Self Guided Adventure


Snow Country

11 Nights: from US$4875 per person (twin share) Trip Code: SC0001

There's more to winter in Japan than just skiing. From winter wonderland landscapes around the Japan Alps to hearty and warming food in the backstreet izakaya of the big cities, there's plenty on offer for anyone willing to bundle up and brave the cooler temperatures. Read more >

This itinerary is designed for travel in January and February.

From the Golden Pavilion dusted with snow to the hardy macaques soaking in the hot springs of mountainous Yudanaka, this Self-Guided Itinerary sends you on a journey to experience the charms of some of Japan's most scenic wintery landscapes.

Spring's cherry blossoms and the momiji autumn leaves tend to draw the most interest - and for good reasons - but Japan still has lots to keep you entertained in the winter season. We designed this seasonal itinerary to show off some of the country's frosty highlights on the main island of Honshu, while enjoying a variety of cultural and hands-on experiences and activities.

You will begin your adventure in Tokyo where a professional guide will be ready to help you navigate the neon-lit streets and warren-like subway network in the busy metropolis. Tokyo rarely sees snow in January and February, but be sure to wrap up warm all the same. Round off your Tokyo stay with a fun-filled Izakaya Evening at a variety of Japanese style bar-restaurants with one of our knowledgeable Insiders, where you can rub elbows with the locals as you feast on much-loved wintery dishes.

From the bright lights of Tokyo it's onwards to the snow covered countryside as you make your way deep into mountainous Nagano Prefecture to Jigokudani Monkey Park, where the hot spring-bathing snow monkeys reside. Nagano is also home to Matsumoto, where you'll spend a day marvelling at the unique Black Crow Castle and trying your hand at making some tasty soba noodles, a Matsumoto speciality.

On the other side of the Japan Alps lies Takayama, a small town full of well-preserved traditional streets, houses, and craft and food shops selling tasty local wares, including warming sake from the nearby breweries to help beat the winter chill. You will stay at an authentic inn in Takayama where you'll sleep on thick, cosy futon on the tatami mat floor, and try a delicious traditional kaiseki course meal in the evening. The area around Takayama is a snow-lover's paradise; surrounded by the Hida mountains, it's the perfect backdrop for doing a spot of snowshoeing in the pristine white countryside.

No trip to Japan is complete without a stay in the cultural heart of the country; Kyoto, the city of a thousand temples. A full day spent with a professional guide will give you a fascinating insight into the history and culture of Japan's ancient capital. While sightseeing you might be lucky enough to see a dusting of snow on the temple roofs, or the streets of Gion where you will spend an afternoon having tea with an apprentice geisha.

The bullet train will whisk you back to Tokyo for your final day, where we have arranged a reservation at the Robot Restaurant - be prepared for a visual extravaganza to round off your winter adventure.

At a glance

What's Included

What's included

  • Eleven nights' accommodation
  • Breakfast every day
  • Two kaiseki course dinners
  • 14-Day Japan Rail Pass
  • Airport transfer from the airport at the start of your trip
  • 8 hours private guide in Tokyo and Kyoto
  • An evening Izakaya Experience in Tokyo
  • Soba making experience in Matsumoto
  • 3.5 hour snowshoeing near Takayama
  • Afternoon tea with a maiko in Kyoto
  • Reservations for the Robot Restaurant in Tokyo
  • Pocket WiFi device
  • Your personalised InsideJapan Info-Pack

What's NOT included:

  • International flights
  • Local transport (buses, subways, taxis) at any destinations
  • Any entrance fees including those for shrines, temples and museums
  • Baggage handling - you will be expected to carry your own bags for the duration of the trip
  • Airport transfer at the end of your trip

Trip Highlights

  • Spend a day with a local professional guide to get to grips with the sights of Tokyo
  • Try your hand at making traditional soba noodles
  • Experience the visual delights of the Robot Restaurant
  • Visit the famous snow monkeys of Yudanaka Onsen
  • Strap on your snowshoes for a wintery adventure
  • Speed east on the bullet train between Kyoto and Tokyo

For more information email us: [email protected] or call: 303 952 0379

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