Day 1: Arrival in Tokyo. Evening welcome meeting to meet your group leader and the other families on the trip.
Day 2: Today you will visit a 1300-year-old Buddist temple on the banks of the Sumida River. Later there is a calligraphy lesson and there may be the chance to visit a manga (comic and cartoon) market. The afternoon is free to do as you wish - perhaps visit the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building for the most amazing views of the city or in the evening join in with some karaoke.
Day 3: Start the day with an early morning trip to discover the delights of the Tsukiji Outer Market - with seafood and other delicious delicacies, including food unique to Japan. Lunch on the freshest of sushi before heading to Yoyogi Park, home of eclectic trips and teen pop culture - and perhaps try the latest 3D latte! End the day with a Monjayaki Dinner (traditional savoury pancake) on board a boat around Tokyo Bay.
Day 4: Hop aboard the Shinkansen bullet train to Hakone - the train can travel up to 285km per hour! Part of the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, in Hakone you can enjoy onset baths (hot springs), bush walks, lakes and views of Mt. Fuji. Stay in a Japanese ryokan (traditional inn) and sleep on futon in a tatami mat room wearing yukata (light kimono-style robes).
Day 5: Take the cable car to the top of Owakudani (geothermal valley) - on a clear day you may see views of Mt. Fuji. Then head to Lake Ashinoko for a cruise on a unique pirate boat before visiting the Karakuri secret box museum. The afternoon is free - perhaps go for a hike or go to the hot springs theme park where you can bath in cave baths and enjoy some waterslides.
Day 6: Back on the bullet train, today you head to Hiroshima. Visit the Genbakul (A-bomb) Dome and the Peace Memorial Park - an emotional testament to that fateful day in 1945 when Hiroshima was targeted by the first nuclear attack.
Day 7: Take a short ferry ride to the island of Miyajima to visit the famous Shinto shrine of Itsukushima. Stroll around the park or take a cable car ride to the top to Mt. Misen. There is also time to visit the five-storey Hiroshima Castle.
Day 8: The bullet train takes you on to Kyoto today. See the Himeji Castle, along with temples and shrines, palaces and gardens, followed by free time to explore. Then head to a local food market and learn how ingredients are used.
Day 9: Visit Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto with a walk through the famous "path of the Red Gates". Later visit one of Kyoto's UNESCO-listed temples. In the afternoon you have free time but there are lots of things you could do - watch a maiko cultural performance, take part in a tea ceremony or learn some Japanese cookery.
Day 10: Today you will take a boat ride down the Hozu River, where you may see Japanese maples or plum and cherry blossoms, depending on the season. In the afternoon visit the Tenryu-ji Temple and the incredible bamboo forest. Again you have free time as well - perhaps take a rickshaw ride or visit Toeir Kyoto Studios - a theme park where period dramas were filmed. You can visit a studio or perhaps take in a ninja show.
Day 11: On your last day in Kyoto you have the whole day to fill with your choice of things to do. There is so much more to do here - perhaps take a bike ride (it's one of the best cycling cities in Asia), have a kimono makeover or learn to cook ramen - your guide will be able to give you lots of suggestions.
Day 12: Today you will check out of the hotel after breakfast and it's time to head home.
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