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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.

Budget Group Tours

Our Budget Tours are designed for our guests who are on a limited budget.

Explore the must-see sights and enjoy the hassle-free trip to Japan at an affordable price. Our most cost-effective way to see the highlights of Japan while staying in budget-friendly accommodations. If you would like to have a quick stop to sample the must-see sights of Japan, or plan to explore Japan on your own but would like to take a short trip to learn about Japan before your self-guided journeys. These are the tours for you.

Active Small Group Tours

Travel Japan more flexibly in groups of 6 to 13 people using public transportation.

Explore Japan off the beaten path via Japanese public transportation, walking, hiking, cycling and more. Take more time to enjoy local experiences and picturesque landscape. Our Active Small Group Tours combine the best of cultural destinations with off-the-beaten-path via Japanese public transportation, Discover the country of Japan the way the locals do and see Japan from a different angle. A focus on getting away from the crowds and into the real Japan, see the diversity of Japan’s countryside unfold before your eyes.

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Beyond Tokyo: Kawazu Cherry Blossoms & Snow 
Monkey Tour

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Beyond Tokyo: Kawazu Cherry Blossoms & Snow Monkey Tour
Beyond Tokyo: Kawazu Cherry Blossoms & Snow Monkey Tour

5 Days 4 Nights | from US $1898.00

Yokohama / Kawazu / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Yudanaka / Obuse / Nagano
Take an exclusive 5-day trip Beyond Tokyo to experience the blooming of Japan's earliest cherry blossoms at the Kawazu Cherry Blossom Festival and a trip to see the adorable Snow Monkeys!

5 Days 4 Nights | from US $1898.00

Yokohama / Kawazu / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Yudanaka / Obuse / Nagano
Take an exclusive 5-day trip Beyond Tokyo to experience the blooming of Japan's earliest cherry blossoms at the Kawazu Cherry Blossom Festival and a trip to see the adorable Snow Monkeys!
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Mon. Feb 13, 2023 Fri. Feb 17, 2023 US $1898.00 Tokyo Tokyo Save this tour Book Now  
Mon. Feb 12, 2024 Fri. Feb 16, 2024 US $1898.00 Tokyo Tokyo Save this tour Book Now  
Beyond Tokyo: Mt. Fuji & Snow Monkeys Winter 
Photography Tour

Group Tour |          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour |    Book Now & Save $100

Beyond Tokyo: Mt. Fuji & Snow Monkeys Winter Photography Tour
Beyond Tokyo: Mt. Fuji & Snow Monkeys Winter Photography Tour

5 Days 4 Nights | from US $2498.00 (Limit to 10 guests)

Mt Fuji - Matsumoto - Obuse - Yudanaka Onsen
Go beyond Tokyo for a 5-day journey to Mount Fuji, Matsumoto, Obuse, and Nagano prefecture, and photograph Japan's natural splendor including the adorable Snow Monkeys of Yudanaka.

5 Days 4 Nights | from US $2498.00 (Limit to 10 guests)

Mt Fuji - Matsumoto - Obuse - Yudanaka Onsen
Go beyond Tokyo for a 5-day journey to Mount Fuji, Matsumoto, Obuse, and Nagano prefecture, and photograph Japan's natural splendor including the adorable Snow Monkeys of Yudanaka.
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Fri. Feb 17, 2023 Tue. Feb 21, 2023 US $2498.00

Small Group Limited to 10 passengers

Tokyo Tokyo Save this tour Sold Out
Wed. Feb 7, 2024 Sun. Feb 11, 2024 US $2498.00

Small Group Limited to 10 passengers

Tokyo Tokyo Save this tour Book Now  
The Golden Route Japan Tour Winter

Group Tour |          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour |    Book Now & Save $100

The Golden Route Japan Tour Winter
The Golden Route Japan Tour Winter
86 reviews
86 reviews

7 Days 6 Nights | from US $2798.00

Tokyo / Hakone / Hikone / Koka / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka
Perfect introduction for first time visitors with limited time.

