Planning a trip with kids can mean that you’ll have a few extra things to consider. Will it be fun for the little ones? Which places are kid-friendly, yet interesting enough for the adults? If you’re looking for the perfect place to take the family, Japan is the ultimate destination for possibly the best family vacation you’ll ever have. Drawing from our family’s own experience traveling from Tokyo to Kyoto and Osaka, here’s a full itinerary for 2 weeks in Japan, complete with fun-filled destinations and culturally enriching spots to check out; plus of course, delicious food!
Before You Go: Planning & Preparation
2 weeks in Japan will give you and your family plenty of time to really dive deep and explore what the country has to offer. Tokyo itself is massive and has plenty of places to visit, but traveling down south to Kyoto and Osaka will really give you a well-rounded experience of Japan.
So, what’s the best way to travel, and how should you get around? Luckily we’ve already done all the planning so you don’t have to! Here are 2 things you need to do before you go:
1. If you can, purchase plane tickets to arrive at Narita or Haneda airport (Tokyo), and depart from Kansai International Airport (Osaka)
2. Purchase a Japan Rail Pass (JR Pass), valid for 7 days, for every member of the family
The JR Pass made traveling by bullet train really easy and affordable, and by departing from Osaka, we were able to avoid having to travel back to Tokyo again to catch our flight.
Week 1: Tokyo
A week in Tokyo might seem like a long time, but trust me, there’s so much to see and do that there was never a dull moment. My daughter absolutely loved the city too!