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NEW YEAR'S JAPAN with PAGANELS

10 days

24 people

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Julia Svitlova

GROUP COORDINATOR

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10 days

28.12.2024 - 06.01.2025

DESCRIPTION

    We love Japan very much. The country is unusually original, colorful, beautiful, tasty, and comfortable. Of course, celebrating the New Year in such an unusual country will be incredibly interesting and educational!

 

New Year is the largest and most important holiday in Japan, with many rituals and traditions associated with it. Initially, the New Year was celebrated at the beginning of spring in accordance with the lunar calendar, but in 1873, the holiday was moved to January 1 due to the replacement of the Gregorian calendar.

The Japanese prepare for the New Year in advance, decorate their homes and cities, prepare special food and celebrate with many interesting rituals and traditions.

 

Previously, celebrations lasted throughout January, but today the number of fun days has decreased - New Year in Japan is celebrated from December 28 to January 3. The Founding Day of the State and the Emperor's Birthday also take place on these days, so the celebrations are truly grandiose, with the required rituals and rules of the sophisticated Japanese. The main celebrations last about a week and end on January 3, although separate events dedicated to the New Year are held throughout the first month of the year. As a rule, no one works this week, everyone takes vacations and goes to visit relatives. It is at this time that the Japanese travel a lot, move around the country, and hotel prices in the towns beloved by the Japanese skyrocket.

The country is immersed in a magical and incredibly cozy atmosphere, which the Paganels will also experience.

The program, waiting for us, is very rich and beautiful. We will celebrate the New Year itself in amazing Kyoto, where on New Year's Eve we will first try traditional Japanese New Year's dishes, and then go to temples to listen to the ringing of bells.

According to Japanese tradition, the New Year in Japan is celebrated with 108 bells ringing at midnight from Buddhist temples. According to religion, a person has six vices: he can be greedy, evil, stupid, frivolous and indecisive. Each of them has eighteen shades. The sound of the bell frees the Japanese from one of these misfortunes. The main thing in this ritual is that everyone can take part in such an important act.

 

  Next, we will find the Japanese New Year tradition of visiting the temples of the gods of happiness; meditation; calligraphy lessons; tea ceremonies; visiting unique temples and gardens in Kyoto.

After Kyoto, we will go to the mountainous regions of the country to visit the famous “snow monkeys”, walk along the Nakasendo postal route, see the “Black Crow Castle”, and take a steam bath in the onsen of a traditional Japanese ryokan hotel.

 

We are starting to prepare for this journey right now.

Еxpedition leader

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Andrii Andreiev

photographer, camera operator, and filmmaker

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Olga Andreieva

designer, artist of the company

ROUTE

IN THE COST OF EXPEDITIONIT INCLUDES:

  1. tickets for high-speed trains;

  2. private comfortable buses for the necessary transfers according to the program;

  3. excursions along the travel route with Japanese-Russian speaking professional local expert guides;

  4. accommodation in 4* hotels for double occupancy (single occupancy on request for an additional fee);

  5. master class on calligraphy "Shodo";

  6. visit to the interactive museum teamLab Planets;

  7. tea ceremonies and zazen meditation according to the program;

  8. accommodation in a traditional Japanese ryokan hotel in Nagano;

  9. dinner at a traditional Japanese ryokan hotel;

  10. meals breakfasts and partly lunches according to the program;

  11. visit to the Jigokudani snow monkey park;

  12. entrance tickets to museums, churches and national attractions according to the program;

  13. services of local guides and the Paganel Studio team.

EXPEDITION COST DOES NOT INCLUDE:

  1. flight from your city to Tokyo and back;

  2. New Year's dinner;

  3. meals not specified in the program;

  4. supplement for single occupancy;

  5. additional excursions, as well as optional activities and travel on free days.

