375 1,175


3,375 4,575 4,675 4,725 1,175

October – November

3,425 4,625 4,725 4,775 1,215


3,375 4,575 4,675 4,725 1,175

Tour requires minimum of 2 passengers to operate


  • Prices are per person, based on double occupancy
  • Price includes entrance fees, hotel taxes & service charges
  • Price excludes personal expenses beverages during included lunches, hotel breakfast (optional)
  • Peak Season Hotel Surcharge in Kyoto: Add $60 per person/night for stays during Mar.22-Apr.12; Nov.14-Dec.06
  • Tour commences in Tokyo and ends in Kyoto. Please refer to the Tour Schedule for departure dates
  • Edo Wonderland closed December – March 20. Full day sightseeing in Nikko or Kamakura will be arranged instead.
  • For Air & Land Option:
    • When Trans-Pacific travel takes place on a weekend (Fri-Sun), add $50 per person each direction.
    • U.S. & Foreign departure taxes, fees and fuel surcharges are not included (Approx. $650 – subject to change)
    • Airfare supplement of $400 (SFO/LAX) | $500 (NYC/CHI) applies for departures between December 14 – 24
    • Add-on fares from eligible connecting U.S. domestic cities are available. Contact us for details
  • For additional details of this trip, please refer to our Tour Itinerary page
  • All flights, hotels and land services are subject to availability at time of reservation


Tokyo - Grand Pacific Hotel

Tokyo – Grand Pacific Hotel

Tokyo - Marriott Courtyard at Ginza

Tokyo – Marriott Courtyard at Ginza

Kyoto - Westin Miyako Resort

Kyoto – Westin Miyako Resort

Kyoto - Hotel Okura

Kyoto – Hotel Okura

Nagoya - Marriott Associa

Nagoya – Marriott Associa



  • Full-day excursion to Nikko, UNESCO World Heritage Site (1999)
  • Sightseeing tour to Tokyo Tower Observatory, Imperial Palace Plaza and Asakusa Kannon Temple
  • Afternoon sightseeing of Nagoya Castle and Toyota Commemorative Museum
  • Full-day Kiso Valley Excursion to Magome and Tsumago
  • Full day private bicycle tour of Kyoto

Price Starting From: $4,425



“The Arrangements were FLAWLESS….I did not sense that the earthquake had any negative effect on our experience. On the contrary, the highlights were even more accessible .”

Chris Wulsin - New York

April 2011 (Japan)