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Japan Winter Highlights: Winter Festivals, Kawazu Cherry Blossoms & Snow Monkeys

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2024/2025/2026 JAPAN WINTER TOURS


Tour Code: GTC4566054

Japan Winter Highlights: Winter Festivals, Kawazu Cherry Blossoms & Snow Monkeys

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21 days 20 nights

fromUSD $8698.00


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Single Supplement: USD $1800.00

Discover the unmissable Winter Highlights of Japan on a 21-day itinerary, with exciting Hokkaido Winter Festivals, the Snow Monkeys of Yudanaka, and the Kawazu Cherry Blossom Festival.

Experience all the highlights of Japan during the breathtaking winter season with our 21-day tour across the country. This comprehensive itinerary takes you from Hokkaido through Honshu and even down into Shikoku for an unbeatable look at the country’s winter must-sees.

Start in Hokkaido – Japan’s winter wonderland, where you’ll enjoy what are, without doubt, the region’s most essential seasonal events. The snow festivals of Hokkaido are legendary, and we bring you all the best ones – the Sounkyo Ice Fall Festival, Asahikawa Winter Festival, Lake Shikotsu’s Ice Festival, and of course, the Sapporo Snow Festival – known for its mind-blowing, larger-than-life snow creations. But you won’t miss the unique culture of this delightful region, which includes trips to Sapporo’s Odori Park and Historic Village, Otrau’s Sakaimichi and the picturesque Otaru Canals, the Prison Museum of Abashiri, Lake Tofutsu (the wintering grounds of the Whooper Swan), and Lake Akan’s Ainu Kotan village. Observe the dance of the elegant red-crowned crane in Kushiro at the Akan International Crane Center, and watch the adorable red foxes at Kitakitsune Fox Farm. Top experiences include an Ice Breaker Cruise off the coast of Abashiri, Smelt Fishing on Lake Akan, and a tour of the Otokoyama Sake Brewery.

Next, we explore the best winter spots throughout Honshu – including all the top must-see destinations: Tokyo, Hakone, Osaka, Hiroshima, Kanazawa, and Kobe, with two full days taking in Kyoto and Nara’s winter delights. Browse the wares of bustling Tsukiji Market, glimpse Mount Fuji from the Kachi Kachi Ropeway, stroll idyllic Kenrokuen Garden, taste mouthwatering Wagyu Beef, and ponder the austere monuments at the Peace Memorial Park. Discover Kyoto and Nara’s top temples and local experiences – Fushimi Inari, the Golden Pavilion, Togetsukyo Bridge, Tenryuji Temple, Gion Geisha District, and Todaiji Temple and Wild Deer Park. While in Kyoto, participate in a traditional Green Tea Ceremony.

Some highlights of Japan in Honshu are most enchanting during winter, and we included the best of the best for you to enjoy. Bring your camera to photograph such unforgettable winter scenes as the bathing snow monkeys at Yudanaka Onsen, the traditional streets of Old Town Takayama, the preserved canals in Kurashiki, the thatched-roof farmhouses of UNESCO World Heritage Shirakawa-go, snow-white Himeji Castle and pitch-black Matsumoto Castle. But perhaps the most unexpected scene will be the Cherry Blossoms of Kawazu, which bloom a whole month earlier than anywhere else in Japan!

We round off the tour spending a few days exploring Shikoku, with captivating teahouse scene of Ritsurin Park, the seaside views of Shimanami Kaido, and the boat ride through Oboke Gorge being among the top highlights. The entire 21-day tour has private transportation serviced by our sleek and comfortable private coaches (with one ride on the Shinkansen Bullet Train. And you will be accompanied the entire time by one of our friendly, professional English-speaking guides. Come experience the most incredible winter tour of Japan on our Highlights of Japan Winter Tour! Browse our detailed itinerary below for more information.

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Dates & Price


Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Save Status
Sun. Feb 2, 2025 Sat. Feb 22, 2025 USD $8698.00 Sapporo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  


Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Save Status
Tue. Feb 3, 2026 Mon. Feb 23, 2026 USD $8698.00 Sapporo 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.


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

  • • 16 nights Western style and 4 nights Japanese style accommodation
  • • Meet and greet upon arrival at Sapporo New Chitose Airport
  • • Domestic flight from Kushiro to Tokyo
  • • 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
  • • 11 lunches and 9 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


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

Arrival Departure Airports

For arrivals at New Chitose Airport (CTS), this tour starts in Sapporo and ends in Osaka, with departures at Osaka Kansai Airport (KIX).

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 Sapporo
  • Day2   Shiraoi - Lake Shikotsu - Sapporo
  • Day3   Sapporo
  • Day4   Sapporo - Otaru
  • Day5   Asahikawa - Sounkyo
  • Day6   Sounkyo - Kitami - Abashiri
  • Day7   Abashiri - Lake Tofutsu - Lake Akan
  • Day8   Lake Akan - Kushiro
  • Day9   Domestic flight from Kushiro to Tokyo
  • Day10   Tokyo
  • Day11   Tokyo
  • Day12   Hakone - Kawazu
  • Day13   Lake Kawaguchi - Matsumoto
  • Day14   Yudanaka - Takayama
  • Day15   Shirakawa-go - Kanazawa - Bullet Train Ride
  • Day16   Kyoto
  • Day17   Kyoto - Nara - Osaka
  • Day18   Himeji - Kurashiki - Hiroshima
  • Day19   Hiroshima - Shikoku
  • Day20   Shikoku - Kobe
  • Day21   Tour ends

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Shiraoi / Lake Shikotsu / Sapporo / Otaru / Asahikawa / Sounkyo / Kitami / Abashiri / Lake Tofutsu / Lake Akan / Kushiro / Tokyo / Hakone / Kawazu / Lake Kawaguchi / Matsumoto / Yudanaka / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Oobokekyo Gorge / Takamatsu / Kobe

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