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Japan

Few countries have such radically different deep cultures as Japan. At once steeped in ancient traditions and yet ultra modern, Japan prides itself in its warm welcome to visitors. Japan in winter offers wonderful iconic wildlife from Japanese Macaques in hot springs and Red-crowned Cranes dancing, to the world’s most magnificent raptor - Steller’s Sea Eagle. We look for these and much, much more, while enjoying warm Japanese hospitality, pleasant accommodations and a UNESCO recognised cuisine.


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Dates 12 - 28 January 2018
Prices £7,495pp (£1,050 single supp)

Leaders Julian Sykes plus local guide
Flights Japan Airlines, scheduled
Outbound: Overnight, Heathrow-Tokyo
Inbound: Morning, Tokyo-Heathrow
Internal: Tokyo-Kagoshima-Tokyo, Tokyo-Kushiro-Tokyo

Days 1-2 Overnight flight from London to Tokyo - 1 night Excel Hotel Tokyu.
Day 3 Drive to Kambayashi Onsen, via Lake Suwa and Matsumoto Castle - 1 night Hotel Senjukaku.
Days 4-5 Visit hot springs for Snow Monkeys, then Karuizawa and Myogi - 2 nights Otowanomori Hotel.
Day 6 Flight from Tokyo to Kagoshima - 1 night Kirishima Royal Hotel.
Days 7-8 Visit Mi-ike and Sendai River areas then on to Arasaki - 2 nights Hotel Toko.
Days 9-10 Travel day plus visit toTsurui and Kushiro Marsh - 2 nights Hotel Taito.
Days 11-12Lakes Mashu and Kussharo, then Yoroushi for Blakiston’s Fish Owl - 2 nights Yuyado Daiichi Hotel.
Days 13-15Nemuro via Lake Furen for Steller’s Sea Eagle, boat trip Cape Nosappu - 3 nights Nemuro Kaiyotei Hotel.
Day 16 Fly to Tokyo - 1 night Excel Hotel Tokyu.
Day 17 Flight back to the UK

Weather From mild in Kyushu, with a chance of rain and cold in the mountains of Honshu, to very cold in east Hokkaido. Plenty of layers recommended and outer layers should be wind and waterproof.
Walking Easy to moderate, beside farm roads, on even tracks, or in the case of the one mile walk to Japanese Macaque site, potentially over snow and ice. Trekking poles are helpful for anyone with mobility issues and ice-grippers recommended for all.
Meals All included from dinner on Day 2 to breakfast on Day 17.
Insects Not a problem.
Accom Twin and single rooms, mixture of western and Japanese style, all with private toilet. The majority of rooms have a private shower, apart from two hotels where some rooms have use of a communal hot spa (onsen), instead of a private shower. An Onsen is a natural hot spa bathing facility, which is a traditional part of Japanese culture. Ensuite rooms allocated to first bookings.
Group 12
 

   

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