Japan Family Vacation: 10 Days in the Land of Kawaii

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We are excited to share with you this 10-day itinerary that we have carefully crafted to showcase some of the unique places and adventures that Japan has to offer. 

This itinerary is tailored specifically for families with kids, with a mix of cultural experiences, outdoor adventures, and relaxation.

Why Japan?

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Japan is a destination that is sure to delight and fascinate families of all ages. With its unique blend of modernity and tradition, there is always something new and exciting to discover. From the bustling streets of Tokyo to the peaceful gardens of Kyoto, Japan has something for everyone. And with its friendly locals and excellent public transportation, it is a very family-friendly destination.

This itinerary includes a mix of activities that will appeal to kids and adults alike. You will visit iconic landmarks and temples, experience traditional culture, and go on some exciting outdoor adventures. There is also plenty of time for relaxation and downtime, so you can recharge your batteries in between activities.


Day 1: Arrival in Tokyo

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First, take some time to rest and get settled in your hotel. Then in the evening, go for a walk around your neighborhood to get a feel for the city. You can also visit one of Tokyo’s many temples or shrines to see the beautiful lanterns and get a taste of traditional Japanese culture.

Go on a Tokyo food tour

Day 2: Exploring Tokyo

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Start your day by visiting the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building for a panoramic view of the city. Then, head to the Tokyo National Museum to learn about Japan’s rich cultural history.

In the afternoon, visit the bustling streets of Asakusa to see the Senso-ji Temple and do some shopping at the local markets.

Explore Tokyo for 7 Days

Day 3: Tokyo Disney Resort

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Spend a fun-filled day at Tokyo Disney Resort, where you can meet your favorite Disney characters and enjoy rides and attractions for all ages. Be sure to catch the parade and stay for the fireworks at night.

Day 4: Kamakura

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Take a day trip to Kamakura, a beautiful coastal town just an hour south of Tokyo. Visit the Great Buddha at Kotoku-in Temple and go for a stroll along the sandy beaches.

In the afternoon, visit the Hasedera Temple to see the beautiful gardens and learn about Japanese Buddhism.

Day 5: Mt. Fuji and Hakone

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Take a day trip to Mt. Fuji and Hakone, where you can see the iconic mountain up close and enjoy some of the region’s natural hot springs. 

Go on a boat ride on Lake Ashi and visit the Hakone Open-Air Museum to see some of Japan’s finest modern art.

Take a food tour in Fuji City

Day 6: Yokohama

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Spend a day in Yokohama, Japan’s second-largest city. Visit the Sankeien Garden to see the beautiful landscapes and traditional Japanese buildings. In the afternoon, visit the Cup Noodles Museum to learn about the history of instant noodles and create your own custom cup.

Day 7: Kyoto

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Take a bullet train to Kyoto, Japan’s former capital and a city known for its beautiful temples and gardens. Visit the Fushimi Inari Shrine to see the thousands of orange torii gates, then go for a stroll through the Gion District to see the traditional wooden machiya houses.

Go on a Matcha green tea tour in Kyoto

Day 8: Nara

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Take a day trip to Nara, a city known for its friendly deer population.

Visit Todai-ji Temple to see the world’s largest bronze Buddha statue and go for a walk in Nara Park to feed the deer.

In the afternoon, visit the Kasuga-taisha Shrine to see the beautiful stone lanterns.
Take some time to explore the local streets and try some of Nara’s famous foods, like deer meat and sake.

In the evening, return to your hotel in Kyoto to rest and recharge for the next day’s activities.

Day 9: Osaka

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Spend a day in Osaka, Japan’s second-largest city and a hub for food and shopping. Visit the Universal Studios Japan theme park, then go for a walk along the Dotonbori riverfront to see the colorful neon lights and try some of Osaka’s famous street food.

Go on a street food tour in Osaka

Day 10: Departure

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Before departing Japan, take some time to reflect on your trip and all the amazing experiences you’ve had. You may also consider purchasing some souvenirs to remember your time in Japan, then say goodbye to this beautiful country until your next visit.

Ready to have a family trip with your family in Japan?

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In summary, this 10-day itinerary offers a mix of unique experiences and adventures that will keep your family entertained and engaged while you’re in Japan. 

Need help with travel planning? Don’t worry, just get a family travel expert for international travel so you can start your journey worry-free. Talk to our in-destination travel experts in Japan to plan ASAP. Happy trip!

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