Japan under a blanket of snow

An unusual trip for winter, developed with Matthieu Zellweger: I suggest you take a tour of several places, all remarkable in their way of speaking to you of a facet of Japan. Sapporo, the capital of Hokkaido, is a surprising small town with a wealth of charm and warmth (even in winter); it is the gateway to this northern island with the harshest climate of the archipelago. This is the best place to eat the freshest seafood. It was the last frontier of the settlement of Japan and a great place to get to know its history at the end of the nineteenth century. Our footsteps will then take us to Hakodate, a virtually unknown but culturally fascinating place for travellers. Do you know that this city had almost as much foreign influence as Nagasaki in the south ? This part of its history is still visible on the hills of this charming little town. In the hollow of the mountains, Kakunodate will then offer us both a little rest and a glimpse of the rugged mountain climate of northern Japan. We will then visit Kanazawa, my favourite city in Japan, a charming village on the coast of the Sea of ​​Japan. It is widely regarded as the capital of traditional Japanese arts (painting on silk, gold leaf, lacquer). This is the “inner” Japan that I love so much — a little more folded on itself, a little rougher, but very authentic. Finally, we will take the new rail shinkansen which crosses Honshu to reach Tokyo and end our journey in a city which will seem familiar in comparison with the remote places that we will have just visited.



From CHF 5,865.–

Length of holiday:

14 days (13 nights)

Departure dates:

Group trip
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(other dates possible depending on interest)

Features of the holiday

Destination: Asia, Japan
Season: Winter
Responsible travel: Accommodation, Environmentally-friendly transportation, Food, Local food, Micro-economy, Public transportation, Small organization
Travel type: Active holidays
Traveller type: Couple, Family, More mature, Small group, Solo
Activities: Thermal baths, Tour
Accommodation: Guesthouse, Hotel
Natural environment: Island, Mountain, Seaside
Culture: Architecture, Art, Artisans, Buddhism, Castle, Customs, History, Legends, Philosophy, Temple, Vernacular architecture
Climate: Humid continental, Humid subtropical, Temperate
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Itinerary of the holiday

  • Day 1 : Arrival in Japan & check-in at the hotel in Sapporo.
  • Day 2 : Sapporo. Snow Festival.
  • Day 3 : Sapporo. Hokkaidō Jingū Shinto Shrine.
  • Day 4 : Sapporo–Hakodate. Cable-car to Mount Hakodate.
  • Day 5 : Hakodate. Visit of the morning market; Motomachi historic district; brick warehouse area.
  • Day 6 : Hakodate–Kakunodate. Buke-yashiki (samurai area). Night in a ryokan.
  • Day 7 : Kakunodate. Excursion to the Nyūtō Onsen (thermal baths). Night in a ryokan.
  • Day 8 : Morning in Kakunodate. Kakunodate–Kanazawa. Night in a ryokan.
  • Day 9 : Kanazawa. Ōmicho Market. Contemporary Art Museum or traditional artisanal craft. Nagamachi (samurai area). Night in a ryokan.
  • Day 10 : Kanazawa. Kenroku-en garden. Kanazawa Castle. Higashi Chaya-gai (geisha area). Dinner at Sekitei (traditional house). Night in a ryokan.
  • Day 11 : Kanazawa–Tokyo. Visit of the city.
  • Day 12 : Tokyo. Continuation of the visit.
  • Day 13 : Tokyo on your own.
  • Day 14 : Transfer to Tokyo Narita Airport. Return flight to Switzerland.


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Length of the holiday

14 days (13 nights)

Departure dates

Group trip
New departure date to come
(other dates possible depending on interest)


CHF 11,420.–/pers. (2 pers.)
CHF 7,682.–/pers. (4 pers.)
CHF 6,490.–/pers. (6 pers.)
CHF 5,865.–/pers. (8 pers.)

For 1, 3, 5 and 7 people, please ask us a special calculation.

Single room supplement: CHF 920.–

Included with the holiday

  • accommodation in a hotel or a ryokan from day 1 (as soon as you arrive) to day 14,
  • one-way domestic flight Tokyo–Sapporo,
  • Japan Rail Pass for 2 weeks,
  • all breakfasts, 7 dinners,
  • English-speaking guide during the whole trip

Not included with the holiday

  • international return flights,
  • travel insurance (highly recommended),
  • excursions and activities not mentioned in the program,
  • meals not mentioned in the detailed description,
  • alcoholic beverages, mineral water, etc.,
  • tips,
  • personal expenses

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