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Snow monkey and Shirakawago 7 days

Enjoy breathtaking winter sceneries.
You will visit countryside of Japan to look for the landscape only seen in winter, such as Snow Monkey, Lit-up Shirakawago, Kenrokuen Garden with snow support.
And don't forget view of Mt. Fuji with snow on top!

The tour "No other travel agency offers"

Mt. Fuji

Featuring winter view of Japan.
Perfect corn-shaped Mt. Fuji with snow in winter clear sky is breathtaking view.
Contrast between pure white snow and mountains, trees, traditional houses takes you to beautiful and whimsical world of silence.
Wifi is available in the bus. wifi


This is collaboration tour with Charms of Japan and produced by Hidesada Shimazaki, very professional and popular tour guide!

Itinerary & Price Details

Start Date (Day 1 of the Itinerary): ① January 14, 2017 ② February 4, 2017
Nights: 7 days 6 nights
Price: USD 1,980
Single room supplement: USD450

PLEASE NOTE

All prices are per person, based on double or triple occupancy.
International flights are not included on our tours - this allows you the flexibility to choose your own departure and get the best value for your money!
If you would like to stay before and after this tour, we are able to arrange your accomodation and transportation. Please ask us. (No escort service is provided)

TOUR COST INCLUDES

5 nights Western style and 1 night Japanese style accommodation
Meet and greet upon arrival at Kansai International Airport (KIX)
Airport transfers on arrival and departure
Private coach transfers between destinations in Japan
Comprehensive escorted tour with professional English speaking tour guide
Meals described as in the itinerary
Admission fees and activities
Entry fees to sites, gardens, and museums listed in the itinerary


TOUR COST DOES NOT INCLUDE

International Airfares
Meals that are not included in the itinerary
Travel Insurance
Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks
Personal expenses such as telephone and laundry bills
Gratuities


ADDITION INFORMATION

Transport : Travel by air conditioned, private coach, baggage handling free
Arrival/Departure Airports : This tour starts in Osaka and ends in Tokyo. For arrivals at Kansai International Airport (KIX) and departures at Narita Airport (NRT)
Meal Requests : Vegetarian or special meals can be arranged
Meet and Greet : Please note that the meet and greet and airport transfer to the first hotel is ONLY available on the first day of the tour after 15:00. If you plan to stay extra nights before the start of the tour, please arrange your own hotel transfer

PLEASE NOTE
*Tour schedule and prices subject to change without notice.

TOUR GUIDE

Hidesada Shimazaki

Hide (National Certificate Guide, Museum Curator)

I planned this tour combining my favorite places. I am sure you will be fascinated by the breathtaking views to be seen only in winter. Let's enjoy the tour with me!

MAP

Map of Takayama winter tour
*View from a coach

 


Kyoto

Fushimi Inari  Fushimi Inari Nijo Castle
Fushimi Inari (shrine)
Nijo Castle

Kanazawa

Kenrokuen Omicho Ichiba Higashichayamachi

Kenrokuen Park

Omicho Ichiba (Market)
Higashichayagai


Shirakawago / Gokayama (World Heritage)

Shirakawago Shirakawago Gokayama

Shirakawago (thatched roof houses)
Gokayama (right picture)


Takayama

Morning Market Takayama 

Morning market

Sanmachi (district of traditional townscape)



Matsumoto

Matsumoto Catsle 

Matsumoto Castle

Yudanaka

Yudanaka Snow monkeys  

Townscape of Yudanaka (hotsprings)

Snow monkeys bathing in hotspring


Oshino Hakkai / Lake Kawaguchi

Oshinohakkai Lake Kawaguchi 

Oshinohakkai
Lake Kawaguchi


Tokyo

Panoramic view of Tokyo Panoramic view of Tokyo Sensoji Temple 

Tokyo Metroporitan Government Building (panoramic view from the viewing deck)
Sensoji (temple)


Day1
Sheraton Miyako Osaka

Kansai International Airport-Osaka

Welcome to Osaka! You will be greeted by an English-speaking assistant at the airport. The assistant will get you in the bus to your hotel.

