Sapporo & Snow Monkeys

Join the largest and grandest Ice and Snow Festival in the world at Sapporo, the largest city on the northern island of Hokkaido. Come face to face with the Japan 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.

Please note: This is for a 2018 departure. 2017 departures are still available, however these will operate on a private basis. Please contact us for more information.

tour duration 11 Days from
tour price 4,490pp
tour type Group Tour

Places Visited

UK - Tokyo (2N) - Nagano (2N) - Sapporo (3N) - Kyoto (2N) - UK

Tour Highlights

Visit the famous Japanese Snow Monkeys at their hot spring home
Spend a day at the popular Sapporo Snow Festival
See the beautiful Otaru Snow Light Path Festival
Discover Cosmopolitan Tokyo including Sensoji Temple and Meiji Shrine
Explore the ancient capital of Kyoto
Experience a traditional tea ceremony

Day 1-2 Fly to Tokyo
Fly overnight to Tokyo, the capital of Japan. Transfer to your hotel and enjoy the rest of your day at leisure until a welcome dinner held this evening. (D)
Day 1-2 Fly to Tokyo
Day 3 Tokyo
The day begins with a visit to Meiji Shrine, then head across town to Asakusa, Tokyo’s old town where you can soak in the atmosphere of the ancient city. Visit Sensoji, Tokyo’s oldest temple and wander down Nakamise, a shopping street that has been providing temple visitors with a variety of traditional, local snacks and tourist souvenirs for centuries. 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. Lastly visit the Edo-Tokyo Museum. (B,L)
Day 3 Tokyo
Day 4 Tokyo to Nagano
Enjoy the morning at leisure in Tokyo. In the afternoon transfer by private bus to your hotel in the pretty mountain city of Nagano where you will stay for the next two nights. (B,D)
Day 4 Tokyo to Nagano
Day 5 Japan Snow Monkeys
Today will begin with a visit to Jigokudani Yaen Koen where you will walk through the forested valley, home of the famous Japanese Snow Monkeys and watch them bathe in steaming pools. The afternoon will be spent visiting the historic Zenkoji Temple, one of the most visited temples in Japan. (B)
Day 5 Japan Snow Monkeys
Day 6 Fly to Sapporo
Today you will travel back to Tokyo for your flight to Sapporo where you will spend the next 3 days. On arrival you will be transferred to your hotel for check in and the rest of the day will be at leisure.
Day 6 Fly to Sapporo
Day 7 Sapporo Snow and Ice Festival
Today your local guide will escort you on a tour of Sapporo taking in the highlights of the city and the Snow Festival. The day will start with a visit to the Tower Clock, an exquisite example of Meiji architecture. You will then visit Odori Avenue, following this wander on to the nearby district of Susukino where hundreds more ice sculptures are displayed. There will be plenty of free time included for shopping. In the afternoon transfer to Sapporo Beer Factory where you can take part in optional beer tasting (paid locally). Next door to the beer museum is Sapporo Beer Garden where the group will enjoy a Genghis Khan dinner, a Sapporo specialty of BBQ Lamb. (B,L,D)
Day 7 Sapporo Snow and Ice Festival
Day 8 More Sapporo
In the morning you will visit the Okurayama Viewing Point, where you’ll rise by chair lift to the top of the Sapporo Winter Olympics Ski Jump and enjoy the breath taking views of the surrounding mountains. This afternoon will include a visit to the pretty port town of Otaru where you will stroll along the canal, enjoy some of Japan’s best sushi and soak up the atmosphere of the Snow Light Path Festival. (B,L)
Day 8 More Sapporo
Day 9 Sapporo to Kyoto
This morning you will be transferred to Shin Chitose Airport where you will board a flight for Osaka Airport. On arrival you will be met by a coach and taken to experience a private, true tea ceremony in a Kyoto tearoom before continuing on to your hotel for check in. The rest of the day will be spent at your leisure. (B)
Day 9 Sapporo to Kyoto
Day 10 Kyoto
Today will be spent exploring and experiencing the beauty of the Ancient Capital, Kyoto. Starting with the Kinkakuji Temple, known as the Golden Pavillion is one of Kyoto’s most famous temples. You then will also visit Nijo Castle, an ornamental castle, take a walk down Nishiki Market Known as ‘Kyoto's Kitchen’ and end your sightseeing with a visit to Sanjusangendo Temple. Gather tonight for a farewell dinner at a restaurant within walking distance to your hotel. (B,L,D)
Day 10 Kyoto
Day 11 Depart Kyoto
Any time before your flight is at leisure. You will be transferred from your hotel to the airport, according to the departure time of your international flight. The transfer to Kansai International Airport will take approximately 90 minutes.
Day 11 Depart Kyoto

