Snow Monkeys & Mountains
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Some of the highlights included are:
- Explore the bright lights and neons of Tokyo after dark
- Tour Mount Fuji-Hakone National Park and spend the night in a ryokan
- Watch the snow monkeys in Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
- Admire the glorious mountain views in Sapporo
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- International & internal flights
- 12 nights in 4* hotels and hand-picked accommodation.
- Tokyo After Five tour
- Overnight Mt Fuji – Hakone tour staying in a traditional Japanese inn
- Kyoto Cycling Tour
- 14-day Japan Rail pass
Need to know
- Arrives: Tokyo Haneda Airport (HND)
- Time difference: GMT+9
- Visa requirements: British passport holders do not require a tourist visa for stays up to 90 days
- Language: Japanese
- Currency: Japanese Yen (JPY)
- Flying time from UK: Around 11 hours direct
- Plug type: 2-prong flat blade plug
- Voltage: 100 volts/50 cycles
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Your first stop is Tokyo, a bustling hub of action and adventure that blends tradition and technology like no other city on Earth. This is a place where gadgets and geishas collide; shop for high fashion and slick technology, seek out a traditional tea ceremony or try some of the best sushi you’ll ever taste. While in this city, you’ll join a Tokyo After Five tour, showing you the capital by night and allowing you to sample the delicious street food.
4* JR Kyushu Blossom Shinjuku
Tokyo After Five tour
The views from up here are spectacular, so don’t forget your camera. Later on, you’ll sail across Lake Ashi crater lake and see views of Mount Hakone, a volcano that last erupted in 1170. Take a ride on the Komagatake Ropeway for further views of Hakone National Park, before spending the night in a Ryokan, a traditional Japanese Inn, with the chance to soak in an onsen, or traditional hot spring.
The city had a resurgence in popularity in 1998, when it hosted the Winter Olympic Games, which also improved its infrastructure and tourist facilities no end. Nagano is a pretty place, surrounded by mountains and with a variety of onsen to soak in, but really you’re here for the snow monkeys, which you’ll find at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, warming themselves and looking rather soggy in the hot springs.
3* Hotel JAL City Nagano
The town itself is dominated by Matsumoto Castle, voted into the world’s top three castles and surrounded by a moat, as well as streets filled with art galleries and quaint cafés. Be sure to visit the Matsumoto Folkcraft Museum to learn more about the arts and crafts of the area, and the Japan Ukiyo-e Museum to discover the region’s traditional woodblock prints.
3* Matsumoto Hotel Kagetsu
Renowned for its mysterious geishas and spectacular seasonal blooms, Kyoto is also a diner’s paradise with restaurants serving up the very best of traditional and contemporary Japanese cuisine. Take in Nijo castle, with two concentric moats, as well as the beautiful Golden Pavilion, and don’t miss the National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto (MoMAK), a vast collection of 20th-century art including Japanese and Western paintings, sculpture, prints, ceramics and crafts.
4* Hotel Gracery Kyoto Sanjo
Kyoto Cycling Tour
It’s a lively, dynamic place with plenty of restaurants and cafes to try, as well as 24-hour karaoke, and within easy reach of various hot springs and pretty mountain vistas. In summer, head for Odori-park for the Beer Festival and climb to the top of the Sapporo TV tower to get amazing views of the city and surrounding mountains. Don’t worry if you miss it though, as you can always try the Sapporo Beer Museum. In winter, enjoy the snow sculptures at annual Snow Festival, or test out the nearby Sapporo-Teine, Rusutsu and Niseko ski resorts.
4* Holiday Inn Sapporo Susukino