【About accomodation】
Sheraton Miyako Osaka ( WiFi=○ )

【Meals】
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Day2
Fushimi Inari

Osaka-Kyoto-Kanazawa

Starting the tour visiting Kyoto, the heart of Japanese tradition. We visit Fushimi Inari Shrine where you will see thousands of Torii gates. One scene in "Memoires of Geisha" was shot here. Also, you can't miss Nijo Castle. The Shogun constructed this building and used when visiting Kyoto until 150 years ago. It's also the place where the last Shogun gave his political power back to the Emperor.




Nijo CastleLunch is one of the typical Japanese cuisines, Shabushabu, thinly sliced beef which you cook in the boiling water.

Then we head for Kanazawa.







Kanazawa Excel Tokyu Hotel

【About accomodation】
Excel Tokyu Kanazawa or similar (WiFi=○)

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Day3
Kenrokuen

Kanazawa-Gokayama-Shirakawago-Takayama

In the morning, we visit Kanazawa which is called little Kyoto. They have developed a lot of art crafts such as gold leaf, lacquer ware, Yuzen dyed fabrics and porcelain. We visit Kenrokuen Garden, one of the three most beautiful gardens in Japan where you can see famous Yukitsuri, a support protecting from the weight of snow to be seen only in winter. Also we visit local food market with a lot of crabs and geisha district called Higashi-chayagai.



Shirakawago

Then we go to Gokayama, the World Heritage small village with A-shape folk houses. You will find the traditional living style by visiting one of the houses with thatched roof.


After checking in the hotel, we go to night tour of Shirakawago, another World Heritage Site with folk houses. This is a special day when you can see the light-up. This fantastic scene will be your unforgettable memory.

We stay in Takayama.



Takayama Green Hotel

【About accomodation】
Takayama Green Hotel (WiFi=○)


【Meals】
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Day4
Sanmachi

Takayama-Matsumoto-Yudanaka

In the morning, we explore Takayama, small town with old houses. We also visit the morning market which sells local fruits, vegetable and hand crafts.

Then we drive to Matsumoto through the local highway surrounded by snowy mountains.





Matsumoto Castle

Today’s lunch is soba (buckwheat noodle). Japanese people love to eat soba and Matsumoto is one of the soba sanctuaries.

After lunch we visit Matsumoto Castle (National Treasure). This is one of the few genuine castles remaining from the feudal time.

Tonight, we stay in the Japanese style hotel with hot spring and enjoy Kaiseki dinner. Sleeping on Futon, of course!



Biyu no Sato

【About accomodation】
Biyunoyado or similar (WiFi=○)

【Meals】
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Day5
Snow monkeys

Yudanaka-Obuse-Lake Kawaguchi

Today's highlight is Jigokudani Yaen-Koen where you can witness real snow monkeys. They will come to the hot spring in the snowy valley and enjoy bathing!

Lunch is chestnut rice which is a local delicacy of Obuse. Nice to stroll the area finding chestnut sweets.





Lake KawaguchiIn the afternoon, we head for Mt. Fuji area. Mt. Fuji is the highest peak in Japan, which has just become No.17 World Heritage Site in Japan. It has been appreciated by many Japanese for ages because of its perfect conical shape.

We stay in a Mt. Fuji view hotel by the Lake Kawaguchi.




Tominoko Hotel

【About accomodation】

Tominoko Hotel or similar (WiFi=○)
Hotel is located by the Lake Kawaguchi and Mt. Fuji view.

【Meals】
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Day6
Oshinohakkai

Lake Kawaguchi-Tokyo

On the way to Tokyo, we stop by Oshino-Hakkai, one of the best view points of Mt. Fuji with pure water ponds and old houses.







Sensoji TempleIn the afternoon, we finally arrive in the capital city of Japan, Tokyo. First we look down the huge city from 200m-high observation floor of Tokyo Metropolitan Building. Then we visit Asakusa. You will find one of the oldest and biggest Buddhist temples in Tokyo dates back in 7th century. You also have a chance to buy traditional souvenirs on Nakamise Street.

We stay in Daiba area, very popular area with many shopping centers and restaurants. Also breathtaking view of Tokyo bay with Rainbow Bridge.



Grand Pacific Le Daiba

【About accomodation】
Grand Pacific Le Daiba (WiFi=○)

【Meals】
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Day7
Takayama Festival Day6

Tokyo-Narita Airport

Time to get back home with unforgettable memory and lots of souvenir. Leaving for Narita Airport by Shattle. Return by air.

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Tokyo city tour:1-13-10 sanshin building 2A, Hatchobori Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Japan