Best Japan Family Holiday Package Tours for 2018

Best Japan Family Holiday Package Tours

Japan is an amazing destination to visit, but as a typically time-poor family sometimes you want someone else to make all of the arrangements. In addition, the benefit of being escorted by a guide means that you don’t have to spend a lot of time learning how the system in Japan works (which can sometimes be difficult), so you can just relax and make the most of your holiday or vacation.

The good news is that a range of family holiday package tours are available to suit a wide range of budget, from cheap to luxury, and to suit the age of your children.  I have put together this detailed article on how to find the right family tour to suit your needs and budget in 2018.  Most Japan tours use the shinkansen or bullet trains to get around so you and your children won’t miss out on this speedy experience!

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Best Japan Family Holiday Package Tour Options for  2018

Best Japan Family Holiday Packages for Older Teenagers

Different tour operators have a range of minimum ages for children to participate in their tours.  Here are the best options for families with older teenagers aged from 15 years old.  Note that all of the tours mentioned in the tweenager / younger teenager and young children sections are also suitable for this age group 🙂

Intrepid Cycle Japan Tour – 14 Days Small Group Tour

The Intrepid Cycle Japan Tour is a 14 day Original small group tour for ages 16 and above which visits Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, Kanazawa, the Noto Peninsula and Tokyo. This tour uses mostly Ryokan (8 nights) and hotel (5 nights) accommodation.  This tour provides accommodation, a bicycle, support vehicle and train tickets and requires a good level of fitness to ride a bicycle between 35 – 65km each day.  This tour includes many activities and 13 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 5 dinners are included.  Click here to check out the latest prices and availability for the Intrepid Cycle Japan Tour.

Peregrine Explore Japan Tour – 12 Days Small Group Tour

The Peregrine Explore Japan is a 12 day small group tour for ages 15 and above which visits Kyoto, Nara, Hiroshima, Takayama and Tokyo. This tour uses hotels for 9 nights and traditional Ryokens for 2 nights.  This tour provides accommodation, public transport tickets and requires a moderate level of fitness to carry your own luggage and the ability to walk 10-15km on some days.  This tour has many included activities and has 11 breakfasts and two dinners included.  Click here to check out the latest prices and availability for the Peregrine Explore Japan Tour.

Intrepid Classic Japan Tour – 12 Days Small Group Tour

The Intrepid Classic Japan Tour is a 12 day Comfort small group tour for ages 15 and above which visits Kyoto, Mt Koyasan, Hiroshima, Tsumago, Matsumoto and Tokyo. This tour uses hotels and traditional Ryokans for 10 nights and a temple stay for one night.  This tour provides accommodation, public transport tickets and requires a moderate level of fitness to carry your own luggage and the ability to walk up to 10 km on some days.  This tour has many included activities and has 11 breakfasts and 2 dinners included.  Click here to check out the latest prices and availability for the Intrepid Classic Japan Tour.

Views over Matsumoto Castle, Japan

Views over Matsumoto Castle, Japan

Intrepid Real Food Adventure Tour – Japan Tour – 12 Day Small Group Tour

The Intrepid Real Food Adventure – Japan Tour is a 12 day original small group tour for ages 15 and above which visits Tokyo, Takayama, Kanazawa, Osaka, Mt Koyasan and Kyoto. This tour uses hotels for 6 nights, traditional Ryokans for 4 nights and a monastery for one night.  This tour provides accommodation, public transport tickets and requires a moderate level of fitness and the ability to walk up to 10km on some days.  This tour includes many food related and other activities and 11 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 4 dinners are included.  Click here to check out the latest prices and availability for the Intrepid Real Food Adventure – Japan Tour.

Intrepid Japan Express Tour – 9 Day Small Group Budget Tour

The Intrepid Japan Express Tour is a 9 day Basix small group tour for ages 15 and above which visits Tokyo, Nikko and Kyoto. This tour uses mostly Ryokan and small guest house accommodation.  This tour provides accommodation, public transport tickets and requires a moderate level of fitness to carry your own luggage and the ability to walk up to 10km on some days.  This tour is structured to maximise your independent travel time with very few included activities and no meals included.  Click here to check out the latest prices and availability for the Intrepid Japan Express Tour.

Tokyo Tower at Dusk

Tokyo Tower at Dusk

Best Japan Family Holiday Packages for Tweenagers and Younger Teenagers

Different tour operators have a range of minimum ages for children to participate in their tours.  Here are the best options for families with tweenagers and younger teenagers aged from 12 years old.

