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Hokkaido & Beyond: Autumn Leaves & Salmon Run

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Hokkaido & Beyond: Autumn Leaves & Salmon Run

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13 days 12 nights

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Single Supplement: USD $1080.00


Explore the culture, history, and natural splendor of Hokkaido and Beyond on AJT's Autumn Leaves and Salmon Run Tour, which features the salmon run of Chitose and spectacular autumn colors on Hokkaido and Beyond Tokyo.

Our Hokkaido and Beyond Autumn Leaves and Salmon Run itinerary pairs our Charms of Hokkaido itinerary with our Beyond Tokyo itinerary for a 13-day Autumn Leaves Tour that includes both the incredible beauty of the island of Hokkaido, the Salmon Run in Chitose, and the cultural wonders outside Tokyo during the splendid Autumn Leaves season.

The tour begins in Chitose, enjoying the city’s “salmon culture” - the Salmon Hometown Chitose Aquarium and the Salmon Run, where the local Pacific Salmon can be seen struggling upriver to make it back to their spawning grounds. The sheer volume of salmon swimming in the river is an amazing sight! We go from there to Shiraoi to explore the different parts of Ainu culture, before continuing on to Sapporo. We spend the next day and a half sightseeing in Hokkaido’s capital, enjoying the local culture in fascinating locations like the Historical Village of Hokkaido, Hokkaido Shrine, Odori Park, and Susukino. We enjoy the view from Okurayama Ski Jump Observatory and take a tour of the Asahi Beer Hokkaido Brewery before we move on to Otaru. The port city of Otaru is known for its fishing and glass-blowing industries, and we tour its most important heritage sites such as the beautiful Otaru Canal and Sakaimachi Street; we even make time to enjoy the local sushi in the Otaru Sushi District. Then we head to the Shiretoko Peninsula - especially pretty in the autumn leaves season, and protected as a Natural UNESCO World Heritage Site. On the way, we stop at Asahikawa for a tour of Otokoyama Sake Brewery and a taste of Asahikawa Ramen, followed by a stop in Sounkyo to see the spectacular Ginga and Ryusei Waterfalls, a visit to a fox farm in Kitami, and a tour of the old Abashiri Prison. Once we arrive at the Shiretoko Peninsula, we take a cruise around it to hopefully see the local Ussuri Brown Bear, and take in views of Oshinkoshin Waterfall. After, we travel to the Akan-Mashu National Park, which also looks lovely in autumn, to see Lake Mashu - one of the clearest lakes in the country, and the Ainu Kotan (or village), sitting on the shores of Lake Akan. Enjoy a cruise of beautiful Lake Akan before going on to Kushiro, home of the beautiful Red-Crowned Crane, where we enjoy views of these incredible birds and their habitat. From there, we transfer to Tokyo, going immediately outside the big city to visit the impressive heritage sites and gorgeous landscapes of Nikko - Toshogu Shrine, Rinnoji Temple, Lake Chuzenji, and Kegon Falls - all stunning in autumn colors. We drive from there to Karuizawa by way of Takasaki, where you can try your hand at painting your own Daruma Doll at Shorinzan Daruma Temple. At Karuizawa, appreciate the inspiring architecture of the Stone Church and the thought-provoking works at the Karuizawa Museum of Contemporary Art, then continue to Yudanaka to watch the curious Snow Monkeys play. We make a brief visit to Matsumoto to view its impressive castle before taking an express train back to Tokyo and the end of the tour.

Join our Hokkaido and Beyond: Autumn Leaves and Salmon Run Tour for a tour of the culture, history, and wild beauty of Hokkaido and the Sapporo Autumn Fest, then connect a brief tour to Nikko and other historic destinations beyond Tokyo. Transportation for the tour is facilitated by our comfortable and convenient private coaches, with deluxe hotels, meals as listed in the itinerary, and guided assistance by one of our friendly, professional English-speaking tour guides. Please browse our detailed itinerary for more information.

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Dates & Price

2025

Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Save Status
Sun. Oct 19, 2025 Fri. Oct 31, 2025 USD $4998.00 Sapporo Tokyo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  

2026

Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Save Status
Sun. Oct 18, 2026 Fri. Oct 30, 2026 USD $4998.00 Sapporo Tokyo 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.

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 4 nights Japanese style accommodation
  • • Meet and greet upon arrival at New Chitose Airport
  • • Domestic flight from Kushiro to Tokyo
  • • 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
  • • 8 lunches and 5 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

For arrivals at New Chitose Airport (CTS), this tour starts in Sapporo and ends in Tokyo, with departures at Narita Airport (NRT) or Haneda Airport (HND).


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   Domestic flight from Kushiro to Tokyo
  • Day10   Tokyo - Nikko
  • Day11   Nikko - Takasaki - Karuizawa - Yudanaka
  • Day12   Yudanaka - Matsumoto - Tokyo
  • Day13   Tour ends

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Chitose / Shiraoi / Sapporo / Otaru / Asahikawa / Sounkyo / Kitami / Abashiri / Shiretoko / Lake Mashu / Lake Akan / Kushiro / Nikko / Takasaki / Karuizawa / Yudanaka / Matsumoto


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