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JA­PAN of­fers a wide choice of win­ter at­trac­tions dur­ing the Aus­tralian sum­mer.

Take a steam train ride, cruise on an ice­breaker, see spec­tac­u­lar bird life, snow mon­keys and visit five Ja­panese win­ter fes­ti­vals, all in 15 days.

Aus­tralia based small group tour oper­a­tor Tours­gallery has an all in­clu­sive, es­corted tour in­clud­ing all these at­trac­tion in Fe­bru­ary 2019.

“For the past 17 years we have been tak­ing our guests be­yond Sap­poro Snow Fes­ti­val, to some of the most un­usual and pho­to­genic win­ter at­trac­tions in Ja­pan.” said Ken Osetroff, di­rec­tor of Tours­gallery.

“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 five dif­fer­ent Snow and Ice Sculp­ture Fes­ti­vals.”

An ice breaker cruise amongst the drift ice along Shire­toko Penin­sula, one of Ja­pan’s World Her­itage Listed sites, is just one more high­light of this tour.

Here vis­i­tors see nu­mer­ous White­tailed Ea­gles, North­ern Fur Seals and Steller’s Sea Ea­gles on the float­ing bergs of pack ice drift­ing down from the Arc­tic into the Sea of Okhotsk.

This is a per­fect op­por­tu­nity to take some great pho­tos that no­body else back home will have.

See real ice igloos il­lu­mi­nated from in­side at night, frozen lakes, beau­ti­ful forests, moun­tains and marsh­lands cov­ered in snow.

A steam train ride across the snow cov­ered fields of Kushiro Marsh is also in­cluded.

Fe­bru­ary is also the best month for bird watch­ers to take close up pho­tos of Ja­panese Red-crowned Cranes.

Deluxe ac­com­mo­da­tion in hot spa re­sorts, gourmet din­ners, a pri­vate char­ter coach and an English speak­ing Ja­panese guide, make this tour ideal for the dis­cern­ing trav­eller look­ing for an ex­otic but very com­fort­able ad­ven­ture.

Priced at $9,988 Tours­gallery’s 15 day Win­ter Fes­ti­vals and Snow Mon­keys Tour com­mences on 2 Fe­bru­ary, 2019.

A photo gallery of win­ter scenes in Ja­pan can be found on the in­ter­net at­

Phone 1300 307 317 for de­tails about es­corted tours to Ja­pan or send an email to [email protected]­

Ice sculp­tures area fea­ture of the many Ice and Snow Fes­ti­vals found on the is­land of Hokkaido in Ja­pan dur­ing win­ter.

Ice crav­ings and sculp­tures come to life when il­lu­mi­nated at one of Ja­pan's Ice fes­ti­vals. Be­low: En­joy a cold, cold drink and some hot food at an ice bar in Hokkaido.

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