VISA:

  1. Price for citizens of Ukraine: 110 - 120 dollars

  2. Features of receiving: With a visa agency through a courier in Warsaw, Kishenev

  3. Other citizenships that do NOT require visas: USA, Great Britain, EU

  4. Other nationalities that require a visa: Moldova, Kazakhstan (to be specified)

IMPORTANT!

Due to the fact that our expeditions do not include international flights to the starting point of the program, we cannot be held responsible for changes in flight conditions by airlines or airport requirements. Since our travelers fly from many different countries and cities, we never participate in the purchase of air travel and limit ourselves exclusively to advisory services in the selection of flights. Air agents or airlines from which tickets were purchased are responsible for the purchase and technical support.

ITINERARY

Day 1
(28.12.2024)

Arrival at Narita (NRT) or Haneda (HND) airport in Tokyo before lunchtime. Meeting with our representative, who will help you to orient how to get by train to Tokyo station (meeting is provided only on the program day and only at Narita Airport before 13:00). Transfer to the hotel - independently by high-speed train - according to our instructions. If you are arriving at Haneda Airport, you can take a cab from there to the hotel. Immediately at the airport you will need to change money at the exchange office, as well as buy a phone SIM for constant access to the Internet throughout the route of our trip. This is very convenient during transfers and in places where there is no internet, for example, in cafes and restaurants in Japan most often there is no internet. Check-in to our cozy hotel in the central district of Tokyo Ginza from 14 to 15:00. Very quickly get ourselves cleaned up. Shower. Toilet. Hair dryer. Elevator - and you already stand in the hotel lobby and meet our first local guide. We get personal headphones for the whole trip in order to hear everything that tells our wonderful guide - expert. Receive our first instructions from the Paganel guides. 

So, we have our first foray into the city decorated with Christmas illuminations for our first excursion. Getting to know the evening metropolis of Tokyo.

Most tourists begin their trip to Japan by getting to know the country's capital, Tokyo. For many of them, the fact that the city of  Tokyo does not exist comes as a surprise: Tokyo is a special prefecture, the so-called Tokyo Metropolis, a conglomerate of districts and adjacent settlements with urban status. In addition to the actual territories on the shores of Tokyo Bay, Tokyo also includes numerous small islands in the Pacific Ocean.

Today we take a walk through the fashionable Ginza district, which is illuminated by an ocean of neon signs. Boutiques such as Louis Vuitton, Seiko, GR8 Boutique and many others are located here. Everything is bright, beautiful and very modern!

During the winter holidays, a special atmosphere reigns in the capital of the country. A few weeks before the New Year, holiday fairs begin to open in Tokyo, where citizens and tourists can buy New Year's souvenirs, decorations, clothes and delicacies. As a sign of gratitude, sellers give their customers small figurines of animals - the patrons of the coming year. Shopping centers and boutiques in Ginza Square decorate their windows and install decorated Christmas trees in front of the entrance.

In the evening, you can enjoy Japanese cuisine in one of the city's many restaurants. Perhaps on this day we will organize an evening of acquaintances and presentation of expedition T-shirts. If the program makes it convenient to hold the meeting on another day, the group leader will inform you about it additionally.
Free time.

We spend the night in a comfortable 4-star hotel.

Meals are not included.

Day 2
(29.12.2024)

In the morning, we wake up. We have breakfast at the hotel. We pack our bags and check out. We meet with our guide in the hotel lobby. We load onto the bus and go on a great interesting tour of Tokyo. We will start today's beautiful pre-holiday day with a master class on Shodo calligraphy - we will get acquainted with Japanese writing and the basic elements of elegant writing.

Next, we go to one of the oldest and most cultural districts of Tokyo - Asakusa with the Nakamise shopping street and Sensoji Temple with its majestic gate of thunder "Kaminari-mon".

Sensoji is Tokyo's oldest temple, founded in 645. Back in the Middle Ages, the temple became a landmark card of the city and remains so to this day, attracting millions of tourists from all over the world.

 

  

The magnificent “Gate of Thunder” Kaminarimon with a huge paper lantern, a five-tiered pagoda and the Nakamise shopping street leading to the temple will help you imagine life in the Japanese capital before the appearance of skyscrapers and shinkansen.

