B: Breakfast | L: Lunch | D: Dinner | SD: Special Dinner
Day 1** Jul 4 | Honolulu –> Chitose
We begin our journey by boarding an international flight to Hokkaido, Japan’s second largest island and the largest and northernmost prefecture. Meals and snacks will be served on the plane.
Day 2** Jul 5 | Chitose – Sapporo
After arriving at the New Chitose International Airport in Sapporo, we will meet with an Air and Sea Travel representative who will escort us to our hotel.
Day 3** Jul 6 | Sapporo – Furano – Biei – Sounkyo | (B, L, D)
In the morning, we will visit the beautiful Farm Tomita, where Lavender Fields with the Tokachi mountain range as a backdrop displays the most spectacular view in the region. Here we can taste the unique Lavender Flavored Ice Cream. Furano is synonymous with great food and local hospitality. Any visit to the area is not complete without sampling some of the mouth watering cuisine served in the local restaurants. A Lunch Buffet including Locally Grown Honeydews will be served. Later we will stop at the Biei Hills, a place that attracts as many as 1.2 million visitors every year because of its astonishing views of flowers. Shikisai-no-Oka (Hill of Four Seasons) provides a panoramic view of flower blossoms and a natural heavenly fragrance across seven hectares of land on the Biei Hills. Then we will check into the Sounkyo Onsen Resort, located in a narrow valley of the Daisetsuzan National Park. Relax at the Hot Spring tonight, and we will explore more spectacular views at the famous Soun-kyo Gorge tomorrow. A special “Mountain-River’s Four Season” Banquet is arranged for tonight. As the name suggests, the seasonal ingredients from the surrounding mountain and river are used in Japanese, Chinese, and Western cuisines.
Sounkyo Onsen contains minerals such as hydrogen sulfide, salt, and iron. Its water is neutral. It is said to be good for hypertension and arteriosclerosis.
Day 4** Jul 7 | Sounkyo – Toya-ko | (B, L, D)
Today we will visit the Soun-kyo Gorge, the “Roof of Hokkaido”. This 12.4-mile long gorge contains spectacular 328 ft. jagged cliffs and gorgeous waterfalls. We will see the beautiful Ginga Waterfall and the Ryusei Waterfall, which are collectively referred to as “husband-and-wife falls” in Japanese. Then we will stop at the Otokoyama Sake Brewery & Museum. Otokoyama is a well known sake brand both within Japan and worldwide. The museum comprehensively covers the rich sake brewing heritage, as well as the ancient sake-related literature and art. Enjoy Sake Tasting and the special gift shop. Next we will visit the Ramen Mura (Ramen Village) where the region’s greatest ramen shops are located in one outlet. Asahikawa Ramen is a distinct variant of shoyu ramen that is found in the city of Asahikawa. After lunch, we will drive to our onsen resort. The Toya-ko region features an active volcano and the Hot Springs is available to us any time at our resort. Lake Toya (Toya-ko) is the third largest lake in Japan and ice-free throughout the year. After dinner, we will view the spectacular Fireworks from the lake (weather permitting).
Toya-ko Hot Spring contains sodium chloride and hydrogen sulfide. Its water is neutral to weakly alkaline. It is said to be good for soothing fatigue, beautifying skin, and helping replenish skin’s natural protectants.
Day 5** Jul 8 | Toya-ko – Hakodate | (B, L, D)
In the morning, we will transfer to Showa Shinzan which is one of Japan’s youngest mountains. Still venting sulfurous fumes today, Showa Shinzan stands directly next to Mount Usu, which bears responsibility for the new mountain’s birth. We will visit the Showa-Shinzan Bear Park where we can get up close to the bears and feed them. After saying goodbye to the cute bears, we will have the Salmon Chanchan Yaki for lunch. Afterwards we will go to Hakodate, the 3rd largest city of Southern Hokkaido. First, we will move on to Hokkaido Konbu Kan, a dome-shaped museum where you can learn about Konbu (laminaria), including its history, production, and the role it plays in Hokkaido’s lifestyle and industry. Our next destination is the Historic Trappistine Convent, the first monastery in Japan. It was constructed in 1898 to house the eight nuns who were sent by a French king to Hokkaido to spread Christianity in this area. Then we will head to Mt. Hakodate (Hakodate-yama), a 334 meter high, wooded mountain with a 9 kilometer circumference at the southern end of the peninsula. Because of its location, Mt. Hakodate is considered one of the spots where we have the most beautiful view in the world. We will take the Ropeway to the top of the mountain to enjoy the glittering city view. For dinner, we will have a hearty Buffet at the Onsen Resort. Later we can relax and rejuvenate at a traditional outdoor Hot Spring in Yunokawa.
Yunokawa Onsen is rich in sodium-calcium chloride. Its water is neutral to weakly alkaline, transparent, odorless and soft on the skin. It is said to be good for soothing fatigue, rheumatism, sprains, stiff shoulders, back problems and gastroenteric disorders.
