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Charms of Hokkaido: Birding & Wildlife Winter Photography Tour

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Charms of Hokkaido: Birding & Wildlife Winter Photography Tour

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9 days 8 nights

fromUSD $5898.00 (Limit to 10 guests)

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Single Supplement: USD $720.00


Discover the incredible nature and rare wildlife of Hokkaido with a tour some of the island's most beautiful nature destinations, including Kushiro, Lake Kussharo, and the Shiretoko Peninsula. Capture memorable pictures of the red- crowned crane, Blakiston's Fish Owl, Steller's Sea Eagl

Embark on an enjoyable journey through Japan's own winter wonderland of Hokkaido - one of the best places in Japan for birding and wildlife photography. The journey begins in Tsurui, home of the rare red- crowned crane, known locally as "Tancho". These dainty birds, with their downy white feathers, slender necks and of course, deep crimson caps are among the most coveted by nature-loving photographers, and this tour takes you to the very best places to enjoy these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat. Our tour includes winter photo opportunities at Tsurumidai, Otawa Bridge, and Tsurui Ito Tancho Crane Sanctuary, which present the ideal photo opportunity. Next, we travel to Lake Kussharo, one of the world's largest caldera lakes. Because of the volcanic nature of the landscape, much of the lake doesn't freeze, and offers the perfect winter nesting ground for the breathtaking whooper swan. You can photograph hundreds of these gorgeous birds atop the winter ice and snow - their feathers blending in with the winter background. Then we travel to Rausu and the Shiretoko Peninsula area. This breathtaking region is protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and while we explore Rausu, where we can can view the incredible sea birds during a nature cruise of the area, including Blakiston's Fish Owl - sacred to the indigenous Ainu people as a divine guardian, Steller's Sea Eagle - one of the world's largest eagles and the colorful Harlequin Duck off the coast near Aidomari. While exploring the area, you can also take pictures of the local Ezo deer and Hokkaido Fox. Hokkaido is known for its broad diversiity of sea birds, and this tour includes three cruises to take excellent wildlife pictures.

This tour includes a private bilingual nature guide to help you through your Hokkaido journey, and transportation between destinations by private coach. Experience the one-of-a- kind wildlife and natural beauty of Hokkaido with AJT on our Hokkaido Winter Photography Tour.

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Dates & Price

2026

Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Save Status
Tue. Feb 10, 2026 Wed. Feb 18, 2026 USD $5898.00

Small Group Limited to 10 passengers

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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.

Deposit

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

  • • 4 nights Western style and 4 nights Japanese style accommodation
  • • Meet and greet upon arrival at Kushiro Airport
  • • Airport transfers on arrival and departure
  • • Private coach transfers between destinations in Japan
  • • Comprehensive escorted with AJT professional English speaking nature guide

  •   Meals
  • • Breakfast everyday
  • • 6 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

Transport

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


Arrival Departure Airports

This tour starts and finishes in Kushiro for arrivals and 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 Kushiro
  • Day2   Kushiro - Tsurui
  • Day3   Tsurui
  • Day4   Lake Kussharo - Mt. Iou
  • Day5   Notsuke Peninsula - Rausu
  • Day6   Rausu - Aidomari
  • Day7   Rausu - Nemuro
  • Day8   Lake Furen - Cape Kiritappu
  • Day9   Tour ends

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Tsurui - Lake Kussharo - Mt. Iou - Notsuke Peninsula - Rausu - Aidomari - Nemuro - Lake Furen - Kiritappu Wetland


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