7 days / 6 nights
Max 20 People
Embark on an adventure in Hokkaido’s nature
Hokkaido is home to some of the best winter adventure sports in the world, but during the summer, the snow makes way for beautiful, crisp days and opens up a whole new world of adventure options.
The wilds of Hokkaido provide a stunning backdrop to this tour as you explore Mount Asahi, hit the water for rafting down Chubetsu River, cycle across the picturesque Furano and kayak across exquisite clear lakes. See the animals native to Hokkaido and hundreds more at the Asahiyama Zoo. This is Japan’s most northern zoo and is renowned for enclosures that provide a unique way to view the animals. After days full of adventure, treat yourself to some of the finest local food and drinks in Hokkaido. Indulge in wagyu beef, Genghis Khan (lamb BBQ), beer, wine and Sapporo ramen plus more!
Don’t miss this unique opportunity to see a different side of Japan.
Asahiyama Zoo is home to some of Hokkaido’s native wildlife. See the animals from unique vantage points like the seals’ swimming tube, penguins’ underwater glass tunnel and the polar bears’ “Seal Eye View” domed capsule viewing points.
With a licensed private mountain guide, take a ropeway 1,590m up to explore Mount Asahi – the tallest mountain on Hokkaido (2,291m). On this leisurely 1.7km trek, see beautiful ponds, local alpine flowers and wildlife as the snow begins melting from June.
Take a 3-hour cycling ride across the picturesque countryside of Furano with your private guide. Ride along straight country roads lined with rice fields and vegetable farms while the fresh summer breeze makes for perfect cycling conditions.
Hit the water and raft down the Chubetsu River with the epic Daisetsu Mountains behind you. With a licensed rafting guide, burst through the water with an explosion of white waves. The conditions are perfect for first-timers!
Experience kayaking or canoeing* on a stunning lake with a professional kayaking instructor. Enjoy a tranquil morning on the lake as we glide over one of the clearest and deepest lakewaters in Japan.
*Please note: The activity will be either kayaking at Lake Shikotsu or canoeing at Lake Toya.
This mysterious moss corridor is a hidden gem of Hokkaido. Step into the stone corridor blanketed with over 80 types of fresh green moss. The result of volcanic activity over 300 years ago, this is an unmissable natural phenomenon!
Welcome to Asahikawa – your gateway to exploring Hokkaido! Upon arrival at Asahikawa Airport, be greeted by a Kintetsu English guide and take a private transfer to your hotel where we’ll spend the next 2 nights.
On the way to the hotel, we’ll visit Asahiyama Zoo – home to over 110 kinds of animals. Asahiyama Zoo is known for its unique enclosures that allow you to get up close to Hokkaido’s native animals in ways you never thought possible.
Kanpai! Let’s raise a glass and enjoy a welcome sushi kaiseki dinner at a local restaurant. Get to know your fellow travellers over dinner while your guide shares more tour information and you’ll have the opportunity to ask questions.
Start the day with a 1-hour leisurely walk around Mount Asahi (Asahidake, 2,291m). A ropeway will take you 1,590m up the mountain to Sugatami Station where your licensed mountain guide will lead your group through the trail while providing commentary about the area. Breathe in the fresh mountain air as we spot alpine plants, flowers, ponds and even wildlife around the trail as the snow begins melting from June.
There’s more adventure in store after lunch, as we try our hand at rafting. Our licensed instructor will skilfully guide us down the fast-moving whitewater of the Chubetsu River. Grab a paddle and enjoy the ride and the stunning views of the Daisetsu Mountain range. But don’t worry, the water conditions are suitable for beginners!
*We recommend wearing a t-shirt and shorts for rafting. Jeans or cotton clothing are not recommended as they will not dry quickly. Pack a backpack with a towel and spare clothes as you will get wet on the raft.
After an active day, relax in Furano and Biei – two towns in central Hokkaido surrounded by rolling hills and picturesque scenery.
