6 days / 5 nights
Max 20 People
Discover what lies beneath the snow of Hokkaido
Hokkaido, Japan’s northern-most island, conjures up visions of pristine snow and perfect skiing conditions. But during summer, Hokkaido becomes an astonishing nature oasis and offers a cool alternative to Japan’s otherwise hot summers.
On this tour, you’ll discover what lies beneath the snow of Hokkaido. Explore volcanic mountains, rolling fields of lavender and flowers, vast green farmlands, a surreal turquoise pond and more. See how Hokkaido’s natural resources contribute to some of the finest whisky and sake Japan has to offer. Explore Sapporo – a beautiful city filled with greenery and wonderful food. Enjoy locally grown produce from beef to rice and the freshest sushi you could imagine.
All this and so much more awaits in Hokkaido.
Where else can you experience stunning panoramic views of volcanic craters, a lake, a mountain and even the Pacific Ocean? On this leisurely 3-hour walk exploring Mount Usu and the Nishiyama crater walking trail, you’ll be in awe of the wonders of nature found here.
Feel the impact of 400 fireworks rumble through your body as you witness an incredible display right on Lake Toya from a cruise boat. 20 unforgettable minutes in a breath-taking setting.
Imagine taking a seat in a private banquet room as a sushi chef makes your sushi to order. Watch the hands of a master meticulously prepare your sushi right before your eyes with some of the freshest seafood in Hokkaido.
Try Genghis Khan, Hokkaido’s popular style of lamb BBQ. Load up the sizzling skillet at your table with fresh meat and vegetables and cook up a feast. Served with brewery-fresh Sapporo Beer, you’ll quickly discover why Genghis Khan is a Hokkaido favourite!
Step through the forest and be amazed by a true miracle of nature. A pond where the water colour is such a vivid shade of blue it seems impossible. Is it aqua, emerald or turquoise? The answer is ever-changing.
Whether you prefer whisky, wine or sake, Hokkaido has something for you. Visit distilleries and breweries and find out why they thrive in the Hokkaido environment and sample their most popular products.
Welcome to Hokkaido!
Upon arrival at New Chitose Airport, you’ll be welcomed by your Kintetsu English-speaking guide. Board the private coach as we head to the lake-side town of Toya, where we’ll spend our first 2 nights.
Enjoy a welcome dinner at the hotel overlooking beautiful Lake Toya and learn more about what’s in store for the 6 days from your friendly guide. You’ll have the opportunity to ask any questions you have and get to know your fellow travellers. Kanpai! (That’s Japanese for “Cheers”).
Take in a deep breath of fresh Hokkaido air and set off on a 3-hour fully-guided leisurely walk covering Mount Usu, a UNESCO Toya Caldera and Usu Volcano Global Geopark, and the Nishiyama crater walking trail. Arrive at the summit station of Mount Usu via ropeway and take in the stunning 360-degree view of Hokkaido’s natural beauty from 2 observation areas. About 25 minutes away by coach is the Nishiyama crater walking trail that leads you around the craters formed by the most recent eruption of Mount Usu in 2000. Along the trail, you’ll also see houses and roads damaged by the eruption that have been left untouched – a reminder of the sheer power of nature.
Please note: The walking tour is total 3-hours/2km, and 50m ascent & 50m descent.
After lunch, visit Date City Museum of History & Culture. Here you’ll learn Hokkaido’s local history of the development era and indigenous Ainu culture, and visit the swordsmith studio.
We return to Toya for dinner at a local restaurant for a full course dinner including local beef and all-you-can-drink.
After a quick break at the hotel, we step onto a double-decker cruise of Lake Toya. Watch from the comfort of the boat as the Hokkaido sky lights up with 400 fireworks in an epic 20-minute display. The colourful fireworks reflecting off the calm waters of Lake Toya is a stunning sight.
We start the day at Kyogoku Fukidashi Park. At the foot of Mt Yotei, the park is a source of pure spring water which is highly revered by the locals. This is an incredibly picturesque park with streams, bridges and falls spread throughout.
After the park, we visit Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery, one of the top whisky makers in Japan. Learn how Hokkaido’s clear water and crisp climate make Nikka Whiskey so highly regarded.
We arrive in the charming port town of Otaru where you can explore the popular area around the canal. Otaru is known for hand-crafted glassware and musical boxes.
We meet up again and head to the Hokkaido Wine Brewery. Taste four varieties of wine paired with nibbles as you learn about their winemaking process and history.
