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Highlights

  • Sapporo - Experience the annual snow festival in the capital of Hokkaido, Japan's northern island. Odori Park is home to huge snow sculptures and dramatic ice carvings
  • Otaru Lantern Festival - Stroll along the banks of the canal, lit by thousands of tiny candles and snow lanterns
  • Tokyo - Explore the neon bright capital city, gateway to Japan
  • Bullet Train - Whizz across the country in comfort at an average speed of 300 kilometres an hour
  • Kyoto - See the traditional side of Japan, stunning temples, immaculate Zen gardens and the geisha district of Gion
  • Snow Monkeys - Visit the bathing beauties making the most of the hot springs at Yudanaka Onsen

Itinerary

This exciting journey takes us to the far north of Japan where we make the most of the winter temperatures, taking an ice-breaker cruise in the Sea of Okhotsk before spending time admiring the incredible snow sculptures at the annual Sapporo Snow Festival. We also explore ultra-modern Tokyo, discover tranquil Zen gardens in ancient Kyoto and visit the snow monkeys at Yudanaka.

Odori Park - Home to huge snow sculptures and dramatic ice carvings
Otaru Lantern Festival - Stroll along the banks of the canal, lit by thousands of tiny candles and snow lanterns
Kyoto - See the traditional side of Japan, stunning temples and immaculate Zen gardens

EXPAND DAILY ITINERARY
  • Day 1 Join tour in Tokyo
  • Day 2 Visit ancient Asakusa Temple and modern Harajuku
  • Day 3 Fly to Abashiri; discover the Meiji-era Prison Museum
  • Day 4 Cruise on the Sea of Okhotsk; scenic train to Sapporo
  • Day 5 View snow sculptures at Sapporo's annual festival
  • Day 6 Explore the beautiful seaside town of Otaru
  • Day 7 Take the train to old trading port of Hakodate
  • Day 8 Discover the morning market; flight and train to Kyoto
  • Day 9 Walk through the temples and zen gardens of Kyoto
  • Day 10 Free day to explore Kyoto. Option to visit nearby Nara
  • Day 11 Take the bullet train to Nagano
  • Day 12 Reflect at Zenkoji Temple before meeting Yudanaka's snow monkeys. Take the bullet train to Tokyo
  • Day 13 Tour ends in Tokyo
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What's Included

Accommodation
Comfortable

Meals
12 breakfast, 5 dinner

Activities
difficulty level challenging

Transport
Bus,Boat,Flight,Train

Group
not limited

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