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Family Japan 2020

9 days with Abercrombie & Kent   Rating: Deluxe

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Itinerary
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DAY 1 ARRIVE TOKYO, JAPAN
Arrive in action-packed Tokyo, where you are met and transferred to your hotel.
 
DAY 2 TOKYO | FROM A SEAFOOD MARKET TO THE TAIKO DRUMS
Start your day at Tsukiji Fish Market, a bustling hub of Japanese daily life where a dizzying array of seafood can be found. Continue to an exclusive local workshop that specializes in Japanese drum making, and try your hand at playing the taiko. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant, and then visit Asakusa Kannon Temple, pausing in the tiny shops of Nakamisei-dori. Stop in Akihabara, a colorful neighborhood filled with electronics shops and anime illustrations. Enjoy a welcome dinner with fellow guests this evening. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
 
DAY 3 TOKYO | SAMURAI HERITAGE & HANDS-ON SUSHI LESSON
Begin today at the Samurai Museum to learn about the customs of this elite-warrior class while viewing samurai swords, armor and weaponry. Throughout hundreds of years of medieval and early modern history, the samurai served as everything from military rulers to court ambassadors, living by a code that set them apart from mainstream Japanese life. Afterward, enjoy a hands-on lesson in the art of crafting sushi dishes, enjoying your creations for lunch. (Breakfast, Lunch)
 
DAY 4 HAKONE | IN THE SHADOW OF MOUNT FUJI
Today, the great outdoors call your family to Hakone, a beautiful resort town known for its onsens (hot springs) and mountainous scenery. Hakone is set within Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park and surrounds beautiful Lake Ashi. Enjoy a demonstration of a traditional Yosegi magic box, a functional and finely crafted puzzle built to perplex anyone who doesn’t know the secret to opening it. Then, ride a cable car for a spectacular view of Mount Fuji. After lunch at a local restaurant, visit the Okada Museum of Art to discover an extensive collection of art and artifacts from Japan, Korea and China, including delicately painted gold screens and exquisite pottery. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
 
DAY 5 OSAKA | RIDING THE RAILS BY BULLET TRAIN
This morning, stroll the grassy hillsides of the Hakone Open Air Museum, taking in sculptures and artwork from the likes of Picasso and Henry Moore. After having lunch, Ride Like a Local by bullet train past Mount Fuji at speeds of up to 175 miles per hour. Arrive in Osaka, one of Japan’s largest cities and a renowned foodie hub. Next, set out on an adventure for the taste buds in the neon-lit Dotonbori Canal District, with the canal reflecting the dazzling façades of restaurants, where you may sample everything from takoyaki (ball-shaped octopus snacks) to okonomiyaki (Japanese pancakes), all part of a Family Foodie Experience. (Breakfast, Lunch)
 
DAY 6 NARA & OSAKA | THE ART OF SUMO WRESTLING
Travel this morning to Nara, Japan’s first capital. Explore Nara Park, home to thousands of tame deer believed to be messengers of the gods. See Todai-ji Temple and the country’s largest Buddha statue, the Kasuga Taisha Shrine with its many lanterns. Return to Osaka, stopping en route at Kehaya-za Sumo Pavilion, where you observe a demonstration of this Japanese sport that culminates in a match between two amateur sumo wrestlers. You also have the opportunity to step into the ring and learn the tactics of the sport from an instructor. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
 
DAY 7 KYOTO | BAMBOO FOREST & GOLDEN PAVILION
Travel to enchanting Kyoto, exploring Arashiyama, including the Garden of Tenryu-ji Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and wander through the magical Bamboo Grove Forest. After lunch at a local restaurant, visit the exquisite Kinkaku-ji (Golden Pavilion) and watch its reflection glitter on the surface of the reflecting pond. Then contemplate the iconic Zen rock garden at Ryoan-ji, the perfect spot for a meditative moment. End your day with a visit to the 400-year-old Nishiki Market, wandering its covered alleyways to discover a plethora of foods and desserts, all of Japan’s culinary delights in one vibrant place. (Breakfast, Lunch)
 
DAY 8 KYOTO | KIMONOS & ORIGAMI
This morning, visit the 10,000 Torii Gates of Fushimi Inari Shrine. Then, enjoy the opportunity to dress up in a colorful kimono and receive a hands-on lesson in origami. This afternoon, enjoy time at leisure to explore Kyoto at your own pace. Tonight, gather with your fellow guests for a special izakaya-style farewell dinner. (Breakfast, Dinner)
 
DAY 9 DEPART KYOTO
Transfer to Kansai Airport or Itami Airport, both located just outside of Osaka, for your international flight home. (Breakfast)
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All This Included
Discover Japan’s most dynamic cities in fun, engaging ways, including a hands-on taiko drumming demonstration and a private sushi-making lesson in Tokyo. Learn the secrets of a Yosegi magic box at a demonstration in Hakone; witness an amateur sumo wrestling match in Nara with the option to try it yourself; and immerse yourself in traditional Japanese culture in Kyoto, from kimono-wearing to creating origami.
  • English-Speaking Resident Family Tour Director and Local Guides
  • Hand-Selected Family-Friendly Accommodations
  • Travelling Bell Boy® Luggage Handling
  • Breakfast in Bed on Select Days
  • Traveller’s Valet® Laundry Service
  • Internet Access (Where Available)
  • Airport Meet and Greet with Private Transfers
  • Full Breakfast Daily; Select Lunches and Dinners 
  • Entrance Fees, Taxes and All Gratuities Except Resident Tour Director®
  • 24/7 A&K On-Call Support
  • Guaranteed Departures with Just Two Guests
Highlights
  • Learn the ways of the samurai warrior, discovering the noble bushi with a guided visit to the Samurai Museum
  • Be part of a powerful musical immersion during a private, hands-on taiko drumming lesson
  • Take in exciting vistas of majestic Mount Fuji, viewing it from a cable car near Hakone and speeding past it on a bullet train bound for Osaka
  • Explore diverse, high-energy markets and shopping districts from Tokyo to Kyoto that sell everything from anime toys to exotic foods
  • Discover traditional Japanese culture in Kyoto with an origami lesson and the chance to practice dressing in a kimono
Accommodations
Tokyo: Conrad Tokyo
Hakone: Hyatt Regency Hakone Resort & Spa
Osaka: Conrad Osaka
Kyoto: Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto
Notes
  • Minimum age is 6 years. Suggested age is 8+.
  • First group event: welcome briefing at 8:30 a.m. on Day 2.
  • Last group event: farewell dinner at 7:00 p.m. on Day 8.
  • Departures are guaranteed to operate with a minimum of 2 guests.
  • Triple occupancy pricing is available upon request.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
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