Sapporo Snow Festival & Japan Winter Highlights

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Sapporo Snow Festival & Japan Winter Highlights
Tokyo to Sapporo
Duration: 13 days
Tour code: AJWF

Highlights

Lay eyes on the glitz of Tokyo, hike past geysers in Jigokudani Park, go local at a traditional minshuku, Explore the secrets of the Ninja Temple, 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 Snow Light Path Festival in Hokkaido, this tour is the best answer for anyone looking for a different sort of adventure.

What's included?

Staff & experts

Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout.

Meals

3 breakfasts, 3 dinners

Transport

Train, public bus, subway, plane, walking.

Accommodation

Hotels (9 nts), farmhouse (1 nt), traditional inns (2 nts).

Included activities

Recharge: Seninburo Hot Spring Visit, Hongū. CEO-led city tours of Tokyo and Kanazawa. Ninja Temple visit. Minshuku stay with traditional meals. Instant Ramen Museum visit (Osaka). CEO-led city tour of Kyoto, including entrance to Nijo Castle and Kinkakuji Golden Pavillion. Orientation walks in Osaka and Sapporo. Sapporo Snow Festival visit. Snow Light Path Festival visit (Otaru). Jigokudani Park visit. Traditional inn stay (Noboribetsu). Internal flight. All transport to/from included activities and between destinations.

Itinerary

Day 1
Tokyo
Arrive at any time.

Included activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

Day 2
Tokyo
Enjoy a morning tour of some of the city's highlights. With a free afternoon, opt to explore more of Tokyo's diverse districts.

Included activities: City Tour

Day 3
Tokyo - Shirakawa
It's 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: Bullet train, Local bus

Meals: dinner

Day 4
Shirakawa - Kanazawa-shi
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.

Transport: Local bus

Included activities: Ninja Temple Visit, Nagamachi Samurai District Walk

Optional activities:

  • Kenroku-En Garden Visit
  • Higashi Geisha District Visit

Meals: breakfast

Day 5
Kanazawa-shi - Hongū
Travel to Kawayu Onsen in the Kii mountains and settle into the traditional inn for the evening. Visit the seninburo onsen, dug into the riverbed, and soak in the natural hot spring. Savour a traditional dinner at the inn.

Transport: Local train, Local bus

Included activities: Traditional Minshuku Stay and Meal, Seninburo Hot Spring Visit

Meals: dinner

Day 6
Hongū - Osaka
Spend a free morning in the area. Opt to walk along the ancient Kumano Kodo pilgrimage trail 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, Local train

Meals: breakfast

Day 7
Osaka
Visit the Instant Ramen Museum and create your own instant noodles. Explore this vibrant city with free time, opting to visit Osaka Castle Park or browse Shinsaibashi's trendy shops.

Included activities: Instant Ramen Museum Visit

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, there's tons to see and do.

Transport: Bullet train

Included activities: City Tour

Day 9
Kyoto - Sapporo
Catch a flight from Osaka 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

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 town's Snow Light Path Festival. Head back to Sapporo for the night.

Transport: Train, Train

Included activities: Orientation Walk, Sapporo Snow Festival Visit, Snow Light Path Festival Visit

Day 11
Sapporo - Noboribetsu
Travel to nearby Noboribetsu. Go for an easy hike through Jigokudani Park to view the scenery and geysers, or opt to visit the onsen town's spas. Enjoy a stay at a traditional inn for the night, complete with dinner dressed in a provided yukata (cotton kimono).

Transport: Train

Included activities: Jigokudani Park Visit

Optional activities: Onsen (Hot Spring) Visit

Meals: dinner

Day 12
Noboribetsu - Sapporo
Enjoy a free day to visit the snow festival or explore more of Sapporo.

Transport: Local train

Optional activities:

  • Sapporo Beer Museum Tour
  • TV Tower Visit
  • Sapporo Snow Festival Visit

Meals: breakfast

Day 13
Sapporo
Depart at any time.

Included activities: Departure Day

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