11 DAYS ●
Go Beyond Tour
In 2020, join the largest and grandest Snow and Ice Festival in the world in Sapporo in, the largest city on the northern island of Hokkaido. Come face to face with the Japanese Snow Monkeys who reside in the Japanese Alps and discover Japan's many treasures - old and new - in the spectacular cities of Tokyo and Kyoto.
Witness the stunning Sensoji Temple and Meiji Shrine in Japan's capital
Spend a day at the popular Sapporo Snow Festival
Visit the famous Japanese Snow Monkeys at their hot spring home
Explore the ancient city of Kyoto also known as the 'thousand-year capital'
Fly overnight to the dazzling metropolis of Tokyo, the capital of Japan. Depending on your time of arrival the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture. (D)
Explore the exciting city of Tokyo. Start the day with a visit to Edo Tokyo Museum before heading to the vibrant district of Asakusa, where you will visit Sensoji, Tokyo’s oldest temple, and wander down Nakamise shopping street. After lunch, take a boat cruise on the Sumida River, passing under 12 bridges. Disembark in Hamarikyu garden, an Edo Period Japanese garden surrounded by the Shiodome district’s futuristic skyscrapers, a great example of how Japan is the land of contrasts. (B,L)
Transfer to the airport and fly to Sapporo. On arrival, transfer to your hotel, driving by the Tower Clock, an exquisite example of Meiji architecture. Enjoy the evening at leisure. (B)
One of the largest events of its kind, Sapporo Snow & Ice Festival attracts sculptors from all over the world to compete, which inevitably leads to bigger and better creations every year! Today, wander along Odori Avenue and through the Susukino district, where hundreds of snow and ice sculptures will be on display. In the afternoon, visit the Sapporo Beer Museum. There is an optional beer tasting before popping next door to the Sapporo Beer Garden to dine on a Genghis Khan dinner – barbeque lamb, a Sapporo special! (B,L,D)
This morning, ascend to the Okurayama viewing point, soaring up to the summit of the Sapporo Winter Olympics ski jump by chair lift – the views over the surrounding mountains are breathtaking. Later, visit the pretty port town of Otaru and take some time to walk along the streets of the village, stroll along the canal and nosh on some of Japan's best sushi. (B,L)
Transfer to the airport and hop on a flight back to Tokyo. On arrival, head to the famous Shibuya Crossing and enjoy free time for lunch in Shinjuku, a buzzing entertainment, business and shopping area. Later, visit Meiji Jingu Shrine, a tranquil Shinto shrine set amongst a stretch of woodland. (B)
Start the morning with a visit to the Tokyo Government Office Building’s observatory deck for panoramic views of Tokyo and beyond, before transferring to Matsumoto to visit the magnificent 16th Century Matsumoto Castle, also known as ‘Crow Castle’ due to its black exterior. Continue to the pretty mountain city of Nagano where you will stay for the next two nights. (B,D)
Head to Jigokudani Yaen Koen. Walking through a picturesque forested valley, reach the steaming hot pools and spend some time watching the beautiful Japanese Macaques, or Snow Monkeys, bathe and play in the waters. This afternoon will be spent visiting the 7th Century Zenkoji Temple, one of Japan’s most popular. (B)
Transfer to the train station and take a Limited Express train to Nagoya and then change onto one of Japan’s super-fast bullet trains and wizz your way through the countryside to Kyoto. On arrival, head straight to a quintessential Japanese experience – a tea ceremony. This private tea ceremony, in a Kyoto tearoom, will demonstrate the traditional rituals of tea preparation and service. (B)
An enchanting city, Kyoto was capital for a thousand years; today it is the legacy of ancient Japan, full of tranquil temples, silk-clad geisha and sublime gardens. Start your day at Kinkaku-ji, known as the ‘Golden Pavilion’, Kyoto’s most famous temple. Continue to Nijo Castle, and after lunch visit Sanjusangendo Temple before ending the day wandering through Nishiki Market, known as ‘Kyoto’s kitchen’. Gather tonight for a farewell dinner. (B,L,D)
Transfer to Osaka Airport and fly to the UK, arriving home the same or following day. (B)
All of our tour departures include international flights and taxes in the price. If the dates we have available for this tour don't suit your needs, or you are not sure travelling as part of a group is for you, maybe a Private Tour would be more ideal.
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A visa is not required to travel to Japan for British Citizen passport holders. Should you hold any other passport then please contact the Japanese Embassy for more information.
To call the UK the international access code is 0044. To call Wendy Wu Tours it is 00 44 207 403 7860. Emergency 24 hour telephone (out of office hours) is 0044 1888 288 288. Mobile Phones Mobile phones are growing in popularity and you will find high quality coverage. There are active roaming agreements with all phone carriers; however SMS and call rates can be expensive. We recommend that you contact your mobile supplier if you intend to use international roaming during your holiday and ensure you investigate all associated costs before you leave the UK. Most hotels have Wi-Fi, which may come at a cost.
Shopping can be a fun and entertaining component to any travel adventure. In keeping with most people’s interests whilst on holiday, your tour will include a reasonable number of opportunities to shop for local goods and souvenirs. We have included visits to establishments that not only provide an opportunity to purchase a locally produced, great-value souvenir; but you’ll witness first-hand how these local products are made, their history and how they support the local economy. We are aware that people like to take home souvenirs, so ensure the shops you visit have a reputation for quality, honesty, and authenticity.
The cost of all meals is included in your group tour cost. Breakfast is a combination of local and western food, served buffet style. As is traditional, lunch and dinner consists of small dishes of local cuisine, placed on the table for everyone to share a speciality dishes. The amount served is more than ample for the group. We aim to cater to the tastes of all and the food is not too spicy or unusual in taste. Drinks will be at each tour members’ expense and paid for at the end of each meal. Beer is widely available. Western style wine is not widely available. Bottled drinking water, soft drinks, and fruit juices are widely available.
We draw from a wide range of hotels on our holidays, each one is chosen to suit the tour you are travelling on meaning your accommodation can range from a smart business hotel in one city to a family run guesthouse in a smaller town. Here are some examples of the type of hotel you can expect to find on this tour.
The Sunshine Prince is located in Sunshine City, a shopping and entertainment hub of Tokyo and close to Ikebukuro Station, providing convenient transport links to the rest of the city. The hotel’s en-suite rooms are simple, comfortable and traditionally furnished with a television, electric kettle, a mini fridge and a safety deposit box. Facilities in the hotel include onsite restaurants serving Japanese, Cantonese and Western cuisines, a café and bar and a 24 hour convenience store....Read more
Located in the downtown area of Kyoto, the Karasuma hotel has good access to the popular sightseeing spots. The stylish, simple rooms all have ensuite bathrooms and free internet access. The bar offers a menu of seasonal cocktails and guests can dine at the hotel’s two restaurants serving Japanese and Chinese cuisine....Read more
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