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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.
See the Snow Monkeys in the natural habitats of their hot spring home
Enjoy a day at the Sapporo Snow Festival
Experience the beautiful Otaru Snow Light Path Festival
Discover the ultramodern, bustling capital of Japan – Tokyo. Visit the Sensoji Temple and Meiji Shrine
Wonder the ancient capital of Kyoto
Experience a traditional tea ceremony
- Return international flights
- All Accommodation
- Selected meals
- All transportation & transfers
- All sightseeing & entrance fees
- English speaking National Escort & local guides
- Visa fees for UK & EU passport holders
Day 1-2 Fly to Tokyo
An overnight flight will take you to your starting point of Tokyo. This evening, enjoy a welcome dinner with your fellow Tour Group members. (D).
Day 3 Tokyo
Today you visit Meiji Shrine dedicated to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji. Afterwards, travel across town to Asakusa which is an old town enriched in ancient history. Spend some time at Sensoji which is Tokyo's oldest temple before making your way through the markets of Nakamise where you can enjoy a variety of traditional, local snacks and tourist souvenirs. After having lunch, take a boat cruise along the Sumida River passing under 12 bridges. The boat takes you to Hamarikyu garden which is surrounded by the Shiodome district's futuristic skyscrapers revealing Japans land of contrasts. You finish today's tour with a visit to the Edo-Tokyo Museum. (B,L).
Day 4 Tokyo to Nagano
This morning you can enjoy at leisure. In the afternoon, transfer by private bus to your hotel in the picturesque mountain capital city of Nagano where you stay for 2 nights. (B,D).
Day 5 Japan Snow Monkeys
Today you meet the Japanese Snow Monkeys in Jigokudani YÅn national park. Walk through the forested valley where you can watch these wonderful animals bathe in steaming pools. This afternoon, take a tour around the historic Zenkoji Temple.
Day 6 Fly to Sapporo
Sightsee your way back to Tokyo where you will then fly to Sapporo where you will have 3 nights stay. Spend the rest of the day at leisure.
Day 7 Sapporo Snow and Ice Festival
With your Local Expert, tour the highlights of the city of Sapporo with an extra visit to the Snow Festival. Begin your day by taking in the sights of the Tower Clock, an exquisite example of Meiji architecture. Walk the beautiful local park of Odori Avenue, before heading into the district of Susukino where you gaze at the hundreds of ice sculptures on display. Enjoy free time shopping before transferring to Sapporo Beer Factory, here enjoy optional beer tasting (paid locally). Finish your touring day with a Genghis Khan dinner, a Sapporo speciality of BBQ Lamb. (B,L,D).
Day 8 More Sapporo
This morning view Sapporo's most famous sightseeing spots including breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains from Okurayama Viewing Point. In the afternoon, visit the pretty port town of Otaru. Take a stroll along the peaceful canal before enjoying some of Japan's best sushi in an atmospheric ambience of the Snow Light Path Festival. (B,L).
Day 9 Sapporo to Kyoto
This morning fly from Shin Chitose Airport to Osaka Airport. Transfer by coach to a private tea ceremony in a Kyoto tearoom before continuing on to your hotel for check-in. Enjoy the rest of the day at your own leisure. (B).
Day 10 Kyoto
Your final day is action packed by exploring the wonderful sights of the Ancient Capital, Kyoto. Begin your day at the Kinkakuji Temple, known as the Golden Pavillion, one of Kyoto's most famous temples. From here visit the flatland Nijo Castle and then onto the Nishiki Market Known as ‘Kyoto's Kitchen'. End your touring day by wondering the Buddhist temple in Higashiyama District of Sanjusangendo. Tonight, enjoy a fabulous farewell dinner with your Tour Group at a restaurant within walking distance to your hotel.
Day 11: Fly home
Designed for those who wish to be further immersed in the authentic charm of Asia; Discovery Tours include more cultural and active experiences. You will be accompanied by our dedicated and professional National Escorts and local guides, whose unparalleled knowledge will turn your holiday into an unforgettable experience.
Discovery tours include:
- Unique cultural experiences and encounters
- Off the beaten track destinations
- More evenings at leisure for independent exploration
Your accommodation is selected for convenience of location, comfort or character, and can range from a business hotel in one city to a family run guesthouse in a smaller town. In more remote areas, accommodation may be of a lower standard and may not have all western amenities.
Coaches: Coaches with air conditioning are used on our group tours for city sightseeing, short excursions to the countryside and longer transfers where necessary. Roads in Japan are extremely well maintained and are comparatively smooth with the rest of Asia.
Most Wendy Wu groups consist of 10 travellers or more and will be accompanied by a national escort. There will usually be no more than 18 travellers in each group although you may encounter other Wendy Wu tour groups while you are travelling.
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