Japan Family Tour Extensions
Our optional tour extensions range from trips venturing into the mountains of Nagano to staying in the fishing villages of Tohoku. If you’re not traveling with The Dragon Trip we still offer these as mini-trips that can be taken. Browse the detailed itineraries below or get in contact for more information!
Nagano Prefecture (5 days/4 nights)
If you are keen to explore a more rural side of Japan then Nagano & Matsumoto, where you see tradition and nature surrounded by high mountains and quintessential Japanese landscapes, is an excellent choice.
Head out from Kyoto to take a journey through the Nagano prefecture. Enjoy a perfect combination of nature and history. See the world famous bathing snow monkeys, visit the oldest Buddha statue in Japan, get a superb view of the Japanese alps from Kitayatsugatake Rope Way and pay a visit to Matsumoto Castle.
Kanazawa & Shirakawago (3 days/2 nights)
We asked our most experienced guide where his favorite place in Japan was and his answer was Shirakawago, so if you are keen to explore a more rural side of Japan, then our trip to Kanazawa & Shirakawago is not to be missed.
This extension takes you from Kyoto to stay in the city of Kanazawa to explore its rich history. Pay a visit to Kanazawa Castle and stop by at Kenrokuen Garden, one of the three famous gardens of Japan. Head out to the iconic thatched houses of Shirakawago, and spend a day exploring the beautiful and unique settlement.
Koyasan (2 days/1 night)
Lying within Koya-Ryujin Quasi-National Park the Koyasan monastery complex is somewhere that spirituality goes hand in hand with outstanding natural beauty.
Spend a day and night at the sacred and active monastic center founded 12 centuries ago by Kobo Daishi, the founder of Shingon Buddhism. Explore the UNESCO World Heritage site which attracts Buddhists from all over the world. Staying overnight in the temple and rise early to observe the sunrise ceremonies.
Tohoku (2 days/2 nights)
For a deeply interesting and off the beaten path experience we suggest visiting Tohoku to get a taste (literally) of life living in Japan’s fishing towns.
Start in the town of Kesennuma which was at the epicentre of the 2011 Tsunami and learn about the resilience of the townspeople. Observe the auctions at one of Japan’s largest fishing ports and experience coastal Japanese life on the Karakuwa Peninsula.
Nikko (2 days/2 nights)
Escape urban Japan by paying a visit to Nikko, a country town nestled in mountains 2 hours north of Tokyo.
Spend your 2 days making the most of Nikko National Park’s diverse range of attractions. Pay visits to UNESCO listed temples, crashing waterfalls, enjoy serene views across Chuzenji Lake and have a chance to relax in its natural hot springs.