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Snow Festival in Japan

This exciting journey takes us to the far north of Japan where we make the most of the winter temperatures, taking an ice breaker cruise in the Sea of Okhostk before spending time admiring the incredible snow sculptures at the annual Sapporo Snow Festival. We also spend time exploring ultra modern Tokyo, exploring zen gardens in ancient Kyoto and visiting the snow monkeys at Yudanaka.

Tour Highlights

  • Sapporo - Experience the annual snow festival in the capital of Hokkaido, Japan's northern island. Odori Park is home to huge snow sculptures and dramatic ice carvings
  • Otaru Lantern Festival - Stroll along the banks of the canal, lit by thousands of tiny candles and snow lanterns
  • Tokyo - Explore the neon bright capital city, gateway to Japan
  • Bullet Train - Whizz across the country in comfort at an average speed of 300 kilometres an hour
  • Kyoto - See the traditional side of Japan, stunning temples, immaculate zen gardens and the geisha district of Gion
  • Snow Monkeys - Visit the bathing beauties making the most of the hot springs at Yudanaka Onsen


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    Join tour in Tokyo

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    Visit ancient Asakusa Temple and modern Harajuku

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    Fly to Abashiri; discover the Meiji-era Prison Museum

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    Cruise on the Sea of Okhostk; scenic train to Sapporo

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    View snow sculptures at Sapporo's annual festival

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    Day trip by train to explore Otaru's lantern festival

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    Take the train to old trading port of Hakodate

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    Discover the morning market; flight and train to Kyoto

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    Walk through the temples and zen gardens of Kyoto

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    Free day to explore Kyoto. Option to visit nearby Nara

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    Take the bullet train to Nagano

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    Reflect at Zenkoji Temple before meeting Yudanaka's snow monkeys. Take the bullet train to Tokyo

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    Tour ends in Tokyo

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Sapporo Snow Festival
Why Book this trip
From food to festivals, scenery to sledding, history to hilltops this is a varied tour where you will be well and truly off the beaten tourist path. This tour is ideal for anyone wanting to learn more about Japanese culture whilst experiencing the unique Sapporo Snow Festival.
Included meals 12 0 5
Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Bus, Train, Boat, Flight
12 nights Standard Hotel
Trip Staff
Explore Tour Leader
Group Size
Generally 10 - 16