7 Days 6 Nights | from US $2798.00

Tokyo / Hakone / Hikone / Koka / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka
Perfect introduction for first time visitors with limited time.
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Mon. Dec 5, 2022 Sun. Dec 11, 2022 US $2798.00 Tokyo Osaka Save this tour Sold Out
Sun. Dec 11, 2022 Sat. Dec 17, 2022 US $2798.00 Tokyo Osaka Save this tour Book Now  
Sun. Jan 15, 2023 Sat. Jan 21, 2023 US $2798.00 Tokyo Osaka Save this tour Sold Out
Sun. Feb 12, 2023 Sat. Feb 18, 2023 US $2798.00 Tokyo Osaka Save this tour Book Now  
Sun. Dec 10, 2023 Sat. Dec 16, 2023 US $2798.00 Tokyo Osaka Save this tour Book Now  
Fri. Dec 22, 2023 Thu. Dec 28, 2023 US $2798.00 Tokyo Osaka Save this tour Book Now  
Sun. Jan 14, 2024 Sat. Jan 20, 2024 US $2798.00 Tokyo Osaka Save this tour Book Now  
Sun. Feb 11, 2024 Sat. Feb 17, 2024 US $2798.00 Tokyo Osaka Save this tour Book Now  
Sun. Dec 8, 2024 Sat. Dec 14, 2024 US $2798.00 Tokyo Osaka Save this tour Book Now  
Sun. Dec 22, 2024 Sat. Dec 28, 2024 US $2798.00 Tokyo Osaka Save this tour Book Now  
Nakasendo Trail Winter Tour

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Nakasendo Trail Winter Tour
Nakasendo Trail Winter Tour

8 Days 7 Nights | from US $2905.00 (Limit to 13 guests)

Kyoto / Nakatsugawa / Magome / Tsumago / Kiso Fukushima / Narai / Kiso Hirasawa / Asama Onsen / Tokyo
A small-group guided winter tour to the Nakasendo trail. Walk or snow-shoe on five days for 1-3 hours.

8 Days 7 Nights | from US $2905.00 (Limit to 13 guests)

Kyoto / Nakatsugawa / Magome / Tsumago / Kiso Fukushima / Narai / Kiso Hirasawa / Asama Onsen / Tokyo
A small-group guided winter tour to the Nakasendo trail. Walk or snow-shoe on five days for 1-3 hours.
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Fri. Jan 27, 2023 Fri. Feb 3, 2023 US $2905.00

Small Group Limited to 13 passengers

Kyoto Tokyo Save this tour Inquiry  
Tue. Feb 14, 2023 Tue. Feb 21, 2023 US $2905.00

Small Group Limited to 13 passengers

Kyoto Tokyo Save this tour Inquiry  
Anime Flavor: Tokyo & Kyoto Winter Tour

Group Tour |          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour |    Book Now & Save $100

Anime Flavor: Tokyo & Kyoto Winter Tour
Anime Flavor: Tokyo & Kyoto Winter Tour

8 Days 7 Nights | from US $3098.00

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

8 Days 7 Nights | from US $3098.00

Tokyo / Hakone / Hikone / Koka / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka
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. Feb 11, 2023 Sat. Feb 18, 2023 US $3098.00 Tokyo Osaka Save this tour Book Now  
Thu. Dec 21, 2023 Thu. Dec 28, 2023 US $3098.00 Tokyo Osaka Save this tour Book Now  
Sat. Feb 10, 2024 Sat. Feb 17, 2024 US $3098.00 Tokyo Osaka Save this tour Book Now  
Sat. Dec 21, 2024 Sat. Dec 28, 2024 US $3098.00 Tokyo Osaka Save this tour Book Now  
The Golden Triangle of Japan Tour Winter: Snow 
Monkeys

Group Tour |          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour |    Book Now & Save $100

The Golden Triangle of Japan Tour Winter: Snow Monkeys
The Golden Triangle of Japan Tour Winter: Snow Monkeys
51 reviews
51 reviews

8 Days 7 Nights | from US $3198.00

Tokyo / Lake Kawaguchi / Matsumoto / Yudanaka / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka
The must see sights of Tokyo, Takayama & Kyoto... plus the Snow Monkeys.

8 Days 7 Nights | from US $3198.00

Tokyo / Lake Kawaguchi / Matsumoto / Yudanaka / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka
The must see sights of Tokyo, Takayama & Kyoto... plus the Snow Monkeys.
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Fri. Dec 23, 2022 Fri. Dec 30, 2022 US $3198.00 Tokyo Osaka Save this tour Book Now  
Mon. Jan 2, 2023 Mon. Jan 9, 2023 US $3198.00 Tokyo Osaka Save this tour Book Now  
Sun. Jan 29, 2023 Sun. Feb 5, 2023 US $3198.00 Tokyo Osaka Save this tour Book Now  
Sun. Dec 24, 2023 Sun. Dec 31, 2023 US $3198.00 Tokyo Osaka Save this tour Book Now  
Tue. Jan 2, 2024 Tue. Jan 9, 2024 US $3198.00 Tokyo Osaka Save this tour Book Now  
Sun. Jan 28, 2024 Sun. Feb 4, 2024 US $3198.00 Tokyo Osaka Save this tour Book Now  
Tue. Dec 24, 2024 Tue. Dec 31, 2024 US $3198.00 Tokyo Osaka Save this tour Book Now  
The Golden Triangle of Japan: Kawazu 
Cherry Blossom Festival & Snow Monkeys

