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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 Tour: Summer Flowers in Hokkaido 2019 - 7/7, 7/21
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9 Days 8 Nights | from US $3298.00

Furano / Biei / Sounkyo / Abashiri / Shiretoko / Kushiro / Biratori / Noboribetsu / Lake Toya / Otaru / Sapporo
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9 Days 8 Nights | from US $3298.00

Furano / Biei / Sounkyo / Abashiri / Shiretoko / Kushiro / Biratori / Noboribetsu / Lake Toya / Otaru / Sapporo
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Sun. Jul 7, 2019 Mon. Jul 15, 2019 US $3298.00 Sapporo Sapporo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
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Charms of Northern Japan Tour: Tohoku 3 Great Summer Festivals 2019 - 7/29
Charms of Northern Japan Tour: Tohoku 3 Great Summer Festivals 2019 - 7/29

12 Days 11 Nights | from US $4398.00

Furano / Biei / Otaru / Sapporo / Biratori / Noboribetsu / Lake Toya / Hakodate / Seikan Tunnel / Aomori / Akita / Kakunodate / Hiraizumi / Sendai / Matsushima / Urabandai / Aizu Wakamatsu / Nikko
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The must see sights of Hokkaido & Tohoku...plus Tohoku 3 Great Summer Festivals.
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Mon. Jul 29, 2019 Fri. Aug 9, 2019 US $4398.00 Sapporo Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
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Best of Honshu & Hokkaido: Summer Flowers 2019 - 7/1
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15 Days 14 Nights | from US $5298.00

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Exploring Japan's two main islands: Honshu & Hokkaido.

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Honshu (Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Koka / Toyota / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Tokyo), Hokkaido (Chitose / Furano / Biei / Sounkyo / Abashiri / Shiretoko / Kushiro / Biratori / Noboribetsu / Lake Toya / Otaru / Sapporo)
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Mon. Jul 1, 2019 Mon. Jul 15, 2019 US $5298.00 Osaka Sapporo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Best of Hokkaido & Honshu: Summer Flowers 2019 - 7/21

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Best of Hokkaido & Honshu: Summer Flowers 2019 - 7/21
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Sun. Jul 21, 2019 Sun. Aug 4, 2019 US $5298.00 Sapporo Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Grand Tour of Japan (Reverse): Summer Flowers 2019 - 
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Grand Tour of Japan (Reverse): Summer Flowers 2019 - 6/25
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21 Days 20 Nights | from US $7698.00

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21 Days 20 Nights | from US $7698.00

Nagasaki / Takachiho / Beppu / Kitsuki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Takamatsu / Kurashiki / Himeji / Kobe / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Koka / Toyota / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Tokyo / Chitose / Furano / Biei / Sounkyo / Abashiri / Shiretoko / Kushiro / Biratori / Noboribetsu / Lake Toya / Otaru / Sapporo
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Tue. Jun 25, 2019 Mon. Jul 15, 2019 US $7698.00 Fukuoka Sapporo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Japan Summer Highlights: Lavenders & Tohoku 3 Great 
Summer Festivals 2019 - 7/29

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21 Days 20 Nights | from US $7998.00

Furano / Biei / Otaru / Sapporo / Biratori / Noboribetsu / Lake Toya / Hakodate / Seikan Tunnel / Aomori / Akita / Kakunodate / Hiraizumi / Sendai / Matsushima / Urabandai / Aizu Wakamatsu / Nikko / Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Koka / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Tokushima / Takamatsu / Oboke Gorge / Shimanami Kaido / Hiroshima / Kurashiki / Himeji / Kobe
This tour features Japan Summer Highlights including the summer flowers, festivals & fireworks.

21 Days 20 Nights | from US $7998.00

Furano / Biei / Otaru / Sapporo / Biratori / Noboribetsu / Lake Toya / Hakodate / Seikan Tunnel / Aomori / Akita / Kakunodate / Hiraizumi / Sendai / Matsushima / Urabandai / Aizu Wakamatsu / Nikko / Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Koka / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Tokushima / Takamatsu / Oboke Gorge / Shimanami Kaido / Hiroshima / Kurashiki / Himeji / Kobe
This tour features Japan Summer Highlights including the summer flowers, festivals & fireworks.
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Mon. Jul 29, 2019 Sun. Aug 18, 2019 US $7998.00 Sapporo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Japan Spring Highlights: Cherry Blossoms, 
Shibazakura, Snow Monkeys & Snow Corridor 2019 - 5/1

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

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Japan Spring Highlights: Cherry Blossoms, Shibazakura, Snow Monkeys & Snow Corridor 2019 - 5/1
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21 Days 20 Nights | from US $7998.00

Biratori / Noboribetsu / Lake Toya / Hakodate / Matsumae / Shikabecho / Onuma Park / Niseko / Otaru / Asahikawa / Biei / Furano / Sapporo / Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Yudanaka / Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Uji / Nara / Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Obokekyo Gorge / Kotohira / Takamatsu / Kobe
This tour is designed to give you an in-depth understanding of Japan's most important and famous locations as well as its hidden gems and rural locations.

21 Days 20 Nights | from US $7998.00

Biratori / Noboribetsu / Lake Toya / Hakodate / Matsumae / Shikabecho / Onuma Park / Niseko / Otaru / Asahikawa / Biei / Furano / Sapporo / Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Yudanaka / Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Uji / Nara / Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Obokekyo Gorge / Kotohira / Takamatsu / Kobe
This tour is designed to give you an in-depth understanding of Japan's most important and famous locations as well as its hidden gems and rural locations.
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Wed. May 1, 2019 Tue. May 21, 2019 US $7998.00 Sapporo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Sold Out
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