- Accommodation at selected hotels with meals as mentioned in your final itinerary.
- Check-in time is 3.00PM and check-out time is 11.00AM. Early or late service is subject to availability with surcharge.
- Meals if mentioned in the final itinerary
- Transfers if mentioned in your final itinerary:
- Airport transfer (arrival and departure) in a shared van
- Public/Private transport on tour day
- Client Service Officer: provide self-guided clients with tour information
- Guide for half day or full day tour (English & other languages: German, Spanish, etc.)
- Sightseeing fees and permits during guided time
- Service charge and current government VAT tax
- JR Pass and/or Train ticket(s)
- Optional tour
- Please make sure you have 6 months passport validity.
- Early/late check in/out service at hotels (surcharge if request)
- Tips and gratuities
- Services and meals if not mentioned in itinerary
- All drinks, including water, soft drink and alcohol on all included or optional excursion
- Laundry, telephone calls and expenditure of a personal nature
- Travel Insurance (Compulsory)
DAY 1: TOKYO ARRIVAL
Meet your assistant at Narita Airport and transfer your hotel. Relax at the hotel before walk out for dinner at Japanese-style restaurants in the nearby area.
DAY 2: TOKYO (ASAKUSA & HARAJUKU)
Wake up to a tasty breakfast before beginning your adventure. Journey to Hamarikyu garden, the former private garden of an Edo Period Lord. Stopover for sampling Japanese green tea, followed by a short cruise along Sumida River. Later on, travel to Asakusa for a visit to the renowned Sensoji! The colorful, popular temple was completed in 645, making it Tokyo's oldest temple. Stroll along Nakamise shopping street nearby, where typical Japanese souvenir and various traditional snack are sold!
Enjoy local sushi or ramen for lunch. After lunch, we will visit magnificent Meiji Shrine, a Shinto shrine dedicated to Emperor Meiji. The shrine is crowded in the first day of the year because of hatsumode (first prayers). For the rest of the year, if in luck, you may witness solemn procession of Shinto weddings. Continue the journey to Harajuku and Omotesando. This tree-lined avenue features a multitude of dazzling architecturally ambitious buildings of global haute couture brands. Finish the day with Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building in Shinjuku, one of Tokyo's tallest and most distinctive skyscrapers for a panoramic view of the city if time permits.
DAY 3: TOKYO - KAMAKURA/NIKKO (OPTIONAL)
Let's make your own way exploring the metropolitan. Going back to visited fascinating valleys for an insight? Use our information packet to discover new places? A visit to Tsukiji Fish Market and surrounding restaurants in Tsukishima is strongly recommended.
Interested in Japanese technology? Odaiba - a unique island of gaming and multimedia - is perfect for you! If traditional art is your interest, come to the Kabukiza Theatre in Ginza and watch a performance. Akihabara is recommended for electronic gadgets' lovers.
Travel further from Tokyo? An optional one day trip to nearby Nikko to visit UNESCO World Heritage Toshogu Shrine, or to Kamakura to admire the giant Buddha statue is available. Tell us what's your plan?
DAY 4: HAKUBA
Today we will depart from Tokyo station on Japanese signature mean of transportation – Shinkansen to Nagano Prefecture. Upon arrival, your pre-booked taxi is waiting to take you to your accommodation in Hakuba.
Hakuba is at the heart of Japanese Alps. The village is Japan's most popular ski areas, offering pristine snow conditions with outstanding natural beauty. "Hakuba Valley Ticket" is introduced by nine major Hakuba ski resorts, which give ski lovers access to those grand snow resorts. From the seasoned alpine expert to freshly minted newbies, there is snowy adventure to be had by everyone.
Achieve your own Olympic Dream by sliding down the Hakuba Happo-one Snow Resort, which hosted the most important events of the 1998 Winter Olympics. You can also choose the more challenging Hakuba Goryu Snow Resort & Hakuba47 Winter Sports Park, which targets intermediate and advanced skiers.
In addition to the aforementioned resorts, the following can also be accessed with Hakuba Valley Ticket: Jiigatake Snow Resort, Kashimayari Snow Resort, Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field, Tsugaike Kogen Snow Resort, Hakuba Norikura Onsen Snow Resort and Hakuba Cortina Snow Resort.
After a day of skiing, indulge yourself by relaxing at one of Hakuba numerous onsen, or natural hot springs.
DAY 5: HAKUBA
Today you will continue the pleasure of discovering all the best that skiing in Hakuba has to offer or taking a break from the slopes to enjoy one of the following highly-recommended day-excursions:
Jigokudani Monkey Park Excursion: Enjoy exclusive experience of seeing wild monkeys bathing in the park&;s natural hot spring. Jigokudani literally means ‘hell's valleys due to the steam and boiling water that bubbles out of small crevices in the frozen ground, and it is in these baths of boiling water that the resident Japanese Macaques like to soak in. The monkeys live in large social groups, and it can be quite entertaining to watch their interactions. They are highly accustomed to human observers, so you can get as close to them as you feel comfortable. Whilst the monkeys are most numerous during the cold months, they can be observed all year round.
Matsumoto Excursion: Matsumoto has flourished as a castle town since the 16th century. Today you will visit Matsumoto Castle, also known as “Crow Castle because of its black walls and spreading wings, one of the most complete and beautiful among Japan's original castles. It is a shining example of the so called "hirajiro" castles of Japan, which are built on plains rather than on a hill or mountain.
AY 6: TOKYO DEPARTURE
Today you will leave Hakuba behind and return to Tokyo. A transfer by train to Narita Airport is included and, if requested, we can also arrange you an extra night in Tokyo.