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Charms of Hokkaido: Lavenders & Summer Flowers 2022 - 7/17

This delightful summer itinerary offers our guests the Charms of Hokkaido, featuring idyllic Furano and Biei, where the landscape is covered in a wavy sea of lavenders and other aromatic flowers.

Tour Code: GTU3246369

Tour Information

Land cost: from USD $3598.00

Single supplement: USD $720.00

Tour duration: 9 days 8 nights

Destination:
Lake Onuma / Shikabe-cho / Nanae / Hakodate / Lake Toya / Noboribetsu / Shiraoi / Furano / Biei / Yoichi / Otaru / 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
• 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. Jul 17, 2022 Mon. Jul 25, 2022 USD $3598.00 Sapporo Sapporo View Tour
2023
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Status
Sun. Jul 16, 2023 Mon. Jul 24, 2023 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

Lake Onuma (Onuma Quasi National Park), Shikabe-cho (Home Cooking Class), Nanae (Hokkaido Kelp Museum)

The day begins with breakfast at the hotel, followed by a drive to Lake Onuma, and the Onuma Quasi National Park. The two main features of the park are Lake Onuma and Lake Konuma, which are separated by a thin strip of land and several small islands, many of which are connected by bridges and easily accessed on foot. Next, in Shikabe-cho, we attend a fun and easy cooking class at a local Japanese home. Then we travel to the town of Nanae to visit the Hokkaido Kelp Museum, which celebrates Hokkaido as the Japan's largest producer of kelp products. Various kelp-related displays are supplemented with movies about aquaculture, and they even sell kelp-flavored ice cream (in addition to other flavors). Then we will drive into Hakodate for a restful evening at the hotel.

Breakfast / Lunch

Hakodate Kokusai Hotel or similar class

Day 3

Hakodate (Morning Market / Fort Goryokaku / Red Brick Warehouses / Motomachi / Mt Hakodate Ropeway)

Today, we will enjoy touring all the best sights of Hakodate, starting with the Morning Market. City residents gather each morning to find deals on the freshest seafood and produce in a daily routine that can offer visiting travelers a taste of the local culture. From there, we will go to the city's largest, most beautiful park - Fort Goryokaku. Once a Western-style fortress built in the waning years of the Edo era, Fort Goryokaku was slowly landscaped into a prominent public park with its moats now bordered by over a thousand cherry trees. Moving on to the port district, we will explore the old Red Brick Warehouses, built in the early 1900s to accommodate the sudden influx of international trade that occurred around that time. The old buildings were renovated into a commercial shopping complex with a broad variety of stores. Then, at Motomachi, we'll see a district popular among the foreign traders that first came to the city for international commerce, which includes many Western-style buildings. Finally, take the Mount Hakodate Ropeway up to the observation point, which offers stunning views of the city below.

Breakfast / Dinner

Hakodate Kokusai Hotel or similar class

Day 4

Lake Toya (Seasonal Fruit Picking), Noboribetsu (Jigokudani Hell Valley / Oyunumagawa Natural Foot Bath)

After breakfast, we drive to enchanting Lake Toya - a volcanic caldera lake near Mount Usu and surrounded by scenic landscape on all sides. A nearby farm offers visitors the rare opportunity to pick their own fresh seasonal fruit! From there we drive up to Noboribetsu, and into the mysterious, primordial beauty of Jigokudani "Hell Valley". 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. After, we head to our hotel in Noboribetsu for a relaxing evening.

Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Noboribetsu Manseikaku or similar class

Day 5

Shiraoi (National Ainu Museum), Furano (Ice Cream Factory - Making Experience / Tomita Farm - Furano Flower Fields)

In the morning we will go to Shiraoi, to the 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. Then we take a drive to the idyllic town of Furano, where we will visit a local ice cream factory, which offers a hands-on experience making delicious ice cream! Later we will travel to Tomita Farm to view their famous lavender fields. Reaching full bloom in summer, the lavender flowers cover the fields of Farm Tomita in a sea of purple . There are also long fields of lavender arrayed next to other rows of white, red, and yellow flowers. Once we have finished admiring the beautiful fields, we go for a relaxing evening at the hotel in Furano.

Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Furano Prince Hotel or similar class

Day 6

Biei (Blue Pond / Panorama Road / Shikisai Hill / Takushinkan), Sapporo (Clock Tower / Odori Park / Susukino)

After breakfast, we will spend the morning in the nearby town of Biei, starting with a stop at the Blue Pond. Natural deposits of aluminum hydroxide have changed the color of this pond to an especially striking shade of blue. We continue from there to Panorama Road, which features a view of peaceful farms and fields that have often been featured in Hokkaido advertisements, and make many travelers long for a life in the country. At Shikisai Hill, Biei presents a dazzling array of flowers in a great variety of bright colors, all arranged in long rows like a floral rainbow. Before returning to Sapporo, we will visit the Takushinkan, which displays works from one of Hokkaido's most famous landscape photographers - Shinzo Maeda. Maeda popularized the peaceful surroundings of Biei with his photographs. In the afternoon, we will drive back to Sapporo to explore Hokkaido's capital. We first make our way to the city center for a look at the Sapporo Clock Tower, with vintage American colonial architecture and a clock brought over from Boston, USA. From there we will walk through Odori Park - a central park stretching across twelve city blocks, offering a peaceful place of relaxation in the heart of busy Sapporo. Then we're off to experience some of that urban energy in Susukino - Sapporo's vibrant entertainment district, which is lined end-to-end with bright, eye-catching storefront signs.

Breakfast / Lunch

ANA Crowne Plaza Sapporo or similar class

Day 7

Yoichi (Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery), Otaru (Sakaimachi Street - Kitaichi Garasukan & Music Box Museum / Otaru Canal / Otaru Sushi District )

Today we will drive to Yoichi to visit the Nikka Whisky Distillery. This distillery, opened by Masataka Taketsuru, produced and sold the first Japanese whisky. A tour of the facility provides visitors with insight into the whisky production process, as well as a tasting of the local Nikka label whisky. Next, 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 8

Sapporo (Historical Village of Hokkaido / Shiroi Koibito Park / Live 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 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 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, a large Buddha statue standing in Makomanai Takino Cemetery. Designed by the Japanese modernist architect Tadao Ando, this statue sits in a large stone rotunda surrounded by thousands of lavender flowers and includes a pristine reflecting pool.

Breakfast / Lunch

ANA Crowne Plaza Sapporo or similar class

Day 9

Tour Ends

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.