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Winter Tours in Japan

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The surprise package of traveling in Japan in winter 2022 & 2023!

Traveling Japan in winter is not just about skiing or snowboarding. Journey to the East Winter Tours offer authentic Japanese winter activities, such as getting up close with the cute Snow Monkeys, experiencing the unforgettable Sapporo Snow Festival, riding an icebreaker or seeing graceful red-crested cranes dancing in a field of snow. These winter holidays in Japan also introduce you to the Japanese winter customs, food and delicate snowy scenery in this wonderland of the Japanese winter landscape.
Winter in Japan is a very special time of the year for the Japanese, it is full of traditional events, festivals and rituals. Especially around the New Year’s Day you will see the festive mood all over the country.
Why not travel Japan in the 2022/2023 winter season pre or post ski trip, or on its own, and create a unique memory of winter.

Tour Type

Signature
Our Signature tours offer the most comprehensive cultural exposure.

Active
Our Active tours provide up-and-close encounters with traditional life and natural landscapes into the more remote regions of Japan.

Comfort
With a focus on comfort and ease, our Comfort tours deliver an authentic experience with a few extra creature comforts to make for a more relaxed and supported trip.

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Next Departure 24th Jan, 2023
Next Departure 15th Dec, 2022

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Winter Tours Features

Sapporo Snow Festival (February 2023)

The internationally popular Sapporo Snow Festival is featured in the 2023 Snow Spectacular Tour of Japan. The tour offers only two departures, and spaces are limited. Be quick and don’t miss out!

White Christmas in Japan

Ever thought of a white Xmas in Japan? We have a very special White Christmas Tour in Japan in December 2022. The tour covers the snowy Japan Alps region in Honshu as well as the northern island of Hokkaido. The tour is truly unique.

Why travel with us

At Journey to the East we are committed to providing authentic and most memorable experiences in Japan – for both Small Group Tours and custom-built Private Tours. Whether it is your first visit or you have been several times to Japan, you will always find something new and have special experiences with Journey to the East. Our travel style is chosen to immerse you in the culture and landscape of the country and expose you to a rich variety of unique experiences.

We do this by taking you beyond the tourist hotspots to explore the lesser-known parts of Japan. Our tours are designed to strike the right balance between the classic highlights and local secrets, the urban and the rural, the historic and the contemporary, and in doing so, reveal the true heart of Japan.

With Journey to the East, you will have fun and be safe on your deeply rewarding journey through this endlessly fascinating country!

We are specialists that just handle tours within one country, Japan. Whether you are from the USA, Canada, UK, Australia, New Zealand or beyond we meet you at the airport upon arrival into Japan and ensure a smooth and stress-free time in a foreign land.

Accommodation styles

Ryokans

Ryokans is a Japanese style accommodation, mostly consists of Japanese style rooms with tatami matt floor and futon bedding, and private ensuite. Some ryokans have a western style room with beds. A Japanese style room always has a low table and flat cushions to sit on, but the room may or may not have chairs. Most ryokans have an additional large public bath for guests and includes kaiseki style dinner. Breakfast can be Japanese style (rice, miso soup, fish etc.) or western style buffet.

Western Style Hotels

Size and standard vary from 5-star large international chains to regional small business hotels. Generally, in Japan twin rooms (two single beds) are more common than double rooms (one double bed), and some hotels in regional cities only have twin rooms. Room sizes are generally smaller in cities. Also beds and pillows tend to be firmer than those in western countries.

Minshuku

Size and standard vary from 5-star large international chains to regional small business hotels. Generally, in Japan twin rooms (two single beds) are more common than double rooms (one double bed), and some hotels in regional cities only have twin rooms. Room sizes are generally smaller in cities. Also beds and pillows tend to be firmer than those in western countries.

Shukubo (temple lodging)

The vast majority have Japanese style rooms and shared bathroom although there are limited number of temples with a western bedroom with ensuite. The stay at shukubo includes Buddhist vegetarian dinner and breakfast. Dinners are served early, around 5pm. They are run by monks, and facility and services are basic. Guests can attend morning service in the main hall.

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