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10-Day Family Artistic Escape in Japan

A Private Tour through Japan's Illustrious Art

Leap into our tailored 10-Day Family Artistic Escape in Japan, a private tour mixing vivid art, history, and gastronomic exploration. Journey through cultural centers like Osaka, Kyoto, and Tokyo, with an art-focused day in Naoshima and natural beauty in Kawaguchiko.
Admire globally-acclaimed art pieces, partake in traditional art experiences, and relish diverse local cuisine. This unique itinerary emphasizes family bonding, weaving serene shrine visits in with captivating art explorations, and promising to craft unforgettable memories in Japan's awe-inspiring landscapes.

  • Days:10±
  • Best For:First-time visitors, families, art enthusiasts, admirers of Japanese culture
  • Departure date:up to you
  • Sample Price:from US$ 3,799 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 art, culture, and history, 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.


Enjoy a tailor-made private family tour in Japan.

A family traveling through snowy Japan

Tour Japan's contrasting cities: Osaka, Naoshima, Kyoto, Fujikawaguchiko and Tokyo.

Kyoto - The Heartbeat of Japan's History

Engage in hands-on cultural activities like Ukiyo-e printing and calligraphy.

Western customers showcasing their calligraphy creations
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Delve into Japan's artistic depths, featuring Naoshima Art Island.

Art Sculptures of Naoshima Island
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Discover Kyoto's vibrant culture and intrinsic traditions.

Tea ceremony wearing Kimono
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Savor the diverse local cuisine in bustling markets.

the busy Nishiki Market in Kyoto
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Experience the thrill of Japan's Shinkansen bullet train.

Shinkansen train passing Mt. Fuji

Escape to scenic Kawaguchiko, much loved for its Mount Fuji backdrop.

Mount Fuji with lake in front
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Conclude with a digital art experience at teamLab Borderless in Tokyo.

inside teamLab Borderless museum
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Indulge in personal shopping time at Japan's unique local markets.

the busy Shibuya crossing of Tokyo

Itinerary in Detail

Apart from classic Japanese sights, we provide unique local art experiences! Try traditional Ukiyo-e printmaking, visit Naoshima Art Island, don a Kimono, meet the Kawaguchiko Music Forest, and explore Japanese Kado, all tailored just for you!

Day 1
Osaka Arrival

Welcome to Osaka, the renowned culinary hub of Japan.

Your private tour guide will welcome you upon arrival at the airport and accompany you to your hotel in a private vehicle. Spend the rest of the day unwinding and exploring at your own pace.

