A Private Japan Family Tour – Tokyo, Nikko, Yudanaka Snow Monkeys, Kyoto & Lake Biwa
10 Days / 9 Nights – Tour Code (JPF)
Private Tour – Departs Daily
Ninjas. Snow Monkeys. Sumo Wrestling. A bike tour through the countryside. A recipe for the perfect Japan Family Vacation. Interested? Read on…
Japan is one of the most rewarding and most intriguing family travel destinations in the world. It is a land of contrasts, steeped in timeless traditions all the while constantly setting new trends for the rest of the planet to follow. This action-packed Japan family holiday features a plethora of sights, sounds and tastes available nowhere else in the world – leaving your family memories of a lifetime.
With your private guide as your co-pilot, we explore Tokyo’s fantastic sights including the world-famous Tsukiji Fish Market, a vibrant locals market lined with sushi stalls featuring the day’s freshest catch; Sensoji Temple and its colorful Nakamise shopping street; the architectural marvel of the awe-inspiring Tokyo SkyTree, the world’s newest and tallest free-standing structure that boasts a bird’s eye view of the entire city, plus a rare glimpse to Sumo Training at a Sumo gym. Experience Nikko’s Edo Wonderland and trace the footsteps of Old Japan alongside Ninjas and Samurais!
Then, take a ride the super fast Shinkansen (Bullet Train) to Yudanaka Valley in Nagano Prefecture to visit the Jigokudani Monkey Park famed for its wild Snow Monkeys. Observe these playful creatures’ fascinating interactions with nature, humans and one another. Here, we also visit one of the region’s hidden gems – Suzaka City, a former trading place from the end of Meiji period until Taisho period. Today, Suzaka charms the visitor with its small town atmosphere dotted with small shop houses and ancient wooden buildings.
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. Visit several of the cities most famous sites including Kinkaku-Ji (Golden Pavilion), Nijo Castle and Nishiki Fish Market (a.k.a. Kyoto’s Kitchen). Take a trip outside Kyoto to beautiful Lake Biwa located just 40 minutes outside the city. Here, enjoy a bicycle ride along a beautiful lakeside road up to the stunning rice terraces where you’ll spend a day immersing in the region’s local culture, mingling and enjoying lunch with a local family and a participating in various cultivation activities such as rice harvesting, fruit picking or mochi-making.
From Tokyo’s vibrant cityscape to Nikko’s stunning natural beauty. Edo Wonderland’s flying Ninjas to Jigokudani’s swimming Snow Monkeys. Lake Biwa’s serene countryside to Kyoto’s magnificent temples & Shrines. Your most unforgettable Japan family holiday awaits.
9 nights hotel accommodations per itinerary
- Hotel American Breakfasts Daily
- Lunch & Dinners as specified per itinerary
- Seven Japan Day Rail Pass
- Private Sightseeing by private guide utilizing public transport (except Edo Wonderland)
- Airport transfers upon arrival and departure
- Separate baggage transfer service between Tokyo and Kyoto
TOKYO (4 nights)
- 4 nights at Grand Nikko Daiba Hotel in Tokyo
- Half day Tokyo sightseeing including a chance to observe Sumo Training*
- Full day excursion to Nikko and Edo Wonderland (Join Tour)
YUDANAKA (2 nights)
- 2 nights at Ryokan Biyu no Yado
- Visit to Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
- Private Suzaka City Tour including Sake Tasting
- One Kaiseki Dinner at Ryokan
KYOTO (3 nights)
- 3 nights at Hotel Okura | ANA Crowne Plaza Kyoto
- Half Day Private Walking Tour of Kyoto City
- Half day private bicycle & Cultural Immersion tour in Lake Biwa
- Departure transfers to Itami or Kansai Airport in Osaka by shared shuttle van
Day 1 Arrive Tokyo
Upon arrival and after clearing Customs and Immigration, be met and transferred to your hotel in Tokyo by private taxi for your next 3 nights’ accommodations.