Also Available

Private Departures for this tour

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 Departure would be more ideal. Based on exactly the same itinerary as the group tour, our Private Departures give you the freedom to choose your own departure date and simply enjoy your holiday with your family, your partner, or your friends. On Private Departures your tour will be led by an English speaking local guides in each destination

See our private departure itinerary of this tour

Tailor Your Tour

If you like most of the itinerary which we have suggested but you'd like to change the route and the accommodation, speak to our specialist Tailormade team, who can build your perfect itinerary based around where you would like to go, what you would like to see and how much you'd like to spend. Just call us on 0800 9884 888 and we'll help plan your dream holiday.

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Additional Price Information:

Based on London Heathrow departures
Flight upgrades available on request
Land only from £3810 (Tokyo - Osaka)
Single room from £590
2017 departures are still available, however these will operate on a private basis. Please contact us for more information.

Wendy Wu Tours, inspect all of our hotels to ensure they meet the high levels of service which we require for our guests. If the hotels details below for your tour are not available, hotels of a similar standard will be used.

Tokyo Sunshine Prince
Tokyo Sunshine Prince - Tokyo (2 Nights)
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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.

Palace Side Hotel
Palace Side Hotel - Kyoto (2 Nights)
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The Palace Side hotel boasts a fantastic location in the heart of historical Kyoto, perfect for exploring the city. Guests can enjoy a range of western and Japanese cuisine at the hotel’s café restaurant next to the gardens of the Imperial Palace. The 120 rooms all have air-conditioning, a fridge, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.

A Visa is not required for Japan.

Phone Calls
International and domestic calls can be made from your hotel room. To call the UK the international access code is 00, followed by the country code 44, then the local area code (omitting the first 0), then the number. To call Wendy Wu Tours it is 00 44 207 403 7860. Emergency 24 hour telephone (out of office hours) is 00 44 7984 041 625.
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.
Internet & Email
Internet cafes can be found in all major cities and even in some small towns. This is often the easiest and cheapest way to stay in touch. Most hotels have a business centre with internet access, but at a slightly higher rate. Some hotels may have Wi-Fi which usually comes at an additional cost and may only be available in hotel lobbies. 

Tipping is an expected element in the tourism industry today and Japan is no exception. Many passengers are often uncertain of how much to tip so we have established a tipping system whereby every passenger gives a set amount (in US Dollars) to the National Escort who will distribute the amount appropriately. On multi-country tips, this amount will be paid in stages on arrival in each country. If there is no National Escort, you will need to give your money to your Local Guides and tipping amounts for each city will be shown in your final itinerary. The amount for the kitty is calculated for each tour depending on the length, group size and services used during the trip.
We will indicate the tipping amounts in your final documents for guidance.

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 we endeavour to ensure the shops you visit have a reputation for quality, honesty, and authenticity – we do our best to ensure that you don’t get ripped off. 

The cost of some meals is included in your group tour cost. Breakfast is a combination of local and western food, usually served buffet style at the hotel you are staying in. Lunches and dinners consist of traditional cuisine and are served at reputable local restaurants. As is traditional in this region, lunch and dinner consists of small dishes of local cuisine which is then placed on the table for everyone to share so you can experience the variety of speciality dishes. The amount served is more than ample for the whole group. We aim to cater to the tastes of the majority of people and so the food is not too spicy or unusual in taste.
Drinks will be at each tour members’ own expense and paid for at the end of each meal. Beer is widely available and cheap. Western style wine is very expensive to import and is not widely available except at upmarket restaurants. Bottled drinking water, soft drinks, and fruit juices are also widely available – remember that you should only have ice or fruit juices from a trusted restaurant, where they will use boiled or bottled water.

What's Included

Return international economy flights, taxes and current fuel surcharges
All accommodation
Meals as per the itinerary
Sightseeing and entrance fees
Transportation and transfers using public transport where stated
English speaking Local Guides
Specialist advice from our experienced travel consultants
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