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Charms of Hokkaido: Summer Flowers & Nature

This delightful itinerary brings our guests through fields of cheerful summer flowers to explore the incredible nature of Furano, Biei, the Shiretoko Peninsula, and Kushiro on this relaxing Charms of Hokkaido summer tour.

Tour Code: GTV3251449

Tour Information

Land cost: from USD $3798.00

Single supplement: USD $720.00

Tour duration: 9 days 8 nights

Destination:
Sapporo / Otaru / Furano / Biei / Asahikawa / Hokuryu / Sounkyo / Kitami / Abashiri / Shiretoko / Lake Mashu / Lake Akan / Kushiro

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

Dates & Price
2024
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Status
Sun. Aug 18, 2024 Mon. Aug 26, 2024 USD $3798.00 Sapporo Kushiro View Tour
2025
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Status
Sat. Aug 16, 2025 Sun. Aug 24, 2025 USD $3798.00 Sapporo Kushiro View Tour
2026
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Status
Sun. Aug 16, 2026 Mon. Aug 24, 2026 USD $3798.00 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

Sapporo (Hill of the Buddha / Historical Village of Hokkaido / Shiroi Koibito Park / Clock Tower / Odori Park / Susukino)

Today, 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 thousands of lavender flowers and includes a pristine reflecting pool. Then, 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. Enjoy a 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 that tells the history of the city, and a clock imported from Boston, USA. In the evening, we explore Susukino - Sapporo's bustling entertainment district packed end-to-end with eye-catching storefronts.

Breakfast / Lunch

ANA Crowne Plaza Sapporo or similar class

Day 3

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 4

Furano (Ice Cream Factory - Making Experience / Tomita Farm - Furano Flower Fields), Biei (Blue Pond / Panorama Road / Shikisai Hill / Takushinkan)

In the morning, we will take a drive to the idyllic town of Furano to 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 in a row next to other rows of white, red, and yellow flowers. We will spend the afternoon touring around 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 pastoral view of peaceful farms and fields that have often been featured in Hokkaido advertisements, and make many travelers long for a life in the countryside. 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 continuing to Asahikawa, 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.

Breakfast / Lunch

Asahikawa Grand Hotel or similar class

Day 5

Asahikawa (Sweet Corn Picking / Asahikawa Ramen Village / Otokoyama Sake Brewery), Hokuryu (Hokuryu Sunflower Festival)

Start off the day in Asahikawa, where you can enjoy the morning picking sweet corn at a local farm. Then we travel to Asahikawa Ramen Village to find some of Hokkaido's best ramen shops. After, at the Otokoyama Sake Brewery, 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 Hokuryu Town, to Japan's largest sunflower park and one of the best Sunflower Festivals in Hokkaido, where you can admire the beauty of millions of bright yellow sunflowers waving in the summer breeze. Then we will return to the hotel for a relaxing evening.

Breakfast / Dinner

Asahikawa Grand Hotel or similar class

Day 6

Sounkyo (Ginga & Ryusei Waterfalls), Kitami (Kitakitsune Farm) Abashiri (Okhotsk Ryu-hyo Museum)

In the morning we travel 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. From there, we will 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 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 (Bear Watching Cruise / Oshinkoshin Waterfall), Lake Mashu, Lake Akan (Ainu Kotan - Traditional Ainu Dance)

Today takes us into one of Japan's natural UNESCO World Heritage Sites - the Shiretoko Peninsula. During the Bear Watching Cruise, you can study the nature and habits of the Yezo brown bear, which you can see prowling around the rugged coastline looking for food. Because Shiretoko is a protected habitat, there is a high probability of observing multiple bears throughout the cruise. From there, we proceed to Oshinkoshin Waterfall, a wide waterfall divided in half by a rocky outcropping. This roadside falls is considered one of the loveliest in Japan and is sometimes called "Twin Beauties" Waterfall. The tour continues to Akan-Mashu National Park to see Lake Mashu and Lake Akan - two of the park's captivatingly clear caldera lakes. They are a dazzling sight to view on a sunny day, though the lakes are commonly obscured by a thick fog, lending them a mysterious atmosphere. Near Lake Akan is the Ainu Kotan, a traditional village of the indigenous Ainu. While there, you are invited to observe a Traditional Ainu Dance, which tells time-honored stories of their native gods, or "kamuy", as represented throughout the natural world.

Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

New Akan Hotel or similar class

Day 8

Lake Akan (Lake Akan Cruise), 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. 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.