• Kushiro Airport, Hokkaido
  • Akan
  • Lake Kussharo
  • Shiretoko & Rausu
  • Abashiri
  • Memanbetsu Airport

  • DURATION

    6 days / 5 nights

  • TOUR TYPE
    GroupMax 20 people
  • TRANSPORTATION

    Private Coach

  • PRICE(Per Person)
    From $4,740 AUD

Overview

Eastern Hokkaido – a pristine paradise of untouched nature and wildlife

Hokkaido is known for world-class winter sports, but in the summer when the snow melts away, a whole new world of adventure options is revealed.

Eastern Hokkaido is especially perfect for outdoor activities with its natural wonders: vast untouched nature, local flora and fauna and wildlife living in the mountains, forests, and the ocean. Be adventurous and try drift boating or canoeing. Enjoy leisurely walks, night safaris, and a wildlife-watching cruise as we travel through Kushiro, Akan, Shiretoko, Rausu and Abashiri and visit several of the region’s national parks. We will also take you to Hokkaido’s indigenous community village to learn their traditions and culture.

Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to see a different side of Japan. This rare and unique tour runs for a limited period during the short Hokkaido summer and is a great way to get out in nature, see the wildlife and learn more about Japan!

  • Adventure focused
  • Small group tour (maximum to 20 travellers)
  • Local transport included
  • Fully guided by our local English-speaking tour guide
  • Enjoy Hokkaido’s nature and landscape
  • Local food & drinks
  • Welcome cocktail & dinner with tour briefing
  • Best for first timers to Hokkaido
  • A great extension of your Japan trip

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Highlights


Itinerary

© 北海道エアポート(株)
DAY 1Kushiro

Welcome to Kushiro, Hokkaido

  • Meals: Dinner
  • Stay: Kushiro Prince Hotel (Twin Room – 23sqm, 2 x single beds)

Welcome to Kushiro – your gateway to exploring eastern Hokkaido! Upon arrival at Kushiro Airport, be greeted by a Kintetsu English guide and take a private transfer to your hotel.
Kanpai! After checking in to the hotel, let’s raise a glass and enjoy a welcome dinner at the local beer garden with Hokkaido’s favourite Genghis Khan (Lamb BBQ). Get to know your fellow travellers over a fun and relaxed dinner while your guide shares more tour information. You’ll also have the opportunity to ask questions.


© Toro Nature Center
DAY 2Kushiro > Akan > Lake Kussharo

Drift boat cruise, indigenous culture and a leisurely walk

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Stay: Kussharo Prince Hotel (Twin Room – 29sqm, 2 x single beds(105cm x 195cm))

After breakfast and check-out from the hotel, let your adventure begin! Head to Lake Toro by private vehicle with our Kintetsu English guide and board a drift boat! Enjoy a 3-hour Kushiro Marsh cruise led by a licensed nature guide/boat instructor. Then we move on to Lake Akan, where we’ll have lunch.
After lunch, visit Lake Akan Ainu Kotan to discover the culture of the Ainu people, the indigenous people of Hokkaido. There are many traditional craft shops with wood carvings or Ainu-patterned embroidery. You will have an hour and a half to explore on your own in the village.
Depart Akan for Mount Iou and take a one-hour leisurely walk with our guide. You can get close to the fumaroles and see volcanic activity! At the Mount Iou Rest House, try the famous boiled eggs boiled in the hot springs.
Tonight, we’ll be staying at a hotel by Lake Kussharo. Enjoy a Japanese/Western buffet dinner at the hotel’s restaurant.

© Pikkio Shiretoko
DAY 3Lake Kussharo > Shiretoko

Canoeing at Lake Kussharo & Night Safari Tour at Shiretoko

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Stay: Hotel Shiretoko (Standard Twin Room – 27sqm, 2 x single beds)

This morning, we head to Lake Kussharo and enjoy a 1.5-hour canoeing trip with a licensed instructor.
After lunch in Mashu, travel for about two hours to Shiretoko by private vehicle with our guide, with a break in between.
After checking in at the hotel, have a Western-style dinner at a local restaurant before going on the Shiretoko night safari tour.
During the 1.5-hour night safari tour, drive into the national park in the dark and look for wildlife as we drive. You may spot an Ezo red fox or Shika deer.

