Japanese Winter Wonderland Tour [Hakuba, Matsumoto, Takayama, Kyoto]

Product Code: JWWT
From £ 3,310 /pp

[Self-Guided] 11 days

Hakuba is one of the finest ski resorts in Japan offering skiers and snowboarders excellent quality of power snow. The tour provides top accommodation where you can relax and rejuvenate after your long days on the slopes of Hakuba.

In Takayama you will experience a cultural enjoy the hot spring ‘onsen' to relax your tried muscles along with a ‘Kaiseki' (a multi-course Japanese meal followed by a traditional overnight stay on tatami mats in a ryokan.
Amongst the temples of Kyoto you will take part in a tea ceremony, then in Nara you will mingle with the roaming deer and learn some Japanese history at Todaiji Temple or Kasuga Taisha Shrine in this world heritage site.


Included in this tour:

☑ Premium economy return flights

☑ Accommodations listed

☑ Shared taxi transfer to Hakuba from the airport

☑ Hakuba valley 4-day ticket

☑ Ski equipment

☑ Breakfast daily and one dinner in Takayama

☑ Train transfer between Hakuba and Matsumoto

☑ Bus transfer between Matsumoto and Takayama

☑ Takayama-Hokuriku Tourist Pass

☑ Morning tour of Uji walking and tea ceremony

☑ Afternoon tour of Nara

☑ Shared taxi transfer to Kansai Airport

☑ ATOL

☑ The package is for a travel between 24 Dec 2016 to 31 March 2017

☑ As with all our packages we can add, subtract or modify to suit your individual needs to make your perfect holiday

DateDescriptionMeals
Day 0Depart the UK on direct premium economy flightOn board
Day 1Arrive at Tokyo. Transfer to Hakuba by a shared taxi
Stay in Hakuba Tokyu Hotel or similar
On board
Day 2Free time in Hakuba. Enjoy the wonderful snow there. 
Hakuba has 12 ski resorts including Happo, Goryu and Hakuba 46 and Iwatake and more which offers many options. 
Stay in Hakuba Tokyu Hotel or similar
Breakfast
Day 3Free time in Hakuba. 
Hakuba valley was a host of many winter events including the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics. 
Stay in Hakuba Tokyu Hotel or similar
Breakfast
Day 4Free time in Hakuba. 
Stay in Hakuba Tokyu Hotel or similar
Breakfast
Day 5Enjoy breakfast at your hotel and check out. Transfer to Matsumoto with a train ticket provided. You may like to explore Nawate which is located along the bank of the Metoba River, selling food, antique stores and children’s books. It is a charming place to stroll and shop for souvenirs. Then move to a six-story tower built in 1593-94, the beautiful Matsumoto Castle which is the oldest castle in Japan. 
Stay in Matsumoto Tokyu Inn or similar
Breakfast
Day 6Enjoy breakfast at your hotel and check out. Transfer to Takayama with a bus ticket provided. You may like to visit Takayama Jinya which was the government’s administrative office during the Edo period. It is the only remaining government office that period. The admission fee is JPY420 p/p or take a walk along the old town of Takayama. There are many shops and museums selling Japanese traditional goods and foods. 
Stay in Honjin Hiranoya Bekkan or similar
Breakast / dinner
Day 7Enjoy breakfast at your ryokan and check out. Use your Takayama-Hokuriku Pass to transfer to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Shirakawa-go for the gassho style houses before heading to Kanazawa. Kanazawa has one of the three most famous gardens in Japan, Kenroku-en as well as many historic districts such as Higashi Chaya, Nishi Chaya and Kazue-machi for the tea ceremony or shopping and the samurai residence area to explore.
Stay in Daiwa Roynet Hotel Kanazawa or similar
Breakfast
Day 8After breakfast, transfer to Kyoto with your Takayama-Hokuriku Pass.
Free time in Kyoto 
Stay in Hotel Granvia Kyoto or similar
Breakfast
Day 9Join a morning tour of Uji walking and Tea Ceremony 
On this tour you will visit Uji Bridge is considered one of the oldest bridges in Japan built around 646. The Uji River is famous for cormorant fishing during summer time. After walking around Nakanoshima Park, you will enjoy a tea ceremony for 20 minutes. Just before heading to Kyoto, you will visit Byodo-in Temple which was built in the Heian Era and it is surrounded by a beautiful garden. 
Stay in Hotel Granvia Kyoto or similar
Breakfast
Day 10Enjoy breakfast at your hotel. Join a Nara Afternoon tour. 
On this tour you will visit Todai-ji Temple which is considered the world’s largest wooden structure built in 752. In Nara Park nearby Todai-ji Temple you will see many roaming deer which are thought to be the shrine messengers. Lastly you will visit Nara Nagomikan which is the largest souvenir shop in Nara.
Stay in Hotel Granvia Kyoto or similar
Breakfast
Day 11Check out and transfer to Kansai International Airport by a shared taxi
Depart Osaka to the UK on premium economy flight
On board


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