Japan itineraries

There is so much to see in Japan that you could very easily spend weeks here, exploring the different islands. But this is not usually a luxury that most families have, so we have created two sample itineraries.

Our ‘Highlights of Japan’ is a two week trip that ticks off many of the highlights, with ample time in Tokyo, Kyoto and Hiroshima, as well as some less well known gems. If time (or budget) does not allow for a longer trip, we have combined our top picks in our shorter ‘Japan in 9 days’ tour, which includes Tokyo and Kyoto, whilst also spending time in the countryside in Hakone. As ever, we can tailor the trip to your own specific interests, suggesting alternatives places to visit depending on your interests.

Japanese snow monkeys - Japan itineraries

14 Days

Visit Tokyo, Nagano, Takayama, Nakasendo Trail, Kyoto, Hiroshima, Osaka

From £2,800 per person

Plus international flights starting at £700 direct

Japan itineraries

9 Days

Visit Tokyo, Hakone, Kyoto

From £1,700 per person

Plus international flights starting at £700 direct

How do tours in Japan work?

For most travellers, our tours in Japan operate very differently to tours in other destinations in that much of the trip is self-guided. Prior to your tour we will send you an extremely detailed pack of trip notes, which will have full details on how to get around, suggestions on places to visit and how to get there, details of your hotels and so on. Essentially we take care of all the logistics such as what train tickets to book and the best route to follow.

Once you are there, you will be met at the airport so there are no worries about jumping straight onto a train on your own; you will have a shuttle or private transfer to your first hotel. Even a mainly self-guided Japan trip is a vast step up from going it alone. For instance we will always include a guide for your first ‘proper’ day in Tokyo who will help you get orientated, learn how to use the subway, how to recharge your IC Card (Japanese version of an Oyster card) and will even help you exchange your rail pass and book seats on train journeys.

This is the perfect introduction to travelling in Japan and after that day you’ll feel much more confident and will be raring to go! We also typically include a guide in Kyoto for a day, plus some other guided excursions such as bike rides or cookery classes. Travel in this way is not only very straightforward but is hugely safe and helps to keep the costs manageable. People are unfailingly helpful, kind and respectful and you will find it is a lot of fun! However, if you would prefer to be guided and escorted throughout, this can also be arranged.

Family eating a meal in Japan - Japan itineraries

It’s fun trying the local dishes, but you can usually find Western options too

All of our Japan itineraries are bespoke which means that we can tailor-make them for your family, taking into account the ages of your children, your interests, your budget and so on. Our holidays are 100% financially protected with the Travel Trust Association, number Q0176, if you book with us. We also have ATOL certification, number T7608, provided by the Civil Aviation Authority.


Call us and we will be happy to provide you with a free-of-charge no obligation itinerary and quotation designed for you.

01728 752751

Stubborn Mule cartoon