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Japan Tours in January

Japan Tours in January

Travel to Japan in January and enjoy the top sights decked in winter splendor. The month of January is the peak of the winter season in Japan, when the weather is bracing and fresh, and mountainous areas beckon travelers to frolic in the snow, warm up with a delicious cup of hot green tea, and relax in an onsen.

January is one of the best times of the year to view the curious and cute snow monkeys at the Jigokudani Monkey Park in Nagano Prefecture. The Snow Monkey Park is a natural hot spring habitat where groups of monkeys come down from the mountains to bathe, and it is fascinating to observe their daily living. Though they can be viewed all year round, the wintry scene of the adorable monkeys relaxing around boiling pools wreathed in fresh snow makes for a most memorable visit.

January is a popular time to tour the charms of Hokkaido, and as Japan’s winter playground, there are locations on the north island that only truly come alive during this time of year. Sapporo, Hokkaido’s chief city, invites you to admire the local landmarks – Odori Park, the Sapporo Clock Tower, Sapporo Beer Museum, and the Susukino Entertainment District. Otaru city beckons travelers with the rustic charm of an old Japanese fishing port, where they enjoy fresh local sushi, the Otaru Canal, and a Glass-blowing Museum. But take some time out of the main cities to discover Hokkaido’s authentic charm. Take an ice-breaker cruise off the coast of Abashiri to experience the sounds of the drift ice – one of Japan’s 100 Soundscapes, view the frozen waterfalls of Ginga and Ryusei in the Sounkyo Gorge, and witness the dance of the Tancho “red-crowned” crane in the Kushiro Marshlands.

The mountains of Japan are especially lovely in January, when the smaller towns and villages in the countryside receiving a dusting of winter charm atop a layer of fresh snow. In the Hida Mountains of Gifu Prefecture you can see Old Town Takayama, which retains much of the rustic lifestyle and construction from the feudal Edo period. UNESCO-inscribed Shirakawa-go preserves some old-fashioned farmhouses with thickly thatched roofs “folded like hands in prayer”; the sleepy mountain village blanketed in snow looks just like a scene in a holiday postcard. So much of Japan is gorgeous in January, and the perfect time for a winter tour.

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The Golden Route Japan Tour Winter arrow readmore icon

Tokyo / Hakone / Hikone / Koka / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka

    140 reviews

7 Days 6 Nights | from US $2898.00

Perfect introduction for first time visitors with limited time.

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Sun. Dec 8, 2024 Sat. Dec 14, 2024 US $2898.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Sun. Dec 22, 2024 Sat. Dec 28, 2024 US $2998.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Mon. Feb 17, 2025 Sun. Feb 23, 2025 US $2898.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Sun. Dec 7, 2025 Sat. Dec 13, 2025 US $2898.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Mon. Dec 22, 2025 Sun. Dec 28, 2025 US $2998.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Mon. Feb 23, 2026 Sun. Mar 1, 2026 US $2898.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Sun. Dec 13, 2026 Sat. Dec 19, 2026 US $2898.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Tue. Dec 22, 2026 Mon. Dec 28, 2026 US $2998.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
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Nakasendo Trail Winter Tour arrow readmore icon

Kyoto / Nakatsugawa / Magome / Tsumago / Kiso Fukushima / Narai / Kiso Hirasawa / Asama Onsen / Tokyo


8 Days 7 Nights | from US $2935.00 (Limit to 13 guests)

A small-group guided winter tour to the Nakasendo trail. Walk or snow-shoe on five days for 1-3 hours.

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Wed. Jan 8, 2025 Wed. Jan 15, 2025 US $2935.00

Small Group Limited to 13 passengers

Kyoto Tokyo Active Minimum 4 / Book Now  
Fri. Jan 17, 2025 Fri. Jan 24, 2025 US $2935.00

Small Group Limited to 13 passengers

Kyoto Tokyo Active Guarantee / Book Now  
Sat. Feb 1, 2025 Sat. Feb 8, 2025 US $2935.00

Small Group Limited to 13 passengers

Kyoto Tokyo Active Minimum 4 / Book Now  
Wed. Feb 12, 2025 Wed. Feb 19, 2025 US $2935.00

Small Group Limited to 13 passengers

Kyoto Tokyo Active Minimum 4 / Book Now  
Sat. Mar 1, 2025 Sat. Mar 8, 2025 US $2935.00

Small Group Limited to 13 passengers

Kyoto Tokyo Active Sold Out / Waiting List
    question mark icon         Tour#: GTL6919438

Charms of Okinawa: Cherry Blossom Tour arrow readmore icon

Okinawa


7 Days 6 Nights | from US $2998.00

Book our Charms of Okinawa Cherry Blossoms Tour for an enchanting journey featuring Japan's earliest cherry blossoms, plus the must-see sights and experiences of Okinawa Island.

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Mon. Jan 27, 2025 Sun. Feb 2, 2025 US $2998.00 Okinawa Okinawa Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Wed. Jan 28, 2026 Tue. Feb 3, 2026 US $2998.00 Okinawa Okinawa Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
    question mark icon         Tour#: GTY1153821

The Golden Triangle of Japan Tour Winter: Snow Monkeys arrow readmore icon

Tokyo / Lake Kawaguchi / Matsumoto / Yudanaka / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka

    75 reviews

8 Days 7 Nights | from US $3198.00

The must see sights of Tokyo, Takayama & Kyoto... plus the Snow Monkeys.

