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Japan Tours in December

Japan Tours in December

December Tours occur at the opening of Japan’s winter season, and many tourists are drawn to different parts of the country to enjoy regional specialties of the season. The northern prefecture of Hokkaido invites you to enjoy Japan’s winter wonderland with a range of seasonal attractions. And the winter must-sees for the main island of Honshu include not only adorable snow monkeys and sleepy mountain villages, but also bright city illumination as Japan prepares for the winter holiday season.

December is a wonderful month to sightsee Japan’s top destinations. The fashionable districts of Tokyo and the traditional streets of Kyoto are typically brisk and dry, bringing excellent opportunities to experience the top must-sees in the country. Many of the city centers display brilliant spectacles of holiday illumination leading up towards the important Japanese New Year holidays. Special attractions of this time are worth a trip into the mountains, where Old Town Takayama and UNESCO Heritage Shirakawa-go await your view – often dusted with snow.

This is one of the best times to observe the Japanese macaque or “snow monkey” of Yudanaka. Trooping down from the mountains to bathe in a set of natural hot springs, these adorable creatures can be seen playing, grooming, and keeping each other company in the steamy pools. Observing their behavior in a natural habitat is an unmissable opportunity in this season.

Plan a special December tour to Hokkaido, an incredible time to see the northern island’s beauteous nature and unique local culture. Discover the fascinating traditions of the indigenous Ainu people, which are preserved in the town of Shiraoi. See the boiling hot springs of Noboribetsu Hell Valley and the sparkling Ginga (Galaxy) and Ryusei (Shooting Star) waterfalls of Sounkyo Gorge. Explore both the charming fishing port of Otaru and the prefectural capital of Sapporo, which are gorgeous in this splendid winter season. A December Tour of Japan offers plenty of unique sights to enjoy.

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The Golden Route Japan Tour Winter arrow readmore icon

Tokyo / Hakone / Hikone / Koka / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka

    141 reviews

7 Days 6 Nights | from US $2898.00

Perfect introduction for first time visitors with limited time.

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Tue. Dec 22, 2026 Mon. Dec 28, 2026 US $2998.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
    question mark icon         Tour#: GTY1153821

The Golden Triangle of Japan Tour Winter: Snow Monkeys arrow readmore icon

Tokyo / Lake Kawaguchi / Matsumoto / Yudanaka / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka

    75 reviews

8 Days 7 Nights | from US $3198.00

The must see sights of Tokyo, Takayama & Kyoto... plus the Snow Monkeys.

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Tue. Dec 24, 2024 Tue. Dec 31, 2024 US $3298.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
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Fri. Jan 2, 2026 Fri. Jan 9, 2026 US $3198.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
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Thu. Dec 24, 2026 Thu. Dec 31, 2026 US $3198.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
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Anime Flavor: Tokyo & Kyoto Winter Tour arrow readmore icon

Tokyo / Hakone / Hikone / Koka / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka

    42 reviews

8 Days 7 Nights | from US $3198.00

Anime Flavor Tour is the best thing to fulfill your Otaku needs. We will go to some of the popular anime spots while learning about Japan’s culture.

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Sat. Dec 21, 2024 Sat. Dec 28, 2024 US $3298.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Sun. Feb 16, 2025 Sun. Feb 23, 2025 US $3198.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Sun. Dec 21, 2025 Sun. Dec 28, 2025 US $3298.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Sun. Feb 22, 2026 Sun. Mar 1, 2026 US $3198.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Mon. Dec 21, 2026 Mon. Dec 28, 2026 US $3198.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
    question mark icon         Tour#: GTD4139097

Anime Flavor: Tokyo & Kyoto with Snow Monkey Tour arrow readmore icon

Tokyo / Lake Kawaguchi / Matsumoto / Yudanaka / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka

    42 reviews

9 Days 8 Nights | from US $3598.00

Anime Flavor Tour is the best thing to fulfill your Otaku needs. We will go to some of the popular anime spots while learning about Japan’s culture.

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Mon. Dec 23, 2024 Tue. Dec 31, 2024 US $3598.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
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Wed. Dec 23, 2026 Thu. Dec 31, 2026 US $3598.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
    question mark icon         Tour#: GTI4125482

Best of Japan Tour Winter arrow readmore icon

Tokyo / Hakone / Hikone / Koka / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Oobokekyo Gorge / Takamatsu / Kobe

    136 reviews

10 Days 9 Nights | from US $4098.00

Perfect for those who want to visit the well known regions of Japan.

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Sun. Dec 22, 2024 Tue. Dec 31, 2024 US $4198.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Mon. Feb 17, 2025 Wed. Feb 26, 2025 US $4098.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Mon. Dec 22, 2025 Wed. Dec 31, 2025 US $4198.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Mon. Feb 23, 2026 Wed. Mar 4, 2026 US $4098.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Tue. Dec 22, 2026 Thu. Dec 31, 2026 US $4198.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
    question mark icon         Tour#: GTS4114992

Anime Flavor: Tokyo & Kyoto with Hiroshima Winter Tour arrow readmore icon

Tokyo / Hakone / Hikone / Koka / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Oobokekyo Gorge / Takamatsu / Kobe

    42 reviews

11 Days 10 Nights | from US $4398.00

Anime Flavor Tour is the best thing to fulfill your Otaku needs. We will go to some of the popular anime spots while learning about Japan’s culture.

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Sat. Dec 21, 2024 Tue. Dec 31, 2024 US $4498.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
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Sun. Dec 21, 2025 Wed. Dec 31, 2025 US $4498.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Sun. Feb 22, 2026 Wed. Mar 4, 2026 US $4398.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Mon. Dec 21, 2026 Thu. Dec 31, 2026 US $4398.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
    question mark icon         Tour#: GTV7134442

Best Ever Japan Food Tour Winter arrow readmore icon

Tokyo / Hakone / Hikone / Koka / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka


10 Days 9 Nights | from US $4498.00

Enjoy a winter food trip to Japan on one of our Best Ever Japan Food Tours, with delightful culinary experiences in Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka.

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Sat. Dec 20, 2025 Mon. Dec 29, 2025 US $4498.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
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