14 Days Japan Family Travel Package from Japan Package Tours $2014/- (Posted on Aug 1 2011)

14 Days Japan Family Travel Package from Japan Package Tours $2014/-

14 DAY FAMILY TRAVEL PACKAGE – START FROM TOKYO

Single package: $2,909.00
Twin package: $2,287.00
Triple package: $2,014.00
Quad package – price on request

Take the family to Japan with our affordable family travel package.

tokyo disney land

tokyo disney land

Package includes:

  • 14 Day Japan Rail Pass
  • 4 nights at the Shinagawa Prince Hotel
  • 2 nights at the Palace Hotel
  • 2 nights at the Hida Hotel Plaza
  • 2 nights at the New Hiroden Hotel
  • 3 nights at the New Miyako Hotel
  • Half-day Kyoto Morning Tour

Day 1: Australia – Tokyo – Narita International Airport
Welcome to Tokyo!

Activate your 14 Day Japan Rail at the Japan Rail Travel Service Centre (open 6:30am-9:45pm) located in Terminal 1 & 2. From the airport board the JR Narita Limited Express train service to Shinagawa Station.

Your accommodation at the Shinagawa Prince Hotel is a one minute walk from the station.

Stay: Shinagawa Prince Hotel- 1/4

Day 2: Tokyo – Harajuku, Shinjuku & Shibuya

This morning take a trip to Meiji Shrine – Japan’s most famous Shinto shrine dedicated to the Emperor Meiji and his consort. This area is covered by an evergreen forest of 120,000 trees, 365 different species, which were donated by people from all over Japan. On weekends, you may encounter a Japanese wedding ceremony. (10 min. walk from JR Harajuku Station).

Yoyogi Park, located to the south of the Meiji grounds, is where Tokyo’s talented sub-culture meets and performs (Sunday). Regular acts include Elvis impersonators, magicians, dancers and rock bands.

For lunch, explore the selection in the side alleys off Takeshita Dori – the lively street (weekends) that prides itself as the front of new teenage Tokyo street fashion. Bargain hunters will enjoy a visit to Daiso to delight in what you can buy for only 100 yen!

From Harajuku Station it is only one stop south to Shibuya Station (exit via Hachiko-Guchi Exit). Shibuya is an area popular among young people and rich in cinemas, cafes, restaurants, department stores, fashion-store buildings and boutiques.

Later in the day, make your way to JR Shinjuku Station the largest and busiest train station in Japan. From the West Exit walk 10 minutes through the high-rise business district to the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Office Building to ponder the commanding views of the city from its 45th story observation deck which is best seen at night. (9:30am-10:30pm / free entry)

Stay: Shinagawa Prince Hotel – 2/4

Day 3: Tokyo / Ueno, Sensoji & Akihabara

Continue your exploration of Tokyo and board the Yamanote Line train to the Ameyoko Ueno Markets. The long market lanes run from JR Okachimachi Station to JR Ueno Station. This market has over 500 shops that sell everything from basic foods to high-class imported goods at reasonable prices, and thus it is always crowded with shoppers.

In the nearby Ueno Park is the Tokyo Zoo, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, and Tokyo National Museum,

Next, take a subway train to the nearby Sensoji Temple (popularly known as Asakusa Kannon Temple), Tokyo’s oldest and most impressive temple is said to have been founded in the 7th century. Explore the colourful Nakamise shopping Arcade which extends from Kaminarimon Gate to Hozomon Gate. This is an excellent place to buy everything from kimonos to traditional sweets.

Positioned across the road from Kaminarimon Gate is the Asakusa Rickshaw guides which are ready to guide you around the area.

Return by subway to Ueno Station and then board a train to Akihabara – the largest collection of electronic shops in the world. Here the very latest in cameras, computers and technology is available.

Stay: Shinagawa Prince Hotel – 3/4

Day 4: Tokyo Disneyland Resort

Enjoy a fun action packed day at Tokyo Disneyland or at Tokyo Disney Sea.

From Tokyo Station board the JR Keio Line to Maihama Station (15 min).

Upon arrival at Tokyo Disney Resort purchase a Single-Day Passport for the complex of your choice.

Tokyo Disneyland’s attractions include: World Bazaar, Adventureland, Westernland, Critter Country, Fantasyland, Toontown & Tomorrowland.

Come nightfall, the fireworks display and Electrical Dreamlights Parade is well worth the wait should you have the energy to stay on.

Tokyo Disney Sea’s attractions include: Mediterranean Harbour, American Waterfront, Port Discovery, Lost River Delta, Arabian Coast, Mermaid Lagoon & Mysterious Island.

Stay: Shinagawa Prince Hotel – 4/4

Day 5: Tokyo – Hakone / Mt Fuji

Check out of your hotel and from Shinagawa Station board a Shinkansen Kodama bullet train to JR Odawara Station (30 min).

At Odawara Station, purchase a 3 Day Hakone Free Pass which entitles the holder to 3 days of unlimited travel on a variety of local transport including the unique mountain railway, local buses, Hakone cable car, ropeway and pirate ship accross Lake Ashi. Also use your pass to gain discounted entry s at the region’s many hot springs, museums, galleries, gardens, temples and shrines.

