Japan Winter Tours 2022 & 2023

Our Japan Winter tours offer some of our most unique tours.

They are built to the same format as our other small group tours of Japan

The surprise Package of travelling in Japan in 2022 & 2023!  

The surprise is not Japan snow tours; its bigger than that!

Japan winter festival tours are not about skiing or snowboarding, but they are about seeing the cute Snow Monkeys, unforgettable Sapporo Snow Festival, riding an icebreaker or experiencing fishing through a hole in the ice. This winter holidays in Japan introduces the amazing Japanese winter food & magnificent snowy white scenery in this wonderland of the Japanese winter landscape.

A winter holiday in Japan is at a very special time of the year for the Japanese, it is full of traditional events, festivals and rituals. Snow against red gates of shrines and temples, or in the rural fields add serene feel to this densely populated country. We have created Japan winter tour packages that encompass all the best places to travel in Japan in winter.

Sapporo Snow Festival (February 2023)

The 2023 Hokkaido Winter Festivals including the fabulous Sapporo Snow Festival (February 2023) are featured in the Snow Spectacular Tour. Guests on this tour will have full exposure to the best of Japan snow holiday. So, get your snow boots and winter coat out, and join us on this spectacular Japan snow trip!

White Christmas in Japan

Ever thought of a white Xmas in Japan? We have a very special White Christmas Tour in Japan in December 2022.

Snow Monkeys in Winter
15 days

Ever dreamt of fresh powder snow and perhaps making a snowman on Christmas Day? This Japan winter holiday is designed to travel cities as well as some remote rural villages of Japan in the quieter off-season experiencing a peaceful White Christmas as well as the traditional festive atmosphere towards the New Year in Japan.

dancing red-crested cranes, hokkaido, kushiro, snow tour of japan, journey to the east

14 days

This is the ultimate winter travel in Japan! This spectacular Japan snow holiday has it all – from snow monkeys and dancing red-crested cranes to the Sapporo Snow Festival and an icebreaker trip. Enjoy the illuminated streets in cities as well as the snow- covered rural villages in countryside Japan.

Private Tours and Tour Extensions

Don't forget we can create your own Private Tour of Japan for your family or group if you prefer. We have many Private Tour Model Itineraries to give you some ideas. The page also includes model itineraries for Tour Extensions which you can add at the beginning or end of your Group Tour.


People in Barry Erridge Private Tour group travelled in April 2016 cherry blossom season in Japan 900 x 600
Fun in Japan
People of Kareela Probus Private Tour Group travelled Japan in April 2017, a group photo at Kanazawa Castle 900 x 600
People of Deb Lambert Private Tour group celebrating 50th wedding anniversary of the parents at Kawaguchiko ryokan in yukata

Had a fabulous time with a great group of people. I loved the country, the culture, the people and everything about the tour – hope to do another tour with JTTE – maybe Hokkaido or Kyushu next time

Vivien Hewitt, Western Australia

 This was my first trip with JTTE and already I am looking at the program for next year thinking about another one. I liked the fact that it was a small group, the organisation was spot on and the food everywhere was outstanding.

Dee Mason – NSW Australia

About Winter Travel Japan

Christmas in Japan

Shopping malls, restaurants, hotels, and public areas everywhere have the most incredible display of lights and decorations during the month of December. Christmas is celebrated in Japan, but it is much different than family-oriented holiday in western countries.

In Japan, Christmas is mainly the time for friends to gather and have parties, or a romantic date for couples.

You will be stunned by the streams of beautiful decorations in Japan. You can't help but be part of the cultural and traditional rituals leading up to the most important day on the Japanese calendar, the New Year Day. So, why not consider taking a Japan December holiday?

Read more about Christmas and New Year in Japan in our blog.


Sapporo Snow Festival 

One of the world's’ most famous winter festivals is the Sapporo Snow Festival on the northern Island of Hokkaido.  This is something you do not want to miss on your Japan snow holiday. The sheer size of the carvings and the overall spectacle will amaze. Other snow festivals run concurrently with the main snow festival including the one at the nearby wonderful little canal city of Otaru.

Japan winter holiday is an excellent time to travel. There are so many unique things to see. We structured our Winter Spectacular Tour of Japan to take advantage of many of these other phenomena, including the snow monkeys, the UNESCO listed farming village with the snow covered thatched roofs, the dancing cranes, and the ice breakers on the drift ice.

Christmas illumination in Japan
Sapporo Snow Festival 2019 in Hokkaido