Japan's winter monkeys and colourful ice invites
WINTER in Japan is fascinating and entertaining with many choices of attractions which highlight the delights of its colder months.
Over 15 days in February 2018 experience a steam train ride, cruise on an icebreaker, see spectacular bird life and snow monkeys, and visit five fantastic Japanese winter festivals.
Australian small group tour operator Toursgallery has an all-inclusive, escorted tour which includes all these attractions.
"For the past 16 years we have been taking our guests beyond Sapporo Snow Festival, to some of the most unusual and photogenic winter attractions in Japan," said Toursgallery director Ken Osetroff.
"Each destination has been chosen so that our guests will see the biggest variety of winter scenes.
"On Japan`s northern island of Hokkaido our tours include Asahikawa International Ice Sculpture Festival, Sounkyo Ice Fall Festival, Abashiri Drift Ice Festival and Utoro Winter Festival."
An ice breaker cruise among the drift ice along Shiretoko Peninsula, one of Japan's World Heritage Listed sites, is just one more highlight of this tour.
It's a photographer's opportunity to capture special images of white-tailed eagles, northern fur seals and sea eagles on the floating bergs of pack ice drifting down from the Arctic into the Sea of Okhotsk.
Guests will also see real ice igloos illuminated from inside at night, frozen lakes, beautiful forests, mountains and marshlands covered in snow.
The steam train ride across the snow-covered fields of Kushiro Marsh is also included.
February is known as the best month for bird watchers to take close-up photos of Japanese red-crowned cranes.
The package includes deluxe accommodation in hot spa resorts, gourmet dinners, a private charter coach and an English-speaking Japanese guide.
The tour price is $9,988.
For more information, go to www.toursgallery.com or call 1300 307 317.