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12-Day Family Adventure: Unveiling Authentic Japan and ACG

Unveiling Authentic Japan and ACG with Your Family

Immerse your family in a captivating blend of Japanese pop culture and authentic local experiences. Explore iconic anime locations, engage in hands-on animation, comics, and games (ACG) activities, and discover hidden gems beloved by manga enthusiasts.
Beyond ACG, delve into the authentic beauty of Japan's local customs and traditions. Wander through tranquil shrines and temples, stroll along bustling streets, and savor the flavors of traditional Japanese cuisine.
Our customizable itinerary ensures a personalized journey for the entire family, whether seeking adrenaline-pumping ACG interaction, serene cultural immersion, or simply embracing the joys of family togetherness.

  • Days:12±
  • Best For:First-timers, families, nature lovers, travelers fascinated by Japanese Animation, Comics, and Games
  • Departure date:up to you
  • Sample Price:from US$ 5,299 each (family of 4, 2 per room)

Journey Route

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This is a Vibrant and Engaging itinerary for the active families. If you're seeking an unforgettable Japan holiday that perfectly combines history, culture, and adventure, I am here to assist you.
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This is an ideal tour for first-time visitors and families. Sign up for your favorite part of the tour or simply treat the whole tour as inspiration, designing each element specially for you.


Explore Japan at your own pace, instead of travelling with a group.

Discover Mt. Fuji with Japanese guide

Journey across Japan's main destinations: from ancient national gardens to a modern Gundam base.

Outside the Imperial Palace in Tokyo
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Experience scenic Hakone with your family by train, cable car, and sightseeing cruise.

the Hakone Ropeway

Stay overnight in a traditional Japanese-style hotel for an immersive experience.

Japanese-style room at Yumoto Fujiya Hotel in Hakone
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Embark on a fast-paced adventure aboard the Shinkansen, Japan's iconic high-speed bullet train.

Shinkansen train passing Mt. Fuji

Savor the delicious local cuisine of Japan at vibrant food markets.

Takoyaji in Osaka Food Market
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Immerse yourself in Kyoto's rich culture: wear a traditional kimono and explore the Gion district.

meet authentic Geisha in Gion District
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Master authentic Japanese skills including ninja techniques, matcha-making, and pottery under the guidance of local experts.

Learn and make your own cup of Matcha!
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Connect with Japan's nature: encounter intelligent monkeys, adorable deer, friendly farm animals, and aquatic species.

kid with a deer in Nara Park
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Marvel at the panoramic views of Nara and Osaka from elevated vantage points.

Osaka Castle in spring
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Get a closer look at your Favorite ACG characters, including Pokémon Center (Nintendo) and VS Park (Bandai Namco).

Pokemon Center in Shibuya, Tokyo
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Relish personalized shopping time in Japan's local markets after the guided tour.

deer at Nara Park

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Itinerary in Detail

We organize numerous cultural activities and attractions to create unforgettable experiences, including Ninja experiences, pottery making, visits to the Gundam Base, and the Pokemon Centre, etc. Naturally, all can be tailored to fit your preferences!

Day 1
Tokyo Arrival

Konnichiwa! Embark on an unforgettable family adventure in the vibrant heart of Japan, Tokyo.

Upon arrival at Tokyo's bustling Narita or Haneda International Airport, our friendly driver will greet you and whisk you away to your comfortable hotel accommodation. Check into your stylish room and unwind after your journey, or venture out to explore the electrifying city at your own pace.

dusk of downtown Tokyo
The bustling night at Shibuya Crossing
Day 2
Unearth Tokyo's Enchanting Contrasts

Embark on an immersive journey through Tokyo's captivating contrasts, where medieval traditions harmoniously blend with modern marvels. Your private vehicle and guide will effortlessly navigate the city's vibrant streets, unveiling hidden gems and iconic landmarks that embody Tokyo's unique essence:

  • Seek solace in Kokyo Gaien National Garden, a sprawling oasis of manicured lawns, serene ponds, and picturesque bridges, and enjoy a leisurely stroll.
  • Delve into the tranquil oasis of Meiji Jingu Shrine, a serene escape from the city's hustle and bustle, and admire its traditional architecture.
  • Explore enchanting Sensoji Temple, Tokyo's oldest and most revered temple, and wander through the vibrant Nakamise-dori shopping street.
  • Ascend to the dizzying heights of Tokyo Skytree, the tallest structure in Japan, and take in breathtaking panoramic views of the sprawling cityscape.