G Adventures Iconic Japan Tour – 12 Day Small Group Deluxe Tour

The G Adventures Iconic Japan is a 12 day National Geographic Journeys small group deluxe tour for ages 12 and above which visits Tokyo, Tsumago, Kanazawa, Hiroshima and Kyoto. This tour uses higher quality hotels for 10 nights and a traditional Ryokan for one night.  This tour includes accommodation, public transport tickets and requires a moderate level of fitness.  This tour has a higher number of included activities and has 11 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 1 dinner included.  Click here to check out the latest prices and availability for the G Adventures Iconic Japan Tour.

G Adventures Sapporo Snow Festival and Japan Winter Highlights Tour – 13 Day Small Group Tour

The G Adventures Sapporo Snow Festival and Japan Winter Highlights Tour is a 13 day Classic small group tour for ages 12 and above which visits Tokyo, Shirakawa, Kanazawa, Kawayu, Osaka, Kyoto, then flies to Sapporo, Noboribetsu and Sapporo. This tour uses hotels for 9 nights, traditional inns for 2 nights and a farmhouse for 1 night.  This tour provides accommodation, public transport tickets, the flight to Sapporo and requires a moderate level of fitness.  This tour includes many activities and 3 breakfasts and 3 dinners are included.  Click here to check out the latest prices and availability for the G Adventures Sapporo Snow Festival and Japan Winter Highlights Tour.

G Adventures Japan Hike, Bike and Kayak Tour – 13 Day Small Group Adventure Tour

The G Adventures Japan Hike, Bike and Kayak Tour is a 13 day Active small group tour for ages 12 and above which visits Osaka, Chikatsuyu, Katsuura, Wakayama, Kyoto, Onomichi, Ikuchi Jima, Matsuyama, Hiroshima and Tokyo. This tour uses hotels (9 nights) and traditional Ryokans (3 nights).  This tour provides accommodation, a bicycle and kayaks and public transport tickets and requires a moderate level of fitness.  This tour includes many activities and 12 breakfasts and 3 dinners are included.  Click here to check out the latest prices and availability for the G Adventures Japan Hike, Bike and Kayak Tour.

G Adventures Discover Japan Tour – 14 Day Small Group Tour

The G Adventures Discover Japan Tour is a 14 day Classic small group tour for ages 12 and above which visits Tokyo, Takayama, Kanazawa, Hiroshima, Kyoto, Mt Fuji region and then returns to Tokyo. This tour uses hotels for 9 nights and traditional Ryokens for 4 nights.  This tour provides accommodation, public transport tickets and requires a moderate level of fitness.  This tour has many included activities and has 2 breakfasts and one dinner included.  Click here to check out the latest prices and availability for the G Adventures Discover Japan Tour.

G Adventures Japan Winter Highlights Tour – 9 Day Small Group Tour

The G Adventures Japan Winter Highlights Tour is a 9 day Classic small group tour for ages 12 and above which visits Tokyo, Shirakawa, Kanazawa, Kawayu, Osaka and Kyoto. This tour uses hotels for 6 nights and traditional inns for 2 nights.  This tour provides accommodation, public transport tickets and requires a moderate level of fitness.  This tour includes many activities and 3 breakfasts and 2 dinners are included.  Click here to check out the latest prices and availability for the G Adventures Japan Winter Highlights Tour.

G Adventures Backroads of Japan Tour – 12 Day Small Group Tour

The G Adventures Backroads of Japan Tour is a 12 day Classic small group tour for ages 12 and above which visits Tokyo, Nagano, Matsumoto, Takayama, Kurashiki and Kyoto. This tour uses hotels and traditional Ryokens for 9 nights and traditional inns for 2 nights.  This tour provides accommodation, public transport tickets and requires a moderate level of fitness.  This tour has many included activities and has 1 breakfast and one dinner included.  Click here to check out the latest prices and availability for the G Adventures Backroads of Japan Tour.

G Adventure Japan Express Tour – 9 Day Small Group Tour

The G Adventure Japan Express Tour is a 9 day Classic small group tour for ages 12 and above which visits Osaka, Mt Koyasan, Hiroshima, Kyoto, Hakone/Mt Fuji Area and Tokyo. This tour provides accommodation, public transport tickets and requires a moderate level of fitness.  This tour has many included activities and has 2 breakfasts and 2 dinners included.  Click here to check out the latest prices and availability for the G Adventures Japan Express Tour.

