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    Immersive Family Adventure: Unveiling Japan's Mountains and Rich Culture
    12 Nights
    Embark on a captivating journey of cultural immersion with your family as you traverse the captivating cities of
    Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka, accompanied by the awe-inspiring landscapes of the Japanese Alps. This self-guided
    family activity holiday promises an unforgettable experience as you delve into Japan's rich heritage and
    traditions. From the bustling metropolis to the serene countryside, this 12-night expedition is an extraordinary
    opportunity to create cherished memories and forge lasting bonds.

    Trip Highlights

    • Explore Tokyo & Kyoto with a private guide
    • Try your hand at making soba noodles
    • Cycle in the Hida countryside
    • Join a tatedo sword-fighting class
    • Stay in a traditional ryokan
    • Visit the Studio Ghibli Museum
    • Experience taiko drumming
    • Live like locals in your own machiya townhouse in Kyoto

    Embark on a captivating journey of cultural immersion with your family as you traverse the captivating cities of
    Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka, accompanied by the awe-inspiring landscapes of the Japanese Alps. This self-guided
    family activity holiday promises an unforgettable experience as you delve into Japan’s rich heritage and
    traditions. From the bustling metropolis to the serene countryside, this 12-night expedition is an extraordinary
    opportunity to create cherished memories and forge lasting bonds.

    Discovering Japan’s Gems
    Your adventure begins with an exploration of Tokyo and Kyoto, two iconic cities that blend modernity with age-old
    traditions. Guided by local experts, your family will delve deep into the heart of these vibrant urban centers,
    uncovering their hidden gems and absorbing the vibrant atmosphere that surrounds them.
    Soba Noodle Making and Taiko Drumming

    One of the highlights of this journey is the opportunity to try your hand at making soba noodles, a quintessential
    Japanese culinary experience. Engage with local chefs and learn the art of crafting this traditional delicacy,
    passed down through generations.
    Additionally, immerse yourself in the mesmerizing world of taiko drumming, a captivating musical form that
    exemplifies Japan’s passion for artistic expression. With expert instructors, your family will discover the rhythmic
    beats that have echoed through the country’s history.

    Hida Countryside Cycling
    Venture into the tranquil Hida countryside, where picturesque landscapes await your family’s exploration. Cycling
    through lush fields and charming villages, you will witness the natural beauty that has inspired generations of
    artists and poets.
    The Art of Tatedo Sword-Fighting

    For those seeking an adrenaline-fueled experience, join a tatedo sword-fighting class to master the ancient
    techniques of the samurai. Led by seasoned instructors, you will learn the art of discipline, precision, and respect
    that accompanies this noble martial art.
    Stays in Traditional Ryokans and Machiya Townhouses

    Immerse yourselves in the rich heritage of Japan by staying in traditional ryokans, offering an authentic glimpse
    into the country’s customs and hospitality. Experience the elegance of Japanese culture as you indulge in the
    serene surroundings of these time-honored accommodations.
    The Journey to the Studio Ghibli Museum

    No visit to Japan would be complete without a pilgrimage to the Studio Ghibli Museum, an enchanting world of
    animation and imagination. Step into the magical realm created by the renowned Studio Ghibli and relish the
    joyous wonder that captivates visitors of all ages.

    Practical Information
    More information on this family adventure, give me a call on 0433 203 713, or send me an email to Allen S at
    travelmanager.com.au

    This 12-night family adventure package is fully customisable and includes accommodation, transport, activities
    and experiences and starts from around AU$17,024 per family.

    Conclusion
    The Mountains & Culture Family Activity Holiday is an invitation to embrace Japan's heritage and way of life.
    From the bustling cityscapes to the serene countryside, from culinary delights to ancient martial arts, every
    moment of this journey is an opportunity for discovery and bonding. So gather your loved ones and embark on
    this self-guided adventure of a lifetime, where you will weave unforgettable memories together and gain a deeper
    appreciation for Japan’s timeless culture.

    Offer expires
    31 Aug 2023 unless sold prior

    Itinerary

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    Day 1

    Day 1-3 Welcome to Tokyo!