Embrace the harmonious contrasts of Tokyo, where ancient traditions intertwine with modern marvels, and create lasting memories with your loved ones.

the gate of Sensoji temple
The Gate of the 7th Century Buddhist Temple — Sensoji
Day 3
Unleash Your Inner ACG Fan and Explore Tokyo's Pop Culture Wonderland

Welcome to the electrifying world of anime, comics, and games as you embark on a day filled with excitement and immersion into the heart of Tokyo's pop culture scene:

  • Prepare to be amazed by the immersive and interactive world of teamLab Borderless: MORI Building Digital Art Museum. Step into a realm where art and technology intertwine, creating a captivating sensory experience. Wander through digital landscapes, interact with mesmerizing projections, and unleash your creativity.
  • Step into a world of towering robots and mecha marvels at Gundam Base Tokyo, a paradise for Gundam enthusiasts of all ages. Explore the extensive collection of Gundam models, immerse yourselves in interactive exhibits, and witness the awe-inspiring life-size Gundam statue.
  • Experience the electrifying spectacle of Shibuya Crossing, the world's busiest pedestrian intersection. Immerse yourselves in the pulsating energy of the city as synchronized waves of people cross the intersection, creating a mesmerizing display of urban life.
  • Venture into the captivating realm of Pokémon at the iconic Pokémon Center. Browse through a vast array of Pokémon merchandise, from plush toys and trading cards to clothing and accessories. Let your inner child run wild as you discover the magic of Pokémon.
  • Satisfy your cravings for both food and anime at a themed anime café. Indulge in delectable treats and beverages inspired by popular anime characters, while enjoying the vibrant atmosphere of this unique dining experience.

Experience the vibrant and captivating world of ACG in Tokyo and create lasting memories.

inside the teamLab Borderless
Have fun in teamLab Borderless!
Day 4
Journey to Hakone's Enchanting Environs

On this self-guided day, you'll embark on a journey from the bustling metropolis of Tokyo to the serene landscapes of Hakone, a picturesque region renowned for its hot springs, stunning mountains, and tranquil lakes.

Your private guide in Tokyo will thoughtfully arrange your train tickets and Hakone Pass the day before, ensuring a seamless transition to Hakone. Begin your journey at Shinjuku Station, where you'll board the Romance Car, a luxurious train offering panoramic views of the surrounding scenery.

Upon arrival at Hakone Yumoto Station, conveniently located opposite your hotel, check in and unwind in your hand-picked accommodations. Take a moment to appreciate the tranquil ambiance of Hakone Yumoto, a traditional hot spring resort town nestled amidst the mountains.

Tozan cable car in Hakone
People await the arrival of the Hakone Tozan Cable Car
Day 5
Unwind and Explore Hakone's Family-Friendly Charms

Indulge in a day of relaxation and exploration at your own pace as you continue your Hakone adventure. With your Hakone Free Pass in hand, you'll have unlimited access to a variety of transportation options and attractions, allowing you to create a personalized itinerary tailored to your family's interests:

  • Hakone offers endless opportunities to create lasting family memories. Capture cherished moments through photographs and videos as you explore the town's attractions and immerse yourselves in the natural beauty of the region.
  • Embark on a scenic journey along the Hakone Tozan Railway, a charming mountain railway that winds its way through Hakone's picturesque landscapes. Take in the breathtaking views of lush forests, volcanic mountains, and the serene Lake Ashi.
  • Soar to new heights aboard the Hakone Ropeway, a cable car that ascends to the top of Mount Hakone. Enjoy panoramic vistas of the surrounding mountains, Lake Ashi, and the Hakone caldera, a volcanic crater.
  • Embark on a relaxing and scenic boat ride on Lake Ashi, Hakone's iconic lake. Enjoy the tranquil atmosphere as you glide across the water, surrounded by stunning mountain vistas.
  • Indulge in the rejuvenating and revitalizing waters of a traditional onsen, a Japanese hot spring bath. Choose from a variety of public or private onsen, each offering unique experiences and benefits.
  • Delight your family's taste buds with Hakone's culinary offerings. Savor traditional Japanese cuisine, including tempura, soba noodles, and ramen. Explore the town's charming cafés and restaurants for a taste of local flavors.
Sightseeing Cruise on Lake Ashinoko
Discover Lake Ashinoko aboard a pirate cruise!
Day 6
Journey from Hakone's Tranquility to Kyoto's Cultural Delights

Bid farewell to the serene landscapes of Hakone and embark on a journey to the captivating city of Kyoto, the heart of Japan's rich cultural heritage. Your Hakone Free Pass will still be valid for your travel to Odawara Station, where you'll seamlessly connect to the Shinkansen bullet train.

As you transition from the tranquility of Hakone to the vibrant cultural hub of Kyoto, anticipate the exciting experiences that await you in this ancient city, renowned for its temples, shrines, and traditional arts.

The Historic Alleysof Kyoto
Discover the historic alley of Kyoto
Day 7
Discover Kyoto's Historic Gems

Embark on a captivating journey through the heart of Kyoto's historical treasures, where ancient traditions and exquisite beauty intertwine. Your private vehicle and guide will seamlessly navigate the city's labyrinthine streets, unveiling hidden gems and iconic landmarks that embody Kyoto's unique heritage:

  • Witness the breathtaking splendor of Kinkakuji Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Kyoto's most iconic landmarks. Be mesmerized by the shimmering gold leaf adorning the temple's structure and reflecting its beauty upon the tranquil waters of the pond.
  • Step back in time at Nijo Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a magnificent example of Japanese castle architecture. Explore the castle's extensive grounds, admire its intricate woodwork and gardens, and gain insights into the lives of feudal lords.
  • Indulge your senses at Nishiki Market, a bustling and vibrant marketplace overflowing with local delicacies and culinary delights. Savor the flavors of traditional Japanese cuisine, from freshly prepared sushi and tempura to delectable sweets and savory treats.
  • Venture into the lush greenery of Monkey Park Iwatayama, where a colony of playful Japanese macaques roam freely. Observe their antics and interactions in their natural habitat, and capture memorable moments with these fascinating creatures.
  • Wander through the enchanting Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, a serene oasis of towering bamboo stalks. Immerse yourselves in the tranquility of this natural wonder, as sunlight filters through the verdant canopy, creating a mesmerizing spectacle of light and shadow.
  • Step into the serene Nonomiya Shrine, a revered Shinto shrine dedicated to the mother of Emperor Tenmu. Admire the shrine's elegant architecture and tranquil ambiance, and experience the serenity of this sacred site.

Embrace the timeless beauty and rich cultural heritage of Kyoto as you create lasting memories with your loved ones.

bamboo grove in Arashiyama
Fresh yourselves in the Arashiyama Bamboo Grove
Day 8
Immerse Yourself in the Allure of Kyoto

Delve into the enchanting Gion district, the heart of Kyoto's geisha culture, where tradition and beauty converge. Your private vehicle and guide will lead you through the district's labyrinthine streets, unveiling hidden gems and iconic landmarks that embody Kyoto's unique charm:

  • Embark on a transformative kimono-wearing experience, immersing yourselves in the art of traditional Japanese attire. Choose from a variety of exquisite kimonos, each adorned with intricate patterns and vibrant colors. With expert assistance, learn the art of kimono dressing and embrace the elegance of Japanese culture.
  • Discover the art of Kyoto pottery in a hands-on lesson at a traditional pottery studio. Under the guidance of skilled artisans, learn the techniques of shaping and glazing, and create your own unique piece of pottery to cherish as a lasting memory of your Kyoto adventure.
  • Stroll along the charming slopes of Ninenzaka and Sannenzaka, two historic streets lined with traditional wooden houses and shops. Discover unique souvenirs, handcrafted pottery, and delectable treats as you immerse yourselves in the district's quaint ambiance.
  • Witness the grace and artistry of geishas and maikos (apprentice geishas) in an intimate tea ceremony and performance. Immerse yourselves in the refined traditions of geisha culture as you savor delicate tea and witness the captivating beauty of traditional Japanese dance.
  • Ascend to Pure Water Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site perched atop Mount Otowa. Admire the temple's iconic wooden stage, offering breathtaking views of the city skyline. Experience the temple's sacred atmosphere and tranquility.

Embrace the captivating allure of Kyoto's Gion District as you immerse yourselves in its rich traditions, exquisite beauty, and cultural treasures.

inside the traditional Japanese pottery studio
Choose your preferred piece to craft in the pottery studio!
Day 9
A Journey through Uji's Matcha Delights and Nara's Enchanting Traditions

Embark on a captivating journey from Kyoto to Osaka, punctuated by enchanting stops in Nara, renowned for its ancient temples and tranquil parks, and Uji, the heart of matcha tea production. Your private vehicle and guide will seamlessly navigate the scenic routes, unveiling hidden gems and iconic landmarks that embody the unique essence of each region:

  • Immerse yourselves in the mystical aura of Fushimi Inari Shrine, a labyrinth of thousands of vermilion torii gates winding through the verdant foothills. Stroll along the serpentine path, admire the intricate details of the torii, and experience the tranquil atmosphere of this sacred site.
  • Venture into the heart of Uji, a picturesque town renowned for its matcha tea production. Discover the intricacies of matcha cultivation, processing, and preparation at a traditional teahouse. Engage in a hands-on matcha-making experience, learn the art of whisking matcha, and savor the delectable tea taste.
  • Immerse yourselves in enchanting Nara Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site renowned for its free-roaming deer. Witness these gentle creatures roaming freely among the park's lush greenery, and capture memorable moments as they approach visitors for friendly interactions.
  • Ascend Mount Wakakusa, a sacred mountain in Nara Park, offering panoramic views of the surrounding city and countryside. Hike through the verdant slopes, admire the serene beauty of Todai-ji temple from afar, and experience the tranquility of this natural sanctuary.

Embrace the captivating beauty and rich cultural heritage of Nara and Uji as you create lasting memories on your journey from Kyoto to Osaka.

nara park
The Verdant Grasslands of Nara Park, with Mount Wakakusa in the Background
A Culinary and Cultural Adventure in Osaka's Heart

Immerse yourselves in the vibrant energy and culinary delights of Osaka, a city renowned for its lively atmosphere, street food, and historical attractions. Your private vehicle and guide will seamlessly navigate the bustling streets and hidden gems, ensuring an unforgettable experience in this dynamic city:

  • Venture into Osaka Castle Park, a sprawling oasis amidst the urban landscape. Admire the grandeur of Osaka Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and explore its fascinating history and architecture. Stroll through the serene gardens, enjoy a traditional tea ceremony, and witness breathtaking views of the city from the castle's observation deck.
  • Embark on a half-day gastronomic adventure in Shinsekai, a lively district known for its authentic Osaka cuisine. Sample classic street food delights such as takoyaki (octopus dumplings), okonomiyaki (savory pancakes), and kushikatsu (deep-fried skewered meats and vegetables).
  • Unleash your inner ninja at a private ninja base, a unique attraction dedicated to the art of ninjutsu. Learn about the history and techniques of ninjutsu, participate in interactive experiences, and witness demonstrations of traditional ninja skills.
  • Explore the electrifying Dotonbori district, a neon-lit haven of street food, restaurants, and entertainment. Stroll along the Dotonbori River, marvel at the dazzling lights and vibrant signage, and indulge in the tempting aromas of Osaka's culinary specialties.

