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Hokkaido & Beyond: Cherry Blossoms, Baby Blue Eyes, Wisteria & Fuji Shibazakura

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Hokkaido & Beyond: Cherry Blossoms, Baby Blue Eyes, Wisteria & Fuji Shibazakura

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13 days 12 nights

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Single Supplement: USD $1080.00


Discover Hokkaido's most beautiful cherry blossom viewing spots, followed by an extension to find wisteria, baby blue eyes, shibazakura, and more!

If you are unable to visit Japan for its beautiful cherry blossoms in March and April, there is still a chance for you to see the cherry blossoms while joining this tour. Hokkaido is the northernmost and coldest of Japan's four main islands, so the cherry blossoms bloom later there than anywhere else. This tour is designed to visit the Central and Southern areas of Hokkaido when the cherry blossoms are in full bloom in this area in late April and early May, followed by an exciting extension into the Ibaraki, Tochigi and Nagano regions, with some of the most enchanting Japanese flower festivals you can find in late spring.

Hokkaido has the image of farming and nature while being the home of the indigenous Ainu people and their culture for a long time. In the town of Shiraoi, the Upopoy National Ainu Museum celebrates their cultural heritage. In Noboribetsu, the Jigokudani "Hell Valley" creates a scene of primordial beauty wreathed in volcanic smoke. The region has various hot pools and rivers, such as the Oyunomagawa Natural Foot Bath, which is an excellent place for hikers in the area to soak their tired feet. Lake Toya is one of the most beautiful places in all of Hokkaido, and springtime offers especially lovely views at night, of a fireworks show reflecting a rainbow of color in the clear water.

Hakodate, which located in the southern part of Hokkaido, has been a major trade port with the West since the mid- 1800s. Perhaps the most distinct feature of Hakodate is Fort Goryokaku, which is a Western-style military fort that was converted into a park. The distinctive star-shaped park is bordered on all sides by picturesque clusters of cherry blossoms. The view from Mount Hakodate is also a sight to behold, with visitors taking the ropeway up to the viewpoint to enjoy the breathtaking scene. As a prosperous fishing port, Hakodate also has a lively morning market full of delicious seafood. Also in southern Hokkaido, visit Matsumae Castle, which prospered during the Edo period through trade with the indigenous Ainu people. The castle structure has over 10,000 cherry blossoms planted north of its grounds with 250 varieties of the flower, which is celebrated every year with the Matsumae Cherry Blossom Festival. Since the powerful Matsumae family once ruled the area, there is an event during the festival where there is a march of people clad in samurai armor.

Otaru is a beautiful fishing port with a charming local culture influenced by the West, with a glass factory called "Garasukan" and a Music Box Museum with music boxes from around the world. Foodies will enjoy the trip to Otaru Sushi District, which features fresh locally-caught seafood. Sapporo is one of the top destinations on our tour, and we explore the must-see historic sights of Hokkaido's capital city. The Historical Village of Hokkaido offers a window into the past, showing the island developing into what it is today. Taste fresh beer at the Asahi Beer Brewery and satisfy your sweet tooth at Shiroi Koibito Park. Odori Park is the best place in the city for Cherry blossoms and is a picturesque retreat from the bustling city.

The last five days of the tour brings you some of the most captivating floral scenes to be witnessed in late spring, starting with a trip to the Hitachi Seaside Park in Ibaraki, where the grassy hills are covered with millions of dainty baby blue eyes flowers in what the region calls its "Nemophila Fantasy". Then venture into Tochigi for the Great Wisteria of Ashikaga flower park. The Great Wisteria is a tree that is over 250 years old and hung with bright purple flowers; it is surrounded various other wisteria with white, yellow, and red blooms. Finally, the Fuji Shibazakura Festival is the perfect time to view carpets of shibazakura "phlox moss" near Lake Motosu, in the Fuji Five Lakes region. This final leg of the tour also takes you to some of the local cultural treasures, including Matsumoto Castle, Nagano's Zenkoji Temple, and Kariuzawa Shiraito Falls. Please browse the itinerary below for further information.

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Dates & Price

2025

Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Save Status
Thu. May 1, 2025 Tue. May 13, 2025 USD $5298.00 Sapporo Tokyo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  

2026

Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Save Status
Fri. May 1, 2026 Wed. May 13, 2026 USD $5298.00 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

  • • 10 nights Western style and 2 nights Japanese style accommodation
  • • Meet and greet upon arrival at Sapporo New Chitose Airport
  • • Domestic flight from Sapporo 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
  • • 7 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   Shiraoi - Noboribetsu - Lake Toya
  • Day3   Lake Toya - Nanae - Hakodate
  • Day4   Matsumae
  • Day5   Hakodate - Mori - Kuromatsunai - Niseko
  • Day6   Otaru - Asahikawa
  • Day7   Biei - Furano - Sapporo
  • Day8   Sapporo
  • Day9   Domestic flight from Sapporo to Tokyo
  • Day10   Hitachinaka - Mito
  • Day11   Ashikaga - Karuizawa
  • Day12   Matsumoto - Mt Fuji
  • Day13   Tour ends

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Shiraoi / Noboribetsu / Lake Toya / Hakodate / Matsumae / Mori / Kuromatsunai / Niseko / Otaru / Asahikawa / Biei / Furano / Sapporo / Hitachinaka / Mito / Ashikaga / Karuizawa / Matsumoto / Mt Fuji


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