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Charms of Hokkaido: Cherry Blossom Tour

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

Tour Code: GTP2071347

Tour Information

Land cost: from USD $3598.00

Single supplement: USD $720.00

Tour duration: 9 days 8 nights

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

Tour cost includes:
• 7 nights Western style and 1 night 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
• Gratuities
Meals
• Breakfast everyday
• 5 lunches and 3 dinners
Admission fees and activities
• All entry fees to sites, activities listed in the itinerary

Dates & Price
2023
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Status
Mon. May 1, 2023 Tue. May 9, 2023 USD $3598.00 Sapporo Sapporo View Tour
2024
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Status
Wed. May 1, 2024 Thu. May 9, 2024 USD $3598.00 Sapporo Sapporo View Tour

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.

Itinerary

Day 1

Sapporo New Chitose Airport

Welcome to Sapporo! You will be met at the arrival gate by an AJT representative holding an "All Japan Tours" sign.

ANA Crowne Plaza Hotel Chitose or similar class

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.

Day 2

Shiraoi (Upopoy National Ainu Museum), Noboribetsu (Jigokudani Hell Valley / Oyunumagawa Natural Foot Bath), Lake Toya (Fireworks)

In the morning we will go to Shiraoi, and the Upopoy National Ainu Museum, a newer museum facility that celebrates the cultural heritage of the native Ainu people, including exhibits on Ainu language, culture, history, crafts, music, and dance. The tour then continues to Noboribetsu, and stops to visit Jigokudani "Hell Valley". This rocky crater is constantly venting smoke and sulfur into the air from boiling pools, hot rivers, and jagged cracks in the landscape bordered by vegetation creeping up the crater's gentle slopes, lending the entire valley a mysterious, primordial beauty. Take the safe walking paths through this rocky crater, where water roils inside nearby bubbling pools and sulfurous steam rises from jagged cracks in the landscape. A hot river, flowing from out the area, eventually reaches the perfect temperature at the Oyunumagawa Natural Foot Bath. Here, we will take some time to relax and soak our feet in the refreshing hot stream. Then we travel to Lake Toya, listed as one of the top 100 beautiful landscapes of Japan in 2008. This is the 3rd largest caldera lake in Japan, about 42 km around. It has 4 pretty islands and is the habitat of many kinds of birds and deer. Tonight we will stay in a traditional Japanese style hotel offering hot spring baths with beautiful views of the lake. After dinner in the hotel, enjoy a fireworks that set off from boats. starting at around 8.45pm and lasts 20 minutes.

Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Toya Sun Palace or similar class

Day 3

Lake Toya (Mt. Usu Ropeway), Nanae (Road Station Nanairo-Nanae), Hakodate (Fort Goryokaku / Mt Hakodate Ropeway)

After breakfast, we will go to Lake Toya, a gorgeous caldera lake shaped in a near-perfect circle, and surrounded by gorgeous natural beauty including Mount Usu. We take the Mount Usu Ropeway up to a spectacular observation point to take in the surrounding springtime scene, accented with lovely cherry blossoms. Next, we head to Nanae, to visit Road Station Nanairo- Nanae, Japan's number 1 ranked road station, which sells souvenirs and produce from around Hokkaido. Finally, we arrive in Hakodate. First, we visit Fort Goryokaku, a magnificent Western-style military fort converted into a star-shaped park. This is, by far, the best place to view the cherry blossoms in Hakodate. On the other hand, for sweeping views of the city in the evening, we take the Hakodate Ropeway to take in an incredible cityscape panorama before turning in for the night.

Breakfast / Lunch

Hakodate Kokusai Hotel or similar class

Day 4

Matsumae (Matsumae Castle / Matsumae Park - Matsumae Cherry Blossom Festival / Matsumaehan Yashiki)

In Matsumae we will be touring around Matsumae Castle and enjoying the Cherry Blossom Festival. Matsumae Castle once belonged to the powerful Matsumae Clan that ruled the region. It was a former castle town that thrived through trade, but after many years it was converted into a park. North of the castle there are over 10,000 cherry blossoms planted in rows across the area. You can see over 250 varieties of the flower throughout the park, which is why the blooming period in the area lasts for a month. During the festival there will be performances, food stalls, and special events for visitors to enjoy. At the western edge of Matsumae Park is a small historical theme park called Matsumaehan Yashiki. It recreates Matsumae Town during the Edo Period, which includes a guard station, merchant houses, magistrate’s office and shipping agent.

