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Charms of Hokkaido: Autumn Leaves & Salmon Run

Visit Hokkaido during the vibrant autumn season in time to see the annual Salmon Run, and enjoy the changing fall foliage as you discover the unique cultural charms of Hokkaido.

Tour Code: GTR3971326

Tour Information

Land cost: from USD $3598.00

Single supplement: USD $720.00

Tour duration: 9 days 8 nights

Destination:
Chitose / Shiraoi / Sapporo / Otaru / Asahikawa / Sounkyo / Kitami / Abashiri / Shiretoko / Shari / Lake Mashu / Lake Akan / Kushiro

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
• Gratuities
Meals
• Breakfast everyday
• 6 lunches and 3 dinners
Admission fees and activities
• All entry fees to sites, activities listed in the itinerary

Dates & Price
2022
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Status
Sun. Oct 2, 2022 Mon. Oct 10, 2022 USD $3598.00 Sapporo Kushiro View Tour
2023
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Status
Sun. Oct 15, 2023 Mon. Oct 23, 2023 USD $3598.00 Sapporo Kushiro View Tour
2024
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Status
Sun. Oct 13, 2024 Mon. Oct 21, 2024 USD $3598.00 Sapporo Kushiro 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

Chitose (Salmon Hometown Chitose Aquarium), Shiraoi (National Ainu Museum / Uyoro River Salmon Run Viewing)

We begin the day in Chitose, where we will make a stop at the Salmon Hometown Chitose Aquarium. You can learn about all about the life of salmon and observe them through a variety of exhibit rooms including an underwater room where you can watch the salmon swimming in the river Chitose and an aquarium that reproduces the bottom of Lake Shikotsu. From there, we continue to Shiraoi and the National Ainu Museum, home to over a thousand different artifacts related to the indigenous Ainu people. Then we travel to the Uyoro River which runs steadily through the green Shiraoi countryside. Against the flow of this river, hundreds of salmon swim energetically upstream, and the water is clear enough to make it easy for visitors to admire their progress as they observe this marvel of the natural world.

Breakfast / Lunch

ANA Crowne Plaza Sapporo or similar class

Day 3

Sapporo (Historical Village of Hokkaido / Hokkaido Shrine / Crab Lunch / Shiroi Koibito Park / Clock Tower / Odori Park / Susukino)

Today, we go into the Historic Village of Hokkaido where horse-drawn carriages and trolleys are still seen and used. The village offers insight on its history and an open-air museum as well as through their buildings, which exemplify architectural evolution from the Meiji and Taisho eras into the modern age. Then we take a trip to Hokkaido Shrine - one of the city's most beautiful locations, surrounded by natural beauty and protected by four Shinto kami (deities), including the soul of Emperor Meiji. Enjoy a crab lunch before heading to the Shiroi Koibito Park - a sweet theme park started by a local chocolate company, and featuring the Shiroi Koibito cookie, a buttery cookie with a white-chocolate filling. Next, we make our way to Odori Park - a long stretch of green, covered in bushes and trees in the center of the city. On one side is the Sapporo Clock Tower, with a museum inside the old colonial-style architecture which tells the history of the city, and a clock brought over from Boston, USA. In the evening, we explore Susukino - Sapporo's bustling entertainment district packed end-to-end with eye-catching storefront signs.

Breakfast / Lunch

ANA Crowne Plaza Sapporo or similar class

Day 4

Sapporo (Okurayama Ski Jump Observatory / Asahi Beer Hokkaido Brewery), Otaru (Sakaimachi Street - Kitaichi Garasukan & Music Box Museum / Otaru Canal / Otaru Sushi District)

This morning we continue to enjoy a tour of Sapporo with a visit to Okurayama Ski Jump Observatory for an incredible view of Sapporo. After, we will tour the Asahi Beer Hokkaido Brewery, the largest beer brewery in Sapporo, which produces one of Japan's most popular beers. Then we will travel to Otaru for a leisurely stroll through the port city's heritage district. As you walk up Sakaimachi Street, you can see Otaru's history in old Western-style fisheries, shops and houses. On the way, we'll explore Otaru's reputation for excellent glass craftsmanship at the Kitaichi Garasukan, where glassmakers transitioned from making simple glass fishing buoys to crafting fine glassware and artwork. At one end of Sakaimachi Street we'll discover the Music Box Museum, a cozy museum and shop selling a large collection of charming music boxes. After, we will take a walk along the Otaru Canal, which had once fallen into disrepair at the introduction of modern docking facilities, and has since been converted into a charming vintage promenade. Finally, we will make our way to the Otaru Sushi District, where you will be free to find your own sushi dinner from among the shops selling various kinds of sushi.