© 観光船はまなす
DAY 4Shiretoko > Rausu > Shiretoko

Rausu Geyser & Wildlife Watching Cruising in Rausu

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Stay: Hotel Shiretoko (Standard Twin Room – 27sqm, 2 x single beds)

After breakfast at the hotel, stop at the Shiretoko Pass Observatory for the great view and visit Rausu Visitor Center. At the nearby Rausu Geyser, you will have a chance to see the geyser up close as it erupts in a mighty torrent.
After lunch, depart for a 2.5-hour Rausu Wildlife Watching cruise. In the Rausu offshore in the Nemuro Straits, marine mammals such as sperm whales or Dall’s porpoises can be spotted. You may also see wild birds like northern fulmars or pomarine jaegers near the Shiretoko Peninsula from the boat.
Tonight, enjoy a Japanese/Western buffet dinner at the hotel’s restaurant.

 
DAY 5Shiretoko > Abashiri

Hiking around the Shiretoko Goko Lakes & Drift Ice Museum

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Stay: HOKUTEN NO OKA Lake Abashiri Tsuruga Resort (Japanese Modern Twin Room – 27sqm, 2 x single beds)

After breakfast and checking out the hotel, we’ll go on a 3-hour leisurely hike at Shiretoko Goko Lakes with a licensed hiking guide. Get in touch with the nature of Shiretoko Goko Lakes on a 3 km leisurely walk along a loop trail that includes a 1.6 km elevated boardwalk to watch wildlife safely and take in the breathtaking views of the area. You may find the claw marks of brown bears or the food trails of black woodpeckers!
After lunch, stop by the Koshimizu Wild Flower Garden in Abashiri National Park and visit the Okhotsk Ryu-hyo (Drift Ice) Museum. The museum exhibits marine life of the Sea of Okhotsk and drift ice. Discover unique and mysterious marine life displayed such as a Sea angel (Clione) and touch a block of natural drift ice kept in a -15 degrees celsius room.
After checking in to the hotel in Abashiri, enjoy a Japanese/Western buffet dinner at the hotel’s restaurant.

© 北海道エアポート(株)
DAY 6Abashiri

Farewell, but hope to see you again!

  • Meals: Breakfast

As our tour comes to an end, enjoy your morning before meeting your guide at the hotel lobby for your private transfer back to Memanbetsu Airport.
We look forward to welcoming you again to Japan. Enjoy the rest of your trip!


Accommodation

© Kushiro Prince Hotel
Kushiro

Kushiro Prince Hotel

Twin Room – 23sqm, 2 x single beds

The hotel is located in Kushiro, one of the world’s three best sunset towns, and the view from the restaurant on the top floor is outstanding. All Twin rooms feature a Pacific Ocean view. Your Twin room includes a flat-screen TV, free in-room Wi-Fi, shower over bath, hairdryer, and complimentary amenities. The hotel also features restaurants, a café & lounge bar, banquet, massage & spa salon, convenience store, and communal laundry. A non-smoking room will be requested.
Check-in 15:00 / Check-out 11:00

© Kussharo Prince Hotel
Lake Kussharo

Kussharo Prince Hotel

Twin Room – 29sqm, 2 x single beds(105cm x 195cm)

Just next to Lake Kussharo, the serene nature welcomes you at the Kussharo Prince Hotel. Your Twin room includes a flat-screen TV, free in-room Wi-Fi, mini-fridge, kettle, safe, separated shower booth, hairdryer, and complimentary amenities. The hotel also features a restaurant, café & lounge bar, Onsen facility (complimentary for the guests), massage & spa salon, convenience store, gaming area and communal laundry. A non-smoking room will be requested.
Check-in 15:00 / Check-out 11:00

