Japan Winter Festivals

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Japan Winter Festivals - Intrepid Travel
Japan Winter Festivals - Intrepid Travel
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Start and end in Sapporo! With the in-depth cultural tour Japan Winter Festivals, you have a 8 day tour package taking you through Sapporo, Japan and 3 other destinations in Japan. Japan Winter Festivals is a small group tour that includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport.
Age range
15 to 99 year olds
Max Group Size
Train & Rail, Coach / Bus, Local Transport
Travel style
In-depth Cultural

1 Review

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  • G
    Written on March 4, 2017
    2.5 - Average

    Having just come back from a tour in Japan with Intrepid, I will say with complete conviction. Definitely go to Japan, just never do it with Intrepid on any of their tours. We paid nearly $3,500 each for 2 people to go on their snow festival tour, and although we loved the people we went with, almost every single activity we did was free to the public and wasn't booked. There was no private travel arrangements, we literally had to catch taxi's everywhere instead of doing what all the other tours I saw were doing, which was a private bus. We stayed at very cheap places, which I can understand would be to bring the cost down for intrepid, but when we paid so much for a tour, you would expect a bit more by way of accommodation and definitely a lot more by way of organisation. We booked the tour nearly 12 months before we departed for Japan, yet they hadn't booked any of the local tours, which meant sometimes we went to places that we were meant to tour and they were closed... and the group got split into 2 hotels at once point because they hadn't booked the accommodation until so late that one of the hotels was fully booked. Basically, we could have done the whole thing ourselves without the tour (and seeing as we arrived 2 days before the tour started, we actually had done everything in those 2 days inside Sapporo that the tour did anyway) for less than $500 each. The only saving graces of this tour was the tour guide and the other people on the tour. If Tatsuro Eguchi (our tour guide) hadn't been such an awesome bloke and known so much about the history of the places we were visiting, I would be contacting my travel agent and making a complaint. TLDR: If you want to be overcharged by at least $2500 each and do a tour that you go to places without bookings, just to find they are closed. Intrepid is the group for you. The tour guide was great, the tour sucked.
    Intrepid Travel commented on this review
    Hi Griffin, Thank you for taking the time to share your comments with us. We were disappointed to read that you didn’t feel you got value for your money on the Japan Winter Festival tour. Griffin, we would love an opportunity to more fully understand your experience as feedback from our passengers is essential towards improving all that we do. Please feel free to contact our Customer Relations team who will be happy to further address your concerns: Thanks again and we look forward to hearing from you. Kind regards, Intrepid Travel
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  1. Day 1: Sapporo
  2. Day 2: Sapporo
  3. Day 3: Otaru
  4. Day 4: Otaru
  5. Day 5: Sounkyo
  6. Day 6: Sounkyo
  7. Day 7: Sapporo
  8. Day 8: Sapporo

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  • Flights

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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.


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Hepatitis A
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Japanese B encephalitis
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Start and end in Sapporo.
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TourRadar only requires a deposit of $400 to confirm this Intrepid Travel booking. The remaining balance is then payable 60 days prior to the departure date. For any tour departing before 24 November 2018 the full payment of $2,752 is necessary.
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No additional cancellation fees! You can cancel the tour up to 60 days prior to the departure date and you will not need to pay the full amount of $2752 for Japan Winter Festivals, but the deposit of $400 is non-refundable.
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Covering a total distance of approx 357 km.
  • Sapporo (Japan)
  • 33 km
  • Otaru (Japan)
  • 128 km
  • Asahikawa (Japan)
  • 48 km
  • Sounkyo (Japan)
  • 149 km
  • Sapporo (Japan)

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