Classic: Sapporo Snow Festival & Japan Winter Highlights (AJWF)
Trip Style: Classic - Designed for maximum variety, these trips are geared towards travellers searching for a healthy mix of active exploration, uncommon landscapes, amazing wildlife and local cultures.
Service Level: Standard
Physical Demands Rating: 1 - You'll have to walk around on your own, climb some stairs and carry your own bag. Easy does it.
Group Size: Max 15, avg 12
Meals Included: 3 breakfasts, 3 dinners
Accommodations: Not Availaible
Lay eyes on the glitz of Tokyo, combat winters chill soaking in outdoor onsen spas, go local at a traditional minshuku, make your own instant ramen in Osaka, celebrate the season at Sapporo Snow Festival
This 13-day trip brings together two Japanese islands to create one unforgettable experience that covers some of the major winter events this country has to offer. From the famous onsen hot springs throughout Japan that make the country so inviting in winter, to the free time to discover new and historical districts in Tokyo and Kyoto, to the Sapporo Snow Festival and the Otaru Light Festival in Hokkaido, this tour is the best answer for anyone looking for a different sort of adventure.
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- Tour Operator
- G Adventures
- Offer valid through 6/30/2018
- 13 Days
- Escorted - Yes
|Day 1||Tokyo||Day 1 Tokyo|
There are no planned activities until an evening welcome meeting. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
|Day 2||Tokyo||Day 2 Tokyo|
Enjoy a morning tour of some of the citys highlights. With a free afternoon, opt to head out of town and view Mt Fuji or explore more of Tokyos diverse districts. Included Activities: City Tour
|Day 3||Shirakawago||Day 3 Tokyo/Shirakawa-go (1D)|
Its a long travel day to reach the scenic village of Shirakawa-go. View the unique architecture before settling into a local style inn for the night. Enjoy a traditional dinner. Transport: Private Vehicle (1.50-2.00 hours, 62km) Bullet train (2.50-3.00 hours, 400km)
|Day 4||Kanazawa||Day 4 Shirakawa-go/Kanazawa (1B)|
Enjoy a traditional breakfast before travelling to Kanazawa by bus. Wander through the samurai village on a short guided walk and take a guided tour of the Ninja Temple. Opt to visit the impressive 21st Century Museum, the geisha district, or Kenrokuen garden. Included Activities: Ninja Temple Visit Nagamachi Samurai District Walk Transport: Private Vehicle (1.50-2.00 hours, 62km)
|Day 5||Kawayu Onsen||Day 5 Kanazawa/Kawayu Onsen (1D)|
Its a long, but scenic, travel day to reach the Wakayama prefecture. Kawayu Onsen is known for its large, outdoor onsen bath dug every winter into the river bed. Dress in the yukata (cotton kimono) provided by the minshuku (inn) and stroll over to the seninburo (large public hot spring) to enjoy an unforgettable soak in the steamy natural hot spring water. Included Activities: Traditional Minshuku Stay and Meal Seninburo Hot Spring Visit Transport: Local train (4.50 hour(s)) Local bus (2.00 hour(s))
|Day 6||Osaka||Day 6 Kawayu Onsen/Osaka (1B)|
Spend a free morning in the area. Opt to walk along the ancient Kumano Kodo pilgrimage trail, visit nearby Yunomine Onsen, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, or visit the Hongu Taisha Shrine and giant torii gate of Oyu No Hara. Travel to Osaka in the late afternoon and opt for a night out in buzzing Namba. Transport: Local bus (2.00 hour(s)) Local train (2.00 hour(s))
|Day 7||Osaka||Day 7 Osaka|
Osaka has heaps to offer including Osaka Castle Park, Shinsaibashi shopping street and Dotombori Bridge. Be sure to try "takoyaki" the citys famous squid snack. Osaka is a unique culinary destination - opt for a group meal of "kushikatsu". Included Activities: Instant Ramen Museum Visit
|Day 8||Kyoto||Day 8 Osaka/Kyoto|
Continue on to nearby Kyoto and enjoy a morning city tour. With options like a tea ceremony, a traditional costume photo shoot, and visits to temples or museums, theres tons to see and do. Included Activities: City Tour Transport: Local train (0.50-1.00 hours)
|Day 9||Sapporo||Day 9 Kyoto/Sapporo|
Catch a flight from Kyoto to the island of Hokkaido. Enjoy some free time in Sapporo with an optional welcome meeting for any new travellers joining the group here. Transport: Plane (2.00 hour(s))
|Day 10||Sapporo||Day 10 Sapporo|
Take an orientation tour of the city before spending the day at the Sapporo Snow Festival. In the evening, depart for Otaru to experience this towns Snow Light Path Festival. Head back to Sapporo for the night. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Sapporo Snow Festival Visit Snow Light Path Festival Visit Transport: Train (1.00 hour(s)) Train (1.00 hour(s))
|Day 11||Noboribetsu||Day 11 Sapporo/Noboribetsu (1D)|
Travel to nearby Noboribetsu. Go for an easy hike through Jigokudani Park to view the scenery and geysers, or opt to visit the onsen towns spas. Enjoy a stay at a traditional inn for the night, complete with dinner dressed in a provided yukata (cotton kimono). Included Activities: Jigokudani Park Visit Transport: Train (1.25 hour(s))
|Day 12||Sapporo||Day 12 Noboribetsu/Sapporo|
Experience more of Sapporo with options to visit the Sapporo Beer Museum for a tour and tasting (complete with an optional all-you-can-eat-and-drink meal in the Beer Hall) or travel to the top of the Sapporo TV Tower for a new vantage point. Transport: Local train (1.25 hour(s))
|Day 13||Sapporo||Day 13 Sapporo (1B)|
Cant get enough snows Book post accommodation and head to Niseko to experience Japans world-class skiing and snowboarding. Included Activities: Departure Day
Local Flights: N/A
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Itinerary Disclaimer: While it is our intention to adhere to the route described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The Trip Details document is a general guide to the tour and region and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered. Aboard expedition trips visits to research stations depend on final permission.
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