It’s a true feast for dinner tonight as we arrive at the Sapporo Beer Garden. Here you’ll experience a Hokkaido favourite, Genghis Khan (lamb BBQ). Cook up a storm at your table in this beer hall setting while enjoying freshly-brewed Sapporo Beer. All-you-can-drink, all-you-can-eat, it’s all you could want from a perfect night out in Sapporo!
And we end the night 530m above Sapporo at the summit of Mount Moiwa. Take a moment and gaze out over the sparkling lights of Sapporo and Ishikari Bay.
Watch the green vistas of Hokkaido from the comfort of our private coach as we make our way to the colourful area of Furano.
For lunch, dine at a restaurant in beautiful farmland surrounds where you can enjoy Biei Wagyu Beef and locally-produced Nanatsuboshi rice.
After lunch, be amazed by the incredible Shirogane Blue Pond. This man-made pond was created to help with erosion issues, but the surprising side-effect is the stunning shade of blue of the water – thought to be a result of the mix of minerals. Intense turquoise, aqua or mesmerising emerald -it’s a must-see wonder.
The vivid colours continue at Farm Tomita where 13 fields are bursting with gorgeous flowers of all varieties including famous lavender.
Before heading back to Sapporo, we’ll visit Kobayashi Sake Brewery – a brewery with deep roots in the area’s coal mining culture between the 1940s and 1960s. Enjoy a taste of the favourite sake of the coal miners – Kitanonishiki – made from 100% Hokkaido-grown rice.
Please note: Sake experience might be replaced to Chitosetsuru sake museum depending on availability
After relaxing at the hotel, it’s time for a special dinner experience. Step inside a private banquet room and meet our personal sushi chef for the evening. Watch a master at work, as exquisite sushi – made with some of the freshest colourful Hokkaido seafood – is prepared right before your eyes. A truly unique experience.
After breakfast at the hotel, your guide takes you on a 2-hour Sapporo city walk to introduce the history of Sapporo city. The tour visits must-see places including the hundred-year-old Nijo Fish Market, Hokkaido Jingu Shrine, Sapporo Clock Tower and Sapporo TV Tower. The TV Tower’s observation deck provides an epic view of Odori Park – the city’s green oasis that stretches 13 blocks – and the mountain ranges that surround Sapporo.
After the tour, you’ll receive a voucher to redeem at Ramen Yokocho (Ramen Alley). Duck into this tiny alley and choose from any one of the ramen shops – they’re all fantastic! We recommend trying a bowl of miso ramen – a specialty of Sapporo.
From here, you’re free to explore Sapporo on your own for the rest of the afternoon and evening. Try visiting Sapporo’s vast underground shopping centres. Designed as a sanctuary from Sapporo’s harsh snowy winters – the shops extend as far as you can see! A perfect place for picking up Hokkaido souvenirs.
As our tour comes to an end, enjoy your morning before meeting your guide at the hotel lobby for a private transfer back to New Chitose Airport.
We look forward to welcoming you again to Hokkaido. Enjoy the rest of your trip!
Lakeview Western Style Room – 27sqm, 2 x single beds
Your hotel is about an hour from New Chitose Airport and sits right on the edge of Lake Toya. Spectacular views of the lake can be seen from the lobby, hot springs, restaurant and many of the guest rooms.
Facilities include shared indoor and open-air hot spring baths plus sauna, outdoor footbath, library café, indoor swimming pool, local souvenir shop, relaxation spa and kids play space.
Your Lakeview Western Style Room features 2 x single beds including free in-room Wi-Fi, mini fridge, kettle/coffee & tea, flat-screen TV, shower facility or shower over bath and complimentary amenities. This hotel is a non-smoking environment.
Check-in 15:00 / Check-out 10:00
Exceed Twin Room – 30sqm, 2 x 120cm single beds
Royton Sapporo is perfectly located just 3 minutes from Sapporo Odori Park and is close to the shopping precinct and nightlife.
Facilities include 4 restaurants & bars, shops for local products and essential items, paid sports club (indoor swimming pool, sauna and gym) and convention halls.
Your Exceed Twin Room offers a view of Sapporo from the upper levels of the hotel (18-19th floor) and features 2 x 120cm width single beds, free in-room Wi-Fi, mini fridge, kettle/coffee & tea, hair dryer, shower over bath, flat-screen TV, nightwear and complimentary amenities. A non-smoking floor has been requested for your stay.
Check-in 15:00 / Check-out 11:00
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Group size: Min 7 people / Max 20 people
*This tour is for travellers aged 15 years old and up.
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