Torii Gate on Miyajima Island near Hiroshima, Japan

Torii Gate on Miyajima Island near Hiroshima, Japan

Best Japan Family Holiday Packages for Younger Children

Different tour operators have a range of minimum ages for children to participate in their tours.  Here are the best options for families with younger children aged from 5 years old.

Intrepid Japan Family Holiday Tour – 11 Day Small Group Tour

The Intrepid Japan Family Holiday Tour is an 11 day Original small group tour which visits Tokyo, Mt Fuji/Hakone Area and Kyoto. To participate children must be at least 5 years old.  This tour uses hotels for 8 nights and traditional Ryokans for 2 nights.  This tour provides accommodation, public transport tickets and requires a moderate level of fitness.  This tour includes many activities and 10 breakfasts, one lunch and one dinner.  Click here to check out the latest prices and availability for the Intrepid Japan Family Holiday Tour.

Winter views over Mt Fuji

Winter views over Mt Fuji

Govoyagin Mt Fuji Climbing Tour – 2 Day Large Group Tour

The Govoyagin Mt Fuji Climbing Tour is a two day tour which is suitable for both adults and children from 6 – 15 years of age, as long as they are accompanied by an adult of at least 20 years old. Children aged 16-19 can climb Mt Fuji by themselves as long as they have a letter of permission from their parents.  The Mt Fuji climbing season typically runs from early July to early September each year.

The tour is conducted as a group tour with Japanese speaking participants, however for this specific tour an additional English speaking guide will accompany the tour participants for the full journey.  A mountain guide will also provide support to all members of the group.

The tour departs from Tokyo, which enables you to climb to the 7th hut on the first day and have a short sleep, before then continuing your climb overnight so that you can view the sunrise from the peak of Mt Fuji.  For an additional fee (and an extra 90 minutes) there is an option to walk around the crater of Mt Fuji. On the return journey you can visit the Benifuji no Yu hot spring.  The tour subsequently returns to Tokyo.

You can either bring your own mountaineering equipment or hire everything you need – rental gear can be collected in Shinjuku in Tokyo and returned to the Mt Fuji 5th station.  Note that mountain insurance is not included and should be purchased by the participants prior to this tour.  Click here to check out the latest prices and availability for the Govoyagin Mt Fuji Climbing Tour.

Best Japan Tours Using Tour Radar for 2018

A great option to find the package tour which will best fit your needs in 2018 is to use the Tour Radar booking site.  Tour Radar is a great site which has details of tours from over 28 tour companies (including Intrepid, G Adventures, Peregrine and many more) which operate in Japan.  You can easily set up the filter for group ages and specific dates to find tours which best match your planned travel dates, and also see tour reviews and pricing.

How to Find Your Tour Using Tour Radar

After you click through, on the left hand side is the filter bar where you can select your specific travel dates, your age range, travel style, regions of Japan you would like to visit, your preferred starting an ending location plus a few more options.  There is also a filter option to see both early bird and last minute deals!


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How to Book Your Tour Using Tour Radar

When you find a tour of Japan which meets your preferences, you can then go ahead and book directly through the Tour Radar website and obtain an instant confirmation.  To confirm your booking you will have to pay a deposit of $US250 (the amount varies slightly depending on your country of origin) with your final payment for the balance of the tour cost being due 30-60 days prior to departure,  The final payment is paid automatically from the credit card you used to pay for your deposit.  The specific date for final payment will be provided after you have confirmed your booking.

What If You Need to Cancel Your Tour Radar Booking?

An important question is what happens if you need to cancel your tour after you have already paid the deposit or final balance?  Each Tour Radar booking is made using the specific terms and conditions of the tour company.  Before you book I recommend that you read the terms and conditions so that you understand the key dates that you can cancel and still receive some or all of your money back.

Best Japan Family Holiday Package Tours

Travel Insurance for Your Package Tour

If you have not already purchased travel insurance I recommend that you get a quote from World Nomads travel insurance using the below quotation tool and then book your travel insurance at the same time you book your tour.  Ensure that you check the terms and conditions to ensure that this product is suitable for your needs.  World Nomads provides travel insurance coverage for people from over 150 countries.

 

Join the Japan Travel Planning Facebook Group

Don’t forget to join my Japan Travel Planning Facebook Group – it is a great resource to enable you to ask questions about your upcoming trip to Japan!

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