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Tue. Dec 24, 2024 Tue. Dec 31, 2024 US $3298.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Thu. Jan 2, 2025 Thu. Jan 9, 2025 US $3198.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Sun. Jan 26, 2025 Sun. Feb 2, 2025 US $3198.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Wed. Dec 24, 2025 Wed. Dec 31, 2025 US $3298.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Fri. Jan 2, 2026 Fri. Jan 9, 2026 US $3198.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Tue. Jan 27, 2026 Tue. Feb 3, 2026 US $3198.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Thu. Dec 24, 2026 Thu. Dec 31, 2026 US $3198.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
    question mark icon         Tour#: GTA4086851

Anime Flavor: Tokyo & Kyoto Winter Tour arrow readmore icon

Tokyo / Hakone / Hikone / Koka / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka

    42 reviews

8 Days 7 Nights | from US $3198.00

Anime Flavor Tour is the best thing to fulfill your Otaku needs. We will go to some of the popular anime spots while learning about Japan’s culture.

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Sat. Dec 21, 2024 Sat. Dec 28, 2024 US $3298.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Sun. Feb 16, 2025 Sun. Feb 23, 2025 US $3198.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Sun. Dec 21, 2025 Sun. Dec 28, 2025 US $3298.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Sun. Feb 22, 2026 Sun. Mar 1, 2026 US $3198.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Mon. Dec 21, 2026 Mon. Dec 28, 2026 US $3198.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
    question mark icon         Tour#: GTF0281272

Best of Japan Tour Winter with Japanese Alps: Snow Monkeys arrow readmore icon

Tokyo / Lake Kawaguchi / Matsumoto / Yudanaka / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Oobokekyo Gorge / Takamatsu / Kobe

    136 reviews

11 Days 10 Nights | from US $4398.00

Perfect for those who want to visit the well known regions of Japan.

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Thu. Jan 2, 2025 Sun. Jan 12, 2025 US $4498.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Sun. Jan 26, 2025 Wed. Feb 5, 2025 US $4398.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Fri. Jan 2, 2026 Mon. Jan 12, 2026 US $4398.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
    question mark icon         Tour#: GTC7084498

Okinawa & Hokkaido - Cherry Blossoms & Winter Festivals arrow readmore icon

Okinawa / Shiraoi / Lake Shikotsu / Sapporo / Otaru / Asahikawa / Sounkyo / Kitami / Abashiri / Lake Tofutsu / Lake Akan / Kushiro


15 Days 14 Nights | from US $6098.00

Join our Okinawa and Hokkaido Tour, which include Okinawa Cherry Blossoms, Hokkaido's Winter Snow Festivals, and each island's unique cultural treasures.

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Mon. Jan 27, 2025 Mon. Feb 10, 2025 US $6098.00 Okinawa Kushiro Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Wed. Jan 28, 2026 Wed. Feb 11, 2026 US $6098.00 Okinawa Kushiro Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
    question mark icon         Tour#: GTU1389796

Best of Honshu & Hokkaido: Snow Monkeys & Hokkaido Winter Festival Tour arrow readmore icon

Honshu (Tokyo / Lake Kawaguchi / Matsumoto / Yudanaka / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka), Hokkaido (Shiraoi / Lake Shikotsu / Sapporo / Otaru / Asahikawa / Sounkyo / Kitami / Abashiri / Lake Tofutsu / Lake Akan / Kushiro)

    1 reviews

16 Days 15 Nights | from US $6398.00

Explore the two main winter attractions of Japan - Snow Monkeys and Hokkaido Winter Festivals.

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Sun. Jan 26, 2025 Mon. Feb 10, 2025 US $6398.00 Tokyo Kushiro Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Tue. Jan 27, 2026 Wed. Feb 11, 2026 US $6398.00 Tokyo Kushiro Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
    question mark icon         Tour#: GTQ6952842

Okinawa, Hokkaido & Beyond - Cherry Blossoms, Winter Festivals & Snow Monkeys arrow readmore icon

Okinawa / Shiraoi / Lake Shikotsu / Sapporo / Otaru / Asahikawa / Sounkyo / Kitami / Abashiri / Lake Tofutsu / Lake Akan / Kushiro / Kawazu / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Yudanaka / Obuse / Nagano


19 Days 18 Nights | from US $7698.00

Experience the islands of Okinawa and Hokkaido, and Beyond, in two different winter climates that include Snow Festivals, Snow Monkeys, and cherry blossoms.

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Mon. Jan 27, 2025 Fri. Feb 14, 2025 US $7698.00 Okinawa Tokyo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Wed. Jan 28, 2026 Sun. Feb 15, 2026 US $7698.00 Okinawa Tokyo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
    question mark icon         Tour#: GTY696833

Super Grand Tour of Japan (Reverse) - Cherry Blossoms, Winter Festivals & Snow Monkeys arrow readmore icon

Okinawa / Shiraoi / Lake Shikotsu / Sapporo / Otaru / Asahikawa / Sounkyo / Kitami / Abashiri / Lake Tofutsu / Lake Akan / Kushiro / Tokyo / Hakone / Kawazu / Lake Kawaguchi / Matsumoto / Yudanaka / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Oobokekyo Gorge / Takamatsu / Kobe


27 Days 26 Nights | from US $10998.00

Join the Super Grand Tour of Japan (Reverse), which includes Cherry Blossoms in Okinawa, Winter Festivals in Hokkaido, Kawazu Cherry Blossoms, and Snow Monkeys, on a delightful winter itinerary all across Japan.

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Mon. Jan 27, 2025 Sat. Feb 22, 2025 US $10998.00 Okinawa Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Wed. Jan 28, 2026 Mon. Feb 23, 2026 US $10998.00 Okinawa Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  




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