Japan is a fascinating country for family holidays. It’s the land of snow monkeys and Samurai, Ninja, Geisha, and the world’s oldest monarchy. But it’s also Tokyo, Manga and Takeshita-dōri, great skiing and fun theme parks. Plus, a superb rail network lets families travel almost anywhere on high-speed Shinkansen.
Direct flights from the UK to Tokyo year round take just under 12 hours.
Japan’s seasons are clearly defined. Winter’s are cold and snowy; summer is hot and humid; and spring and autumn are the best times to visit for spectacular landscapes.
In 2017, Tokyo had 304 Michelin Starred restaurants, more than anywhere else in the world.
Japan has 20 UNESCO World Heritage sites including Mount Fuji and the tropical Ogasawara Islands.
Slightly larger than Germany, Japan is covered in its entirety in just 12 hours by the Shinkansen Bullet Train. If you aren’t up for that challenge, it also speedily connects all provinces and major cities, and is definitely the way to get around.
Japan’s beautiful landscape is protected in 33 national parks. There are several in each province, and one of the most famous, Mount Fuji, is within two hours of Tokyo.
From Capsule Hotels in Tokyo to 18th century townhouses in Kyoto, designer resorts, cool guesthouses and pretty villas by the sea or in the countryside, Japan has plenty of interesting place to stay.
Air and rail is the way to go between provinces and cities in Japan. If you book international flights with a Japanese carrier, book domestic flights at the same time, it works out considerably cheaper. The national rail company, JR Network Transportation, has a wide range of inexpensive family rail passes for travel all over the country, they also operate the Shinkansen ‘Bullet Train’. City transport is universally excellent, so always avoid taxis, and use local buses, trains and underground services instead.