Nakamise Street is an ancient shopping street in the Asakusa area, which, according to legend, is as old as dates back several hundred years. A street stretching for 250 meters, dense on both sides lined with small shops selling traditional sweets and souvenirs, leads from the “Gate of Thunder” Kaminarimon to the main territory of the Sensoji Buddhist temple. Here you can watch Tokyo's ningyo-yaki sweets being baked, taste crunchy traditional crackers, and experience the bright and lively atmosphere of the usually staid Japanese capital.

Next, we have a visit to the interactive museum teamLab Planets. We will take you on a visual journey into a world where art meets technology to create amazing experiences and atmosphere.

The general concept of teamLab exhibitions can be formulated as follows: constant change, continuous movement and different colors. Most installations follow these principles. An amazing space where the boundaries of reality and conventional perception are blurred. An exciting journey awaits you through worlds that seem to come from computer games. Contemporary art in all its blooming innovation.

Then we head to the famous intersection near Shibuya Station - the busiest intersection in Tokyo and one of the busiest in the world. The green light of the traffic light turns on from four sides at once and several hundred people, and during rush hours the figure can reach up to 1000, simultaneously rush in all directions, managing to dodge each other with careless ease acquired over the years. The intersection is loved by directors for its picturesque but orderly crowd of people and is known all over the world for its TV series, feature films and advertising videos.

Near Shibuya station there is also a monument to the faithful dog Hachi, who met his owner, a professor at the University of Tokyo, every day in the same place. After the sudden death of the professor, the dog continued to come to the station every day for 9 years in anticipation of the owner’s return, first becoming a symbol of fidelity in the eyes of local residents, and then of all Japanese. In 2023, the Hachiko monument was exactly 100 years old.

We have lunch at one of the restaurants in Tokyo, and then transfer to the nearest Shinkansen station. We unload our suitcases and in a friendly group we go to the desired platform. We board our Shinkansen high-speed bullet train and travel a little over 2 hours to Kyoto.

Upon arrival at Kyoto station, we check into a cozy hotel next to the train station. Rest. In the evening, in one of the many restaurants in the city, after ordering delicious sushi or yakiniku meat, we will have an evening of getting to know each other and presenting expedition T-shirts.

We spend the night in a comfortable Hotel 4*.

 

(Meals included: breakfast and lunch)

Day 3
(30.12.2024)

We have a calm breakfast. We drink our morning coffee. At the appointed time, we all gather in the hotel lobby. We loaded onto the approaching bus. We check how our headphones work. Today we have a big and busy day, which we will start with the morning Japanese tea ceremony.

The tea ceremony is not just having tea, it is a whole ritual-meditation. She came to Japan along with Buddhism and over many centuries formed her own, exclusively Japanese, spirit. Everything has its own special meaning: place, time, tea utensils, dishes, clothes, postures and even conversations. Like many things in Japan, the tradition of holding a tea ceremony has not changed in the country for many hundreds of years. 

In modern demonstrations, tea masters treat guests to Japanese sweets, show ceremonial movements and the process of brewing tea, and explain how to whisk matcha tea. Those interested will be able to try their hand.

  Next, we have a visit to the Nijo-jo Palace - the residence of the shoguns of the Tokugawa family, famous for its painted screens, “nightingale” floors and a walking garden. Nijo Castle is one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kyoto.

 From there we rush to the amazing Sanjusangendo Temple, which houses 1001 statues of the goddess Kannon, surrounded by sculptures of heavenly guardians, and two famous sculptural images of the gods of Wind and Thunder.

To accommodate such a number of statues, each of which is human-sized, the longest wooden building in Japan was built - the main hall of the complex is 120 meters and 33 (sanjusan) flights in length, which is why it got its name.Between excursions, we have lunch in a cozy restaurant.

