11 DAYS ●
Join the largest and grandest Ice and Snow Festival in the world in 2018 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.
Visit the famous Japanese Snow Monkeys at their hot spring home
Witness the stunning Sensoji Temple and Meiji Shrine in Japan's capital
Spend a day at the popular Sapporo Snow Festival
Explore the ancient city of Kyoto also known as the 'thousand-year capital'
Our Sapporo & Snow Monkeys itinerary has been intricately designed for those who wish to see iconic sites and magnificent treasures. You'll travel with the assurance that all your arrangements are taken care of, with international flights, accommodation and all the touring listed below. You will be accompanied by our industry-leading National Escorts whose unparalleled knowledge and talent will turn your tour into an unforgettable experience.
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)
The day begins with a visit to Meiji Shrine, then head across town to Asakusa, Tokyo’s old town. 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 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)
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)
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)
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.
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. You will then visit Odori Avenue, following this wander on to the nearby district of Susukino. 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)
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)
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)
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)
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.
Wendy Wu Tours inspect all of our hotels to ensure they meet the high levels of service which we require for our guests. We pick the right hotel for the specific destination, meaning your accommodation can range from a smart business hotel in one city to a family run guesthouse in a smaller town. If the hotels listed below for your tour are not available on your chosen departure date, hotels of a similar standard will be used.
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
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.
A Visa is not required for Japan.
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 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. Some hotels may have Wi-Fi which usually comes at a cost.
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 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.
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.
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