B: Breakfast | L: Lunch | D: Dinner | SD: Special Dinner
Day 1**May 17 | Honolulu – Chitose
We begin our journey by boarding an international flight to Hokkaido, Japan’s second largest island and northernmost prefecture and island. Meals and snacks will be served on the plane.
Day 2**May 18 | Chitose
Upon arrival at New Chitose International Airport in Sapporo, we will meet with an Air and Sea Travel representative who will escort us to our hotel in Chitose.
Day 3**May 19 | Chitose – Takikawa – Abashiri | (B, D)
After breakfast, we will make our way to Takikawa’s Canola flower fields. “Nanohana” is the word for Canola flowers in Japanese. We can enjoy the endless bright yellow blooms here. Next stop is the Michinoeki Takikawa, a shopper’s paradise and we can enjoy our own lunch here. After lunch and shopping, we will transfer to Abashiri, a city abundant with seasonal seafood available throughout the year. Tonight’s dinner features the Abashiri Kaiseki. After dinner, we can relax at the Hot Spring tonight.
Day 4**May 20 | Abashiri | (B, L, D)
We start our morning by driving for flower viewing. Our first stop is Higashimokoto Shibazakura Park. What is Shibazakura? Shiba means “lawn” and Zakura means “sakura” (cherry blossom). It is cherry blossoms that lie on the ground, which is different from viewing traditional Japanese cherry blossoms on trees. The Shibazakura of Higashimokoto comes in a variety of colors. Although light pink shibazakura dominates most of the areas of the hillside, there are also white, light purple and red moss phloxes. The first thing that comes to our mind is a pink carpet crafted by a million moss phloxes. After lunch, we will go to Marchen Hill, the “fairy tale hill” where the fields that line the gentle hills draw a beautiful rural landscape every season, and the view point where the idyllic landscape of the fields and the sky is impressive. The Hokkaido Museum of Northern Peoples introduces the culture and traditional everyday life of the peoples inhabiting the northern, subarctic regions of the globe, including the Ainu, the First Nations people of northern Canada, the Inuit, the Sami and the Siberian peoples. The museum covers topics such as clothing, food, transport, dwellings and the spiritual world with many exhibits, illustrating the differences and many similarities between the various peoples. There is also a corner on Okhotsk Culture. We will return to our hotel after a whole day tour.
Day 5**May 21 | Abashiri – Asahikawa | (B, L, D)
After breakfast, we will transfer to Kamiyubetsu Park where 200 varieties of colorful tulips vividly bloom in the vast 17 acre garden. From May 1 to early June every year, when late spring comes to the Okhotsk area, the Tulip Fair is held in the park, attracting many tourists. After lunch, we will make our way to Asahikawa, the second-largest city in Hokkaido, after Sapporo. On the way to Asahikawa, we will visit Daisetsu Morino Garden. This is a flower garden of the forest where approximately 500 flower species are displayed under 5 themes. We can enjoy beautiful wildflowers bloom from season to season in here. We will check-in our hotel near Asahikawa Station, and enjoy our dinner after.
Day 6**May 22 | Asahikawa | (B)
This morning, we will transfer Asahiyama Zoo, home to 700 animals representing 124 different species. It is the first facility in Japan to successfully breed in captivity, animals that live in cold regions, such as polar bears, Amur leopards, and Scops owls. Afterward, we will return to our hotel and enjoy the rest of the day on our own. Asahikawa Station is the central train station for Asahikawa. Apart from its spanking new interior, the station complex boasts various facilities such as a post office, souvenir shops, a tourist information center and even art galleries. We will enjoy the rest of the day on our own browsing or shopping at this busy train station area.
Day 7**May 23 | Asahikawa – Sunagawa – Sapporo | (B, D)
We will transfer this morning from Asahikawa to Sapporo via Sunagawa. Sunagawa Highway Oasis, is not just a stop along the way, but a destination unto itself where we can find many local products such as Hokkaido Pumpkin Seed Cookies. Upon arrival Sapporo, we will visit Nijo Market, is a public market in central Sapporo that occupies about one city block. Both locals and tourists visit the market to shop for fresh local produce and seafood such as crabs, salmon eggs, sea urchin and various fresh and prepared fish. We can enjoy our own lunch here. Sapporo is known as a festival city because many different festivals are held here. Many locals eagerly look forward to The Sapporo Lilac Festival because it marks the end of a long winter and the start of a warmer season when they can enjoy strolling and eating outdoors. Odori Park has about 400 lilac trees, and on the first day of the festival, lilac seedlings are given away to visitors. There is also a music festival, an outdoor tea ceremony, and a stamp rally. We will participate in this year’s 64th Sapporo Lilac Festival at Odori Park. “Odori” means “large street” in Japanese. It stretches from east to west and divides the city into northern and southern sections. Local landmarks including the Sapporo TV Tower and the Sapporo City Archive Museum are located within its boundaries. With all the shopping centers, cafes, and restaurants finding a meal is quite easy. Check-in our hotel and enjoy our dinner tonight.
Day 8**May 24 | Sapporo – Otaru – Sapporo | (B, D)
After breakfast, we will visit Sapporo Yurigahara Park. This park features unique flowerbeds and gardens including the “World Lily Gardens,” where approximately 100 types of lilies collected from around the world. From early summer to snowfall, visitors can see different flowers during different seasons. Our next destination is Otaru, a small harbor city that served as a major trading and fishing port in the late 1800’s. Many old warehouses and former office buildings give the city center a special charm reminiscent of past decades. The Otaru Canal makes for a pleasant stroll. During the day, artists present their works to passing tourists and in the evenings, old fashioned gas lamps are lit to provide a romantic atmosphere. Otaru is well known for its beautiful handmade and intricate music boxes. We will visit 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. We will also have a chance to make our own Music Box. A Crab Feast is arranged for our dinner after we return to Saporro. 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 9**May 25 | Sapporo – Chitose – Honolulu | (B)
After breakfast, check-out our hotel and enjoy a free day to shop around the city and eat whatever looks interesting. The Tanuki Koji Shopping Arcade, the unique feature of this 123-year old mall is that we 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. In the late afternoon, we will transfer to the New Chitose International Airport for our return flight to Honolulu, taking with us lasting memories of a magnificent trip to delightful Hokkaido.
We wish you a safe journey and hope you have many wonderful memories to share with family and friends! ☺
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