After lunch we move to the garden of the divine spring Shinsen-en with an ancient pond. Shinsen-en Garden is one of the first traditional Japanese gardens in Japan, established in the late 8th century just after the founding of the city of Kyoto.

At the end of the day's educational program, the Paganels return to the hotel. We have free time to walk around the center of Kyoto and have dinner.

(Meals included: breakfast and lunch).

Day 4
(31.12.2024)

And we have another beautiful winter day in Japan! After breakfast, we take cameras and jackets from the rain or, if we are lucky from the snow, we go down to the hotel lobby, where our local guide is waiting for the Paganels. A private bus is already waiting for us near the hotel, on which we will continue to explore the city. We will begin the last morning of the year 2024 with a private zazen meditation in one of the ancient Zen Buddhist temples of Kyoto.

The abbot of the temple will tell you about the technique of meditation, show you how to do it correctly according to the canons of Zen Buddhism, we will meditate, and then have a short tea party.

Filled with new knowledge and skills, we go to Kenninji Temple - the oldest Zen Buddhist temple in Kyoto, built in 1202 by the founder of the Rinzai School, monk Eisai. Located in the south of the Gion geisha district, the complex occupies a vast area and is an example of a classic Zen Buddhist temple, where each building serves a specific function.

The main hall of Kenninji is surrounded on all sides by dry gardens, including a tea ceremony garden and a small teahouse, where eminent artists paint the fusuma sliding doors in the rooms.

From the main hall you can also go to the Dharma Hall, the ceiling of which is decorated with a breathtaking image of two writhing dragons, donated to the temple for its 800th anniversary.

After that, we go on foot to see the famous Gion quarter, where geishas and young apprentices, maikos, live and work. You can often see them on the street here, dressed in traditional outfits and with traditional hairstyles and makeup.

If there is time left, we will also take a walk along the traditional streets of the Higashiyama district, where there are many temples, historical houses, and, of course, souvenir shops offering unique goods, some of which are made by the skilled hands of Kyoto craftsmen.

We have lunch during the excursions. We remember that today is December 31st   and the New Year is just around the corner. In the afternoon, we begin to move towards our hotel, along the way we look at the Nishiki Market, which is called the cuisine of Kyoto.

Returning to the hotel, we relax. Recovering strength before the night's activities. We put ourselves in order and make unimaginable beauty. In the evening, we gather at a pre-rented restaurant for dinner together.

We are saying goodbye to the old year. We give each other gifts that we had prepared in advance from home. We are looking forward to meeting the Japanese New Year deity, whose name is Toshigamisama.

The arrival of the New Year is announced throughout the city by the ringing of temple bells. We, of course, will go to one of the temples in the city, as will almost the entire population of Kyoto. There will be many people on the streets, and the New Year's mood will be in everything.The ringing of New Year's bells is the most important element of farewell to the Old and welcoming the New Year. An important ritual of cleansing from all sins. The largest copper bell strikes 108 times with a heavy log suspended on chains, thus signaling the end of the old year and the beginning of a new one.

According to Buddhist beliefs, a person can have six vices: greed, anger, stupidity, frivolity, indecisiveness and greed; each of them, in turn, has 18 different shades. Thus, a person is burdened with 108 harmful passions. And every ring of the bell on New Year's Eve drives away one of these misfortunes.

 Having cleansed themselves, the Japanese go to Shinto shrines, where stacks of barrels of the Japanese weak alcoholic drink - sake - are already waiting for them.

But before you drink a portion of New Year's sake, you should definitely eat the traditional Japanese sweet Kagami-mochi. They are prepared before the New Year and placed near Shinto altars. After tasting the treat, the Japanese will light a new fire - okera mairi. The dried roots of okera (Japanese chrysanthemum) are used on December 31st  to light sacred lanterns at Shinto shrines. From the lanterns, the Japanese will light their straw ropes and carry the fire into their homes to light the first fire in the dwelling or a fire next to it. For happiness and health in the New Year.

