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    Japanese snow monkeys in Jigokudani Monkey Park

Japanese Winter Wonderland

Japan

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Hot springs, snow monkeys and bullet trains

Japanese Winter Wonderland shines a light on some of the country’s lesser-visited treasures.

You’ll tour Tokyo National Museum and Nishiki Market in Kyoto, and stay in an authentic ryokan surrounded by footprint-free snowy landscapes - a real highlight.

After a trip to see the onsen-bathing snow monkeys in Yudanaka, a bullet train will whisk you through spectacular scenery to Hokkaido, where historic Hakodate and Sapporo Snow Festival (home to sculptures the size of houses) await you.

Including...

A car with a tickVIP door-to-door travel service

A suitcase with a tick Included travel insurance

A bed 10 nights in hotels and 1 in flight

A plate with a knife and fork 11 meals: 10 breakfasts (days 3-12) 1 dinner (day 4)

A person Tour manager and local guide

Plus...

  • International flights
  • Travel in destination by coach
  • Porterage

A camera Excursions and visits

  • City tours of Kyoto (with Nijo Castle), Nagano (with Zenkoji Temple), Tokyo and Hakodate
  • Bullet train journeys as shown
  • Jigokudani Monkey Park
  • Mount Hakodate night visit
  • Onuma Quasi National Park and Hell Valley
  • Otaru Snow Light Path Festival
  • Sapporo Snow Festival

Prices are based on return flights with British Airways and Japan Airlines from London Heathrow via Tokyo. Supplements may apply from other airports

A headset Portable audio headset system on excursions

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Day 1 UK to Tokyo

Our VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your flight to Osaka.


Day 2 Tokyo to Osaka to Kyoto

You’ll touch down in Tokyo this morning, before catching an internal flight to Osaka.

From here, we’ll travel by coach to our first stop, Kyoto, where you’ll have the rest of the day at leisure.


Day 3 Kyoto

Kyoto is Japan’s old capital, surrounded on three sides by mountains and chock-full of exciting places to discover.

Our half-day tour takes us to Nijo Castle and the lively Nishiki Market. We’ll also visit Nishijin Textile Centre, set in the heart of Kyoto’s traditional weaving district. We’ll learn the traditional techniques and see a short fashion show of maikos (apprentice geishas) in traditional dress.


Day 4 Nagano to Yudanaka

Tonight we’ll be staying in a traditional ryokan - an unforgettable experience. Before we reach our inn, we’ll take a bullet train from Kyoto to Nagoya, then an express train on to Nagano. Here, we’ll tour the 7th-century Zenkoji Temple and have some free time for lunch along the Nakamise (one of Japan’s oldest shopping streets).

A coach will take us up to Yudanaka, where our beautifully styled inn is surrounded by spectacular - and often snow-covered - mountain scenery. Wander through the lantern-filled gardens, admire the paintings and calligraphy on display, or warm up in the indoor or outdoor onsen (hot springs). Dinner is a feast of regional delicacies - a true taste of Japan.


Day 5 Yudanaka to Tokyo

This morning, we’ll take a walk to the unique Jigokudani Monkey Park, where wild Japanese macaques (snow monkeys) live.

A highlight is the hot springs, where the monkeys bathe to keep themselves warm, seemingly unfazed by the presence of people. Later, we depart for Tokyo.


Day 6 - 7 Tokyo

While in the capital, we’ll visit the Tokyo National Museum, which holds the world’s largest collection of Japanese art and national treasures.

We’ll also take in the colourful Ameyoko Shopping Street and have a short walking tour of the charming Yanaka district. And for an unrivalled view of modern Tokyo, we’ll ascend the 634-metre-high Skytree.

There’s also plenty of free time for you to explore at your own pace.


Day 8 - 9 Hakodate

A scenic bullet train takes us all the way up to Hokkaido, Japan’s northernmost island. Our luggage will be transferred separately to Hakodate, so we’ll need our overnight bags again today. You’ll have the afternoon free, before an evening trip up Mount Hakodate. The views from here are incredible at night, with a city of lights stretching out before you.

The following day, our sightseeing starts with a visit to Hakodate morning market, where 300-odd stalls hawk an array of fresh produce. We ascend Goryokaku Tower for fabulous city views, and head to the Bay Area, where red-brick warehouses offer a reminder of the city’s shipping heritage. We also visit Motomachi, with its old consulate buildings and pretty churches.


Day 10 Hakodate to Sapporo

Our day starts with a visit to Onuma Quasi National Park, a beautiful area with island-dotted lakes, backdropped by the snow-covered Mount Komagatake. We also visit Noboribetsu Jigokudani (Hell Valley), a volcanic area of hot steam vents and sulphurous streams.

From here, we wend our way north to Sapporo. After a short time to settle in, we head off to witness the Otaru Snow Light Path Festival (date permitting) - the city is decorated with small snow statues and lanterns, and the canal looks particularly pretty with glass floats carrying candles on the freezing surface.


Day 11 Sapporo

Spend today in awe of the Sapporo Snow Festival, an incredible display of around 250 snow and ice sculptures of huge proportions.

You can watch some of the sculptures in progress, enjoy a drink at the ice bar and even glide down the giant snow slide.

You’re free to enjoy the festival into the evening and appreciate these works of art illuminated by candles and coloured bulbs.


Day 12 Sapporo to Tokyo to UK

Transfer to the airport for a flight to Tokyo and onward flight to the UK.

Upon arrival, your vehicle will be waiting for the journey home.


Japanese Winter Wonderland

Japan