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Blue Pond

The Blue Pond also known as Aoiike in Japanese is located outside the onsen (hot spring) town of Shirogane. Blue Pond has a deep blue color because of minerals that naturally dissolve in the water.

Blue Pond is an artificial body of water with tree stumps protruding out of the surface. The Blue Pond’s color can be attributed to the natural minerals in the water. Aluminum hydroxide has been found present in the water and is known to reflect shorter wavelengths of blue light. It is similar to how the Earth’s atmosphere has a blue color. This means that in different parts of the day the Blue Pond changes hues or if you look at it from various angles. Even though the water looks blue from a distance does not mean that it is actual color of substance. If you were to scoop up the water into a cup it would be clear.

On the east side of the city, Mount Tokachidake, Mount Tomuraushi and Mount Chubetsu are located and known as active volcanoes. These mountains are part of the Daisetsuzan National Park and are referred to as Tokachi Volcanic Group. Since Mount Tokachidake’s eruption in December 1988, measures were taken to prevent damage to Biei. An erosion control was built to prevent disastrous outcomes, which created the Blue Pond near the Shirogane Onsen. It was not considered a tourist spot until recently when pictures of the body of water were included with the Apple OS X Mountain Lion.

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Charms of Hokkaido: Lavenders & Summer Flowers
Charms of Hokkaido: Lavenders & Summer Flowers
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9 Days 8 Nights | from US $3798.00

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9 Days 8 Nights | from US $3798.00

Sapporo / Otaru / Furano / Biei / Asahikawa / Hokuryu / Sounkyo / Kitami / Abashiri / Shiretoko / Lake Mashu / Lake Akan / Kushiro
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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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Furano / Biei / Otaru / Sapporo / Shiraoi / Noboribetsu / Lake Toya / Hakodate / Seikan Tunnel / Aomori / Akita / Kakunodate / Hiraizumi / Sendai / Matsushima / Urabandai / Aizu Wakamatsu / Nikko
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Mon. Jul 29, 2024 Fri. Aug 9, 2024 US $4998.00 Sapporo Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
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13 Days 12 Nights | from US $4998.00

Lake Toya / Nanae / Hakodate / Lake Onuma / Noboribetsu / Shiraoi / Furano / Biei / Yoichi / Otaru / Sapporo / Nikko / Takasaki / Karuizawa / Yudanaka / Matsumoto
Enjoy the summer in Hokkaido and Honshu on our Hokkaido and Beyond: Lavenders and Summer Flowers Tour, which includes visits to Furano, Biei, Sapporo, Otaru, Hakodate, Nikko, Karuizawa, and Yudanaka.

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Lake Toya / Nanae / Hakodate / Lake Onuma / Noboribetsu / Shiraoi / Furano / Biei / Yoichi / Otaru / Sapporo / Nikko / Takasaki / Karuizawa / Yudanaka / Matsumoto
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Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

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13 Days 12 Nights | from US $4998.00

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Sat. Aug 16, 2025 Thu. Aug 28, 2025 US $4998.00 Sapporo Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
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Wed. May 1, 2024 Mon. May 13, 2024 US $5298.00 Sapporo Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
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15 Days 14 Nights | from US $6198.00

Hokkaido (Lake Toya / Nanae / Hakodate / Lake Onuma / Noboribetsu / Shiraoi / Furano / Biei / Yoichi / Otaru / Sapporo), Honshu (Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Koka / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Tokyo)
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Hokkaido (Lake Toya / Nanae / Hakodate / Lake Onuma / Noboribetsu / Shiraoi / Furano / Biei / Yoichi / Otaru / Sapporo), Honshu (Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Koka / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Tokyo)
Join this 15-day summer tour through the enchanting lavender flowers of Hokkaido plus the top sightseeing destinations of the Japan mainland.
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Sun. Jul 14, 2024 Sun. Jul 28, 2024 US $6198.00 Sapporo Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
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Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

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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.

15 Days 14 Nights | from US $6198.00

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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Sun. Aug 18, 2024 Sun. Sep 1, 2024 US $6198.00 Sapporo Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
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Flowers with Expo 2025 Osaka

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16 Days 15 Nights | from US $6498.00

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Join this 16-day summer tour from lavender flowers of Hokkaido to the top sightseeing destinations of the Japan mainland, plus Expo 2025 Osaka Kansai!

16 Days 15 Nights | from US $6498.00

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Join this 16-day summer tour from lavender flowers of Hokkaido to the top sightseeing destinations of the Japan mainland, plus Expo 2025 Osaka Kansai!
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Sat. Jul 12, 2025 Sun. Jul 27, 2025 US $6498.00 Sapporo Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Best of Hokkaido & Honshu: Summer Flowers & 
Nature with Expo 2025 Osaka

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Best of Hokkaido & Honshu: Summer Flowers & Nature with Expo 2025 Osaka
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16 Days 15 Nights | from US $6498.00

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Join this 16-day summer tour through the enchanting summer flowers of Hokkaido to the top sightseeing destinations of the Japan mainland, plus the unique Expo 20205 Osaka.

16 Days 15 Nights | from US $6498.00

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Join this 16-day summer tour through the enchanting summer flowers of Hokkaido to the top sightseeing destinations of the Japan mainland, plus the unique Expo 20205 Osaka.
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Sat. Aug 16, 2025 Sun. Aug 31, 2025 US $6498.00 Sapporo Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
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