You see how complicated and complicated everything is for the Japanese on New Year’s Day. This is not Olivier with champagne while watching TV near the Christmas tree, everything here is much more interesting.

Tired after a busy day and evening, we return to the hotel. Rest.

(Meals included: breakfast and lunch)

Day 5
(01.01.25)

On January 1st  important events take place in the life of the Japanese: the first dawn of the year (hatsuhinode), with the onset of which they go out into the streets and congratulate each other; first trip to the temple (hatsumode); first tea ceremony (hatsugama); first work (shigoto-hajime). According to our program, January 1st   is a “Free Day”. This means that you can calmly lie down in bed, get up slowly and eat your first breakfast in 2025, drink your first cup of coffee, etc., or you can use our tips and have time to see, touch, and photograph a lot. If you want our way, then we get up early in the morning. Preferably BEFORE dawn in order to meet hatsuhinode (your first dawn). We take with us a camera, a jacket, nice clothes for taking pictures, and a good mood. We take a taxi and go to one of the most picturesque areas of Kyoto - Arashiyama. We are going for an incredibly beautiful bamboo grove, famous among many photographers. The main thing is to arrive early BEFORE dawn, so as not to stand in the crowd of others eager to take photos here.

Next, it is customary to perform the first prayer in the temple, so we don’t lose pace and don’t get stuck, but go to the railway station (it’s not far from the grove) and rush by train to another cult place in Kyoto and throughout Japan - the Fushimi Inari Temple. He is just incredible.

Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto is one of the most beautiful places in Japan! It is famous mainly for the myriad of Torii Gates that were donated by believers. The gate is located along the road to the temple, which goes up the wooded mountain towards Inari-san, where the main temple building is located. It takes about two hours to walk to the temple along this alley. On the way to the top, passing through the torii, you will see small chapels, graves and statues of foxes, which are the messengers of this god. To fully experience this place, you don’t need to run all the way to the top.

An hour or two will be enough for you to take all the best pictures, take a walk, and then, slowly, go down to the train station and return to Kyoto by train to go to local cafes, walk around the festively decorated Kyoto, throw a coin in one of the temples , as prescribed by New Year's tradition. Usually, after praying and throwing a coin, it is also customary to buy special wooden tablets on which appeals to the gods and omikuji are written - paper strips with fortune telling.

Our local expert guides have plenty of recommendations for things to do in Kyoto on New Year's Day 2025. Let's rest. We have lunch and dinner on our own.

(Meals included: breakfast)

Day 6
(02.01.25)

We wake up and have breakfast. We exchange stories about who dreamed about what that night. It is believed that on the night of January 1 to 2, prophetic dreams occur. These dreams even have a special name - hatsuyume; they predict a person’s fate for the entire next year. The happiest will be those who dreamed of Mount Fuji, a falcon or an eggplant. And why exactly these three things, we will tell you in detail in Japan. We meet in the hotel lobby with our local expert guide. We load onto the bus.

 

  Today we have an important and responsible day, in which we will make a pilgrimage to the temples of the seven Gods of Happiness. This tradition is called "Shichi-fukujin Meguri". Throughout January, Kyoto residents stock up on happiness for the coming year by visiting 7 temples where deities of good luck live.

  The Japanese, like all people on our planet, tried to give an answer to what seemed to be such a simple, but such an insoluble question: “what is happiness.” And so, in the 17th century, the Japanese military ruler Tokugawa Ieyasu, having destroyed all his enemies, having come to the coveted power, having received everything that a mere mortal could dream of, instructed his spiritual mentor, the monk Tenkai, to “catch happiness by the tail,” and namely, to define this feeling.Tenkai formulated seven types of happiness: justice, material well-being, benevolence, generosity, fame, long life, dignity. Each of the magnificent Seven was assigned its own role; each was assigned its own type of happiness.

