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Hokkaido | Akan National Park

Lake Akan


Lake Akan

Lake Akan is a caldera within the Akan National park. It was formed over 6,000 years ago from volcanic activity and is home to a rare form of algae called marimo (moss ball). The Marimo Exhibition and Observation Center is located on Churui Island in Lake Akan. The Marimo Exhibition and Observation center has displays of marimo in aquariums and provides explanations on the ecological significance of marimo. Churui means “rough, torrential waves,” in the Ainu language and is the only island in the lake that visitors can go ashore on. One way to reach the island is by a sightseeing boat which departs from Akankohan and cruises the lake for 1 hour. Akankohan is a lakeside hot spring resort and is the only town around the lake. On the eastern end of the town, there are walking trails that go through the forest, along the lakeside, and to boiling mud pools. It is about 500 meters north of the Akan Lakeside Eco-Museum Center where there is bubbling mud which is a result of the volcanic activity. This area is called “bokke,” which means “boil” in the Ainu language.

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Japan Deluxe Tours

Visit the must see sites of Japan with group sizes ranging from 12 to 35 people.

These tours are great for first time visitors to Japan looking for comfortable accommodation with all entrance fees and most meals included. Our Japan Deluxe Tours are accomodated with professional tour guides, fluent in both Japanese and English, to ensure an educational and valuable visit. Air-conditoned, private coaches are also included, so you can enjoy a comfortable and hassle-free time in Japan. Our tours range from 7 to 21 days, to various regions of Japan.

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Experience the culture of Japan at a slower pace with groups of 10 to 18 people.
(Smaller group departure available)

These tours combine enrichment, enjoyment, and education with time to truly absorb and appreciate your surroundings. Our Deluxe-Plus small group tours are created to cater to those who are interested in having a deeper understanding of Japan's culture. You will have the opportunity to participate in culturally rich activities and visit destinations only locals may know. Experience luxurious hotels and travel at a leisurely pace when you book a Deluxe-Plus small group tour.

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Tour Japan with the finest accommodations and experiences in groups of 2 to 6 people.

Enjoy more than just sightseeing. These tours will allow you to eat in small local restaurants, visit hidden gems, stay at hotels with limited occupancy, take part in activities available only to small groups, and enjoy more interaction with your tour guides. Ultra-Deluxe small group tours are the ultimate way to visit Japan with hand-picked, top hotels and ryokans (traditional inns) to relax in. Select from a unique range of luxurious cultural experiences that are limited to smaller groups, which is why the maximum group size is 6 guests.

Japan Walking Tours

Travel Japan more flexibly in groups of 10 to 16 people using public transportation.

These tours allow you to enjoy Japanese culture firsthand in the intimacy of a small group. The maximum group size is 12 guests, which enables you to travel by public transportation, such as by train, subway, taxi, ferry or local bus. Walking the streets and taking the local trains will allow you to interact more with the locals and appreciate what everyday life in Japan is like. Each city will feature an expert local guide who will be able to share in-depth information on the featured attractions and sites, and provide assistance or recommendations if needed prior to your free time.

Charms of Hokkaido: Sunflowers & Summer Flowers 2021 - 

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.
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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