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Charms of Hokkaido: Cherry Blossom Tour

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Group Tour | Deluxe       Tour Code: GTP2071347     9 reviews

Charms of Hokkaido: Cherry Blossom Tour

9 days 8 nights

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USD $720.00
Explore Southern & Central Hokkaido in springtime while cherry blossoms are in full bloom.

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 of Japan's four main islands. The further up northeast you go, the colder it usually gets and the later the cherry blossoms bloom. 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.
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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 of Japan's four main islands. The further up northeast you go, the colder it usually gets and the later the cherry blossoms bloom. 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.

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.

Discover the breathtaking nature, historic wonders, and cultural delights of Hokkaido while enjoying the backdrop of Japan's famous cherry blossoms. Browse our detailed itinerary below for more information.


Destinations

Shiraoi / Noboribetsu / Lake Toya / Hakodate / Matsumae / Mori / Kuromatsunai / Niseko / Otaru / Asahikawa / Biei / Furano / Sapporo

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