Small Group Tour IJT Classic

Winter Highlights

14 Nights: from US$4800 Trip Code: WH

From incredible snow sculptures and rare birds in Hokkaido to snow monkeys and cultural treasures on Honshu; this tour demonstrates the myriad attractions of the winter season on Japan's two largest islands. Read more >

Hokkaido, Japan's remote, northern outpost, is off the beaten track even for most Japanese. Here you'll wander vast, windswept plains and wild peninsulas where still-smoking volcanoes provide the backdrop, with a litany of rare birds to be spotted.

In Tsurui you'll receive an introduction to Hokkaido's avian residents accompanied by an expert birding guide, whilst in Rausu you'll take an icebreaker cruise amongst the creaking floes of the Okhotsk Sea. With a bit of luck on your side, the cruise will bring you within range of magnificent Steller's sea eagles, a fantastic opportunity for keen wildlife photographers.

Before returning to the mainland you'll stop for three nights in Sapporo, Hokkaido's capital and home to the famous snow festival, during which approximately 400 giant snow sculptures occupy the city's spaces. Sapporo is famous for beer as well as snow, so in addition to enjoying the festival you'll take a tour of one of the city's breweries.

Honshu is Japan's main island and offers a very different experience from Hokkaido. In Tokyo you'll take a cruise on the Sumida River and warm your hands around a bowl of green tea at Hamarikyu Gardens, whilst in Kyoto you might be lucky enough to enjoy the enchanting sight of the Golden Pavilion wreathed in snow. You will also have a private audience with a maiko (trainee geisha), which is sure to be a highlight of your trip.

Finally, one of the highlights of your tour comes in Yudanaka - where you'll witness the Japanese macaques as they stave off the cold in the mountain hot springs.

What's Included >

What's included

  • Full-time services of your InsideJapan tour leader
  • 14 nights' accommodation
  • Breakfast every day and seven evening meals
  • Your InsideJapan Info-Pack
  • All transport between destinations in Japan, including airport transfers and domestic flights and an IC transport card with 3,500 yen credit
  • Sumida river bus ride and entrance to Hamarikyu Gardens in Tokyo
  • Bird-watching guide in Tsurui
  • Entrance to the Blakiston's fish owl reserve
  • Icebreaker cruise on the Okhotsk Sea
  • Brewery tour in Sapporo
  • Audience with a trainee geisha in Kyoto
  • Entrance to the Jigokudani monkey park in Yudanaka
  • Luggage forwarding Tsurui to Sapporo & Kyoto to Tokyo

What's NOT included:

  • International flights
  • Any entrance fees (including those for temples, shrines and museums) unless otherwise specified
  • Any local transport in each destination unless otherwise specified
  • Baggage handling & luggage forwarding unless otherwise specified

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Tour Price Information

  • Tour Price: From US$4800
  • Single Supplement: US$400

Extra Nights

  • Pre-Tour: Twin Share pp US$80 Single pp US$96
  • Post-Tour: Twin Share pp US$128 Single pp US$176

Tour Highlights

  • Take an icebreaker cruise on the Okhotsk Sea and keep a lookout for Steller's sea eagles
  • Visit the famous onsen-bathing monkeys of Yudanaka
  • Meet an apprentice geisha in Kyoto
  • Enjoy a tour of one of Sapporo's breweries
  • Take a cruise down the Sumida River in Tokyo

For more information email us: or call: 303 952 0379

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