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Charms of Hokkaido: Autumn Leaves & Salmon Run

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2024/2025/2026 AUTUMN LEAVES TOURS


Tour Code: GTR3971326

Charms of Hokkaido: Autumn Leaves & Salmon Run

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9 days 8 nights

fromUSD $3698.00


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Single Supplement: USD $720.00

Visit Hokkaido during the vibrant autumn season in time to see the annual Salmon Run, and experience the island's natural beauties as well as the native culture of the Ainu.

October is a beautiful time of the year to visit the northern island of Japan. During autumn in Hokkaido, the weather is dry, and the leaves of the trees visually pop in a color explosion of red, orange, and gold. The season also coincides with an amazing feat of nature - the Hokkaido salmon run. This incredible coordinated struggle against the elements is a natural wonder that shouldn't be missed! This Charms of Hokkaido itinerary brings both the splendid autumn leaves and running salmon to delight our guests, along with those unique cultural experiences that you can only find in Hokkaido, with tour stops in Sapporo, Shiraoi, Asahikawa, Sounkyo, Abashiri, the Shiretoko Peninsula, Lake Akan, and the Kushiro Marshlands.

The Chitose River flows out from Lake Shikotsu, curving straight through the city of Chitose before joining with the Ishikari River. Every year, thousands of salmon make the run upstream every year back up to where they were born, drawing pro fishermen and nature lovers alike to watch this incredible sight. You will be able to observe this natural spectacle at eye level within the Salmon Hometown Chitose Aquarium. And this tour has a number of other natural beauties waiting to be enjoyed - filled with bright autumn colors. Hokkaido is the first place in the country to see the fall foliage, and the Shiretoko Peninsula, Sounkyo, and Kushiro are among the top destinations in the region that offer visitors some of the best scenes of autumn. You will experience a cruise around the northeastern coast filled with breathtaking nature scenes and various local wildlife (featuring the Yezo brown bear), in addition to gorgeous waterfalls like Oshinkoshin, sparkling as they run over rocky cliffs like a curtain of white stars.

The history and unique culture of Hokkaido awaits your discovery on a tour designed to engage our guests' interest - when one day finds you on an informative tour of the Upopoy National Ainu Museum in Shiraoi, and the next day, studying Hokkaido's history of pioneering and exploration at the Hokkaido Historical Village in Sapporo. Explore the Ainu Kotan next to Lake Akan, and witness a Traditional Ainu Dance. The port city of Otaru beckons visitors to get a taste of Hokkaido seafood with the Otaru Sushi District, while Asahikawa pleases the palate with a range of local comfort food at the Asahikawa Ramen Village. To find out more information about this Charms of Hokkaido tour, please browse our itinerary below.

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Dates & Price


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Sun. Oct 13, 2024 Mon. Oct 21, 2024 USD $3698.00 Sapporo Kushiro Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  


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Sun. Oct 19, 2025 Mon. Oct 27, 2025 USD $3698.00 Sapporo Kushiro Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  


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Sun. Oct 18, 2026 Mon. Oct 26, 2026 USD $3698.00 Sapporo Kushiro Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  

Please Note:

All prices are per person, based on twin (double on request) or triple occupancy.
International flights are not included on our tours - this allows you the flexibility to choose your own departure and get the best value for your money!

We can arrange international flights for US customers if needed, please ask for details.


We require US$200 deposit per person to hold the space at time of booking and the final payment is due 2 month prior to departure.

What's included

  • • 6 nights Western style and 2 nights Japanese style accommodation
  • • Meet and greet upon arrival at Sapporo New Chitose Airport
  • • Airport transfers on arrival and departure
  • • Private coach transfers between destinations in Japan
  • • Comprehensive escorted with AJT professional English speaking tour guide

  •   Meals
  • • Breakfast everyday
  • • 6 lunches and 3 dinners

  • Admission fees and activities
  • • All entry fees to sites, activities listed in the itinerary

What's NOT included

  • • International Airfares
  • • Meals that are not included in the itinerary
  • • Travel Insurance
  • • Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks
  • • Personal expenses such as telephone and laundry bills

Additional Information


Travel by private coach between destinations, hassle free baggage handling.

Arrival Departure Airports

For arrivals at New Chitose Airport (CTS), this tour starts in Sapporo and ends in Kushiro, with departures at Kushiro Airport (KUH).

Meal Requests

Vegetarian or special meals can be arranged.

Meet and Greet

Please note that the meet and greet and airport transfer to the first hotel is ONLY available on the first day of the tour after 11 AM. If you plan to stay extra nights before the start of the tour, we will provide full instructions in advance for you to transfer to your hotel on your own.

Itinerary In Brief

  • Day1   Arrive in Sapporo
  • Day2   Chitose - Shiraoi
  • Day3   Sapporo
  • Day4   Sapporo - Otaru
  • Day5   Asahikawa - Sounkyo
  • Day6   Kitami - Abashiri
  • Day7   Shiretoko - Lake Mashu - Lake Akan
  • Day8   Lake Akan - Kushiro
  • Day9   Tour ends

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Chitose / Shiraoi / Sapporo / Otaru / Asahikawa / Sounkyo / Kitami / Abashiri / Shiretoko / Lake Mashu / Lake Akan / Kushiro

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