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Journey to the East, featuring Sapporo Snow Festival - Unique Japan Tours

Journey to the East, featuring Sapporo Snow Festival

8 days
From Sapporo to Abashiri
Tour Operator:
Unique Japan Tours
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  • Sapporo Snow Festival
  • Sunrise at the Red-Crowned Crane Sanctuary
  • Traditional performance by indigenous Ainu people
  • Abashiri Ice-Breaker cruise

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Start in Sapporo and end in Abashiri! With the In-depth Cultural tour Journey to the East, featuring Sapporo Snow Festival, you have a 8 days tour package taking you through Sapporo, Japan and 4 other destinations in Japan. Journey to the East, featuring Sapporo Snow Festival includes accommodation in a hotel as well as flights, an expert guide, insurance, meals, transport and more.
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  1. Introduction
  1. Day 1: Met on arrival to Sapporo Shin-Chitose Airport
  2. Day 2: Experience Sapporo Snow Festival/ Day trip to Otaru
  3. Day 3: Scenic train journey eastbound to Kushiro
  4. Day 4: Lake Akan: Sunrise to Sunset, stunning winter scenery
  5. Day 5: Drive to Lake Mashu, Lake Kussharo
  6. Day 6: Discover the breathtaking Shiretoko National Park
  7. Day 7: Abashiri
  8. Day 8: Tour Ends at Abashiri
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What's Included

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  • Accommodation
  • Flights
  • Guide
  • Insurance
  • Meals
  • Additional Services
  • Transport
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Where You'll Stay

7 nights

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Operated by Unique Japan Tours


Unique Japan Tours is a global Japan travel specialist company, registered with Japan Association of Travel Agents (JATA) and a member of Total Payment Protection (TOPP) Policy. Our Managing Director, Darina Slattery, is an Alumni of the University of Ulster and the Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business, University College Dublin. She holds an MA in International Marketing and a BA in Business with Japanese. After studying in Japan, Darina developed expertise in Japanese culture, language and traditions. She has lived and traveled extensively throughout Japan. Darina has forged strong cultural relationships and has been the Chairperson of the Ireland Japan Association for six years. Combining both theory and practice, Darina created Unique Japan Tours. She has built an internationally diverse team around her. Their sole purpose is to help you enjoy the attractive, mysterious and adventurous destination that is Japan. Darina and her team have spent the past twenty years researching and designing exciting adventurous routes throughout Japan. The itineraries are personally designed to embrace Japan’s highlights as well as some hidden gems. The company’s head office is based in Dublin with its operations office in Tokyo and a second sales office in London.

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  • 4.6
  • Journey to the East, featuring Sapporo Snow Festival reviewer 1
    · February 13th, 2023
    We got to see the Red Crowned Cranes and sea eagles on drift ice.
    Unique Japan Tours commented on this review
    Wow, looks amazing. We hope you had a great time and thank you so much for joining our trip.
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    Trip date: February 2023

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    As a traveller from England, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa you will need an adaptor for types A, B.

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  • Vaccines
    • These are only indications, so please visit your doctor before you travel to be 100% sure.
    • Hepatitis A - Recommended for Japan. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
    • Hepatitis B - Recommended for Japan. Ideally 2 months before travel.
    • Japanese B encephalitis - Recommended for Japan. Ideally 1 month before travel.
  • Visa
    • Unfortunately we cannot offer you a visa application service. Whether you need a visa or not depends on your nationality and where you wish to travel. Assuming your home country does not have a visa agreement with the country you're planning to visit, you will need to apply for a visa in advance of your scheduled departure.
    • Here is an indication for which countries you might need a visa. Please contact the local embassy for help applying for visas to these places.
  • Payment information
    • For any tour departing before May 21st, 2023 a full payment is necessary. For tours departing after May 21st, 2023, a minimum payment of 20% is required to confirm your booking with Unique Japan Tours. The final payment will be automatically charged to your credit card on the designated due date. The final payment of the remaining balance is required at least 60 days prior to the departure date of your tour. TourRadar never charges you a booking fee and will charge you in the stated currency.
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    Some tours are not suitable for mobility-restricted traveller, however, some operators may be able to accommodate special requests. For any enquiries, you can contact our customer support team, who are ready and waiting to help you.


Journey to the East