the busy Shinsekai area of Osaka
Osaka's Vibrant Shinsekai District
Day 2
Delve into the Rich History and Art of Osaka
  • Kickstart your day with a visit to historical Osaka Castle Park, a symbol of the city.
  • Follow it up with Kamigata Ukiyo-e Museum, where you'll have a hands-on Ukiyo-e printing experience.
  • Discover culinary delights on a gastronomic adventure in Shinsekai, Osaka's vibrant downtown food district.
  • Enjoy a breathtaking view of the city from the Umeda Sky Building.
  • Visit Dotonbori, known for its neon lights and nightlife.
Osaka Castle
Osaka Castle, framed by a multi-colored foreground
Day 3
An Artistic Odyssey from Osaka to Naoshima and Back
  • Embark on a journey from Osaka to Naoshima, the 'Art Island'.
  • Explore unique Naoshima attractions including the Art House Project, Benesse House Museum, Yayoi Kusama's iconic Red and Yellow Pumpkins, Lee Ufan Museum, Hiroshi Sugimoto Gallery: Time Corridors, and Chichu Art Museum.
  • Absorb the rich tapestry of artistic impressions before returning to Osaka.
the thousand-torii gate at Fushimi Inari Shrine
Yayoi Kusama's iconic Red Pumpkin, a symbol of Naoshima Island
Day 4
From Osaka's Modernism to Kyoto's Traditions
  • Travel from Osaka to Kyoto, and first visit vibrant Fushimi Inari Shrine.
  • Explore the famed Gion district, and engage in a traditional Japanese tea ceremony.
  • Savor the historic charm of Ninen-zaka and Sannen-zaka, and find tranquility at Pure Water Temple.
  • Cap off the day with a traditional Japanese calligraphy experience.
the thousand-torii gate at Fushimi Inari Shrine
The renowned thousand-torii gate at Fushimi Inari Shrine, perfect for memorable photos!
Day 5
Delving Deeper into Kyoto's Charms
  • Head to and revel in Arashiyama's natural beauty. Begin with a serene walk in the Bamboo Grove, followed by a visit to Nonomiya Shrine.
  • Explore the historical relevance of Nijo Castle, and browse through bustling Nishiki Market.
  • End your day at awesome Kinkaku-ji temple ('Golden Pavilion'), Kyoto's iconic Zen Buddhist structure.
the colorful Arashiyama
Don't miss the colorful Arashiyama!
Day 6
Journey from Historical Kyoto to Vibrant Tokyo
  • Bid farewell to Kyoto, heading for Tokyo's bustling blend of tradition and modernity.
  • Your local guide in Kyoto will ensure a seamless transition, providing Shinkansen bullet train tickets and detailed guidance in advance.
  • On arrival in Tokyo, make your way to the hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure, soaking in the vibrant cityscape.
inside the Shinkansen bullet train
A glimpse of the standard seating on the Shinkansen bullet train
Day 7
Tokyo Exploration: A Blend of Tradition and Modernity
  • Begin your day at Meiji Jingu Shrine, an oasis of calm in the bustling city.
  • Experience tranquility at Hama-rikyu Gardens.
  • Plunge into the vibrant heartbeat of Tokyo at bustling Shibuya.
  • Visit Sensoji, Tokyo's oldest temple in colorful Asakusa.
  • Conclude the day with a panoramic city view from Tokyo Skytree.
The gate of the Sensoji Temple
The Gate of the 7th Century Buddhist Temple — Sensoji
Day Trip to Scenic Kawaguchiko
  • Embark on a day trip from Tokyo to the serene town of Kawaguchiko.
  • Marvel at the beauty of Arakura Fuji Sengen Shrine.
  • Enjoy panoramic views from the Mt. Fuji Ropeway (cable cars).
  • Delight your palate with a Hoto noodles tasting for lunch.
  • Soak in the charm of Kawaguchiko Music Forest Museum.
  • This would be followed by a soothing cruise on Lake Kawaguchiko. End your day by peaceful Lake Kawaguchi before returning to Tokyo.
Kawaguchiko Music Forest Museum
Delight in the melodies at the Kawaguchiko Music Forest Museum
Tokyo's Artistic Encounter
  • Visit The National Museum of Modern Art and get immersed in contemporary and modern Japanese art.
  • Experience a different perspective of Tokyo at Odaiba, with its replica of the Statue of Liberty.
  • Get lost in digital realms at teamLab Borderless at MORI Building DIGITAL ART MUSEUM.
  • End the day by participating in a traditional Japanese Kado (flower arrangement) experience.
Japanese Kado teacher
Learn Japanese Kado under the guidance of a local master
Farewell to Japan: Depart from Tokyo

As your Japanese family art vacation concludes, private transport will ensure a seamless journey from your hotel to the airport. Reflect on vivid memories of Japan's thrilling art scenes and their cultural richness. Your family's bond and your art appreciation have enriched each other on this unforgettable journey.

As you set forth, we wish you a peaceful onward or home journey, with cherished memories of Japan inspiring your future adventures.

The Nighttime Ambiance of Tokyo Tower
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.

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

Tour Price:

10 days from
US$ 3,799 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
  • Train and ferry services between cities listed in the itinerary
  • 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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