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Winter in Japan

Why should you visit Japan in winter? Winter in Japan offers must-see sites blanketed in snow, savory seasonal dishes, and a list of winter activities for every traveler. Japan's winter season is vast depending on the region, but each are unique in beauty.

Winter in Japan can range from a generous amount of snowfall, to dry and mild weather conditions depending on certain parts of Japan. Japan enjoys its winter season in a list of ways. There is nothing like bathing in an outdoor onsen (hot springs) on a cold day, attending cheerful snow festivals, or enjoying delicious foods unique to the season. Northern regions of Japan, such as Hokkaido, experience an ample amount of snow that is perfect for its beautiful winter festivals. Kyoto or Tokyo, however, are known for its mostly dry and sunny winters, so you can still enjoy sightseeing.

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Visiting Japan in December
While traveling to Japan in December, visitors can expect many local festivals, Christmas illuminations, and fewer tourist crowds. December is a great time to visit Japan, especially Tokyo. The climate is mild, not too cold, and mostly dry. You may even catch autumn leaves lingering early in the month. Although Christmas is not a national holiday in Japan, the country is big on night time illuminations, which are a romantic atmosphere to stroll around in. December also marks the first chance to see the famous onsen-bathing snow monkeys in Nagano.

Visiting Japan in Januaryr
Traveling to Japan in January means visitors have the opportunity to meet the famous Japanese snow monkeys at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park. The red-faced monkeys, or Japanese Macaque, can be found bathing in an outdoor onsen (hot springs) against an icy backdrop in the forest. January is also the perfect time for travelers to unwind in a warm onsen and enjoy savory foods unique to the cold season. Gardens and temples are particularly beautiful too, with delicate specks of snow and few visitors, it really sets the winter scene.

Visiting Japan in February
If you plan on visiting Japan in February, you're in luck because this is the month where Japan's greatest winter festivals take place. To name, there is the Lake Shikotsu Ice Festival, Sapporo Snow Festival, Otaru Snow Light Path, Asahikawa Winter Festival, and the Sounkyo Ice Waterfall Festival. Additionally, travelers will have the chance to board an "ice breaker cruise" and sail across drift ice, and experience ice smelt fishing on the frozen Lake Akan. There is also the Kawazu Cherry Blossom Festival to see early-blooming cherry trees, and of course, the onsen-bathing snow monkeys.

Japan Winter Tours

Japan Winter Tours incorporate must-see sites in prominent regions, fun winter activities, and the most charming winter festivals the country has to offer. Experience pleasant, dry weather in Japan's big cities and beautiful landscapes blanketed with snow in the northern regions. Our travelers on our Japan Winter Tours have the chance to see the red-faced snow monkeys and the most impressive snow sculptures.

Travel to Japan on one of our Japan Winter Tour packages to experience the best winter attractions. Visit must-see sites in Tokyo and Kyoto, or meet Nagano's famous snow monkeys.

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Japan Deluxe Tours

Visit the must see sites of Japan with group sizes ranging from 12 to 35 people.

These tours are great for first time visitors to Japan looking for comfortable accommodation with all entrance fees and most meals included. Our Japan Deluxe Tours are accomodated with professional tour guides, fluent in both Japanese and English, to ensure an educational and valuable visit. Air-conditoned, private coaches are also included, so you can enjoy a comfortable and hassle-free time in Japan. Our tours range from 7 to 21 days, to various regions of Japan.

Deluxe-Plus Small Group Tours

Experience the culture of Japan at a slower pace with groups of 10 to 18 people.
(Smaller group departure available)

These tours combine enrichment, enjoyment, and education with time to truly absorb and appreciate your surroundings. Our Deluxe-Plus small group tours are created to cater to those who are interested in having a deeper understanding of Japan's culture. You will have the opportunity to participate in culturally rich activities and visit destinations only locals may know. Experience luxurious hotels and travel at a leisurely pace when you book a Deluxe-Plus small group tour.

Ultra-Deluxe Small Group Tours

Tour Japan with the finest accommodations and experiences in groups of 2 to 6 people.

Enjoy more than just sightseeing. These tours will allow you to eat in small local restaurants, visit hidden gems, stay at hotels with limited occupancy, take part in activities available only to small groups, and enjoy more interaction with your tour guides. Ultra-Deluxe small group tours are the ultimate way to visit Japan with hand-picked, top hotels and ryokans (traditional inns) to relax in. Select from a unique range of luxurious cultural experiences that are limited to smaller groups, which is why the maximum group size is 6 guests.

Japan Walking Tours

Travel Japan more flexibly in groups of 10 to 16 people using public transportation.

These tours allow you to enjoy Japanese culture firsthand in the intimacy of a small group. The maximum group size is 12 guests, which enables you to travel by public transportation, such as by train, subway, taxi, ferry or local bus. Walking the streets and taking the local trains will allow you to interact more with the locals and appreciate what everyday life in Japan is like. Each city will feature an expert local guide who will be able to share in-depth information on the featured attractions and sites, and provide assistance or recommendations if needed prior to your free time.

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Majestic Japan - Snow Festivals, Snow 
Monkeys & Kawazu Cherry Blossoms

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $200

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $200

Majestic Japan - Snow Festivals, Snow Monkeys & Kawazu Cherry Blossoms
Majestic Japan - Snow Festivals, Snow Monkeys & Kawazu Cherry Blossoms

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $6698.00

Sapporo / Otaru / Yoichi / Yudanaka / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Nara / Katsuragi / Kyoto / Kawazu / Hakone / Tokyo
See majestic Japan in the pretty winter season, finding wonderful views bursting with white color.

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $6698.00

Sapporo / Otaru / Yoichi / Yudanaka / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Nara / Katsuragi / Kyoto / Kawazu / Hakone / Tokyo
See majestic Japan in the pretty winter season, finding wonderful views bursting with white color.
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Compare Status
Mon. Feb 7, 2022 Sun. Feb 20, 2022 US $6698.00

Small Group Limited to 24 passengers

Sapporo Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Sold Out
Mon. Feb 6, 2023 Sun. Feb 19, 2023 US $6698.00

Small Group Limited to 24 passengers

Sapporo Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Mon. Feb 5, 2024 Sun. Feb 18, 2024 US $6698.00

Small Group Limited to 24 passengers

Sapporo Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Japan Winter Heartfelt Birding Tour

Group Tour | Deluxe          

Group Tour | Deluxe    

Japan Winter Heartfelt Birding Tour
Japan Winter Heartfelt Birding Tour

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $7998.00

Sapporo / Tsurui Village / Lake Kussharo / Shibetsu / Rausu / Shiretoko / Notsuke Peninsula / Lake Furen / Nemuro / Cape Kiritappu / Kushiro / Izumi / Takaharu / Kyoto / Lake Biwa / Kaga / Nagano / Karuizawa / Tokyo
Venture on a journey of constant wonder and discovery as you explore the innumerable birds that winter on the coast, forests, and fields of Japan with a knowledgeable birding specialist.

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $7998.00

Sapporo / Tsurui Village / Lake Kussharo / Shibetsu / Rausu / Shiretoko / Notsuke Peninsula / Lake Furen / Nemuro / Cape Kiritappu / Kushiro / Izumi / Takaharu / Kyoto / Lake Biwa / Kaga / Nagano / Karuizawa / Tokyo
Venture on a journey of constant wonder and discovery as you explore the innumerable birds that winter on the coast, forests, and fields of Japan with a knowledgeable birding specialist.
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Compare Status
Wed. Feb 2, 2022 Tue. Feb 15, 2022 US $7998.00

Small Group Limited to 12 passengers

Sapporo Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Sold Out
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