Day 6** Jul 9 | Hakodate – Noboribetsu | (B, L, D)
Today we will visit Hakodate’s famous Morning Market which opens daily from 5am to noon. The market has more than 360 tightly-packed stalls offering a variety of fresh seafood and produce. Our tour will include activities such as Fishing Squid and Tasting. We will also have the chance to see the “Dancing Tako.” After that, we will stop is the Hakodate History Plaza. In 1804, it was just a small harbor with several warehouses, but it became the famous Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse by1909. There are hundreds of small shops located in or near the warehouse. We will find many local arts and crafts, as well as hand-made merchandise from all over the world. Want to try a Japan Local Burger? We will have Burger at LUCKY PIERROT: Hakodate’s No. 1 Burger Chain for our lunch. Lucky Pierrot was established in 1987. The chain has 17 branches that have different themes and storefronts but they all have the same mission: sharing the joy with their customers. After lunch, we will stop at the Jigokudani or “Hell Valley”, a main source of Noboribetsu’s hot spring waters. It is a spectacular valley just above the town of Noboribetsu Onsen with displays of hot steam vents, sulfurous streams and other volcanic activity. For dinner, we will have a hearty Buffet at the Onsen Resort. Later we will have a relaxing time at the Noboribetsu Onsen, Hokkaido’s most famous hot spring resort. It offers as many as eleven different kinds of thermal waters that are considered among Japan’s best and most effective.
Noboribetsu Onsen contains many minerals such as hydrogen sulfide, salt, and iron. Its water is neutral to weakly acidic. It is said to be good for hypertension and arteriosclerosis. The relaxing atmosphere will refresh you during your trip.
Day 7**Jul 10 | Noboribetsu – Sapporo | (B, L, D)
Today, we will visit Noboribetsu Marine Park Nixe. Modeled after a Danish castle, it is one of the largest aquariums in northern Japan. In addition to the 4-story high aquarium, the popular Penguin Parade is a show you cannot miss. All the adorable penguins are bound to create lasting memories! The soup provides good sources of protein that can keep you full and warm. Then, we will transfer to Sapporo. First, we will go to the Odori Park located in the heart of Sapporo. It stretches from east to west and divides the city into northern and southern sections. Throughout the year, many events and ceremonies such as the Sapporo Lilac Festival and the Sapporo Snow Festival are held in the park. Local landmarks including the Sapporo TV Tower and the Sapporo City Archive Museum are located within its boundaries. A Crab Feast is arranged for our dinner. Local crabs are usually boiled with some salt or broiled. They have an elegant sweetness and sophisticated taste to them. It is said that the crab is so delicious that Japanese people become silent once they start eating.
Day 8**Jul 11 | Sapporo | (B, L)
Today we will first stop at the Hokkaido Shrine constructed in 1870 in Sapporo as an interim building of the shrine for three deities of the Hokkaido reclamation. Next we will stop at the Duty Free Shop to find special souvenirs for our family and friends. Lunch today is a Local Special Set Meal. After lunch, we will transfer to Otaru, a small harbor city which served as a major trade and fishing port from the late 1800s. Many old warehouses and former office buildings give the city center a special character reminiscent of past decades and make the Otaru Canal a place for a pleasant stroll. During the day, artists display their works to passing tourists. During the evenings, old fashioned gas lamps are lit and provide a romantic atmosphere. Otaru is well known for its handmade beautiful and intricate music boxes, so we will stop at the Otaru Music Box Museum to learn about this special local product. The museum is located in a beautiful century-old red brick building, designated as one of the historic landmarks of Otaru City. Music boxes in various sizes and types are neatly displayed. Later in the afternoon, we will visit the Kitaichi Glass Company. There are three different sales floors: “Western,” “Japanese,” and “Country.” We will also enjoy a cup of coffee at the elegant café, “Kitaichi Hall,” and get to keep the special cup as a gift.
Day 9**Jul 12 | Sapporo – Chitose –. Honolulu | (B)
After enjoying our breakfast, we will stop at the Asahi Brewery where we can taste the locally made beer. Asahi Beer, one of the oldest and most popular beer brands in the country, has been brewed in the region and is now produced and sold around the world. Then, we will have some fun in the largest shopping mall in Sapporo, the Tanuki Koji Shopping Arcade, whose history goes back 123 years. The unique aspect of this mall is that you will find traditional merchants selling kimonos, tea or incense side-by-side with modern stores specializing in computer software or state-of-the-art electronics. We can also enjoy our own lunch in this shopping Arcade. After that, we will visit Lake Shikotsu, a crater lake formed over 40,000 years ago by volcanic activity. This second deepest lake has a very small surface area and its water temperature remains quite constant throughout the year, making it the northernmost ice-free lake in Japan. After this stop, we will transfer to the New Chitose International Airport for our return flight to Honolulu. This will end our yummy yummy trip to delightful Hokkaido.
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Written notice is required for any cancellation. The cancellation fee will be as follow:
** 69-31 days prior to departure, 50% of total price plus any other service fee caused from the cancellation;
** 30 days prior to departure or withdrawing during the tour shall be regarded as willingly giving up all rights concerned, 100% of total price, and request for other services as a substitute shall not be accepted.
Price from: $3,488.00
Includes: Tax and fuel surcharge
(SINGLE SUPP: $900)