Breakfast / Lunch

ANA Crowne Plaza Sapporo or similar class

Day 5

Asahikawa (Otokoyama Sake Brewery / Asahikawa Ramen Village), Sounkyo (Ginga & Ryusei Waterfalls)

Start off the day with a drive to Asahikawa and a visit to the Otokoyama Sake Brewery, where we can discover the production process behind one of Hokkaido's most popular sake brands, and taste the freshest sake brewed from Hokkaido's clean mineral water. Then we travel to Asahikawa Ramen Village to find some of Hokkaido's best ramen shops. After, we drive down to Sounkyo to see a pair of Hokkaido's most beautiful waterfalls. The Ginga, or "Galaxy" waterfall drapes over the rock like a white curtain, while the Ryusei "Shooting Star" waterfall rushes out from behind the rocks in the cliff face like a natural jetstream.

Breakfast / Dinner

Sounkyo Choyotei Hotel or similar class

Day 6

Kitami (Kitakitsune Farm), Abashiri (Abashiri Prison Museum / Okhotsk Ryu-hyo Museum)

The morning begins with breakfast at the hotel, followed by a drive to Kitami, a small town in the countryside. We will stop for a visit to the Kitakitsune Farm, which cares for the well being of one of Hokkaido's native treasures - the Ezo red fox. These adorable creatures, noted for their gorgeous and fluffy coats, are considered heavenly messengers in traditional Shinto mythology, with statues of foxes decorating the grounds of many shrines. Next, we drive to the town of Abashiri for a tour of the Abashiri Prison Museum. This prison was notorious in the Meiji period for housing over a thousand political prisoners. At the prison, we can witness the prisoners' daily lives through life-like displays, and tour the various old prison facilities. Then we travel to the Okhotsk Ryu-hyo Museum, which features interactive exhibits about the native environment around the Bay of Okhotsk, where you can see ryu-hyo, or drift ice. We will have a rare opportunity to observe the mysterious sea life known as clione "sea angels".

Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Shiretoko Grand Hotel or similar class

Day 7

Shiretoko (Shiretoko Five Lakes Hiking / Nature Cruise), Shari (Furepe Waterfall), Lake Mashu

Today takes us into one of Japan's natural UNESCO Heritage Sites - the Shiretoko Peninsula. The scenic landscape known as the Shiretoko Five Lakes is especially gorgeous in autumn, when the treeline around the lakes is flush with autumn colors and a variety of wild animals and birds hide their homes. This region is a natural treasure of Japan, and a cruise around the peninsula offers visitors a chance to see this magnificent area in all its autumnal splendor. While on the peninsula, we will stop near the town of Shari to observe the spectacular Furepe Waterfall. The water for Furepe Falls comes not from a river or stream, but from underground, making it appear as though the water pours directly out of the rock face. We continue on from there to a large caldera lake in the Akan Mashu National Park - Lake Mashu, which is one of the clearest lakes in the country. It is gorgeous when one is lucky enough to view the lake on a clear day, though the thick fog which commonly hangs over the lake brings a mysterious atmosphere over the lake.

Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

New Akan Hotel or similar class

Day 8

Lake Akan (Lake Akan Cruise / Ainu Kotan), Kushiro (Akan International Crane Center / Kushiro Marsh Observatory / Washo Market)

After breakfast, enjoy a cruise around Lake Akan, which is protected as a special natural monument of Japan for its green morimo algae, which form at the bottom of the lake in large, fluffy balls. Near the lake is the Ainu Kotan, a street that specializes in hand-crafts, cultural items, and other souvenirs from the native Ainu culture. Then we will drive to Kushiro for a visit to Akan International Crane Center. Kushiro is the home of the rare and beautiful Tancho "red-crowned" crane. The crane is an animal closely tied to Japanese folklore, and you can see many of these delicate birds here year round, and view exhibits about the breeding and ecology of cranes. Then we will explore the Kushiro Marshlands, a region protected by the Japanese as the winter roosting grounds of the red- crowned crane. The marsh feels most alive in this season, verdant and lush with grass and vegetation. Stop by at the Kushiro Marsh Observatory to enjoy a panoramic view of the marshland, the city of Kushiro, and the mountains of Akan. The Washo Market in Kushiro, Hokkaido is a market specializing in selling fish produce to the public. It is located close to the Kushiro Station within walking distance of the market. It is considered one of the top three markets to go to in Hokkaido.

Breakfast / Lunch

ANA Crowne Plaza Hotel Kushiro or similar class

Day 9

Tour End

After breakfast, our tour officially ends.
Checkout time is 11 am.
Transfer to Kushiro 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.