Let the vibrant energy, culinary delights, and historical treasures of Osaka weave their magic as you craft unforgettable memories in this captivating metropolis.

the Shinsekai district
Discover the vibrant Shinsekai with your guide!
Venture Beyond Osaka's Charm: A Day of Entertainment and Discovery

Step outside the bustling heart of Osaka and embark on a day filled with entertainment, learning, and hands-on experiences. Your private vehicle and guide will seamlessly navigate the region's highways and scenic routes, ensuring a smooth and enjoyable journey to these captivating destinations:

  • Immerse yourselves in the world of entertainment at VS Park LaLaport ExpoCity, a vibrant entertainment complex offering a variety of attractions for all ages. Experience the thrill of the world's tallest indoor roller coaster, the exhilarating rides at Orbi Osaka, and the captivating interactive experiences at TeamLab Borderless Osaka.
  • Dive into the fascinating underwater world at Interactive Aquazoo, NIFREL, an immersive aquarium that brings marine worlds to life. Witness a mesmerizing array of sea creatures, including dolphins, penguins, and jellyfish, and interact with them through touch pools and educational exhibits.
  • Unleash your creativity and learn the art of food sample making at a hands-on workshop. Discover the intricate techniques used to create these realistic replicas of food, and create your own edible masterpieces to take home as souvenirs.
  • Immerse yourselves in the tranquil setting of Rokkosan Farm, a working farm nestled amidst the mountains. Experience the joys of farm life, interact with friendly animals, and participate in hands-on activities such as cheese-making and horse-riding.

Venture into a realm of captivating experiences and enduring memories as you journey beyond Osaka's vibrant borders, where innovation, entertainment, and nature interweave seamlessly.

View on Miyajima Island
Craft a Japanese food model to take home as a souvenir!
A Fond Farewell to Japan's Enchanting Embrace

As your time in Japan draws to a close, allow us to orchestrate your departure with the same meticulous attention to detail and unwavering care that has been the hallmark of your entire journey. A private transport service, thoughtfully arranged by our team, will ensure a smooth and stress-free transition from your hotel to the airport, ensuring that your final moments in Japan are as serene as your arrival.

With your travel arrangements seamlessly taken care of, embark on your final farewell to Osaka, the vibrant heart of Japan. As you leave behind the bustling streets and enchanting attractions, carry with you the cherished memories of your unique exploration of the Land of the Rising Sun.

From the tranquil temples of Kyoto to the neon-lit streets of Tokyo, from the serene beauty of Hakone to the culinary delights of Osaka, Japan will have unfolded its treasures before you, leaving an indelible impression on your heart.

As you depart, we bid you a heartfelt "Sayonara!", wishing you a peaceful and pleasant onward or homeward journey. May the memories of your Japanese adventure continue to illuminate your path and inspire your future explorations.

The Nighttime Ambiance of Odaiba
Bid Farewell to Vibrant Japan

Hand-Picked Hotels

We have selected hotels with different styles and for different budgets. Let us know your preferences and we will help you find the right one.

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Hotel in Tokyo with walking distance to metro station
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Conveniently located hotel in central Hakone
Hotel in Kyoto
Friendly hotel with excellent location in Kyoto
Hotel in Osaka
Hotel ideally located for leisure activities in central Osaka

Tour Price:

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US$ 5,299 p/p (with 4-star hotel options)
  • The price is based on a private tour for 4 people during the low season.
  • The price varies based on program, travel date, number of people.
  • We could also price a tour including both 4-star and 5-star hotels for you.
  • We accept payments in multiple currencies (GBP, AUD, CAD, EUR...).

Price Includes:

  • Privately-driven air-conditioned vehicle with ample space (except where stated)
  • English-speaking local guide for the sightseeing
  • Attraction tickets and itinerary activities
  • Accommodation for all nights
  • Trains between itinerary cities
  • Hotel breakfasts and itinerary lunches/dinners
  • 24/7 helpline while touring
  • Governmental taxes

Price Excludes:

  • International flights not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Visa fee, if applicable
  • Tips for guides and drivers
  • Personal expenses

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