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Tour Overview

Experience the enchanting beauty of Hokkaido on this 9-day winter tour. Begin in Furano, where Shirahige Falls and Shirogane Blue Pond captivate with their icy allure. Meet playful penguins at Asahikawa Zoo and savor steaming Asahikawa Ramen. Explore Shiretoko's pristine wilderness, walk on floating ice, and discover Lake Akan's marimo wonders. Witness red-crowned cranes at Kushiro Shitsugen National Park before relaxing in Tokachigawa Hot Spring. In Sapporo, immerse in city delights, from Shiroi Koibito Park to the panoramic views at Sapporo TV Tower.

Highlights of this tour:

  • Scenic Furano Wonders: Witness Shirahige Falls and the surreal Shirogane Blue Pond, surrounded by winter's charm, in picturesque Furano.
  • Penguin Encounters: Meet playful penguins at Asahikawa Zoo and relish Asahikawa Ramen for a taste of Hokkaido's culinary delight.
  • Icy Adventures: Walk on floating ice, explore Shiretoko's pristine nature, and immerse in Lake Akan's marimo wonderland.
  • Wildlife and Relaxation: Observe red-crowned cranes at Kushiro Shitsugen National Park, then unwind in Tokachigawa Hot Spring.
  • Sapporo City Delights: Explore Sapporo's landmarks, including Shiroi Koibito Park, Odori Park, and Sapporo TV Tower, ending your journey in style.

Day-by-day Itinerary

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  1. Upon your arrival in Hokkaido, your guide and driver will warmly greet you at the airport and assist you to your hotel. As you settle in, take in the surroundings and get ready for the adventures ahead. Your hotel, carefully chosen for its comfort and convenience, provides a perfect base for your Hokkaido exploration.

    Meal: N/A

    Accommodation: in Hokkaido

    Japan Hokkaido in Winter
    Hokkaido in Winter

  2. After a delicious breakfast at your hotel, embark on a picturesque journey to Ningle Terrace, a hidden gem in the forest. Here, you can admire local crafts and enjoy the tranquility of nature. Next, your guide will take you to the enchanting winter wonders of Furano: Shirahige Falls, where cascading water creates a serene atmosphere, and Shirogane Blue Pond, a surreal natural pool renowned for its vivid blue hues. After a day of exploration, return to your hotel and relish the memories of Furano's charm.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Asahikawa

    Japan Hokkaido Shirahige Falls
    Shirahige Falls

  3. Begin your day with a delightful breakfast before heading to Asahikawa Zoo, one of Japan's best zoos, where you can meet playful penguins and other fascinating creatures. Next, immerse yourself in the Snow Crystal Museum, where intricate snowflakes are beautifully showcased.

    Japan Asahikawa Zoo
    Penguins in Asahikawa Zoo

    After that, savor the flavors of Hokkaido with a steaming bowl of Asahikawa Ramen, a local specialty renowned for its rich broth and tender noodles. The day concludes with a comfortable night's rest in Asahikawa.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Asahikawa

  4. Enjoy a hearty breakfast before visiting the Abashiri Prison Museum, an outdoor exhibition hall that offers insights into the region's natural and cultural history. As you drive along Ten-ni-tsuzuku Michi, take in the scenic beauty of Hokkaido's landscapes.

    Japan Abashiri Prime Museum
    Abashiri Prison Museum

    Stop at Cape Notoro, a stunning coastal spot perfect for capturing breathtaking photos. Your day ends with a visit to Christ Brethren Shari Church, a place of serenity and architectural beauty, before retiring to your accommodation in Shari.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Abashiri

  5. After breakfast, embark on a unique experience - walking on the floating ice surface aboard an icebreaker. Feel the thrill as you explore the Shiretoko Nature Center, learning about the region’s diverse wildlife and ecosystems.

    Japan Abashiri Icebreaker
    Abashiri Ice Breaker

    Then, venture to the Shiretoko Five Lakes, where the natural beauty of Hokkaido unfolds before your eyes. As the day concludes, relax in your Shiretoko accommodation, surrounded by the tranquility of nature.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Abashiri

  6. Start your day with a delicious breakfast, then head to Lake Kussharo, a place of serene beauty surrounded by mountains. Enjoy the calming atmosphere as you explore the lake’s shores.

    Later, drive to Lake Akan, famous for its marimo, rare green algae balls found only in certain parts of the world. Unwind in the soothing hot springs before settling in for the night at your Lake Akan hotel.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Abashiri

    Japan Lake Akan
    Panorama of Lake Akan

  7. Today's adventure begins with a visit to Kushiro Shitsugen National Park, a haven for nature enthusiasts, where you can observe the elegant red-crowned cranes in their natural habitat.

    Japan Kushiro Shitsugen National Park
    Red-crowned cranes in Kushiro Shitsugen National Park

    Continue your journey to Tokachigawa Hot Spring, where you can soak in the rejuvenating waters and enjoy a peaceful moment surrounded by nature. Your night in Obihiro promises relaxation and comfort.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Obihiro

  8. Indulge in a delightful breakfast before exploring Shiroi Koibito Park, a wonderland for chocolate lovers, where you can witness the art of chocolate-making and indulge in sweet treats. Continue your journey to Downtown Sapporo, where you can stroll through Odori Park, a vast green space in the heart of the city. Don't miss the opportunity to visit Sapporo TV Tower, offering panoramic views of the cityscape. After a day of exploration, return to your Sapporo hotel for a restful night.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Sapporo

    Japan Shiroi Koibito Park
    Shiroi Koibito Park

  9. Savor your final moments in Hokkaido with a leisurely morning. Enjoy the hotel amenities or take a last-minute stroll in the local area. Your driver will then escort you to the airport, ensuring a smooth transition as you bid farewell to Hokkaido and head to your next destination or back home, filled with cherished memories of your Hokkaido adventure. Safe travels!

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: N/A

Tour Price ($=USD)

From $3849 P.P, which is based on a private tour for 2 people. The price varies depending on the activity, number of people, travel date, and selected hotel.

Price Includes

  • 8 nights' accommodation;
  • Meals listed in the itinerary;
  • Private air-conditioned vehicle with licensed drivers;
  • Excellent local English-speaking tour guides as mentioned in the itinerary;
  • 1 bottle of water per person per day;
  • Entrance fees and sightseeing as listed in the itinerary.

Price Excludes

  • International air tickets (Could be assisted).
  • Visa handling fee, visa stamp fee.
  • Any personal expenses.
  • Tipping for guide, driver, bell boy, etc.
  • Services not stated in the itinerary.

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