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Experience Winter in Japan: the Sapporo Snow Festival

Trip cost ex. international flights
from £4,930 per person
Duration
16 days
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The mountains of Japan turn into a snowy wonderland in the winter season. On this experiential 2-week tour, become immersed in the country's seasonal highlights. Start in Tokyo and make your way by bullet train to the frontierlands of Japan. Enjoy Sapporo's Snow Festival (taking place 31st Jan - 11th Feb 2019) and the whimsical and mystical creations made by an army of snow artistes. Visit Aomori on the main island's north, the hotsprings of Nyuto Onsen, and the snow monkeys in Yudanaka. Head further into the central Alps, visiting Matsumoto, famous for its castle, onto the ancient Edo-period district of Takayama, and the UNESCO World Heritage site of Shirakawago - a mountain hamlet nestled deep in the Japanese Alps. Continue on to Kanazawa, a city once home to powerful lords who were devoted supporters of exquisite local arts and crafts - still a feature of the city today. Finish in Kyoto, Japan's cultural capital replete with UNESCO World Heritage sites. Enjoy a day of private guiding to unlock the secrets of this magnificent city.

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Tokyo
Day 1
Tokyo
  • Welcome to your self-guided tour of Japan
  • Arrival transfer from Narita airport to Tokyo - by train (Self-guided)
  • Welcome to Tokyo
Tokyo
Day 2
Tokyo
  • A day at leisure in Tokyo
Sapporo
Day 3
Sapporo
  • Travel from Tokyo to Sapporo (Self-guided) (JRP)
  • Welcome to Sapporo
Sapporo
Day 4
Sapporo
  • Admire the sculptures at Sapporo Snow Festival
Sapporo
Day 5
Sapporo
  • A second day at Sapporo Snow Festival
Aomori
Day 6
Aomori
  • Travel from Sapporo to Aomori (Self-guided) (JRP)
  • Welcome to Aomori
Nyuto Onsen
Day 7
Nyuto Onsen
  • Travel from Aomori to Takawazo by bullet train (Self-guided) (JRP)
  • Travel from Tazawako station to Nyuto Onsen by bus (Self-guided)
  • Welcome to Nyuto Onsen
Tokyo
Day 8
Tokyo
  • Travel from Nyuto Onsen to Tazawako station by bus (Self-guided)
  • Travel from Tazawako to Tokyo by bullet train (Self-guided) (JRP)
  • An evening of food and drink in Tokyo
Yudanaka
Day 9
Yudanaka
  • Travel from Tokyo to Yudanaka by JR and Nagano Electric Railway (Self-guided)
  • Travel from Yudanaka Station to the Snow Monkeys area by public bus (with inn stop) (Self-guided)
  • Suggested Sightseeing: See snow monkeys at Yudanaka Onsen (Self-guided)
Matsumoto, Takayama
Day 10
Matsumoto, Takayama
  • Travel from Yudanaka to Matsumoto by train (Self-guided)
  • Welcome to Matsumoto
  • Visit Matsumoto Castle (Self-guided)
  • Travel from Matsumoto to Takayama by bus (Self-guided) (P2P)
  • Welcome to Takayama
Takayama
Day 11
Takayama
  • At leisure in Takayama
  • Visit Takayama Festival Float Exhibition Hall (Self-guided)
  • Visit Takayama Jinya (Self-guided)
  • Suggested Sightseeing: Hirata Kinenkan (CLOSED, DO NOT USE)
Shirakawago
Day 12
Shirakawago
  • Travel from Takayama to Shirakawa-go by highway bus (Self-guided) (P2P)
  • Welcome to Shirakawa-go
  • Suggested Sightseeing: Visit the Shiroyama Viewpoint
Kanazawa, Kyoto
Day 13
Kanazawa, Kyoto
  • Travel from Shirakawa-go to Kanazawa by highway bus (self-guided)
  • Welcome to Kanazawa
  • See Kenrokuen Garden (Self-guided)
  • Travel from Kanazawa to Kyoto by train (Self-guided)
  • Welcome to Kyoto
Kyoto
Day 14
Kyoto
  • Explore Kyoto with a private guide
Kyoto
Day 15
Kyoto
  • At leisure in Kyoto
Day 16
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  • Departure transfer from Kyoto to Kansai International Airport