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Kushiro Marshlands

The first marshland internationally sanctioned for habitat protection in Japan is the Kushiro Marshlands (釧路湿原, Kushiro Shitsugen) in 1987, when it was made into a national park. This marsh covers an area of 183 square kilometers making it the largest in Japan. One of the main features of these wetlands is birdwatching where the rare red-crowned crane is among the most favorites to see. This endangered species is unique to Japan and was once thought to have been extinct because of the destruction of the land and due to excess hunting of their kind. Now, the cranes can be seen in every season of the year in the marshlands where they reside. The view of the marshlands can be seen via hot air balloons, experienced through the bodies of water aboard canoes, or even travel on the paths that also go around the observatory in the vicinity. There are also observation centers in several locations for visitors to view the natural habitats, one of which is the Akan International Crane Center where photographers try to capture the birds in their natural states. Then at night the Japanese red crowned cranes roost by the Otowa Bridge, which is relatively safe, and uses the warmth supplied by the river.



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Charms of Hokkaido Tour: Hokkaido Winter Festivals arrow readmore icon

Shiraoi / Lake Shikotsu / Sapporo / Otaru / Asahikawa / Sounkyo / Kitami / Abashiri / Lake Tofutsu / Lake Akan / Kushiro

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See the Sapporo Snow Festival, as well as three other main Winter Festivals in Hokkaido.

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Sun. Feb 2, 2025 Mon. Feb 10, 2025 US $3798.00 Sapporo Kushiro Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Tue. Feb 3, 2026 Wed. Feb 11, 2026 US $3798.00 Sapporo Kushiro Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
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Best of Honshu & Hokkaido: Snow Monkeys & Hokkaido Winter Festival Tour arrow readmore icon

Honshu (Tokyo / Lake Kawaguchi / Matsumoto / Yudanaka / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka), Hokkaido (Shiraoi / Lake Shikotsu / Sapporo / Otaru / Asahikawa / Sounkyo / Kitami / Abashiri / Lake Tofutsu / Lake Akan / Kushiro)

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Explore the two main winter attractions of Japan - Snow Monkeys and Hokkaido Winter Festivals.

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Sun. Jan 26, 2025 Mon. Feb 10, 2025 US $6398.00 Tokyo Kushiro Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Tue. Jan 27, 2026 Wed. Feb 11, 2026 US $6398.00 Tokyo Kushiro Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
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Hokkaido & Beyond: Winter Festivals, Kawazu Cherry Blossoms & Snow Monkeys arrow readmore icon

Shiraoi / Lake Shikotsu / Sapporo / Otaru / Asahikawa / Sounkyo / Kitami / Abashiri / Lake Tofutsu / Lake Akan / Kushiro / Kawazu / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Yudanaka / Obuse / Nagano

    6 reviews

Experience the incredible Snow Festivals of Hokkaido, followed by an extension which includes Kawazu Cherry Blossoms and adorable snow monkeys!

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Sun. Feb 2, 2025 Fri. Feb 14, 2025 US $5298.00 Sapporo Tokyo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Tue. Feb 3, 2026 Sun. Feb 15, 2026 US $5298.00 Sapporo Tokyo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
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Charms of Hokkaido: Summer Flowers & Nature arrow readmore icon

Sapporo / Otaru / Furano / Biei / Asahikawa / Hokuryu / Sounkyo / Kitami / Abashiri / Shiretoko / Lake Mashu / Lake Akan / Kushiro

    22 reviews

This delightful itinerary brings our guests through fields of cheerful summer flowers to explore the incredible nature of Furano, Biei, the Shiretoko Peninsula, and Kushiro on this relaxing Charms of Hokkaido summer tour.

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Sun. Aug 18, 2024 Mon. Aug 26, 2024 US $3798.00 Sapporo Kushiro Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Sat. Aug 16, 2025 Sun. Aug 24, 2025 US $3798.00 Sapporo Kushiro Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Sun. Aug 16, 2026 Mon. Aug 24, 2026 US $3798.00 Sapporo Kushiro Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
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Best of Hokkaido & Honshu: Summer Flowers & Nature arrow readmore icon

Hokkaido (Sapporo / Otaru / Furano / Biei / Asahikawa / Hokuryu / Sounkyo / Kitami / Abashiri / Shiretoko / Lake Mashu / Lake Akan / Kushiro), Honshu (Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Koka / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Tokyo)

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Join this 15-day summer tour through the enchanting summer flowers of Hokkaido plus the top sightseeing destinations of the Japan mainland.

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Sun. Aug 18, 2024 Sun. Sep 1, 2024 US $6198.00 Sapporo Tokyo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Sun. Aug 16, 2026 Sun. Aug 30, 2026 US $6198.00 Sapporo Tokyo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now