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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 
2021 - 2/7

Group Tour | Luxury        

Charms of Hokkaido Tour: Hokkaido Winter Festivals 2021 - 2/7

9 Days 8 Nights | from US $3398.00

Chitose / Shiraoi / Lake Shikotsu / Sapporo / Otaru / Asahikawa / Sounkyo / Abashiri / Lake Tofutsu / Akan National Park / Kushiro
See the Sapporo Snow Festival, as well as three other main Winter Festivals in Hokkaido.
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Compare Status
Sun. Feb 7, 2021 Mon. Feb 15, 2021 US $3398.00 Sapporo Kushiro Luxury Save this tour Book Now  
Sun. Feb 6, 2022 Mon. Feb 14, 2022 US $3398.00 Sapporo Kushiro Luxury Save this tour Book Now  
Best of Honshu & Hokkaido: Snow Monkeys & Hokkaido 
Winter Festival Tour 2021 - 1/31

Group Tour | Luxury        

Best of Honshu & Hokkaido: Snow Monkeys & Hokkaido Winter Festival Tour 2021 - 1/31

16 Days 15 Nights | from US $5698.00

Honshu (Tokyo / Lake Kawaguchi / Matsumoto / Yudanaka / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka), Hokkaido (Chitose / Shiraoi / Lake Shikotsu / Sapporo / Otaru / Asahikawa / Sounkyo / Abashiri / Lake Tofutsu / Akan National Park / Kushiro)
Explore the two main winter attractions of Japan - Snow Monkeys and Hokkaido Winter Festivals.
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Compare Status
Sun. Jan 31, 2021 Mon. Feb 15, 2021 US $5698.00 Tokyo Kushiro Luxury Save this tour Book Now  
Sun. Jan 30, 2022 Mon. Feb 14, 2022 US $5698.00 Tokyo Kushiro Luxury Save this tour Book Now  
Charms of Hokkaido Tour: Summer Flowers in Hokkaido  
2020 - 7/15

Group Tour | Luxury        

Charms of Hokkaido Tour: Summer Flowers in Hokkaido 2020 - 7/15

9 Days 8 Nights | from US $3398.00

Furano / Biei / Sounkyo / Abashiri / Shiretoko / Kushiro / Biratori / Noboribetsu / Lake Toya / Otaru / Sapporo
Explore Hokkaido in summer flower season; featuring Natural World Heritage sites, nature, gourmet, culture, and rural villages.
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Compare Status
Wed. Jul 15, 2020 Thu. Jul 23, 2020 US $3398.00 Sapporo Sapporo Luxury Save this tour Book Now  
Charms of Hokkaido: Winter Festivals, Kawazu Cherry 
Blossoms & Snow Monkeys 2021 - 2/7

Group Tour | Luxury        

Charms of Hokkaido: Winter Festivals, Kawazu Cherry Blossoms & Snow Monkeys 2021 - 2/7

13 Days 12 Nights | from US $4798.00

Chitose / Shiraoi / Lake Shikotsu / Sapporo / Otaru / Asahikawa / Sounkyo / Abashiri / Lake Tofutsu / Akan National Park / Kushiro / Yokohama / Kawazu / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Yudanaka / Obuse / Nagano
Experience the incredible Snow Festival of Hokkaido, followed by an extension which includes Kawazu Cherry Blossoms and adorable snow monkeys!
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Compare Status
Sun. Feb 7, 2021 Fri. Feb 19, 2021 US $4798.00 Sapporo Tokyo Luxury Save this tour Book Now  
Sun. Feb 6, 2022 Fri. Feb 18, 2022 US $4798.00 Sapporo Tokyo Luxury Save this tour Book Now  
Charms of Hokkaido: Sunflowers & Summer Flowers 2021 - 
8/15

Group Tour | Luxury        

Charms of Hokkaido: Sunflowers & Summer Flowers 2021 - 8/15

9 Days 8 Nights | from US $3398.00

Sapporo / Otaru / Furano / Biei / Asahikawa / Sounkyo / Abashiri / Shiretoko / Shari / Lake Mashu / Lake Akan / Kushiro
This delightful itinerary brings our guests through fields of cheerful sunflowers to explore the incredible nature of Shiretoko and Kushiro on this relaxing Charms of Hokkaido summer tour.
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Compare Status
Sun. Aug 15, 2021 Mon. Aug 23, 2021 US $3398.00 Sapporo Kushiro Luxury Save this tour Book Now  
Sun. Aug 14, 2022 Mon. Aug 22, 2022 US $3398.00 Sapporo Kushiro Luxury Save this tour Book Now