Japan Winter Highlights

Japan in winter is simply unforgettable. Join this nine-day tour to explore big cities like Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka, opt for a day trip to experience the serene beauty of Mt Fuji and roam the iconic geisha district in Kanazawa. Visit the Swiss-like village of Shirakawa-go for a local style of accommodation and enjoy the traditional onsens (outdoor hot springs) that make winter tours in this country so fun. Make next winter something special in Japan.

  • Duration: 9 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
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  • Physical rating: Average
  • Accommodation standard:   Budget%
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  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Tour code: 154069
  • Starts: Tokyo, Japan
  • Finishes: Kyoto, Japan
You will Visit
  • Tokyo
  • Kyoto



Day 1: Tokyo

There are no planned activities until an evening welcome meeting.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting


Day 2: Tokyo

Enjoy a morning tour of some of the city's highlights. With a free afternoon, opt to head out of town and view Mt Fuji or explore more of Tokyo's diverse districts.

Included Activities:
City Tour


Day 3: Tokyo/Shirakawa-go (1D)

It's a long travel day to reach the scenic village of Shirakawa-go. View the unique architecture before settling into a local style inn for the night. Enjoy a traditional dinner.

Private Vehicle (1.50-2.00 hours, 62km)
Bullet train (2.50-3.00 hours, 400km)


Day 4: Shirakawa-go/Kanazawa (1B)

Enjoy a traditional breakfast before travelling to Kanazawa by bus. Wander through the samurai village, geisha district and Kenrokuen garden. Take a tour of the Ninja Temple. Opt to visit the impressive 21st Century Museum.

Included Activities:
Ninja Temple Visit
City Tour

Private Vehicle (1.50-2.00 hours, 62km)


Day 5: Kanazawa/Kawayu Onsen (1D)

It's a long, but scenic, travel day to reach the Wakayama prefecture. Kawayu Onsen is known for its large, outdoor onsen bath dug every winter into the river bed.

Dress in the yukata (cotton kimono) provided by the minshuku (inn) and stroll over to the seninburo (large public hot spring) to enjoy an unforgettable soak in the steamy natural hot spring water.

Included Activities:
Traditional Minshuku Stay and Meal
Seninburo Hot Spring Visit

Local train (4.50 hour(s))
Local bus (2.00 hour(s))


Day 6: Kawayu Onsen/Osaka (1B)

Spend a free morning in the area. Opt to walk along the ancient Kumano Kodo pilgrimage trail, visit nearby Yunomine Onsen, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, or visit the Hongu Taisha Shrine and giant torii gate of Oyu No Hara. Travel to Osaka in the late afternoon and opt for a night out in buzzing Namba.

Local bus (2.00 hour(s))
Local train (2.00 hour(s))


Day 7: Osaka

Osaka has heaps to offer including Osaka Castle Park, Shinsaibashi shopping street and Dotombori Bridge. Be sure to try "takoyaki" the city's famous squid snack. Osaka is a unique culinary destination – opt for a group meal of "kushikatsu".

Included Activities:
Instant Ramen Museum Visit


Day 8: Osaka/Kyoto

Continue on to nearby Kyoto and enjoy a morning city tour. With options like a tea ceremony, a traditional costume photo shoot, and visits to temples or museums, there's tons to see and do.

Included Activities:
City Tour

Local train (0.50-1.00 hours)


Day 9: Kyoto (1B)

Depart at any time. We highly recommend booking post-accommodation to fully experience this historic city.

Included Activities:
Departure Day

    • CEO-led city tours of Tokyo and Kanazawa
    • Ninja Temple visit
    • Minshuku stay with traditional meals
    • Onsen options
    • Orientation walk of Osaka
    • Instant Ramen Museum visit (Osaka)
    • CEO-led city tour of Kyoto, including entrance to Nijo Castle and Kinkakuji Golden Pavillion
    • Transport to/from all included activities and between all destinations
    • Hotels (6 nts), traditional inn (2 nts)
    • 3 breakfasts, 2 dinners
    • Train, public bus, subway, walking
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout
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Tour Highlights:
  • Lay eyes on the glitz of Tokyo
  • Combat winter's chill soaking in outdoor onsen spas
  • Sleep in a farmhouse in a snowy village
  • Make your own instant ramen in Osaka
  • Celebrate the season at local festivals (select departures).