It is not easy to visit all the temples in one day, but no one said that happiness comes in a simple way. However, you and I have a bus and therefore, we can make a pilgrimage in one day by going to visit the gods Ebisu, Daikokuten, Bishamonten, Fukurokuju, Jurojin, Hotei and the beautiful goddess Benzaiten.

 Visiting the seven temples of each god is believed to relieve seven misfortunes and bring seven blessings. There are several dozen routes of the “Seven Gods of Happiness”, all of them are built so that it is possible to bypass all the temples within a day or even several hours.

In the first temple it will be possible to purchase a special amulet tablet, on which, when visiting each temple, we will be stamped with the name of the local god of happiness. You will take this tablet with you, and throughout 2025 it will bring you happiness and good luck and protect you from all kinds of bad weather.

(Meals included: breakfast, lunch)

Day 7
(03.01.25)

We wake up. We are packing our suitcases. We have a good breakfast. We say goodbye to the beautiful city of Kyoto. We check out and go to the station with our suitcases, where we board the Shinkansen bullet train. Today we are heading to the city of Nagoya, where, having boarded a comfortable bus, we will go to get acquainted with the ancient postal route Nakasendo.

From the early 17th to the late 19th century, Nakasendo was an important trade route connecting Kyoto, then the capital of Japan, and Tokyo.

 
Along Nakasendo there were 69 postal stations located approximately ten kilometers apart from each other. Here they offered rest, lodging and entertainment to traders, samurai, wandering monks and other travelers. Sections of the ancient road, along with postal stations and surroundings, have been preserved to this day.

In Nagano Prefecture, a section of the road that ran through the Kiso Valley is carefully preserved as a historical and cultural monument. There were 11 stations along the road in the valley, some of which are preserved as historical and ethnographic open-air museums. We have to visit them. Lunch during excursions.

Starting from Nakasendo we will have a theoretical opportunity to see snow-covered Japan. Snow also falls in Kyoto, but it happens a couple of times in January and the chances of seeing snow-covered Kyoto temples are not great, but in the mountainous regions of Japan, the situation will be different.

 Transfer by our bus to the city of Matsumoto. Check in hotel. Dinner. In the evening after dinner, we can walk to Matsumoto Castle, where we will have a big excursion the next day. In the evening, this castle is very beautifully illuminated and reflected in the surrounding pond.

We return to the hotel. Rest.

 

(Meals included: breakfast and lunch)

Day 8
(04.01.25)

If you are a photographer, we recommend getting up before dawn and photographing Matsumoto Castle in the morning rays of the rising sun.

If you are a simple traveler from the Paganel family, then we wake up. We have a leisurely breakfast. We are packing our suitcases. We go down to the hotel lobby, where a local expert guide is already waiting for us. We get on the bus. We are going on a big sightseeing tour to the castle we have already seen.

 

Matsumoto Castle, along with Himeji and Kumamoto castles, is considered one of the three most beautiful castles in Japan. The main tower of the castle is considered a National Treasure of Japan, and due to the black color of the walls, the castle received the unofficial name “Black Crow Castle”.

The walls of the castle tower on each floor are covered with white plaster in the upper part and covered with black varnished boards in the lower part. During the day the black parts stand out, but at night when the castle is illuminated the white parts are more visible, making the castle look different between day and night.

In addition to the main tower, the castle also has several secondary ones, including a moon viewing tower.

 

Lunch during excursions.

We move to the city of Nagano, which hosted the 18th Winter Olympic Games in 1998. We check into a traditional Japanese ryokan hotel.


  A ryokan is a traditional Japanese inn, often surrounded by a beautiful Japanese-style garden. The word ryokan is written with two characters (旅館), which translates as “journey” + “building”, a kind of home for a traveler.

The hotel is decorated in a traditional Japanese style - you can see wall paintings with kana or hieroglyphs, characteristic drawings, as well as ikebana decorating the interior.

The guest rooms also have a traditional look: the floor is lined with tatami - straw mats, and the balcony doors are made of shoji - bamboo grates covered with thin paper. The door leading into the room can also be shoji.In ryokans, it is customary to sleep on futons placed on tatami rather than on beds. However, low cots are sometimes placed in ryokans for Europeans.

