Self Guided Adventure


Mountains & Culture Family Activity Holiday

12 Nights: price on request Trip Code: MCAH

Get stuck in to Japanese culture with this hands-on family activity holiday, taking in the must-see cities of Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka as well as the beautiful scenery of the Japanese Alps. Read more >

The trip kicks off among the bright neon lights of Tokyo with a private half-day city tour a visit to the fabulous Studio Ghibli Museum, home to Hayao Miyazaki's imaginative and heart-warming animations.

From here the Japanese Alps beckon, and you'll follow in the footsteps of the ninja as you visit Matsumoto's "Black Crow" castle, one of the best original samurai castles in Japan. The next morning you'll make your own lunch at a soba noodle-making class, before taking a spectacular bus ride across the mountains to Takayama.

As well as exploring Takayama's historic buildings, markets and craft shops, you'll venture out into the Hida countryside for a guided bike ride past farms and rice paddies. The accommodation in Takayama is an experience in itself: a traditional ryokan where the whole family will sleep on futon mattresses on the tatami mat floor. A Japanese-style dinner consisting of many little dishes will be included on the first night at the ryokan, so if there is anything you don't like there will be plenty to enjoy!

In Kyoto, Japan's ancient capital, there are wonderful temples, shrines and gardens to explore during a morning with a private guide. We recommend following the endless tunnels of red shrine gates at Fushimi Inari Shrine for fantastic views across the city and a chance for everyone to stretch their legs! We've also thrown in a taiko drumming lesson. Half dance, half music - taiko is a great way to make some noise.

Finally, you'll spend two nights in Osaka where you can visit the wonderful aquarium. There's also a lesson in tatedo (that's wooden sword fighting to you and me), which offers you the chance to become a ninja stuntman for the afternoon.

Pricing: This trip costs from £7,350 for a family of four (based on two adults, one teenager and one child aged 6-11).

At a glance

What's Included

What's included

  • 12 nights' accommodation
  • Breakfast every day and one evening meal
  • Manaca transport card with 2,500 yen credit for city transport
  • Seven-day JApan Rail Pass
  • All transport between destinations in Japan
  • Tickets to the Studio Ghibli Museum in Tokyo
  • Soba noodle-making lesson in Matsumoto
  • Hida Satoyama rural cycling trip in the Takayama countryside
  • Taiko drumming lesson in Kyoto
  • Tatedo sword fighting lesson in Osaka
  • Tickets to Osaka's Ring of Fire Aquarium
  • Four-hour private guide service in Tokyo and Kyoto
  • Your personalised InsideJapan Tours Info-Pack

What's NOT included:

  • International flights
  • Any extra local transport (buses, subways, taxis) unless covered by the included passes
  • Any entrance fees (including those for temples, shrines and museums) unless otherwise specified
  • Baggage handling and luggage forwarding

What, where, when and how...

Mountains & Culture Family Activity Holiday - 13 Days

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Mountains & Culture Family Activity Holiday - 13 Days - Accommodation

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