Family adventures in Japan
Japan's cities are a flashing, whirring paradise for kids of all ages. In Tokyo alone, your family can enjoy anime masters at Studio Ghibli, take a masterclass in manga drawing, meet Hello Kitty at Sanrio Puroland and get lost in the amusement arcades of Akihabara "electric town".
In the countryside, your family can cycle through rural villages, kayak across to Miyajima Island or feed the friendly deer in Nara Park. There are also endless hands-on activities to try, from martial arts to origami or taiko drumming - inspiring, educational experiences for any age.
One of the safest and cleanest countries in the world, Japan boasts superb amenities and excellent family accommodation, making travelling with children wonderfully stress-free. What's more, dining options encompass everything from all-you-can-eat ice cream parlours to fishing restaurants where you can reel in your own meal - so if your child doesn't take to kaiseki, you needn't worry.
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Family accommodation across Japan
Superbly located in the prestigious district of Marunouchi, opposite the Imperial Palace and the shopping capital of Ginza, The Peninsula Tokyo offers commanding city views, luxurious comfort, sophisticated facilities, extraordinary dining options and the legendary Peninsula service.
Machiya Residence (Kyoto)
InsideJapan are delighted to offer self-catering stays in a range of Kyoto machiya or traditional townhouse.
These machiya, all located in the city centre, have been lovingly restored as comfortable holiday rental cottages that sleep 2 to 8 people. This is your chance to slide back a traditional screen door and live like a real Kyotoite in the comfort of your own space for a few days. Each machiya has a small kitchen, dining area, bathroom, two washrooms and a discreet computer corner (laptop provided). Bedrooms may be Western style with low beds or Japanese-style tatami rooms with futons. Facilities include a Skype phone and plasma TV, washing machine and dryer, kitchenware & tableware, a microwave, fridge and air conditioning in all rooms. The houses are usually 2 storey traditional buildings with a lovely Japanese garden.
Shiba Park Hotel (Tokyo)
The Shiba Park hotel is located in the centre of Tokyo and has friendly, English-speaking staff who are well used to looking after foreign guests.
With Tokyo Tower and Zozo-ji Temple a short walk west and Hamarikyu Gardens a pleasant stroll away to the east, this is a great location right in the heart of the city.
The lobby has plenty of space and seating, and the guest rooms are of a reasonable size for Tokyo. The hotel also has its own restaurants, including a Chinese restaurant, a Japanese restaurant, a bar and café. If you would prefer to eat out, there are plenty of great options within easy walking distance of the hotel - just ask one of the hotel staff for recommendations or to make a reservation.
There are several underground and overground stations in the area - the closest being Onarimon, Daimon and Hamamatsucho. A short walk will also bring you to Shibakoen, Akabanebashi, Kamiyacho or Shiodome - so you will be very well connected during your stay.
Kerama Beach Hotel (Zamami)
The Kerama Beach hotel is a simple but comfortable western style hotel in a quiet location with beaches to the east and west.
Guest rooms are a bit on the bland side, but comfortable with good beds and en-suite bathrooms. All have sea views. The hotel staff are exceptionally friendly, will pick you up from the main port and can arrange diving and snorkelling trips around the Kerama Islands. The hotel has a good restaurant serving simple food including steak and chips! There's also a nice bar and lovely terrace area.
Guestrooms are among the largest in Tokyo; modern and contemporary with Japanese-inspired accents, each guestroom and suite blends traditional Peninsula standards of comfort and innovative technology with elements of Japanese heritage and culture. The hotel offers a wide range of gourmet options with authentic Cantonese cuisine, fine Japanese kaiseki as well as international dining. For relaxation the hotel features a fitness centre and indoor swimming pool overlooking the Imperial Gardens, while The Peninsula Spa by ESPA offers the ultimate in pure indulgence.
Yamaichi Bekkan (Miyajima)
Hands down, this is one of the most-loved ryokan among the InsideJapan Tours team! Welcome to the Yamaichi Bekkan, a family-run inn just a short walk from both the pier and Miyajima's famous shrine gate.
The ryokan has just four guest rooms (three traditional Japanese-style and one Western twin) all with en suite bathrooms. Downstairs the ryokan acts as a restaurant as well, and has a great reputation for its high quality food: sashimi, tempura and the island speciality conger eel. The owner Shinko-san is an absolute delight - with her you can be sure of a warm welcome to Miyajima Island.
Keio Plaza Tokyo (Tokyo)
You will be staying at the Keio Plaza Hotel located in the very heart of Tokyo's bustling Shinjuku district and just a couple of minute's walk from the station.
This 170m skyscraper has great views of the city, especially at night from the hotel's sky bar - perfect for a cocktail after a hard day of sightseeing! This 5 star hotel has no less than 29 restaurants and English speaking staff on hand.