With such a diverse range of experiences on offer, Japan has plenty to keep children and big-kids alike entertained. It is perhaps not the first destination that comes to mind when deciding on your next family holiday, but the colourful cities, quirky culture and beautiful blossom-clad views are sure to win you over and put Japan firmly at the top of your list. And we haven’t even mentioned the delicious food, beautiful rural regions or the spectacular volcano lakes…
Nigh impossible to see everything in one visit, a trip to Japan
requires advanced planning and expert guidance in order to get the
most out of your holiday. For many, the main pull of a trip to
Japan is to learn about the fascinating culture. Although a visit
to the Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto, a tour of the beautiful
Kenrokuen Garden and a stay in a traditional Japanese inn (called a
'ryokan') are all undeniable must-dos, there is a wealth of more
unusual, under the radar experiences to introduce the whole family
get involved in a cookery class, and create a classic Japanese
bento box filled with food designed to look like famous characters
(Hello Kitty anyone?). The city is also known for its excellent
tempura dishes, where fresh ingredients are deep-fried in a
delicious batter. Kyoto is also home to some museums your
youngsters will simply love such as the Kyoto International Manga
Museum and the Toei Kyoto Studio, where the family can dress up in
period costumes and watch actors filming for Japanese TV shows.
Feeling inspired? We can also organise a manga drawing class for
the budding artists (and Pokemon lovers) among you.
No trip to Japan is complete without a tour of Tokyo.
Home to some of the world's tallest skyscrapers, a wealth of
luxurious hotels and vivid street life, a tour with a local guide
is the best way to soak up this sensational city. All this, and we
haven't even scratched the surface. The UNESCO World Heritage town
of Takayama, a trip to see the adorable snow monkeys, karate
lessons, and a traditional dinner with a maiko (Japanese geisha)
are just a few of the family-friendly, cultural experiences you
won't get anywhere else in the world.