Venture beyond the typical tourist sites to discover the fascinating natural and cultural worlds of Japan in a wondrous winter setting. Begin in the bustling modern city of Tokyo. Continue to the northern island of Hokkaido for the majestic cranes, wildlife, and natural beauty of Akan National Park. Learn about Hokkaido’s Ainu culture through its dance and storytelling. Experience the world famous Sapporo Snow festival and its marvelous ice sculptures. Return to the main island of Honshu and travel to the Jigokudani Valley to spend a day in the beautiful natural setting of Kambayashi Onsen, enjoying a nature walk to see the famous snow monkeys. Throughout the journey there will be ample opportunities to enjoy Japan’s wintry landscape from the comfort of its famous hot springs.