Hokkaido Tour

Itinerary

Transportation: We will travel by a chartered bus, except for Day 10 when we will take a train.
Meals: Meals included in the tour are indicated in the itinerary as (B, L, D)

Day 1: Arrive at New Chitose Airport. Transfer to Sapporo.

Participants arriving on our designated flight will meet our tour representative at the Arrival Terminal and be transferred to the hotel in Sapporo. (Let us know if you take other transportation. We will inform you how to transfer to the hotel or join the group.) As participants may be arriving at different times, no activities are planned for this evening. Our hotel is conveniently located near many shops and restaurants. Enjoy dinner on your own.

Day 2: Half-day Walking tour of Sapporo
In the morning, you can walk on the campus of Hokkaido University located a few blocks from the hotel. Meet your tour guide in the hotel lobby at 10 a.m. for a half-day walking tour of Sapporo. You will stroll through Sapporo Station building, former Gubernatorial building, Odori Park, Tanuki Koji shopping mall, etc. For lunch, you will have a special Omakase (Chef’s choice) dish. Free in the afternoon. (B, L)

Day 3: Visit Hokkaido Kaitaku-no-mura Museum (Open-air Historic Village of Hokkaido).
Today, you will learn about the culture, traditions and daily lives of early settlers in Hokkaido. You will visit Historic Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku no Mura), which showcases about 50 buildings built in the frontier era between the mid-1800s and early 1900s. After a docent tour, explore the museum on your own. We will return to the hotel in the early afternoon. (B)

Day 4: Overnight trip to Shiraoi and Lake Toya
Leaving large suitcase at the hotel in Sapporo, we will take an overnight trip to Lake Toya area. On the way, we will visit Shiraoi, a town which preserves the history and culture of the Ainu. First, we will visit Ainu Sansei (third generation of the Ainu) embroiderers at the community center. Next, we will visit an Ainu descendant's family who engages in wood-carving crafts. Our lunch is the Ainu’s traditional food – grilled salmon and vegetable dishes, which will be cooked and served outdoors. Tonight, we will stay at a hot-spring resort hotel overlooking Lake Toya. Enjoy the fireworks in the evening. (B, L, D)

Day 5: Lake Toya - Niseko - Sapporo
In the morning, you will have a nature walk around the lake.  We will leave the hotel around 10 a.m. heading toward the town of Niseko at the foot of Mt. Yotei.  This area is famous for the cultivation of high-quality soba buckwheat.  We will have hand-made soba noodles for lunch.  Next, we will stop by Ishiyama Ryokuchi Stone Park, an artful park built at a former quarry site. We will be back to Sapporo in the late afternoon. (B, L)

Day 6: Transfer to Obihiro / Visit a farm in Tokachi
We will move from Sapporo to Obihiro, stopping over at scenic sites on the ways.  For lunch, we will have a picnic at the farm. We will arrive at Obihiro in the late afternoon.  (B, L, D)

Day 7: Visit Millennium Forest Garden.
We will visit the award-winning Millennium Forest Garden in the morning, where we will have a docent tour led by a head gardener.  For lunch, we will have Obihiro’s special pork teriyaki lunch, Buta-don.  After lunch, we will visit a popular sweet shop to taste Obihiro’s famous dessert.  (B, L,)

Day 8: Visit Rokkatei Art Museum and Naka-satsu-nai Art Village.
Today is an art and nature day. In the morning, we will visit Rokkatei Art Museum where small art huts are dotted in the well-maintained seasonal wildflower gardens. In the afternoon, we will visit Naka-satsu-nai art Village, where you will find art museums scattered throughout the vast groves of oak. (B, L)

Day 9: Transfer to Kushiro/Visit On-ne-nai boardwalk.
We will transfer to Kushiro. In the morning, we will walk on the On-ne-nai boardwalk which stretches in Japan’s largest wetland.  For lunch, we will visit a fish market, where you will put your favorite raw or cooked seafood on the rice bowl to make your own Chirashi-Sushi.  In the afternoon, we will visit Kushiro Japanese crane reserve. (B)

Day 10: Visit Hamanaka town.
In the morning, we will take the train from Kushiro to Hamanaka which is known for their scenic marshland by the sea. It is also known for their large production of Kombu (Kelp). We will visit kelp fisherwomen’s workshop and experience Kombu shredding ourselves. For lunch, we will enjoy local specialty - Chan-chan-yaki grilled salmon and vegetable in a fisherman's shack.  In the afternoon, we will walk the marshland led by a naturalist.  (B, L, D)

Day11: From Kushiro city to Kushiro Airport
Transfer service to the Kushiro Airport will be provided for participants flying on our designated flight. Safe trip home or to your next destination! (B)