Sapporo, Biei, Sounkyo, Abashiri, Shiretoko, Lake Akan, Tokachigawa
A BETTER WAY TO TOUR: To us, 'value' means making a better way to tour. We love to surprise our guests with unique experiences, top-notch service, hidden local delights, & memories of a lifetime. Our tours are designed to balance sightseeing & free time while avoiding crowds and tourist traps.
Depart North America for Tokyo, Japan
Arrive in New Chitose Airport (CTS) (1hr, 32mi) Sapporo 【Dinner】
Sapporo Grand Hotel (Large Twin Room) or JR Tower Hotel Nikko Sapporo
Sapporo (3hrs, 102mi) Biei (1½hrs, 52mi) Sounkyo Onsen 【3 meals】
Sounkyo Onsen (2½hrs, 88mi) Lake Abashiri Onsen 【3 meals】
Lake Abashiri Tsuruga Resort
Lake Abashiri Onsen (1½hrs, 48mi) Shiretoko Onsen 【3 meals】
KitaKobushi Shiretoko Hotel & Resort or Shiretoko Daiichi Hotel
Shiretoko 【3 meals】
KitaKobushi Shiretoko Hotel & Resort or Shiretoko Daiichi Hotel
Shiretoko Onsen (2hrs, 79mi) Teshikaga (1hr, 28mi) Lake Akan Onsen 【3 meals】
Lake Akan Tsuruga Resort
Lake Akan Onsen (2hrs, 74mi) Obihiro (20mins, 7mi) Tokachigawa Onsen 【3 meals】
Tokachigawa Onsen-- Daiichi Hotel
Tokachigawa Onsen (3hrs, 104mi) New Chitose Airport (CTS) Your Next Destination 【Breakfast】
If you have more time, extending your stay in Sapporo or Tokyo after our tour is a great way to explore more. We’re happy to help with hotel extensions; please contact our team for pricing and availability.
The city of Sapporo is the capital of Hokkaido and the fifth largest city in Japan. Sapporo is also one of Japan’s youngest major cities as is seen by its western style grid layout. The city is known for ramen, beer and hosting the Snow Festival each February.
A picturesque small town located at the foot of the Daisetsuzan National Park in the center of Hokkaido. The bright colors of its vast flower fields, beautiful trees and hills attract as many as 1.2 million visitors annually.
First discovered by the indigenous Ainu people of Hokkaido, the gorge is one of nature’s masterpieces. Situated inside the Daisetsuzan National Park, it is home to various rock formations, waterfalls, and cliffs. Enjoy the magnificent scenery and famous hot springs.
At 1984m high, Mt. Kurodake is a lava dome located in Daisetsuzan Volcanic Range. Take the Kurodake Ropeway halfway up to the summit and enjoy a splendid view of the Daisetsuzan Mountain Range.
Ryusei No Taki Falls (Shooting Star Falls) and Ginga Mo Taki Falls (Milky Way Falls) are two of the most beautiful falls in Sounkyo Valley. Known as husband and wife waterfalls, Ginga no taki (wife) gracefully flows down like white threads while Ryusei No Taki (husband) plummets down from 90m with great force.
Obako is considered the most beautiful rock formation in Sounkyo Valley and is said to resemble folding screens. It was formed through the eruption of Mt. Daisetus and the erosion of Ishikari River.
Located in the eastern part of Hokkaido, Abashiri faces the Sea of Okhotsk. It is surrounded by rich lakes, mountains, and other natural landscapes. In the winter, one can witness drift ice on the Okhotsk Sea.
Located on the top of Mt. Tentozan, learn about the science behind drift ice and see the adorable clione, commonly known as sea angel. The museum offers a -15c° room that simulates drift ice experience year round. Step inside the room to touch drift ice and watch how a wet towel is frozen within seconds.
Stay current on Shiretoko’s sites and learn about the proper etiquettes and rules of observing Shiretoko’s nature. Visitors can also see life-size photographs of animals such as blakiston’s fish-owl, brown bears, and deer of Shiretoko at the center.
Located in the north-east of Hokkaido, Shiretoko peninsula is rich in natural resources. Considered to be the last pristine wilderness remaining in Japan, Shiretoko, a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site, is home to many endangered species and rare plants.
Shiretoko Five Lakes (Shiretoko Goko) are a set of five small lakes formed by eruption of nearby Mount Lo and fed by underground springs. The five lakes are said to be God’s five finger prints. Surrounded by mountains, trees, and wildness, it is a great place to enjoy Shiretoko’s unspoiled nature. A wooden elevated boardwalk was built so visitors can enjoy the lakes without harming the ecosystem.
Utoro is the largest town along the western coast of the Shiretoko Peninsula. It is also the gateway into Shiretoko Peninsula.
Lake Mashu, also known as Foggy Lake Mashu, is blanketed by fog most of the time. Visitors can truly enjoy the lake's distinct clarity and beautiful blue tone on a clear day. Not only is this lake the deepest lake in Japan (211 meters), it can also be considered the “clearest lake in the world” with visibility of 41.6 meters.
Lake Akan is a crater lake formed by volcanic activities more than 6,000 years ago. Located in Akan National Park, it is the home to Marimo, a rare species of algae that forms itself into beautiful green balls. The individual algae can grow up to a size of a soccer ball if left undisturbed.
Tokachi is the only place in the world to see Ban'ei Horse Racing. Horses have to pull 1 ton of weighted sleds through obstacles on the track for 200m. Witness the powerful horses up close for an unforgettable experience.
The Sapporo Grand Hotel features a shopping arcade, gym, and spa center. Centrally-located and a short walk to public transportation, explore a variety of shopping and restaurants easily from the hotel.
Directly connected to Sapporo Station and Daimaru Department Store, JR Tower Hotel Nikko Sapporo has one of the top-rated locations in Sapporo. 40-minute train ride from New Chitose Airport, 10-minute walk from Odori Park, and within walking distance to some other historic sites such as the Clock Tower and Former Hokkaido Government Office Building in Sapporo.
Relax in the outdoor hot springs surrounded by the mountains of Sounkyo. This hotel offers majestic panoramic view of the mountain range and beautiful gorge.
Situated in the famous Sounkyo Onsen hot-spring area, be sure to try their indoor and outdoor hot spring baths. The hotel offers easy access to the city’s famous attractions; for example, the Sounkyo Ropeway is only a 5-minute walk.
At this resort, taste fresh seasonal delicacy of Okhotsk and experience the natural healing properties of the unique hot springs.
Enjoy a panoramic view of the Okhotsk coast from the top floor observation deck. This hotel is located near the Utoro port, an area with abundant natural resources. Guests can taste many fresh local specialties.
Located at the very top of Utoro’s hotel zone, Daiichi hotel offers sensational views of the Okhotsk Sea from its hot springs, especially during sunset.
This stylish Ryokan resort offers world class service, beautiful hot spring baths, and a variety of shops and restaurants. Set on the shores of Lake Akan, it is conveniently located to major attractions.
This hotel is the only hotel in Japan that offers rare moor hot springs (onsen containing bioorganic algae). Moor hot springs is considered one of Hokkaido's heritages.