JAPAN HAS A LOT TO OFFER ON A FAMILY GETAWAY For family holidays, there is no better country to visit than Japan. Think incredible cuisine, department stores dedicated to artfully designed desserts, vending machines galore and even a Hello Kitty–themed train. Plus, it’s a very safe country to travel in. One caveat, if going there for the first time, or if you really want to make the most of your time, consider either a tailored self-guided adventure, or a tour with a guide. Companies like Inside Japan can tailor your trip exactly the way you want it. Want to see the theme parks in Tokyo, the temples in Kyoto and taste the delicious street food in Osaka? They have you covered. What’s more they can help you with transport (including insider tips such as sending your suitcase onwards so you don’t need to haul it around). Begin your trip in Kyoto, which is home to striking temples, mysterious geisha, and sacred tea ceremonies. In Tokyo or Osaka you can watch a sumo tournament, and if you’re really a sports lover consider visiting when the rugby is on in 2019. Whatever you desire, there’s a tour for it; they are a way of life in Japan for people always on the go.