Day 3 Tokyo
This morning, visit a Sumo Stable and enjoy a ringside seat to observe sumo wrestlers train and exercise their daily routine. Afterward, visit the Tsukiji Fish Market, Sensoji Temple and its colorful Nakamise Shopping Street and the impressive Tokyo SkyTree for a bird’s eye view of the world’s most populous city. Afternoon free a leisure to explore Tokyo on your own. (B)
****Note: Sumo tour is NOT available during or around Sumo tournament periods.****
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)
***Note: Tour operates on JOIN (non-private basis) and on Tuesday and Fridays only****
Day 5 Tokyo / Yudanaka
This morning, your guide will meet you at the hotel lobby and accompany you to Tokyo Station where you will board a bullet train for Nagano. Upon arrival at Nagano Station, be met and visit Zenko-Ji Temple. Afterward. proceed by express train to Yudanaka and check-in at your Ryokan (Traditional Japanese Inn) where a Kaiseki style dinner will be served. (B,D)
Day 6 Yudanaka (Snow Monkey Park):
After breakfast at the rykan, proceed to by hotel shuttle to Snow Monkey Park where you spend the morning exploring the park and observe the playful snow monkeys bathing, swimming and jumping in & out of the hotspring pools. Afterward, proceed to Obuse Onsen Village for a stroll around this sleepy heritage town followed by a Miso Factory visit and some Sake tasting. Return to the ryokan and enjoy the balance of the afternoon to relax and enjoy the resort’s onsen facilities. (B)
Day 7 Yudanaka / Suzaka/ Tokyo
This morning, enjoy a tour of the quaint Suzaka City, located east of Nagano City. It was known as the trading place from the end of Meiji period until Taisho period (1868 – 1912). Many storehouses and old buildings still remain along the streets while some have been transformed into small shops, museums and cafes. Here, visit the Folk Doll Museum, Kasaboko Dream Hall showcasing its umbrella-like floats, Hangga Museum that exhibits the print works from the post-Taisho period; and Tanaka Honke Museum where your lunch is a re-production of the meals serve at this former opulent residence during that time. At the end of the tour, drop off at Suzaka Station and return to your hotel in Tokyo on your own. Overnight in Tokyo. (B,L)
Day 8 Tokyo / Kyoto
Board your bullet train for Kyoto. Upon arrival, commence sightseeing of beautiful Kyoto visiting Nijo Castle, Golden Pavilion and the fun-filled Nishiki Market that showcases a myriad of food items from fresh produce and seafood to delicious street snacks. Check-in at your hotel for your next 3 nights’ accommodations. (B)
Day 9 Kyoto (Lake Biwa)
This morning, enjoy an invigorating cultural and scenic tour of Lake Biwa. Enjoy a leisurely bike ride along a beautiful lakeside road up to the stunning rice terraces where you’ll spend a relaxing and culturally-inspiring day in a traditional farm village. The tour showcases a slow-paced, off-the-beaten-path experience of the countryside to see a different side of Japan. Here, get a chance to visit a local family’s residence where a simple Japanese lunch is prepared (with your help). Depending on the season, you may participate in various cultivation activities such as rice harvesting, fruit picking or mochi-making. Return to Kyoto from Shiga Station on your own and enjoy the balance of the afternoon at leisure. (B,L)
Day 9 Kyoto
Full day free at leisure to relax and explore a few of Kyoto two thousand temples and shrines by foot or by bicycle. A visit to nearby Nara, yet another ancient capital and Japan’s first, is highly recommended. (B)
Day 10 Return Home
Transfer to Itami or Kansai Airport in Osaka by shared shuttle van for your departure flight onward. (B)
2017 Price Chart (Prices valid through December 20, 2017)
|Daily Departure||Twin Sharing||Single Supplement|
|January – February ’17||4,075||1,725|
|March – April||4,275||1,245|
|June – September||4,075||1,725|
|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 all airfares, personal expenses, beverages during included lunches & dinners
- Tour commences in Tokyo and ends in Kyoto.
- Edo Wonderland Tour operates on Tuesday and Friday only, and closed December – March 23. Program may be adjusted to accommodate Edo Wonderland schedule.
- All hotels, tours and land services are subject to availability at time of reservation
- Private Walking of Tokyo including visits to a Sumo Gym & Tokyo SkyTree.
- Excursion to Nikko and the action-packed Edo Wonderland
- Visits to Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park in Yudanaka
- Tour of the heritage town of Suzaka
- Half day private walking tour of Kyoto
- Half day bicycle and cultural tour of Lake Biwa
Price Starting From: $3,975
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