In a ryokan, you can wear a special kimono called a yukata, which is located in each guest's room. You can wear a kimono both in the hotel and outside it.

Ryokans typically have onsens, public hot spring baths. They are separate for men and women, so we check into the ryokan, change into yukata and go for a swim in the onsen. We relax in Japanese traditional style).

Next, we have dinner included in the stay. The cuisine in the ryokan is also traditional, it is called “kaiseki”. The dishes served in the ryokan are small in size, but the quantity is quite large. Most of the dishes are made from a variety of seafood: fish, squid, shrimp, etc. For example, hotel visitors can be offered to try sashimi (raw fish), and in addition to seafood also meat and freshly picked wild vegetables.(Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner)

Having finished dinner, we disperse to our rooms. Rest.

(Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner)

Day 9
(05.01.25)

We wake up. We have a delicious breakfast in the classic style of Kaiseki cuisine. We are packing our suitcases. We board the bus and go to the Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park.   During the winter months only, Jigokudani Park offers visitors the unique opportunity to see wild Japanese macaques warming up in a bath filled with hot mineral water from underground springs.

The sight of monkeys sitting in a bath of water under the falling snow is one of the “calling cards” of Nagano Prefecture. Accustomed to the constant presence of spectators, macaques are not afraid of people and allow themselves to be approached and photographed at close range.

Japanese macaques live in large groups with complex social hierarchies. When a large group of macaques settles down for a temporary rest in a bath, observers have a rare opportunity to see both the relationships within the group of monkeys and draw amusing analogies with some human social structures.

The park has rules that must be followed for your own safety. Do not touch, pet, feed or tease the monkeys. Throwing snowballs at them is also not recommended. Try not to smile too widely: adult males may perceive exposed teeth as a threat. And under no circumstances, under any circumstances, do not swim in the macaque spring!

Having had enough of admiring the snow monkeys, we return to the road, where we load onto the bus and go to the Nagano railway station. We have lunch along the way.

At Nagano station we board the Shinkansen bullet train and rush to Tokyo, where we arrive in the evening.Transfer to a cozy 4* hotel already familiar to us in the Ginza area. We check into the rooms. We put ourselves in order and run to the last joint farewell dinner.

After dinner, we walk around the elegant New Year's Tokyo. We return to the hotel. Rest.

(Meals included: breakfast, lunch).

Day 10
(06.01.25)

Parting with New Year's Japan. Unfortunately, everything comes to an end, and the time has come to return home. The suitcases are already ready, many hundreds of photographs have been taken, many pleasant memories remain about the country, new friends and a winter trip to the Land of the Rising Sun. Someone else will stay to hang out in Tokyo for a day or two. Everyone's flights are at different times, so we have an independent transfer. Shinkansen from Tokyo Station leave every half hour for Narita.

Haneda Airport is very close by taxi.

  In the morning we wake up. We are having breakfast. We say goodbye to each other and the guides. Tears of parting. Sadness...

We move to the airport on our own.

Flight home.

(Meals included: breakfast)

We are unique

For many years, we have been traveling the world to our small planet's most remote and unusual places.  We do not use the services of domestic travel agencies.  The trips we invent and carry out are always unique and have their unique zest, charm, and adventurous spirit.

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WHY WITH PAGANEL?

Creation

The first thing that interests us is creativity in everything.  During the expeditions, we shoot a lot of videos, take pictures, write stories, draw pictures.  If you are interested in a creative approach to life and travel, then WELCOME... we are very happy to meet you!

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Interest

By joining our team, you join a kind of club-family, which already consists of several hundred people who are interested in discovering the world with us.

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Since most of the expenses for the organization of the trip are air tickets and travel documents for other types of transport, accommodation, excursions, services of local companies and guides, etc. are not refundable in case of your cancellation of the trip. We simply have no way to return it.

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