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JapanWinter wonderland

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What comes to mind when thinking of Japan? Perhaps it's the sunny days and the Cherry Blossoms. The East Asian country has plenty to offer during the cooler, less touristy months when it turns into a stunning winter wonderland! For those with a craving for visual satisfaction, doctor's orders may include: exploring winter illuminations in Tokyo & Shirakawago, catching views of snow capped Mt Fuji ...

What comes to mind when thinking of Japan? Perhaps it's the sunny days and the Cherry Blossoms. The East Asian country has plenty to offer during the cooler, less touristy months when it turns into a stunning winter wonderland! For those with a craving for visual satisfaction, doctor's orders may include: exploring winter illuminations in Tokyo & Shirakawago, catching views of snow capped Mt Fuji and immersion in the tranquility of frosty ancient shrines. Let's be honest, going for a dip in a natural hot spring is endlessly more enjoyable while snowflakes gently fall from the sky.  

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  • Nature observation
    Nature observation
  • Learning activities
    Learning activities
  • City
    City
  • Lake
    Lake
  • Sightseeing
    Sightseeing

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Day 1: Welcome to Japan!

Arrival in Tokyo, a city full of magic and wonder...

Transfer to your accommodation and check into your hotel

• In the evening, explore the winter illuminations in central Tokyo

Accommodation
Nishitetsu Inn Shinjuku (Tokyo)

Day 2: Odaiba and the TeamLab museum

• Today, head to Odaiba - Tokyo's artificial Island

Visit the TeamLab Museum, where you will move around in a three-dimensional space

• Have a walk near the beach and admire the Gundam Statue or the Statue of Liberty standing in front of the prestigious Rainbow Bridge

• At night, check out the view from top of Tokyo Tower, the second tallest tower in Japan

Visited:
Tokyo
Accommodation
Nishitetsu Inn Shinjuku (Tokyo)

Day 3: Lake Kawaguchi

Journey to Lake Kawaguchi, the most popular lake of the Fuji Five Lakes near Mt Fuji!

• You can opt to cycle around the lake!

• Stop in some of the many cafes around the lake, each offering fantastic views while you enjoy a meal or a cup of coffee

If you're feeling adventurous, we recommend a visit to Chureito Pagoda

Visited:
, Tokyo
Accommodation
Nishitetsu Inn Shinjuku (Tokyo)

Day 4: Journey West to Nagano

• Enjoy a day at leisure in Nagano, home of one of the famous Zenkoji temple

• Stop by the Togakushi Ninpo Museum to enjoy some history on ninjitsu

• Take a day trip hike through the Kamikochi forest area

Visit Matsumoto to learn about the history of Japanese samurai

Visited:
Nagano
Accommodation
Hotel Metropolitan Nagano (Nagano)

Day 5: Jigokudani and the Snowmonkey park

Travel to Jigokudani, located in Nagano prefecture

• Visit Jigokudani Monkey Park, home of snow monkey!

Admire the monkeys bathing in hot spring

Go for a relaxing soak at an Onsen, along the Yokoyu river

Visited:
, Nagano
Accommodation
Hotel Metropolitan Nagano (Nagano)

Day 6: Kanazawa

• Kanazawa is the home of the arts and historic culture

• Visit the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art

Join a gold leaf workshops and learn how to masterfully decorate a variety of items

• Go for a stroll in the Kenrokuen garden, one of the most beautiful gardens in Japan

Visited:
Kanazawa
Accommodation
The Shares Hotel Kumu Kanazawa (Kanazawa)

Day 7: Day trip to Shirakawago

Visit Shirakawago, a UNESCO World Heritage site

• Marvel at a splendid mix of winter illuminations and tradition

Rest up before a big day tomorrow

Visited:
KanazawaShirakawago
Accommodation
The Shares Hotel Kumu Kanazawa (Kanazawa)

Day 8: Wakura Onsen Town

• From Tokyo, continue by express to Kanazawa - a charming city on the west coast of Japan

Explore a tea districts that has existed since the feudal period!

• Hike along the Teramachi Temple Trail admiring stunning architecture along the way

Accommodation
The Shares Hotel Kumu Kanazawa (Kanazawa)

Day 9: Departure Day

• At the appropriate time transfer to Tokyo airport

• Thank you for joining us in Japan and we hope to see you again soon!

Safe travels!

Visited:
Tokyo

TokyoShinjukuNaganoKanazawaShirakawago

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Between 2 and 12 Years
All year round $1,730 $730

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