G Adventures - 12 Night Moderate Tour Package12-Nights Sapporo Snow Festival and Japan Winter Highlights-Classic

Tours offered from January 28th, 2019 - January 31st, 2019

Starting from only $5,299.00 (USD)

Tour Overview

Sapporo Snow Festival & Japan Winter Highlights 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.Highlights Lay eyes on the glitz of Tokyo, combat winter's 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 FestivalAccommodation Hotels (9 nts), farmhouse (1 nt), traditional inns (2 nts).Group Leader Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout.Group Size Notes Max 15, avg 12Meals Included 3 breakfasts, 3 dinnersWhat's Included Recharge: Seninburo Hot Spring Visit, Hongu. 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. Minshuku stay (Noboribetsu). Internal flight. All transport to/from included activities and between destinations.  

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G Adventures: Sapporo Snow Festival & Japan Winter Highlights

Day 1 Tokyo
There are no planned activities until an evening welcome meeting.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 head out of town and view Mt Fuji or explore more of Tokyo's diverse districts.Included Activities: City Tour

Day 3 Tokyo/Shirakawa-go
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: Private Vehicle Bullet train

Day 4 Shirakawa-go/Kanazawa
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 WalkTransport: Private Vehicle
Meals: (1B)

Day 5 Kanazawa/Kawayu Onsen
It's 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 VisitTransport: Local train Local bus

Day 6 Kawayu Onsen/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: (1B)

Day 7 Osaka
Osaka has heaps to offer including Osaka Castle Park, Shinsaibashi shopping street and Dotombori Bridge. Be sure to try "takoyaki" the city's famous squid snack. Osaka is a unique culinary destination ? opt for a group meal of "kushikatsu".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.Included Activities: City TourTransport: Local train

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

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.Included Activities: Orientation Walk Sapporo Snow Festival Visit Snow Light Path Festival VisitTransport: Train Train

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).Included Activities: Jigokudani Park VisitTransport: Train

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
Meals: (1B)

Day 13 Sapporo
Can't get enough snow? Book post accommodation and head to Niseko to experience Japan's world-class skiing and snowboarding.Included Activities: Departure Day

Tour Dates & Pricing

  • Monday January 28th, 2019 - Thursday January 31st, 2019
    from $5,299.00