We’ll tour the Biei area and stop at each of the beautiful sights the area has to offer: the 30-metre Shirahige Waterfalls, the mysterious Shirogane Blue Pond where a natural mineral reaction turns the water an astonishing shade of blue and Shikisai-no-oka, a flower garden carpeted by a kaleidoscope of flowers spread across a hill.
We’ll recharge with a wagyu beef stew lunch at a restaurant located in the heart of cattle farmland before visiting a local winery and tasting their wines.
Before heading to the hotel, we stop by Furano Marche, a shopping complex stocked with locally-sourced produce including dairy products, wines, pastry and fresh groceries.
After checking in to our hotel in Furano, take a short walk to a local restaurant and enjoy a tempura rice bowl and soba noodles for dinner.
Today we hit the road on a 3-hour cycling ride across the picturesque countryside of Furano. With your private guide, ride along straight country roads lined with rice fields and vegetable farms while the fresh summer breeze makes for perfect cycling conditions.
After the cycling adventure, board the private coach for a relaxing 2-hour trip onward to Sapporo – Hokkaido’s largest city and home to many attractions.
Let’s indulge as we spend the afternoon and evening at the Sapporo Beer Garden. Start with a 1-hour premium tour of the Sapporo Beer Museum. Learn the history of Sapporo’s own beer and, of course, find out why it’s so popular with a sample.
For dinner, you’ll experience a Hokkaido favourite, Genghis Khan (lamb BBQ) at the Sapporo Beer Garden. 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!
After breakfast at the hotel, spend the morning on a pristine lake for a 2-hour kayaking/canoeing trip*. With a professional kayaking instructor as your guide, take in the beautiful scenery and songs of the birds as we cut through the clear water.
After lunch, take a 3-hour guided tour of the Corridor in the Moss. Step into this mysterious corridor covered with fresh green moss and immerse yourself in a serene, relaxing world of a million shades of green.
*Please note: The activity on Day 5 will be either kayaking at Lake Shikotsu or canoeing at Lake Toya.
This morning, 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 your private transfer back to New Chitose Airport.
We look forward to welcoming you again to Hokkaido. Enjoy the rest of your trip!
Superior Twin – 24sqm, 2 x 120cm single beds
Art Hotel Asahikawa is close to some of the sights we’ll visit including Asahiyama Zoo and the Furano & Biei area.
Facilities include an all-day buffet restaurant where you can enjoy breakfast, Japanese restaurant, café, communal laundry and gym.
Your Superior Twin Room features 2 x 120cm wide single beds, free in-room Wi-Fi, mini fridge, kettle/coffee & tea, hair dryer, shower over bath, flat-screen TV, air purifier, nightwear and complimentary amenities. A nonsmoking floor has been requested for your stay.
Check-in 15:00 / Check-out 11:00
Standard Twin – approx. 20sqm, 2 x single beds
Hotel Naturwald Furano is a warm, welcoming hotel with friendly staff and spaces where you’ll feel right at home.
Facilities include a restaurant (buffet breakfast), tourism info centre, local artist gallery space, souvenir shop, kids area, library, spa, and communal laundry. For extra comfort, you can select a pillow from the pillow counter.
Your Standard Twin Room features 2 x single beds, free in-room Wi-Fi, mini fridge, kettle/coffee & tea, hair dryer, shower over bath, flat-screen TV, air purifier/humidifier, nightwear and complimentary amenities.
Check-in 15:00 / Check-out 11:00
Please note: Depending on tour departure dates, this hotel may be changed to one of an equivalent standard.
Superior Twin – 28sqm, 2 x 110cm single beds
Quintessa Hotel Sapporo is a chic hotel located near Nakajima Park and close to the Susukino nightlife area.
Facilities include a restaurant (buffet breakfast), vending machine, ice-making machine, paid in-room massage services and laundry service.
Your Superior Twin Room features 2 x 110cm wide single beds, free in-room Wi-Fi, mini fridge, kettle/coffee & tea, hair dryer, shower & bathtub, flat-screen TV, air purifier/humidifier, nightwear and complimentary amenities. This hotel is a non-smoking environment.
Check-in 14:00 / 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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