    On your first full day in the capital you will have the services of an expert private guide for a half-day tour of the city. We can prepare a sightseeing itinerary for you in advance, or you can decide your plan with your guide on the day. We highly recommend exploring the nearby Asakusa district which offers an interesting contrast of new and old Japan, and the towering Skytree offers some incredible views of the city. A great way to have some family fun is to visit 100 yen shops where children can spend a bit of pocket money on things from snacks to snickers. After all – everything is so cheap!

    With another full day in Tokyo, we have included tickets to the fabulous Studio Ghibli Museum. This is a fantastic chance to delve into the mysterious fantasy world of Hayao Miyazaki’s animated films. Younger kids will love playing on the cat bus from My Neighbour Totoro, and don’t miss the cinema showing world-exclusive original animated shorts.

    Overnight: Mimaru Apartment Hotel

    Day 2

    Day 4 Climb to to the top of Matsumoto's impressive original "Black Crow" samurai castle.

    Swap the bright lights of Tokyo for the mountains of the Japanese Alps today as you catch a direct limited express train to Matsumoto – a journey of two-and-a-half hours. Matsumoto is home to own of Japan’s few remaining original samurai castles, the “Black Crow,” where you can climb up the steep staircases inside and imagine life in the time of ninja!

    Overnight: Marunouchi Hotel

    Day 3

    Day 5-6 Spend two nights in the beautiful alpine craft town of Takayama

    Before leaving Matsumoto, you’ll learn how to make the region’s speciality dish: soba noodles. Under the expert supervision a chef from a local soba shop, the whole family can try their hand at making the buckwheat dough before kneading and chopping it into thin noodle strips. Of course, the fruit of your labour will be a hearty bowl of soba noodles for lunch.

    In the afternoon your journey will continue with a scenic bus ride across the mountains to the traditional town of Takayama. For the next two nights you’ll stay in a traditional ryokan, sleeping on futon mattresses on tatami mat flooring. A Japanese-style dinner will be included tonight.

    After a restful night at your ryokan, your next day in Takayama will be spent cycling through the beautiful Hida countryside outside the town. A 20-minute train ride will take you to meet your cycle guide, who will take you on a gentle, three-and-a-half hour ride through the surrounding farmland, passing rice paddies, streams and forests and meeting a few friendly locals on the way.

    Overnight: Yamakyu

    Day 4

    Day 7-9 Today you'll take a limited express train to Nagoya before hopping aboard the world famous Shinkansen bullet train to Kyoto; an experience in itself!

    Here you’ll be staying like a local in a traditional machiya townhouse. You’ll have full run of the two-storey property, and it makes the perfect base for exploring the city.

    On your first full day in Kyoto you will once again be accompanied by an expert local guide for a half-day city tour, encompassing some of Kyoto’s famous sights and hidden gems. The guide can take any special interests you may have into account to tailor an itinerary especially for you.

    The afternoon will be free for you to spend at leisure and your Info-Pack will be full of sightseeing ideas. You may like to visit Toei Eiga Mura, a film set theme park where samurai action films are made. You can dress up as a geisha or samurai here!

    On your next day in Kyoto you will be joining a taiko drumming class. Please wear loose, comfortable clothing as you’re sure to work up a sweat beating these huge traditional drums/ The teachers will guide you through some basic rhythms and movements so that by the end of the class your family will have a little performance piece. Make sure you can record films on your camera to show off to your family and friends back home.

    Overnight: Machiya Residence

    Day 5

    Day 10-11 From Kyoto it's a quick hop on the Shinkansen bullet train to your next destination, Osaka.

    Osaka is home to Japan’s movie industry, including a school dedicated to the art of stage fighting – where you’ll be having a private tatedo lesson today! Dressed as samurai and using bamboo swords, the instructor will show you stylised movements to create your own ninja sword sequence. Bushido or “the way of the samurai” is as much about respect, dignity and mental training as it is fighting, and this philosophy will certainly be choreographed into your lesson.

    Overnight: Hotel Intergate Osaka Umeda

    Day 6

    Dat 12-13 Today your Japanese family adventure finally comes full circle as your return to the capital.

    You’ll have one last journey on the bullet train, whisking you from Osaka to Tokyo in just under three hours. Tonight you’ll stay in an apartment hotel in Tokyo’s neon-spangled Shinjuku district.

    Sadly your time in Japan must come to an end, and on your final morning you’ll take a shared shuttle bus to the airport in time to catch your flight home.

    Overnight: Mimaru Apartment Hotel

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