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Discover Hokkaido - Winter Festivals

Join a 12-day tour of Hokkaido and discover the seasonal beauty and cultural wonders that make the this island special - including three Hokkaido Snow Festivals.

Tour Code: GTX6063031

Tour Information

Land cost: from USD $5998.00 (Limit to 24 guests)

Single supplement: USD $1180.00

Tour duration: 12 days 11 nights

Destination:
Sapporo / Otaru / Asahikawa / Sounkyo / Abashiri / Shiretoko / Lake Mashu / Mt Io / Lake Kussharo / Lake Akan / Tsurui / Obihiro / Shikaoi / Furano

Tour cost includes:
• 8 nights Western style and 3 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
Meals
• Breakfast everyday
• 6 lunches and 6 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
Thu. Feb 6, 2025 Mon. Feb 17, 2025 USD $5998.00 Sapporo Sapporo Deluxe View Tour
2026
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Status
Wed. Feb 4, 2026 Sun. Feb 15, 2026 USD $5998.00 Sapporo Sapporo Deluxe 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.

Sapporo Grand Hotel 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. If you plan to stay extra nights before the start of the tour, please contact us for the transfer if needed.

NOTE 2: If you wish to stay extra nights before the tour starts, please contact us to book hotel accommodations.

Day 2

Sapporo (Sapporo Snow Festival)

After breakfast, Enjoy a day at the Sapporo Snow Festival. Admire fantastic and imaginative snow creations that include surprisingly detailed replicas of famous landmarks, all made entirely of ice and snow, larger than life images of famous characters, and other constructions that transform Sapporo's Odori Park into a winter wonderland. In the Susukino district, you will be able to see delightful ice sculptures carved in beautiful and elegant forms.

Breakfast

Sapporo Grand Hotel or similar class

Day 3

Sapporo (Historic Village of Hokkaido / Sapporo Beer Museum / Hokkaido Shrine / Mount Moiwa)

In the morning, we tour some of Sapporo's most famous areas, starting with the Historic Village of Hokkaido. This open-air museum details the history of Hokkaido's colonization by the Japanese through architecture. Some building's are preserved historic buildings which have been moved from other parts of the island, and others are scale replicas of period buildings. We go from there to the Sapporo Beer Museum to learn the history of Sapporo Beer and its production process. The tour continues to Hokkaido Shrine, which enshrines Emperor Meiji as well as spirits of a few of the first Japanese explorers to survey Hokkaido. Then we visit Mount Moiwa to take in the spectacular views of Sapporo from the observation area.

Breakfast / Lunch

Sapporo Grand Hotel or similar class

Day 4

Sapporo (Nijo Market), Otaru (Otaru Sushi Restaurant Street / Sakaimachi Street - Le Tao Cheesecake Factory / Otaru Canal / Otaru Snow Light Path Festival)

We start the day with a visit to Nijo Market, an outdoor market where you can browse fresh seafood and local produce. We depart Sapporo for Otaru, where we will take a walk down Otaru Sushi Restaurant Street, which features a collection of the best sushi restaurants in the city. We go from there to Sakaimachi Street - a historical district with many preserved Western-style buildings, where, for additional cost, you can try the delicious sweets at the Le Tao Cheesecake Factory, famed for its signature Double Fromage cheesecake. We then visit the Otaru Canal, one of the city's most famous landmarks. Once it served an important purpose as part of the city's shipping apparatus, but fell into disrepair with the installation of modern dockyards. It has since been restored and beautified as a heritage public promenade. In the evening, enjoy the sight of hundreds of flickering candles shining across Otaru Canal and other areas of the city; the Otaru Snow Light Path transforms a cold winter evening in Japan into a magical experience. After, we return to Sapporo.

Breakfast

Sapporo Grand Hotel or similar class

Day 5

Asahikawa (Otokoyama Sake Brewery & Museum / Asahikawa Ramen Village), Sounkyo (Sounkyo Ice Fall Festival)

In the morning, we depart Sapporo for Asahikawa, to tour the Otokoyama Sake Brewery and Museum which displays the history of sake production in Japan through a variety of exhibits, from traditional tools used long ago, or in woodblock prints detailing the process of fermentation. Next, we visit the Asahikawa Ramen Village, where you can taste Asahikawa's famous miso and soy-based ramen. Other flavors are also available. Then we go to Sounkyo to see the Ice Fall Festival, which celebrates waterfalls in the region that are frozen for the winter.

