Family trip to Japan in July 2013
Replies: 4 - Last Post: Apr 3, 2013 4:07 PM Last Post By: Tokyo_girl
Apr 3, 2013 1:02 AM
Family trip to Japan in July 2013Hi All,
We have the opportunity of spending 12 days in Japan this late June/early July.
I'm looking for suggestions on where to go and what to see/do?
We are a family of four ( 2 boys 14/15) and would like to visit Disneyland.
We are flying from Sydney and can fly into Osaka and depart from Tokyo or the other way around.
Apr 3, 2013 2:46 AM
1I'd fly into Osaka,then go straight to Kyoto.
Spend a few days there...maybe a day trip to Nara...for Japanese culture etc.
Then go into the Japan Alps and have a few days in some smaller places.
Finish with the last few days in Tokyo,including a day trip to Disneyland...and then fly home.
That is a pretty standard first time trip,and will give you a good taste of the country.....
Apr 3, 2013 4:22 AM
Apr 3, 2013 4:26 AM
3Ooops!! A 'first trip to Japan' usually covers the usual suspects, ie Osaka-Kyoto-Nara-Tokyo/Hakone/Fuji. You could spend spend 12 days JUST in Tokyo and barely scratch the surface.
There is a LOT of empirical advice/suggestions/information on here and you'd be (nicely!) amazed about how good and specific it can be. There is already a lot of stuff to refer to even in actual information and previous posts to get ideas.
Btw, imho, there are much better things to do in terms of fun for kids in Japan than (excuse the snobbery!) Tokyo Disneyland. Japan is a very child-friendly place (maybe TOO much, all that cute stuff. KAWAII!!).
Apr 3, 2013 4:05 PM
4Btw, imho, there are much better things to do in terms of fun for kids in Japan than (excuse the snobbery!)
It might be helpful to the OP if you listed some...
A basic / typical route would be Kyoto, Hiroshima/ Miyajima, Takayama, Tokyo.
Japan guide has a lot of information on these.
If I were taking kids that age on a trip, I'd be tempted to go to post tsunami areas to see the situation & the recovery. There is a good post by Machiruda about travel in Tohoku that you can turn up in a search. Each to ones own though.
For Disneyland, make sure you avoid weekends. (Same for universal studios if you go there).
What kinds of things are your boys into?
My nieces who are a similar age were here in Jan & had a great time.
Suggestions for Tokyo...
The Miraikan (Emerging Science Museum) is quite good.
If they like Dinosaurs the Science Museum at Ueno is good.
If they are into history, reading up on WWII & visitng Yasukuni is worthwhile - my 15 year old niece found it a really worthwhile place to visit.
Kamakura (very nice, but missable if you've been to Kyoto)
Ueno Zoo - better than expected.
When my nieces were here they did all the planning - including which train to take where - and on some days took themselves around entirely. It was a very empowering experience to be able to navigate the city themselves. I'd strongly recommend getting your kids to do the planning.
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