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Best of Hokkaido & Honshu: Summer Flowers & Nature with Expo 2025 Osaka

Join this 16-day summer tour through the enchanting summer flowers of Hokkaido to the top sightseeing destinations of the Japan mainland, plus the unique Expo 20205 Osaka.

Tour Code: GTW4955501

Tour Information

Land cost: from USD $6498.00

Single supplement: USD $1350.00

Tour duration: 16 days 15 nights

Destination:
Hokkaido (Sapporo / Otaru / Furano / Biei / Asahikawa / Hokuryu / Sounkyo / Kitami / Abashiri / Shiretoko / Lake Mashu / Lake Akan / Kushiro), Honshu (Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Koka / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Tokyo)

Tour cost includes:
• 13 nights Western style and 2 nights Japanese style accommodation
• Meet and greet upon arrival at Sapporo New Chitose Airport
• Domestic flight from Kushiro to Osaka
• 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
• 9 lunches and 5 dinners
Admission fees and activities
• All entry fees to sites, activities listed in the itinerary

Dates & Price
2025
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Status
Sat. Aug 16, 2025 Sun. Aug 31, 2025 USD $6498.00 Sapporo Tokyo 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

Kushiro Airport - Osaka Kansai Airport

After breakfast, free for leisure until transfer to Kushiro Airport for your domestic flight to Osaka. Upon arrival in Osaka, you will be met at the arrival gate by an AJT representative holding an "All Japan Tours" sign.

Breakfast

Hotel Nikko Kansai Airport or similar class

Day 10

Osaka (Expo 2025 Osaka Kansai)

Today, we will go to Yumeshima in Osaka Bay to explore the wonders of Expo 2025 Osaka Kansai. This unique event is perfect for those interested in community-building, creative technology, and culture! The expo will showcase cutting-edge technologies, innovative solutions, and cultural exhibits from around the world. With the theme "Designing Future Society for Our Lives," it aims to address global challenges and envision a sustainable, interconnected future. The event will provide a platform for countries, organizations, and individuals to collaborate and share ideas, fostering international cooperation and progress. The convention includes an array of entertainment, from music to water shows to projection maps. A mix of traditional and pop- culture performances will also take place at the expo! Spend the day immersing in the Expo’s enchanting mélange of multicultural delights, thought provoking proposals, and modern/traditional entertainment after which we return for a relaxing evening at the hotel.

Breakfast

Hotel Elserieine Osaka or similar class

Day 11

Osaka (Osaka Castle), Nara (Todaiji Temple / Deer Park), Kyoto (Fushimi Inari Shrine)

In the morning, we will visit Osaka Castle, whose construction began in 1583 on the ruins of the Ishiyama Honganji Temple. The castle was the largest of its time and played a major role in the unification of Japan during the sixteenth century. From Osaka, our coach departs to Nara, the oldest capital city of Japan. We will visit Todaiji Temple, the largest wooden building in Japan. The temple also houses the largest bronze statue of Buddha at 15 meters (49 feet) meters high, and the surrounding park is filled with over 1,000 Sika deer. In the afternoon we will travel to Kyoto, a historical city that was spared from air raids and saved from the atomic bomb during World War II for its cultural and historical value. We will visit to the stunning vermilion colored Fushimi Inari Shrine, whose 4 km (2.5 mile) long tunnel of scarlet torii gates was featured in the film Memoirs of a Geisha. This complex wraps around a bamboo wilderness that includes mountains, streams, and ponds, the perfect backdrop for a scenic hike. We will stay two nights in Kyoto.

Breakfast / Lunch

Kyoto Tokyu Hotel or similar class

Day 12

Kyoto (Arashiyama - Tenryuji Temple & Garden - Sagano Bamboo Forest - Togetsukyo Bridge / Golden Pavilion / Green Tea Ceremony with a Maiko / Gion Geisha District)

Today we will continue our tour of Kyoto, once the capital of Japan and still considered its cultural center. First is a visit to Arashiyama to see Tenryuji Temple where you can have a glimpse of traditional Zen landscape garden design. Then proceed through a dense bamboo forest, past several small shrines, tea shops and private houses before arriving at the Togetsukyo Bridge over Hozu River. Continue on to Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion) covered with 18-karat gold leaf. This three-story structure was originally built by the Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu in 1397. Then, enjoy a relaxing Green Tea Ceremony. This activity was once only available for the social elite. Today, it will be even more special as your host will be an apprentice Geisha, known as a Maiko. We will end our day in the Gion Geisha District, where its streets are lined with ochaya (teahouses), exclusive establishments where guests are entertained by Geisha and Maiko.