From Odawara Station to your accommodation at the Palace Hotel Hakone take the Hakone Tozan Bus for Togendai (via Hakone-Yumoto) and get off at Palace Hotel Hakone Mae (50 min). Your hotel has a volcanic outdoor onsen (hot spring) one of the region’s thirteen volcanic spas – a perfect way to relax after a busy travel schedule.

Wedged between Mount Fuji and lzu Peninsula, encircled by forested mountains and deep ravines, extraordinary views (weather permitting) from Hakone of Mount Fuji and the Japan Alps are a magnificent scene to remember.

Spend the remainder of the day exploring the many sights of this amazing resort town.

Stay: Palace Hotel Hakone – 1/2

Day 6: Hakone / Mt. Fuji

Using your Hakone Free Pass and the provided tourist maps & brochures to explore some of the many sites of the Hakone region, including:

hakone cable

hakone cable

Lake Ashi: The 400,000 year-old volcanic crater lake that never freezes! Ashiko is a popular place for fishing, boating and water sports. Use your Hakone Pass to cruise the lake by pirate ship. On a clear day you will be able to take pleasure in Mt. Fuji’s inverted reflection.

Owakudani (Greater Boiling Valley): Accessible by ropeway this entire gorge reeks of sulphurous fumes, spewing clouds of steam from crevasses among bubbling hot springs.

Ancient Cedar Avenue: Enjoy a leisurely stroll along this superb 2km flora-lined winding passage; once the pathway to Tokyo.

Stay: Palace Hotel Hakone – 2/2

Day 7: Hakone – Hida / Takayama

Check out of the Palace Hotel Hakone.

From the bus stop take the Hakone Tozan Bus for Odawara Station (50 min). Within Odawara Station board a bullet train to JR Nagoya Station. Change trains at JR Nagoya Station and board the Limited Express Hida train to JR Takayama Station (2 hrs 20 min). This magnificent train journey through the Japan Alps (often compared to the Alps of Europe) will be one of the highlights of your trip to Japan.

Hida Takayama is a traditional medieval town located in the mountains of Gifu Prefecture. It is possible to walk across the centre of Hida Takayama in about 20 minutes, and most of the attractions are concentrated in the old part of town, within minutes of each other.

Your accommodation is a 5 minute walk from the station’s main exit.

Enjoy an afternoon stroll around this museum-like town, dotted with numberous attractions including a variety of small museums devoted to traditional crafts embodying the town’s long-standing tradition of the fine craftsmanship. Visit the old private houses that lie in the area between Miyagawa River and the famously lush and picturesque Shiroyama Park. This quite residential has shops selling traditional wares, antique shops Japanese-style inns, sake breweries and restaurants serving local specialities.

Stay: Hida Hotel Plaza – 1/2

Day 8: Hida / Takayama

An excellent start to the day can be had at the Takayama Jinya Market and the Miyagawa Market. Located on the banks of the Miyagawa River these morning markets are open daily from 7am to noon. Here you will find people from nearby farms selling fresh produce and flowers.

Return to JR Takayama Station where you can purchase a Hida-no-Sato (Hida Folk Village) discount ticket – 900 yen – (Hida-no-Sato Setto-Ken) which includes a return bus ride (10 minutes each way) and admission to the Hida Folk Village. Here you will find restorations of more than 30 typical old thatched-roofed (gassho-zukuri) houses, relocated here from the various places around the Hida area. The site recreates the atmosphere and scenery of mountain villages of old in a beautiful mountain setting. Open 8:30am – 5:00pm.

Stay: Hida Hotel Plaza – 2/2

Day 9: Hida / Takayama – Hiroshima

Following breakfast, board the Limited Express (WideView) Hida train from JR Takayama Station to JR Nagoya Station (2.5 hrs). Change trains within the station and board either a bullet train to JR Hiroshima Station. On the way to Hiroshima you may need to change trains at Shin Osaka Station.

From JR Hiroshima Station, your accommodation at the New Hiroden Hotel is a 3 minute walk.

Hiroshima was a city left in ashes after the Atomic bomb was dropped. Hiroshima has made a remarkable recovery and has been rebuilt as a modern thriving city. The area which felt the full force of the bomb has been transformed into a Peace Memorial Park with gardens of great beauty and nearly forty memorials to the victims of the atomic explosion. Hiroshima is now known as the “International City of Peace” dedicated to a total ban on the use of Atomic weapons. A visit to the Peace Memorial Park should be included in every Hiroshima itinerary. To visit the Park, board a tram in front of Hiroshima Station and get off at Genbaku Domu-Mae (Atomic Bomb Dome) stop (cost 150 yen – 15 min.).

Using your tour map, visit a number of exhibits including the Atomic Bomb Dome: Positioned below the epicentre, this skeleton of melted steel and concrete has been left as it was after the bomb was dropped. It stands as a stark reminder of the city’s August 6, 1945 bombing

The highlight of the Park is the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. This state of the art museum focuses on Hiroshima both before and after the explosion. It also tells the story of Hiroshima’s rapid rebuild into the beautiful city it is today.