Breakfast / Dinner

Hakodate Kokusai Hotel or similar class

Day 5

Hakodate (Morning Market), Mori (Aobagaoka Park Cherry Blossom Festival), Kuromatsunai (Taiko Lesson / Utasai Beech Forest Walking)

In the morning, we take a trip to the Hakodate Morning Market, where you can browse the fresh local produce try the fresh seafood. Then we travel to Mori, where you will enjoy the cherry blossom festival at Aobagaoka Park, where around a thousand cherry blossoms, around 17 varieties, have been planted. Enjoy the sight of the Morikomachi and Aoba Shidare varieties, which can only be seen in this park. Then we make our way to Kuromatsunai, where your group will join an engaging Taiko lesson. Have fun learning easy rhythms under the guidance of an expert taiko drummer. Then we take a pleasant walk through the Utasai Beech Forest. The beautiful forest of Japanese beech trees has a captivating, timeless feel as you walk its paths. The rare forest is designated as one of Japan's important cultural properties, and is breathtaking in the spring.

Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Hilton Niseko Village or similar class

Day 6

Otaru (Otaru Canal / Otaru Sushi District / Sakaimachi Street - Kitaichi Garasukan & Music Box Museum), Asahikawa (Asahikawa Ramen Village)

In the morning we will travel to Otaru, renowned for its canals and glassblowing. During the first half of the 20th century, the Otaru Canal was a vital part of the city's busy harbor. The canal allowed large vessels to be unloaded onto smaller ones, then transported to the local warehouses. Although the canal became obsolete when modern dock facilities allowed for direct unloading from the large vessels, it still remains an integral part of the city's history and culture. As part of a citizen's movement in the 1980s, the canal was beautifully restored and former warehouses were transformed into cafes, restaurants, museums, and shops. Then, we will make our way to the Otaru Sushi District, where you will be free to find your own sushi lunch from among the shops selling various kinds of sushi. Next, we will visit Kitaichi Garasukan and the Music Box Museum. In the afternoon, Then we travel to Asahikawa Ramen Village to try some of Hokkaido's best ramen. Eight famous ramen restaurants from Asahikawa have opened small branch stores besides one another in the complex alongside a gift shop and a small ramen shrine.

Breakfast

Asahikawa Grand Hotel or similar class

Day 7

Biei (Blue Pond), Furano (Ice Cream Factory - Making Experience / Tomita Farm - Furano Flower Fields), Sapporo (Odori Park / Susukino)

In the morning, we take a trip to Biei, a small town surrounded by a picturesque landscape of gently rolling hills and vast fields. We will pay a visit to the mystic man made Blue Pond. This pond is blue because of the aluminum hydroxide.The Blue Pond changes colors depending on the weather. For example, in spring it turns into spectacularly green color. The artificial pond was created as a part of erosion control system that was built to prevent Biei in case of an eruption of Mount Tokachidake. Then we head to Furano, a famous flower- viewing spot, known especially for its lavender fields. First, a delightful ice-cream experience awaits, using locally sourced Hokkaido milk to create the soft, sweet cream in various flavors including a lavender-flavored ice cream. Next, we take in the splendid sight of Tomita Farm, which is home to many of Furano's beautiful flower fields. Finally, we head to Sapporo, first to view the cherry blossoms at Odori Park - a large public park in the middle of the city. After, we browse the various brightly lit shops and restaurants in Susukino, which is one of Sapporo's chief entertainment districts.

Breakfast / Lunch

ANA Crowne Plaza Sapporo or similar class

Day 8

Sapporo (Historical Village of Hokkaido / Shiroi Koibito Park / Crab Lunch / Hokkaido Shrine / Asahi Beer Hokkaido Brewery / Hill of the Buddha)

In the morning, we go into the Historic Village of Hokkaido where horse-drawn carriages and trolleys are still seen and used. The village offers insight into its history as well as an open-air museum with buildings which exemplify Hokkaido's architectural evolution from the Meiji and Taisho eras into the modern age. Then visit Shiroi Koibito Park, a theme park founded by a local chocolate company. Its famous Shiroi Koibito cookies are buttery with a white chocolate center. They are a popular favorite with locals and tourists alike. For lunch, we enjoy a Sapporo specialty of fresh crab at a local restaurant, and after, we travel to Hokkaido Shrine, an elegant shrine complex situated next to Maruyama Park under the protection of four Shinto kami (deities). Then we will tour the Asahi Beer Hokkaido Brewery, which produces one of Japan's most popular beers. Finally, we will pay a visit to the Hill of the Buddha, designed by the Japanese modernist architect Tadao Ando, this statue sits in a large stone rotunda surrounded by flowers and includes a pristine reflecting pool.

Breakfast / Lunch

ANA Crowne Plaza Sapporo or similar class

Day 9

Tour End

After breakfast, our tour officially ends.
Checkout time is 11 am.
Transfer to New Chitose Airport by Airport Limousine Bus.  

Breakfast

NOTE 2: The departure airport transfer is ONLY available on the last day of the tour. If you plan to stay extra nights after the tour, we will provide full instructions in advance for you to transfer to the airport on your own.

NOTE 3: If you would like to stay longer in Japan, please contact us to book hotel accommodations.