© Hotel Shiretoko
Shiretoko

Hotel Shiretoko

Standard Twin Room – 27sqm, 2 x single beds

Hotel Shiretoko is located on the highest plateau in the region, and guests can overlook the sea and mountains of Shiretoko, a World Natural Heritage Site, from their rooms. The hotel offers an open-air bath with magnificent views and mouth-watering local foods. Your Standard Twin room includes a flat-screen TV, free in-room Wi-Fi, kettle, safe, shower over bath, nightwear (Yukata), hairdryer, and complimentary amenities. The hotel also features restaurants, café & lounge bar, Onsen facility (complimentary for the guests), nature information corner, convenience store, gaming area and communal laundry. All rooms are non-smoking at this hotel.
Check-in 15:00 / Check-out 11:00

© HOKUTEN NO OKA Lake Abashiri Tsuruga Resort
Abashiri

HOKUTEN NO OKA Lake Abashiri Tsuruga Resort

Japanese Modern Twin Room – 27sqm, 2 x single beds

Located on the hills of Abashiri, this modern hotel is themed on Ainu cultures and the Okhotsk sea. Your Japanese Modern Twin room includes a flat-screen TV, free in-room Wi-Fi, mini-fridge, kettle, safe, shower over bath, room wear, hairdryer, and complimentary amenities. The hotel also features a restaurant, café & lounge bar, foot bath facility, Onsen facility (complimentary for the guests), massage & spa salon, outdoor shop, ramen bar, convenience store and library. All rooms are non-smoking at this hotel.
Check-in 15:00 / Check-out 10:00

Inclusions

  • 5 nights accommodation: Kushiro (1 night) , Lake Kussharo (1 night), Shiretoko (2 nights) & Abashiri (1 night)
  • Meals: Daily Breakfast, 4 x Lunch, 5 x Dinner
  • English-speaking tour guide throughout the tour
  • Transportation: Private coach, and return private airport transfers
  • Meet & Greet at the Kushiro airport by a tour guide
  • Admission fees and activity fees detailed in the itinerary


  • Accident insurance included for rafting, cycling and kayaking/canoeing (you will be required to sign an agreement form upon check-in for each activity).

Exclusions

  • Flights
  • Transfers outside the tour itinerary
  • Hotel incidental charges
  • Personal expenses such as telephone, laundry, shopping
  • Drinks during meals
  • Entrance fees to places of personal interests or other attractions not detailed in the itinerary
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visa not included if required (note: Visa to enter Japan is not required for Australian citizens for trips less than 90 days)

Dates & Prices

For 2022 departure

Start Date – End Date

Sat, 25 June – Thu, 30 June

(TOUR CODE: SAC25062N)

Accommodation

Twin-Share Base

Price per person

A$4,740

(Standard Price)

Availability

Booking Closed

Start Date – End Date

Sat, 16 July – Thu, 21 July

(TOUR CODE: SAC16072S)

Accommodation

Twin-Share Base

Price per person

A$5,020

(Standard Price)

Availability

Booking Closed

Start Date – End Date

Tue, 23 August – Sun, 28 August

(TOUR CODE: SAC23082S)

Accommodation

Twin-Share Base

Price per person

A$5,020

(Standard Price)

Availability

Available

Group size: Min 7 people / Max 20 people

*This tour is for travellers aged 15 years old and up.

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Important Information

  • Fitness level: A moderate fitness level is required for leisurely-paced day trips and light activities


  • Activities may be cancelled or changed with short notice due to severe weather and water conditions.
  • We highly recommend you take out appropriate travel insurance to cover yourself for any unforeseen event.
  • After booking, you will be required to complete a brief medical questionnaire.
  • Due to the physical requirements of the activities, unfortunately we are unable welcome pregnant guests on this tour.
  • Please kindly note that, due to COVID-19, the schedule is subject to change.
  • Travel restrictions are constantly changing. Please check the latest travel advice before you book and before you travel.

Terms & Conditions

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