Hokkaido Tour


Transportation: We travel by an 18 passenger bus in each day of the trip except for Day 3 when we use public transportation. Because train and bus schedules are infrequent and traffic is rather light in the countryside of Hokkaido, having our own bus is an efficient way of seeing everything.

Meals: Meals included in the tour are indicated in the itinerary as (B, L, D)

Day 1: Arrive in 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 our hotel in Sapporo. (Let us know if you are taking a non-designated flight or other transportation. We will inform you how to transfer to the hotel or join the group.) As participants are 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

Meet your tour guide in the hotel lobby at 10 a.m. He will give you a half-day walking tour of Sapporo. You will stroll through Sapporo Station building, historical Governmental building, Odori Park, old shopping mall, and Tanuki Koji. You will have a special Omakase (Chef’s choice) lunch served only for our group at a restaurant tucked in a small alley. After lunch, you will visit the famous Ramen alley in the Susukino district for, where you will find many small, bar-like, ramen shops lined up. Here is a mecca for ramen lovers around the world. You may also explore “The Ramen Republic” in the station building near your hotel for dinner tonight. (B, L)

Day 3: Visit Hokkaido Kaitaku-mura Museum (Open Air History Village of Hokkaido)

We will learn about culture, traditions and daily lives of early settlers in Hokkaido. In the morning, we will visit Historic Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku no Mura), which showcases about 50 buildings built in the frontier era between the mid-1800s to early 1900s. We will return to the hotel in the early afternoon. Your tour guide will suggest places of interests in Sapporo that you can explore on your own. (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 a town of Shiraoi, which is known to preserve Ainu (indigenous people of Japan) history and culture.  We will visit a gallery which showcases Ainu’s traditional craftworks and meet a group of artisans who makes Ainu embroidery. Our lunch is Ainu’s traditional food, a BBQ salmon and vegetable course served at the lakeside.  Tonight, we will stay at a hot-spring resort hotel overlooking Lake Toya and its surrounding verdant forest. Enjoy the fireworks on the lake. (B, L, D)

Day 5: Visit Niseko.

In the morning, enjoy Toya Lake on foot or by boat.  Today, we will visit Niseko, a popular resort town with a great view of majestic Mt. Yotei.  The pure spring water in Niseko produces Japan’s best buckwheat.  We will have hand-made soba noodle for lunch.  We will be back to Sapporo before dinner.  (B, L)

Day 6: Transfer to Tokachi/ Visit a Canola farm.

We will take a bus to Obihiro.  On the way, we will have a picnic lunch at a Canola blossom field in Tokachi plain.   (B, L)

Day 7: Visit Millennium Forest Garden.

Today we will visit the award-winning Millennium Forest Garden designed by British garden designer, Dan Pearson,  We will meet a head gardener, Ms. Midori Shintani and have a docent tour.  For lunch, we will have Obihiro’s special pork teriyaki lunch, Buta-don. Free in the afternoon. (B, L, D)

Day 8: Visit Rokkatei and Naka-satsu-nai Art Village.

Today is Art Day. We will visit Rokkatei Museum and its sweet shop - one of the most popular confectionaries in Hokkaido.  In the afternoon, we will visit Naka-satsu-nai Art Village. Stroll through the park and enjoy arts and sculpture surrounded by wild flowers. (B, L)

Day 9: Transfer to Kushiro/Visit On-ne-nai boardwalk.

Transfer to Kushiro. In the morning, we will walk on the On-ne-nai boardwalk which stretches in Japan’s largest wetland.  Back to the town, we will have our lunch at Washo fish market, where we will pick a variety of fresh raw seafood (cooked seafood is also available) at the market and make our own Sushi over rice.  (B)

Day 10: Visit Hamanaka town.

In the morning, we will take the train from Kushiro to Hamanaka town.  Hamanaka is known for their scenic marshland by the sea and also their large production of Konbu kelp seaweed. We will visit kelp fisherwomen’s workshop and experience Konbu shredding ourselves. For lunch, we will have local fishermen’s special lunch: Chan-chan-yaki grilled salmon.  In the afternoon, we will walk the marshland led by a naturalist.  (B, L, D)

Day11: From Kushiro 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)