Breakfast / Dinner

Sounkyo Choyotei or similar class

Day 6

Sounkyo (Ginga & Ryusei Waterfalls), Abashiri (Okhotsk Ryuhyo Museum / Drift Ice Cruise Aurora)

Today, we visit two of the Sounkyo region's most famous natural landmarks - the Ginga and Ryusei Waterfalls. Also called the "Galaxy" and "Shooting Star" Waterfalls, Ginga and Ryusei also ice over during winter, creating the illusion of being stopped in time. Next, we travel to the coastal city of Abashiri to visit the Okhotsk Ryuhyo Museum, which has exhibits on "drift ice" which forms off the coast at this time of year. Then take a special cruise - the Drift Ice Cruise Aurora - to see the drift ice for yourself.

Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Hotel Abashirikoso or similar class

Day 7

Abashiri (Abashiri Prison Museum), Shiretoko (Shiretoko Nature Center / Snowshoes Trekking)

Today, we visit the old Abashiri Prison, which has been preserved as a museum, and where you can get a good idea of how the prisoners lived at that time, and how difficult their daily lives were. We go from there the Shiretoko Peninsula, which was registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its rich integrated ecosystem and exceptional beauty. First, we visit the Shiretoko Nature Center, where you can learn about the many natural wonders that make Shiretoko special. Then enjoy trekking along the lovely landscape in snowshoes, and see for yourself the delightful beauty of the peninsula. Perhaps you will even see some of the wildlife, such as the deer, fox, eagle, or bear.

Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Kitakobushi Shiretoko Hotel & Resort or similar class

Day 8

Lake Mashu, Mt Io, Lake Kussharo (Whooper Swans), Lake Akan (Ainu Kotan - Traditional Ainu Dance)

Today, we go from Shiretoko to Lake Mashu, which is one of Japan's clearest lakes. Even in winter, Lake Mashu is a gorgeous clear blue. We go from there to Mount Io, where you can observe the sulfur and smoke rising from an active volcano. Then go to Lake Kussharo and view the downy white whooper swans, who winter in Japan every year. At the end of the day, we go to the Lake Akan Ainu Kotan, where you can learn the culture and history of the indigenous Ainu peoples, and watch a traditional Ainu Dance.

Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Akan Yuku no Sato Tsuruga or similar class

Day 9

Lake Akan (Ice Smelt fishing), Tsurui (Tsurui Ito Tancho Crane Sanctuary), Obihiro (Tokachi No Nagaya & Kita No Yatai)

In the morning, we go to Lake Akan to try Ice-Fishing for Smelt. Visitors drop a line into a hole in the ice on top of the lake and try their luck. There are even places to fry the smelt you caught in tempura for you to enjoy. We go from there to Tsurui - better known as the wintering grounds of the Tancho Redo-Crowned Crane, where can see and learn about these stunningly beautiful birds. After, we depart for Obihiro to stroll around the little eateries at Tokachi no Nagaya and Kita no Yatai. Kita no Yatai is an alley full of food stalls - cozy little eateries where the chef prepares the food in front of you and you can sit side by side with locals in a friendly atmosphere. Tokachi no Nagaya is similar, but features about 20 small restaurants inside small buildings that retain a traditional ambience.

Breakfast / Lunch

Hotel Nikko Northland Obihiro or similar class

Day 10

Shikaoi (Lake Shikaribetsu Ice Village - Enjoy Onsen, Making Ice Glass & etc)

After breakfast, we head to Shikaoi, to Lake Shikaribetsu - the highest lake in Hokkaido - to visit the lake's Ice Village. Lake Shikaribetsu completely freezes over in winter, and for the two coldest months of the year the locals create a charming igloo ice village. The igloos contain various fun activities, such as learning to make ice glass, tasting a frosty cocktail, and even enjoying an outdoor onsen hot spring. After enjoying this winter wonderland, we proceed to Furano for a relaxing evening.

Breakfast / Dinner

New Furano Prince Hotel or similar class

Day 11

Furano (Making Ice Cream at Cheese factory / Furano Winery / Dog Sledding or Snowmobile Ride)

Today, we begin with an Ice Cream Making Experience at a local cheese factory. Then visit the Furano Winery and learn about their wine-making history and process. Then enjoy either dog sledding or a snowmobile ride through the enchanting Furano landscape. After, we proceed to Chitose for a restful evening at the hotel.

Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

ANA Crowne Plaza Chitose or similar class

Day 12

Tour Ends

After breakfast, our tour officially ends.
Checkout time is 11 am.
Transfer to Sapporo New Chitose Airport for departure.

Breakfast

NOTE 3: The departure airport transfer is ONLY available on the last day of the tour. If you plan to stay extra nights after the tour, please contact us for the transfer if needed.

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