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Best of Japan Tour Winter with Japanese Alps: Snow Monkeys

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Best of Japan Tour Winter with Japanese Alps: Snow Monkeys

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11 days 10 nights

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Single Supplement: USD $900.00


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

This tour is essentially "The Golden Triangle of Japan" itinerary, plus highlights of the Shikoku Island and Chugoku regions, as well as some changes that you can only experience in the winter. This tour caters to a wide variety of interests from culture, architecture, nature, Onsen spa baths, to 21st century sights.

Our private guides and drivers will help you navigate Tokyo's cultural landmarks, fashionable neighborhoods, and diverse shopping districts. Learn how to make your own sushi with a professional sushi chef and savor your delicious creations. Explore attractions like the Asakusa district with an atmosphere of old Tokyo, Japan's largest and busiest fish market, drive by the historical Imperial Palace, and take in the view from the record-breaking Tokyo Skytree’s main observation deck.

On our winter itinerary, you will also visit Matsumoto, and the famous snow monkeys at Jigokudani Nature Park. There you'll stay at a ryokan (traditional inn), where you will have dinner and can unwind in the hot springs (onsen). Then, head towards Takayama, located amongst the Japanese Alps. Due to their remote location, these places are beautifully preserved and developed their own culture that is unique from the rest of Japan. Visit the charming village of Shirakawa- go and understand what gassho-zukuri architectural style is. You'll also have a chance to visit a city that is beautiful, but often overlooked by Western tourists, the city of Kanazawa. Here, you'll visit the Kenrokuen Garden (one of Japan's top three gardens) and see what six attributes make a perfect landscape.

You will spend two days in the ancient city of Kyoto, where you will have exclusive access to the city's gardens, temples, shrines, and specialty shops. You'll also get the opportunity to experience a green tea ceremony and a meet-and-greet with a maiko – an apprentice geisha, and stroll the beautiful Arashiyama, the outskirt of Kyoto. At Nara, be inspired by the intricate architecture and towering monuments, including the Great Buddha statue, and you'll understand why this city is considered the birthplace of Buddhism in Japan. From Nara, proceed to Osaka and have a chance to see why Osaka is called the "night life city".

Visit the majestic castle in Himeji and the canal town of Kurashiki. In Hiroshima, visit the Peace Memorial Museum and Park, then head on to Miyajima to view the famed vermilion Torii Gate of Itsukushima Shrine. At high tide, the gates look like they’re floating on the sea. Then, drive through the Shimanami Kaido, a 60 kilometer long toll road that connects Japan's main island of Honshu to the island of Shikoku, passing over six small islands in the Seto Inland Sea.

In the Shikoku Island, you will visit the Ritsurin Garden in Takamatsu, enjoy a relaxing boat ride, and take in the panoramic views of the Oboke Gorge. Our group will also have the chance to savor the world-famous Wagyu beef in Kobe. This itinerary is perfect for those who want to visit the well known regions of Japan.

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2025

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Thu. Jan 2, 2025 Sun. Jan 12, 2025 USD $4498.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Sun. Jan 26, 2025 Wed. Feb 5, 2025 USD $4398.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  

2026

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Fri. Jan 2, 2026 Mon. Jan 12, 2026 USD $4398.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  

Please Note:

All prices are per person, based on twin (double on request) or triple occupancy.
International flights are not included on our tours - this allows you the flexibility to choose your own departure and get the best value for your money!

We can arrange international flights for US customers if needed, please ask for details.

Deposit

We require US$200 deposit per person to hold the space at time of booking and the final payment is due 2 month prior to departure

What's included

  • • 9 nights Western style and 1 night Japanese style accommodation
  • • Meet and greet upon arrival at Tokyo Narita Airport
  • • Airport transfers on arrival and departure
  • • Private coach transfers between destinations in Japan
  • • Comprehensive escorted with AJT professional English speaking tour guide

  •   Meals
  • • Breakfast everyday
  • • 5 lunches and 4 dinners

  • Admission fees and activities
  • • All entry fees to sites, activities listed in the itinerary

What's NOT included

  • • International Airfares
  • • Meals that are not included in the itinerary
  • • Travel Insurance
  • • Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks
  • • Personal expenses such as telephone and laundry bills

Additional Information

Transport

Travel by private coach between destinations, hassle free baggage handling.


Arrival Departure Airports
  • • For arrivals at Narita Airport (NRT), this tour starts in Tokyo and ends in Osaka, with departures at Osaka Kansai Airport (KIX)
  • • If you will be flying into Haneda Airport (HND) instead of Narita Airport (NRT) on the first day, airport transfer is not included. We will provide with full instructions to get to the hotel in advance, or we can arrange shared shuttle service for you at US$60.00 per person per way.

Meal Requests

Vegetarian or special meals can be arranged.


Meet and Greet

Please note that the meet and greet and airport transfer to the first hotel is ONLY available on the first day of the tour after 11 AM. If you plan to stay extra nights before the start of the tour, we will provide full instructions in advance for you to transfer to your hotel on your own.


Itinerary In Brief

  • Day1   Arrive in Tokyo
  • Day2   Tokyo
  • Day3   Lake Kawaguchi - Matsumoto
  • Day4   Yudanaka - Takayama
  • Day5   Shirakawa-go - Kanazawa - Bullet Train Ride
  • Day6   Kyoto
  • Day7   Kyoto - Nara - Osaka
  • Day8   Himeji - Kurashiki
  • Day9   Hiroshima - Shimanami Kaido
  • Day10   Shikoku - Kobe
  • Day11   Tour ends

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Tokyo / Lake Kawaguchi / Matsumoto / Yudanaka / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Oobokekyo Gorge / Takamatsu / Kobe


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Learn to create your own Sushi, meet a geisha or maiko, and more

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Meet locals and visit rural areas of Japan you might miss on other tours