Snow Monkeys & Cranes of Japan with Mark Brazil

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  • No booking fees
  • COVID-19protected
  • Wildlife safaris and game drives
  • Wildlife
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  • duration 18 days
  • tour type Group
  • age requirement 18+ yrs
  • max group size 14
  • guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
  • Starts Tokyo, Japan
  • Ends Tokyo, Japan
Tour with Flexible Booking Policy
  • Change dates It is free to change your tour start date within 30 days of departure.
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HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • Witness nearly 14,000 hooded and whitenaped cranes in Arasaki, Kyushu.Visit the enchanting, snowenveloped village of Shirakawago, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; the tall, gableroofed GasshoZukuri architecture, which literally means "hands folded in prayer," is unique in Japan.Observe the celebrated spectacle of the snow monkeys that visit and soak in the thermal baths of Jigokudani, and enjoy the therapeutic properties of the hot springs at our lodge.Watch magnificent Steller's eagles and graceful whooper swans at lakes along the coasts of east Hokkaido, and search for the world's largest owl—Blakiston's fish owl. Led by Expedition Leader & Orthinologist, Mark Brazil
Starting and ending in Tokyo, the tour "Snow Monkeys & Cranes Of Japan With Mark Brazil" is a guided wildlife trip that takes 18 days. You will travel through Arasaki, Akan National Park, Kushiro and 9 other destinations in Japan. "Snow Monkeys & Cranes Of Japan With Mark Brazil" is a small group tour which includes accommodation, transport and others.

Extraordinary wildlife awaits on this Japanese adventure. As we explore islands from Hokkaido to Kyushu, you will enjoy sprawling cities, bright blue lakes, and active volcanoes in some of Japan’s lesser-visited beauty spots. The main event is of course the cranes and snow monkeys that call this wonderful set of islands home.Your guide, Dr. Mark Andrew Brazil is a conservationist, author, and journalist, particularly noted for his work on east Asian birds.
4.5 - Excellent
Based on 8,023 reviews
Review for another Exodus Travels tour
5 - Excellent
  • On Apr 16 2017
“We had an amazing holiday with loads of memorable moments and it really was the holiday of a lifetime.”
  • Anonymous
  • On Oct 02 2015
5 - Excellent
Review for another Exodus Travels tour
“What a great time we had, a super group of fellow travellers and fantastic leader, cook and driver.WE SAW THE BIG FIVE which was in large part down to the crew and their game spotting.I had done this same trip years ago with Guerba, that trip was a participatory camping experience where we had to take turns cooking! This trip was complete luxury by comparison.Our cook Ivan was a trained pastry chef so our meals were a real treat especially the deserts. The campsites were in the main of a good standard and although our cheif aka Christopher apologised because there was no grass to pitch the tents on ( no suprise in the dessert) we soon got used to the sand. There was the flexibility to move on early to Swakomund when we were caught up in a bad sand storm which upended several of our tents.The Itinerary was well thought out. Our group of 12 was an ideal size as we could mainly have a window seat. There were lockers at the back of the truck in which we were able to lock up our valuables. Some journeys werelong but the scenery was so varied it was never boring.The real highlights are no doubt the game drives. Go on this tour if you can.”
  • Anonymous
  • On May 16 2020
5 - Excellent
Review for another Exodus Travels tour
“From the moment our amazing adventure started we did not want it to end. Now 5 months later we still don't want it to end. Sadly it did back in January (so many tears when it was time to go home) but the memories we have are secure and will last a lifetime.”
  • Day 1: Arrive Tokyo
  • Day 2: Tokyo / Kagoshima / Kirishima 
  • Day 3: Arasaki Crane Reserve
  • Day 4: Arasaki Crane Reserve 
  • Day 5: Arasaki Crane Reserve / Nagoya / Shirakawa-go / Takayama 
  • Day 6: Takayama / Kambayashi Onsen 
  • Day 7-8: 7-8: Kambayashi Onsen / Jigokudani
  • Day 9: Kambayashi Onsen / Tokyo / Kushiro
  • Day 10-11: Kushiro Region
  • Day 12-13: Akan-Mashu National Park 
  • Day 14: Rausu, Shiretoko Peninsula 
  • Day 15: Shiretoko Peninsula / Yoroushi 
  • Day 16: Yoroushi 
  • Day 17: Yoroushi / Kushiro / Tokyo 
  • Day 18: Depart Toyko
  • All breakfasts, lunches and dinners (including selected beverages with lunches and dinners)All accommodation,Arrival and departure transfers on trip start/end dates (Arrival transfers from Tokyo Narita to hotel & all departure tranfers must be requested and pre-booked with Exodus before departure)
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Specialist wildlife expedition leader Gratuities for tour leader, local guides, drivers and other contributions
  • Domestic airfares within Japan
  • Any international flights to/from Tokyo are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
  • Travel insurance is not included in this Snow Monkeys & Cranes of Japan with Mark Brazil tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
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No additional cancellation fees apply for this Snow Monkeys & Cranes of Japan with Mark Brazil tour. You can cancel the tour up to 62 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 61 days of departure.


For any tour departures within 27 November 2021, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 27 November 2021, a deposit of 10% is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 61 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

Snow Monkeys & Cranes of Japan with Mark Brazil tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.


For this Snow Monkeys & Cranes of Japan with Mark Brazil tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

COVID-19 Safety Measures

This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:

  • This tour has received the World Travel and Tourism Council’s ‘Safe Travels’ stamp, which provides travellers with assurance that COVID-19 health and hygiene protocols have been adhered to.
  • An average group size of maximum 10 people have been implemented on this tour to protect against COVID-19. Local authority requirements will furthermore be followed.
  • Wearing a mask, hand washing and sanitizing has been implemented on this package tour. Frequently touched surfaces are regularly disinfected. Hygiene safety measures and distancing will furthermore be followed in transportation, accommodation and meal venues.
  • Several COVID-19 distancing measures have been adopted on this package tour to keep travellers safe.
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