Snow Monkeys & Cranes of Japan

February 11, 2015 - March 1, 2015

Below please find rates, availability, and the items and services included and excluded in the expedition price.

Land-based Accommodations

Land-based Accommodations plan

It is our policy to always use premium quality accommodations, when available, in the regions we visit. Since each destination is different, lodging can range from elegant hotels in cities to rustic inns in more remote areas. You will receive specific accommodation details closer to the time of departure.


  • All gratuities; all accommodations; group meals, including selected beverages with lunch and dinner; arrival and departure transfers on group dates; guided excursions as stated in the itinerary; entrance fees for parks, reserves, etc; and medical expense coverage and emergency evacuation insurance.


  • Not Included: All air transportation; excess baggage charges; airport arrival and departure taxes; transfers for independent arrivals and departures; passport and/or visa fees; baggage/cancellation insurance; items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar charges, alcoholic beverages, e-mail/fax/telephone charges.

Know Before You Go

Winter weather in Japan is variable. It may be cool in Kyushu, with temperatures in the 40º to 50ºF range, but warm sunshine and rain are not unlikely. The mountains of central Honshu will be colder and snow is quite likely. Hokkaido, the northernmost large island, typically has a dry, crisp, and cold winter with powder snow and temperatures around 20ºF. While lighter clothing may be comfortable for you in the south, long underwear, polar fleece tops, and parkas are essential for the north, especially if it is windy or when we go out by boat (basically if it keeps you warm downhill skiing, then it will keep you warm in Hokkaido).

Several of our overnight stops will require sleeping on futons, and at some accommodations en suite bathrooms are a dream of the future. Meals are provided at all of our accommodations, and food will be given in generous quantities. Please be aware, that menus are set. It is very difficult, if not impossible, in some of the remote places we will be visiting for our hosts to cater to individual food preferences. The majority of our meals, once away from the larger cities, will be Japanese in style and content. If you have any specific dietary requirements, it is essential that we be notified at the time of your initial booking to see if these can be catered for. At the end of the day, sleeping on futons and wrestling with chopsticks are all part of the Japanese experience and will be great fun if you are an outgoing person and tolerant of cultural differences.