December through February and it is winter in Japan, with warm clothes needed. As both a mountain region and island nation, the climate varies significantly across the country. Northern Japan has long, cold winters with heavy snow, whereas central Japan is more moderate with shorter winter and heavier snow in elevated areas only. In Tokyo, the nation’s hyperreal capital, temperatures range between 5 to 10 °C (41-50 °F) at this time, with precipitation at a minimum, around 10 mm per month. In the north, Hokkaido, Japan’s second largest island, is the coldest part of Japan, the high quality of its powder snow attracting skiers and snowboarders alike. The island’s main city Sapporo sees temperatures between minus 2 to 2 °C (28-36 °F) in winter. It is a fine time to visit many of the island’s onsen (hot springs), the contrast of the hot water-pools and cool crisp air energizing and divine. January and February are a perfect time to seek out the snow monkeys of Nagano in central Honsh?, to amble along serene snow-topped temples or simply to enjoy steaming-hot bowls of udon. For water sports enthusiasts, February marks the start of diving season in Japan and those willing to brave the cooler waters have an opportunity to spot humpback whales, but sea turtles, seahorses and even sharks can be seen all season long.
Take in the best of Japan’s must-see sights on this 14-day journey. You’ll take in the world-famous Tsukiji & Toyosu Markets, board a bullet-train for Kyoto, and spend time at the cultural capital’s ancient temples, shrines, and palaces, spending your nights in some of Japan’s best hotels.
This 13-day itinerary is a treat for anyone, a confirmed fan of Japan or not. Experience the buzz and bustle of Tokyo from the traditional wards to the ultra-modern architecture. You’ll travel across the country on the high-speed bullet trains, or by private transfer, visiting rural Yamanaka, historic Kanazawa on the west coast of Honshu, and Kyoto.
Discover Japan’s exciting history on this exciting 11-day luxury journey through Japan’s most fascinating age-old cities. Explore the colossal Todaiji Temple, visit ancient shrines, take an emotional tour of Hiroshima, and embrace Japan’s old world charm, while staying at some of Japan’s most luxurious hotels.
Step off the tourist trail for this exciting 11-day luxury journey through Japan’s less-visited areas. Take to Japan’s southwest shores as you journey from Kyoto to Osaka, stopping at UNESCO-listed sites, old castle towns, Shrine Island, and Asia’s largest limestone cave, while staying in luxury hotels like the Hyatt.
Japan’s Seto Inland Sea, with its roughly 3,000 islands, is known for having a mild climate that is reminiscent of the Mediterranean shores of Greece or Spain, an extensive ferry network, and a burgeoning modern art culture. Many of the Seto Inland Sea’s islands, especially the eastern ones around Naoshima, are home to numerous excellent museums and play host to the Setouchi Triennale, a modern art festival held every three years. On this eight-day tour spanning four of these primary eastern islands – Naoshima, Teshima, Inujima, and Shodoshima – explore some of the world’s foremost modern art pieces and museums that are featured in the 2019 Setouchi Triennale.
Take in Japan’s historically- and culturally-rich Kyushu island on this whirlwind 5-day luxury tour. You’ll shop vibrant Fukuoka’s stylish boutiques, pay your respects in the once-devastated Nagasaki, visit the iconic Kumamoto castle, and spend your nights in some of Japan’s most luxurious hotels.
Experience fun for the whole family on this 8-day luxury Japan tour through Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, and more. Your kids will love rides on bullet trains, walks through mystical forests full of deer, a visit to the home of Pokemon, chewing delicious mochi, and watching the scenery go by aboard a river cruise.
Travel from snowy ski slopes to steaming hotsprings on this magical 9-day luxury journey through southern Hokkaido. You’ll spend time in one of the world’s best ski resorts, meander through Sapporo’s Christmas market, and see the region on ski, snowmobile, or perhaps even horseback, while staying at luxury hotels.
Immerse yourself deep into Japan’s art and culture scene on this fascinating and fun 13-day luxury tour. You’ll tour historic landmarks in hotspots like Tokyo and Kyoto, dine on traditional kaiseki cuisine, and learn the ancient art of Japanese flower arranging, tea ceremony, or calligraphy.
Take a deep breath and inhale the sweet scent of cherry blossoms on this 8-day luxury tour of Southern Japan. You’ll travel from Osaka to Hiroshima, visiting ancient temples and museums, and being entertained by puppets and Geishas, while staying at luxurious Japan hotels like Hoshinoya Kyoto along the way.
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