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Land cost: from USD $3398.00
Single supplement: USD $720.00
Tour duration: 9 days 8 nights
Sapporo / Otaru / Biratori / Noboribetsu / Lake Toya / Hakodate / Seikan Tunnel / Morioka / Hiraizumi / Matsushima / Nikko / Hitachi Seaside Park
Tour cost includes:
• 6 nights Western style and 2 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
• Breakfast everyday
• 4 lunches and 4 dinners
Admission fees and activities
• All entry fees to sites, activities listed in the itinerary
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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.
Welcome to Sapporo! You will be met at the arrival gate by an AJT representative holding an "All Japan Tours" sign.
NOTE 1: 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.
In the morning we will travel to Otaru, renowned for its picturesque canal town and glassblowing shops. During the first half of the 20th century, the Otaru Canal was a vital part of the city's busy harbor. Today, it remains an integral part of the city's history and culture. The area was even restored during the 1980s, and former warehouses have been transformed into cafes, restaurants, museums, and shops. Just a short walk from the canal area is Sakaimachi Street, a pleasant merchant street that features some of the town's main highlights. This includes Kitachi Garasukan, where we will get the chance to admire the creative and elegant glasswork style of Otaru. Then, our group will go to the Otaru Music Box Museum, which consists of multiple buildings and a large music box shop. In the afternoon, we will travel to Sapporo to see the Sapporo Clock Tower, a landmark of the city. We will also visit Odori Park, a pleasant strolling spot that lies in the center of Sapporo. Today's final attraction is Susukino, a lively entertainment district packed with bars, cafes, shops, and ramen restaurants.
This morning, our tour of Sapporo continues with a visit to the Nijo Market, where you will see a variety of fresh produce and local food-related goods. Afterwards, visit the Historic Village of Hokkaido, an open-air museum that consists of architecture dating back to the Meiji and Taisho Periods (1868 - 1926). Then, make your way to Biratori, which is where the Nibutani Ainu Culture Museum is located. Here, you will have the opportunity to learn about the Ainu, the indigenous people of northern Japan. You will also have a chance to learn about the mukkuri, a traditional, plucked Japanese ideophone that is indigenous to the Ainu. The mukkuri is made from bamboo and is 10 cm long and 1.5 cm wide. Similar to a jaw harp, sounds are made when the strings are pulled and when the reed vibrates in the musician's mouth. In the afternoon, we will stop at Hokkaido's most famous hot spring resort, Noboribetsu Onsen. Our group will spend some time in Jigokudani, or "Hell's Valley", the main source of the town's hot spring water. Visitors can experience the area's hot steam vents, picturesque walking trails, and a sulforous pond known as Oyunuma. Tonight, we will stay in a traditional Japanese style hotel in Noboribetsu, where you can unwind in a soothing hot spring (onsen) bath.
In the morning, travel up the Usuzan Ropeway to get excellent views of the mountain and the lake below. At the volcano’s summit, you can also get views of the ocean. We’ll then visit Onuma Quasi National Park. This picturesque park is filled with lakes dotted by islands with the majestic volcano, Mount Komagatake, overtaking the horizon. In the evening, take a tram and ropeway ride up to Mt Hakodate from where you can look down upon the twinkling lights that surround Hakodate Bay. The views from the mountain are spectacular and included among Japan's three best night views.
In the morning, we will be going to the Hakodate Morning Market. It has over 450 shops and was established after World War II. This morning market is the third largest in Hokkaido. You will then visit the group of warehouses which face Hakodate bay. These warehouses can trace their roots to the Kanemori Haberdasher’s shop, which first opened in 1869. Visit the Goryokaku Pentagonal Fort, built in 1868 and the only structure of its kind in Japan. The surrounding moat and defensive grounds are now a city park and garden which are particularly well known for their beautiful cherry blossom trees. Travel across the Tsugaru Channel between the islands of Hokkaido and Honshu by train via the undersea train tunnel, before arriving in Aomori. Tonight, you will have the chance to try one of the city’s most famous eating experiences: Wanko Soba. This is not so much a dish as it is an eating challenge. Many locals get competitive and strive to eat over 100 bowls of soba in one sitting! But don’t worry, there’s no shame in sitting back and enjoying the flavor.
This morning, we will head to Hiraizumi for a cultural interlude and to stroll around the magnificent Japanese Cedar Trees and photogenic buildings at Chusonji Temple. Hiraizumi is now listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site and is the site of Konjiki-do, or “Golden Hall”, within Chusonji Temple, which attempts to create the ideal world, as seen through the eyes of the particular brand of Buddhism that developed in this region. As such, many artifacts on display here exhibit a “culture of gold” which calls back to said brand of Buddhism which was able to develop in the Tohoku region independent from the influence of the cultural center that was, and still is, Kyoto. This makes Chusonji a rare example of a local culture being allowed to mature to such a degree without outside influence, and for such a long period of time – from the ancient to medieval period. At Geibikei Gorge, enjoy a ride down the river where you will be surrounded by sheer cliffs and magnificent foliage. Partway through your ride, you will be able to disembark and try your hand at tossing a lucky stone at the cliff.
After breakfast at the hotel, you will be visiting Matsushima, a picturesque bay full of small islands covered in pine trees where we will explore ancient caves once frequented by meditating monks. Matsushima is famous for being one of Japan's three most scenic views alongside Miyajima and Amanohashidate. The bay is dotted by over 200 small islands covered by pine trees. We will enjoy the best way to view the islands by boarding one of the sightseeing boats. After your cruise, visit Godaido temple which overlooks the bay and has become a symbol of Matsushima. Godaido was enshrined by the same priest who founded the nearby Zuiganji temple – one of Tohoku’s most famous Zen temples – Date Masamune. At Zuiganji, you will be able to see golden sliding doors known as fusuma featured inside the temple.
After breakfast at the hotel, we will begin our tour of Nikko. Our first stop is at the lavishly decorated Toshogu Shrine, set in a lush forest of ancient Japanese cedars. It is the masoleum of Tokugawa Ieyasu, who was one of the most powerful men in Japan and the founder of the Tokugawa Shogunate. Then, find yourself gazing upon the nearly 100 meter (328ft) tall Kegon Waterfall, ranked as one of Japan's three most beautiful waterfalls. Afterwards, we will travel to Ibaraki to see the Baby Blue Eye flowers at Hitachi Seaside Park, where 4.5 million of them bloom into a stunning sea of flowers. In the evening, we will proceed to Narita for a night stay before your return flight the next day.
NOTE 2: If you wish to stay in the center of Tokyo for the last night instead of Hotel Mystays Premier Narita, we can arrange for you to stay at Hotel Metropolitan Tokyo Ikebukuro (or similar class). In this case, airport transfer is not included. We will provide full instructions for you to get to the airport in advance, or we can arrange shared shuttle service for you at US$65.00 per person per way.
NOTE 3: If you will be flying out from Haneda Airport (HND) instead of Narita Airport (NRT), we can arrange for you to stay at Hotel Metropolitan Tokyo Ikebukuro (or similar class) instead of Hotel Mystays Premier Narita. In this case, airport transfer is not include. We will provide full instructions for you to get to the airport in advance, or we can arrange shared shuttle service for you at US$60.00 per person per way.
After breakfast, our tour officially ends. Checkout time is 11 am and Narita Airport can be reached by hotel shuttle bus.
NOTE 4: If you would like to stay longer in Japan, please contact us to book hotel accommodations.