Breakfast / Dinner

Kyoto Tokyu Hotel or similar class

Day 13

Kyoto (Kiyomizu Temple), Koka (Miho Museum / Koka Ninja Mansion), Shinkansen Bullet Train Ride

Continue your tour of the historic city of Kyoto at Kiyomizu- dera – a famous temple in Japan that is best known for its large wooden stage that overlooks a hillside of natural scenery. We will then continue to the famous Miho Museum. The Miho Museum has stunning architecture that accentuates the surrounding nature while exhibiting a variety of items from different ancient civilizations. It was designed by the renowned architect, I. M. Pei, and is named after Koyama Mihoko, one of the richest women in Japan and the founder of the museum. This museum is also listed as one of the "1000 Places to See Before You Die". From there, visit Koka Ninja Mansion. This mansion used to be resided in by ninja, equipped with many ingenious traps and devices, designed to prevent intruders and to provide a means of escape in times of need. Next, we will experience a Shinkansen bullet train ride, which can reach speeds of up to 300 km/hr. We will stay at the Onsen Hotel at Hamanako Kanzanji onsen, where you can soak in the therapeutic waters of a spa bath and feast on a traditional Japanese Kaiseki banquet dinner.

Breakfast / Dinner

The Hamanako or similar class

Note: If Miho Museum is close, we will visit Kyoto National Museum or Sagawa Art Museum instead.

Day 14

Hakone (Hakone Ropeway / Owakudani), Mt Fuji, Tokyo (Shibuya - Shibuya Crossing - Hachiko Statue)

After enjoying Japanese breakfast at the hotel, we will travel to Hakone and take a 20 minute ropeway from Togendai to Owakundani. Much of the area here is considered an active volcanic zone since its creation from the eruption of Mount Hakone some 3,000 years ago. There, you can experience hot springs and hot rivers, where sulfurous fumes still linger. Owakundani also has splendid views of Mount Fuji in good weather. From Hakone we will proceed to Mt. Fuji on our private coach. Along the way, enjoy the changing scenery, from thick vegetation to lowlands and rolling clouds. We will stop at Mt. Fuji 5th station (depending on weather) to admire the world famous peak. In the afternoon we will travel to Tokyo. Our last visit for this day is Shibuya. We will be able to see the famed Shibuya Crossing in action and cross the street with the crowd. We will then take photos with the Hachiko Statue at the crossing, which is a monument dedicated to a loyal dog that waited even after his master passed away.

Breakfast / Lunch

Hotel Metropolitan Tokyo Ikebukuro or similar class

Day 15

Tokyo (Tsukiji Outer Market / Drive by Imperial Palace / Sushi Making Experience / Asakusa Sensoji Temple / Tokyo Skytree)

Today, you will visit Tsukiji Outer Market – a bustling outdoor street market known for its fresh and delicious seafood, produce, and kitchenware. From there, we drive by the Imperial Palace, which offers splendid views of the meticulously maintained front lawn and garden areas, the moat, and the old stone walls. Next, enjoy a fun and simple Sushi-Making Experience, where you can enjoy creating your own sushi, and eating it afterwards! Then, we visit Tokyo’s oldest temple complex – Asakusa Sensoji Temple, featuring the Kaminarimon Gate, in which hangs an enormous red lantern. Leading up to the temple is Nakamise Street, which is lined with shops selling all manner of Japanese souvenirs. At the end of the day, we ascend Tokyo Skytree to the observation deck, which offers a panoramic 360-degree view of the Tokyo cityscape.
Note: For Sushi Making Experience, if you are vegetarian, on gluten-free diets, have seafood allergy, or don't eat raw fish, please contact us for other ingredient options.

Breakfast / Lunch

Hotel Mystays Premier Narita or similar class
Hotel Metropolitan Tokyo Ikebukuro or similar class (NOTE 2 & 3)

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.

Day 16

Tour Ends

After breakfast, our tour officially ends. Checkout time is 11 am and Narita Airport can be reached by hotel shuttle bus.

Breakfast

NOTE 4: If you would like to stay longer in Japan, please contact us to book hotel accommodations.