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Discover Hokkaido - Winter Festivals

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2024/2025/2026 JAPAN WINTER TOURS

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Tour Code: GTX6063031

Discover Hokkaido - Winter Festivals

12 days 11 nights

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Single Supplement: USD $1180.00


Join a 12-day tour of Hokkaido and discover the seasonal beauty and cultural wonders that make the this island special - including three Hokkaido Snow Festivals.

Discover the breathtaking island of Hokkaido - it's stunning nature, historic sites, rare cuisine, and local culture experiences that set Hokkaido apart and make it unique. Hokkaido is a top Japan destination for winter travelers, especially if you're looking to spend your vacation in an authentic winter wonderland. You will have

Begin the tour flying into Chitose and transferring to Sapporo, to see the sights of Hokkaido's largest city. But first, you will have a day to enjoy the fantastic Sapporo Snow Festival. This delightful festival features incredible snow creations that must be seen to be believed: scale constructions of famous landmarks and larger than life displays of popular characters, and many of them are surprisingly detailed, bringing an atmosphere of enchantment to Odori Park. In addition, there is also an area set aside for beautiful ice sculptures in the Susukino district. Also while in Sapporo, browse fresh produce at Nijo Market, study the architecture of Hokkaido's past at the Historical Village of Hokkaido, learn the history of Japanese beer at the Sapporo Beer Museum, and take in the view of the city skyline from Mount Moiwa. We go from there to Otaru to see the Snow Light Path Festival, where thousands of little lights can be seen in snow lanterns around the city, or from small buoys inside the Otaru Canal. We also try the sushi along Otaru Sushi Street. We go from there to another festival in Sounkyo, stopping in Asahikawa to tour the Otokoyama Brewery and try Asahikawa Ramen. Then we attend the Sounkyo Ice Fall Festival, where you enter an enchanting area where waterfalls are iced over and time itself feels frozen solid. See some of the region's most impressive waterfalls - Ginga (Galaxy) and Ryusei (Shooting Star) Falls. Transfer from there to Abashiri, where you will see it's famous Prison Museum and sail on a partly frozen sea during a Drift Ice Cruise. Then walk in snowshoes over the UNESCO World Heritage Shiretoko Peninsula, and experience it's natural splendor. Go from Shiretoko through the Akan-Mashu National Park, which consists of Lake Akan, Lake Mashu, and Lake Kussharo, where you will go ice fishing for smelt, observe the white whooper swans, and see a traditional Ainu dance. The last few days of the tour, we see the red-crowned cranes of Tsurui, enjoy the food stalls at Obihiro, explore the ice village that sits over frozen Lake Shikaribetsu, and visit a cheese- making factory and winery in Furano, before finally going back to Chitose.

Come discover Hokkaido's local history, breathtaking nature, and local winter culture - including local winter festivals - on one of AJT's special 12-day itineraries. Our Discover Hokkaido Tours include all overnight accommodations, transportation by our comfortable public coach buses (with some public transit days), some meals, and a friendly, professional English-speaking guide. Please browse our detailed itinerary for more information.

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Dates & Price

2025

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Thu. Feb 6, 2025 Mon. Feb 17, 2025 USD $5998.00

Small Group Limited to 24 passengers

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2026

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Wed. Feb 4, 2026 Sun. Feb 15, 2026 USD $5998.00

Small Group Limited to 24 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

  • • 8 nights Western style and 3 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 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 Sapporo for arrivals and departures at New Chitose Airport (CTS).


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   Sapporo
  • Day3   Sapporo
  • Day4   Sapporo - Otaru - Sapporo
  • Day5   Sapporo - Asahikawa - Sounkyo
  • Day6   Sounkyo - Abashiri
  • Day7   Abashiri - Shiretoko
  • Day8   Shiretoko - Lake Mashu - Mt Io - Lake Kussharo - Lake Akan
  • Day9   Lake Akan - Tsurui - Obihiro
  • Day10   Obihiro - Shikaoi - Furano
  • Day11   Furano - Chitose
  • Day12   Tour ends

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Sapporo / Otaru / Asahikawa / Sounkyo / Abashiri / Shiretoko / Lake Mashu / Mt Io / Lake Kussharo / Lake Akan / Tsurui / Obihiro / Shikaoi / Furano


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