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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 are ideal for travelers who want more free time to explore their own interests in Japan with the balance of having an escorted tour guide. Go without private coach transportation and opt for using public trains and local buses. Travelers usually stay for at least 2 nights at a destination on a Japan Walking Tour, allowing for a more relaxed and in-depth visit. Your tour guide will give you local advice and tips for things to see and do in your spare time. Experience Japanese culture firsthand with a more flexible itinerary.

The Golden Triangle of Japan Tour Winter: Snow 
Monkeys 2018 - 12/20 / 2019 - 1/3 & 28, 12/9 & 23

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

The Golden Triangle of Japan Tour Winter: Snow Monkeys 2018 - 12/20 / 2019 - 1/3 & 28, 12/9 & 23
The Golden Triangle of Japan Tour Winter: Snow Monkeys 2018 - 12/20 / 2019 - 1/3 & 28, 12/9 & 23
18 reviews
18 reviews

8 Days 7 Nights | from US $2798.00

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

8 Days 7 Nights | from US $2798.00

Tokyo / Lake Kawaguchi / Matsumoto / Yudanaka / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Uji / Nara / Osaka
The must see sights of Tokyo, Takayama & Kyoto... plus the Snow Monkeys.
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Sat. Dec 8, 2018 Sat. Dec 15, 2018 US $2798.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Sold Out
Thu. Dec 20, 2018 Thu. Dec 27, 2018 US $2798.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Thu. Jan 3, 2019 Thu. Jan 10, 2019 US $2798.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Mon. Jan 28, 2019 Mon. Feb 4, 2019 US $2798.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Mon. Dec 9, 2019 Mon. Dec 16, 2019 US $2798.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Mon. Dec 23, 2019 Mon. Dec 30, 2019 US $2798.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Fri. Jan 3, 2020 Fri. Jan 10, 2020 US $2798.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Mon. Jan 27, 2020 Mon. Feb 3, 2020 US $2798.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
The Golden Triangle of Japan: Kawazu 
Cherry Blossom Festival & Snow Monkeys 2019 - 2/17

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

The Golden Triangle of Japan: Kawazu Cherry Blossom Festival & Snow Monkeys 2019 - 2/17
The Golden Triangle of Japan: Kawazu Cherry Blossom Festival & Snow Monkeys 2019 - 2/17
18 reviews
18 reviews

9 Days 8 Nights | from US $3098.00

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

9 Days 8 Nights | from US $3098.00

Tokyo / Hakone / Kawazu / Lake Kawaguchi / Matsumoto / Yudanaka / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Uji / Nara / Osaka
The must see sights of Tokyo, Takayama & Kyoto... plus the Kawazu Cherry Blossom Festival & Snow Monkeys.
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Sun. Feb 17, 2019 Mon. Feb 25, 2019 US $3098.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sun. Feb 16, 2020 Mon. Feb 24, 2020 US $3098.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Charms of Hokkaido Tour: Hokkaido Winter Festivals 
2019 - 2/4

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Charms of Hokkaido Tour: Hokkaido Winter Festivals 2019 - 2/4
Charms of Hokkaido Tour: Hokkaido Winter Festivals 2019 - 2/4

9 Days 8 Nights | from US $3298.00

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

9 Days 8 Nights | from US $3298.00

Chitose / Biratori / Lake Shikotsu / Sapporo / Otaru / Asahikawa / Sounkyo / Abashiri / Lake Tofutsu / Akan National Park / Kushiro
See the Sapporo Snow Festival, as well as three other main Winter Festivals in Hokkaido.
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Mon. Feb 4, 2019 Tue. Feb 12, 2019 US $3298.00 Sapporo Kushiro Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Mon. Feb 3, 2020 Tue. Feb 11, 2020 US $3298.00 Sapporo Kushiro Deluxe Save this tour Inquiry  
Best of Japan Tour Winter with Japanese Alps: Snow 
Monkeys 2018 - 12/20 / 2019 - 1/3, 12/9

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Best of Japan Tour Winter with Japanese Alps: Snow Monkeys 2018 - 12/20 / 2019 - 1/3, 12/9
Best of Japan Tour Winter with Japanese Alps: Snow Monkeys 2018 - 12/20 / 2019 - 1/3, 12/9
33 reviews
33 reviews

11 Days 10 Nights | from US $3898.00

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

11 Days 10 Nights | from US $3898.00

Tokyo / Lake Kawaguchi / Matsumoto / Yudanaka / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Uji / 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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Thu. Dec 20, 2018 Sun. Dec 30, 2018 US $3898.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Sold Out
Thu. Jan 3, 2019 Sun. Jan 13, 2019 US $3898.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Mon. Dec 9, 2019 Thu. Dec 19, 2019 US $3898.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Fri. Jan 3, 2020 Mon. Jan 13, 2020 US $3898.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
The Golden Triangle of Japan: Snow Monkeys & Sapporo 
Snow Festival Tour 2019 - 1/28

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

The Golden Triangle of Japan: Snow Monkeys & Sapporo Snow Festival Tour 2019 - 1/28
The Golden Triangle of Japan: Snow Monkeys & Sapporo Snow Festival Tour 2019 - 1/28
18 reviews
18 reviews

11 Days 10 Nights | from US $3998.00

Tokyo / Lake Kawaguchi / Matsumoto / Yudanaka / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Uji / Nara / Osaka / Otaru / Sapporo
Explore the two main winter attractions of Japan - Snow Monkeys and Sapporo Snow Festival.

11 Days 10 Nights | from US $3998.00

Tokyo / Lake Kawaguchi / Matsumoto / Yudanaka / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Uji / Nara / Osaka / Otaru / Sapporo
Explore the two main winter attractions of Japan - Snow Monkeys and Sapporo Snow Festival.
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Mon. Jan 28, 2019 Thu. Feb 7, 2019 US $3998.00 Tokyo Sapporo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Mon. Jan 27, 2020 Thu. Feb 6, 2020 US $3998.00 Tokyo Sapporo Deluxe Save this tour Inquiry  
Best of Honshu & Hokkaido: Snow Monkeys & Hokkaido 
Winter Festival Tour 2019 - 1/28

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Best of Honshu & Hokkaido: Snow Monkeys & Hokkaido Winter Festival Tour 2019 - 1/28
Best of Honshu & Hokkaido: Snow Monkeys & Hokkaido Winter Festival Tour 2019 - 1/28

16 Days 15 Nights | from US $5598.00

Honshu (Tokyo / Lake Kawaguchi / Matsumoto / Yudanaka / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Uji / Nara / Osaka), Hokkaido (Chitose / Biratori / Lake Shikotsu / Sapporo / Otaru / Asahikawa / Sounkyo / Abashiri / Lake Tofutsu / Akan National Park / Kushiro)
Explore the two main winter attractions of Japan - Snow Monkeys and Hokkaido Winter Festivals.

16 Days 15 Nights | from US $5598.00

Honshu (Tokyo / Lake Kawaguchi / Matsumoto / Yudanaka / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Uji / Nara / Osaka), Hokkaido (Chitose / Biratori / Lake Shikotsu / Sapporo / Otaru / Asahikawa / Sounkyo / Abashiri / Lake Tofutsu / Akan National Park / Kushiro)
Explore the two main winter attractions of Japan - Snow Monkeys and Hokkaido Winter Festivals.
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Mon. Jan 28, 2019 Tue. Feb 12, 2019 US $5598.00 Tokyo Kushiro Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Mon. Jan 27, 2020 Tue. Feb 11, 2020 US $5598.00 Tokyo Kushiro Deluxe Save this tour Inquiry  

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