Group Tour |          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour |    Book Now & Save $100

The Golden Triangle of Japan: Kawazu Cherry Blossom Festival & Snow Monkeys
The Golden Triangle of Japan: Kawazu Cherry Blossom Festival & Snow Monkeys
51 reviews
51 reviews

9 Days 8 Nights | from US $3498.00

Tokyo / Hakone / Kawazu / Lake Kawaguchi / Matsumoto / Yudanaka / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka
The must see sights of Tokyo, Takayama & Kyoto... plus the Kawazu Cherry Blossom Festival & Snow Monkeys.

9 Days 8 Nights | from US $3498.00

Tokyo / Hakone / Kawazu / Lake Kawaguchi / Matsumoto / Yudanaka / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka
The must see sights of Tokyo, Takayama & Kyoto... plus the Kawazu Cherry Blossom Festival & Snow Monkeys.
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Sun. Feb 19, 2023 Mon. Feb 27, 2023 US $3498.00 Tokyo Osaka Save this tour Book Now  
Sun. Feb 18, 2024 Mon. Feb 26, 2024 US $3498.00 Tokyo Osaka Save this tour Book Now  
Anime Flavor: Tokyo & Kyoto with Snow Monkey Tour

Group Tour |          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour |    Book Now & Save $100

Anime Flavor: Tokyo & Kyoto with Snow Monkey Tour
Anime Flavor: Tokyo & Kyoto with Snow Monkey Tour

9 Days 8 Nights | from US $3498.00

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

9 Days 8 Nights | from US $3498.00

Tokyo / Lake Kawaguchi / Matsumoto / Yudanaka / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka
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 23, 2023 Sun. Dec 31, 2023 US $3498.00 Tokyo Osaka Save this tour Book Now  
Mon. Dec 23, 2024 Tue. Dec 31, 2024 US $3498.00 Tokyo Osaka Save this tour Book Now  
Charms of Hokkaido Tour: Hokkaido Winter Festivals

Group Tour |          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour |    Book Now & Save $100

Charms of Hokkaido Tour: Hokkaido Winter Festivals
Charms of Hokkaido Tour: Hokkaido Winter Festivals

9 Days 8 Nights | from US $3598.00

Shiraoi / Lake Shikotsu / Sapporo / Otaru / Asahikawa / Sounkyo / Kitami / Abashiri / Lake Tofutsu / Lake Akan / Kushiro
See the Sapporo Snow Festival, as well as three other main Winter Festivals in Hokkaido.

9 Days 8 Nights | from US $3598.00

Shiraoi / Lake Shikotsu / Sapporo / Otaru / Asahikawa / Sounkyo / Kitami / Abashiri / Lake Tofutsu / Lake Akan / Kushiro
See the Sapporo Snow Festival, as well as three other main Winter Festivals in Hokkaido.
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Sun. Feb 5, 2023 Mon. Feb 13, 2023 US $3598.00 Sapporo Kushiro Save this tour Book Now  
Sun. Feb 4, 2024 Mon. Feb 12, 2024 US $3598.00 Sapporo Kushiro Save this tour Book Now  
Best of Japan Tour Winter

Group Tour |          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour |    Book Now & Save $100

Best of Japan Tour Winter
Best of Japan Tour Winter
70 reviews
70 reviews

10 Days 9 Nights | from US $3898.00

Tokyo / Hakone / Hikone / Koka / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Oobokekyo Gorge / Kotohira / Takamatsu / Kobe
Perfect for those who want to visit the well known regions of Japan.

10 Days 9 Nights | from US $3898.00

Tokyo / Hakone / Hikone / Koka / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Oobokekyo Gorge / Kotohira / Takamatsu / Kobe
Perfect for those who want to visit the well known regions of Japan.
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Fri. Dec 22, 2023 Sun. Dec 31, 2023 US $3898.00 Tokyo Osaka Save this tour Book Now  
Sun. Dec 22, 2024 Tue. Dec 31, 2024 US $3898.00 Tokyo Osaka Save this tour Book Now  
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