On the way back to station, make sure you visit Hiroshima Castle. This castle was first built in 1589 until its destruction in 1945. Having been rebuilt in all its glory, it is now used to exhibit historic artefacts from Japan’s feudal past.

Stay: New Hiroden Hotel -1/2

Day 10: Hiroshima / Miyajima Island / Hiroshima

Enjoy a day of exploration at the sacred Island of Miyajima.

From Hiroshima Station board the JR Sanyo Line to Miyajimaguchi Station (26 min). Using your Japan Rail Pass board the JR ferryboat to the Island. (10 min)

The entire 30 sq. km. island is designated by the Japanese government as a Special Historic Site and Special Place of Scenic Beauty. The must see Itsukushima Shrine, built in the sixth century, is dedicated to the maritime guardian goddesses. The shrine buildings are connected by corridors which stretch out over the water giving it the appearance of floating on the sea at high tide. The giant red wooden O-Torii (Grand Gate) is the most noted symbol of Miyajima.

Be sure to take the 1.7km ropeway (JPY1800 round trip) to Mount Misen’s summit to absorb one of the three most spectacular panoramic views in Japan. Keep your eye out for the mischievous monkeys before descending on a peaceful walk through the ancient forest.

Return to Hiroshima early evening to feast upon the city’s popular delicacy Okonomiyaki – a savoury, layered noodle pancake cooked on an iron hotplate at your table. The locals are very proud of their contribution to Japanese cuisine!

Stay: New Hiroden Hotel – 2/2

Day 11: Hiroshima – Kyoto

Spend your last morning in Hiroshima completing any further sightseeing.

Check out of the New Hiroden Hotel and board a bullet train from JR Hiroshima Station to Kyoto Station. You may need to change trains at JR Shin Osaka Station on the way.

Your accommodation at the New Miyako Hotel in Kyoto is a 2 minute walk from Kyoto Station.

After check in take time to explore some of the sights in the station area. Be sure to visit the Sky Plaza Observation Deck on top of Kyoto Station for a free panoramic view of the surrounding area of Kyoto. This modern station also contains a large shopping mall and a wide range of specialty shops and restaurants.

Stay: New Miyako Hotel – 1/3

Day 12: Kyoto

Commence your exploration of the ancient city of Kyoto. At 08:45am, you will be collected from your hotel’s lobby to join the Kyoto Morning Tour. Your English-speaking local guide will take you by bus to Nijo Castle, the Golden Pavilion, and the Kyoto Imperial Palace (on Sat., Sun. & national holidays, visit Higashi Honganji Temple instead). The tour will disband at the Kyoto Handicraft Centre. This is an excellent place to purchase authentic Japanese arts and crafts at affordable prices. (The centre offers courtesy vehicle services to major hotels in Kyoto and a likely return time being around 1:30pm).

Kinkakuji Temple Kyoto Japan

Kinkakuji Temple Kyoto Japan

From the Kyoto Handicraft Centre set out on an afternoon walk to explore the Higashiyama area. From nearby Maruyama Park head south where you will come across an array of small and large temples and shrines. Make your way to the base of Kiyomizu and walk up this attractive winding road lined with many colourful souvenir and craft shops. Kiyomizu Dera is famous for its giant wooden stage overlooking panoramic views of Kyoto and its main hall purely constructed of wood and supported by huge columns and beams without the use of a single nail, screw or bolt. In the evening board a subway to Shijo Station and walk to

Gion, Kyoto’s famous entertainment district which is open until late at night. Gion is the one place in Japan where you may see Maiko or Geisha walking between appointments. As darkness falls watch the traditional lanterns gradually come to life and you wander down tiny alleys housing a variety of restaurants offering tempting cuisine.

Stay: New Miyako Hotel – 2/3

Day 13: Koyto – Osaka / Universal Studios Japan – Kyoto

From JR Kyoto Station board the JR Special Rapid Service to JR Osaka Station (28 minutes). Change trains and board the local train to JR Universal Studios. This Hollywood film theme park is the first Universal Studios to be established outside the United States.

Otherwise you may like to visit Kaiyukan – one of the world’s best aquariums.

Later in the day return to JR Kyoto Station.

Stay: New Miyako Hotel – 3/3

Day 14: Kyoto / Depart Japan

Check out of the New Miyako Hotel and spend your last day in Japan completing any final sightseeing or shopping.

For those departing from Osaka, board the Harukaf Express train to Kansai International Airport. (75 min)

Be sure to check in for your scheduled flight at least 2 hours prior to its departure.

If you are departing from Narita International Airport, board a bullet train from Kyoto Station to JR Tokyo Station (3hrs).

Within Tokyo Station change trains and board the Narita Express train to Narita International Airport (70 min).

Be sure to check in for your scheduled flight at least 2 hours prior to its departure.

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Posted by on Aug 1 2011. Filed under Asia, Hiroshima, Japan, Kyoto, Mount Fuji, Osaka, Tokyo.

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