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.
Day 1 Tokyo
Arrive at any time.
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.
Day 3 Tokyo/Shirakawa-go (1D)
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.
Day 4 Shirakawa-go/Kanazawa (1B)
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.
Day 5 Kanazawa/Kawayu Onsen (1D)
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.
Day 6 Kawayu Onsen/Osaka (1B)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Day 11 Sapporo/Noboribetsu (1D)
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).
Day 12 Noboribetsu/Sapporo (1B)
Enjoy a free day to visit the snow festival or explore more of Sapporo.
Day 13 Sapporo
Depart at any time.
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