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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.

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