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Colourful and Tasty Summer Hokkaido

Discover what lies beneath the snow of Hokkaido

New Chitose Airport, Hokkaido > Toya > Yoichi > Otaru > Sapporo > Furano & Biei > Sapporo 

DURATION
6 days
5 nights

TOUR TYPE
Group
minimum: 7 / maximum: 20

MEAL
Breakfast x 5
Lunch x 3
Dinner x 4

TRANSPORTATION
Private Coach

PRICE
Coming Soon!

Overview          Highlights          Itinerary          Accommodations           What's included          Dates & Prices          Terms and Conditions

Overview          Highlights          Itinerary          Accommodations           What's included          Dates & Prices          Terms and Conditions

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Overview

Hokkaido, Japan’s northern-most island, conjures up visions of pristine snow and perfect skiing conditions. But during summer, Hokkaido becomes an astonishing nature oasis and offers a cool alternative to Japan’s otherwise hot summers.
On this tour, you’ll discover what lies beneath the snow of Hokkaido. Explore volcanic mountains, rolling fields of lavender and flowers, vast green farmlands, a surreal turquoise pond, and more. See how Hokkaido’s natural resources contribute to some of the finest whisky and sake Japan has to offer. Explore Sapporo – a beautiful city filled with greenery and wonderful food. Enjoy locally grown produce from beef to rice and the freshest sushi you could imagine.
All this and so much more awaits in Hokkaido.

  • Small group tour (maximum of 20 travellers)

  • Local transport included

  • Fully guided by our local English-speaking tour guide

  • See all the popular sight-seeing spots

  • Lake-view room at Toya guaranteed

  • Private sushi dining experience with chef

  • Welcome cocktail & dinner with tour briefing

  • Best for first timers to Hokkaido

  • A great extension of your Japan trip

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Highlights

Mount Usu awaits
Where else can you experience stunning panoramic views of volcanic craters, a lake, a mountain and even the Pacific Ocean? On this leisurely 3-hour walk exploring Mount Usu and the Nishiyama crater walking trail, you’ll be in awe of the wonders of nature found here.

Unforgettable fireworks
on the water

Feel the impact of 400 fireworks rumble through your body as you witness an incredible display right on Lake Toya from a cruise boat. 20 unforgettable minutes in a breath-taking setting.

Sushi like you’ve never had before
Imagine taking a seat in a private banquet room as a sushi chef makes your sushi to order. Watch the hands of a master meticulously prepare your sushi right before your eyes with some of the freshest seafood in Hokkaido.

Hokkaido’s favourite
lamb BBQ feast
Try Genghis Khan, Hokkaido’s popular style of lamb BBQ. Load up the sizzling skillet at your table with fresh meat and vegetables and cook up a feast. Served with brewery-fresh Sapporo Beer, you’ll quickly discover why Genghis Khan is a Hokkaido favourite!

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Get the blues at the Shirogane Blue Pond
Step through the forest and be amazed by a true miracle of nature. A pond where the water colour is such a vivid shade of blue it seems impossible. Is it aqua, emerald or turquoise? The answer is ever-changing.

The purity of Hokkaido in a glass
Whether you prefer whisky, wine or sake, Hokkaido has something for you. Visit distilleries and breweries and find out why they thrive in the Hokkaido environment and sample their most popular products.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Chitose > Toya
Welcome to beautiful Hokkaido

  • Meals: Dinner

  • Stay: Toyako Manseikaku Hotel Lakeside Terrace – Lakeview Western Style Room (27sqm, 2 x single beds)

Welcome to Hokkaido!

Upon arrival at New Chitose Airport, you’ll be welcomed by your Kintetsu
English-speaking tour guide. Board the private coach as we head to the lake-side town of Toya, where we’ll spend our first 2 nights.
Enjoy a welcome dinner at the hotel overlooking beautiful Lake Toya and learn more about what’s in store for the 6 days from your friendly tour guide.
You’ll have the opportunity to ask any questions you have and get to know your fellow travellers.
Kanpai! (That’s Japanese for “Cheers”).

Day 2: Toya
Mt Usu & Fireworks, epic views and an epic night

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Stay: Toyako Manseikaku Hotel Lakeside Terrace (Lakeview Western Style Room – 27sqm, 2 x single beds)

Take in a deep breath of fresh Hokkaido air and set off on a 3-hour fully-guided leisurely walk covering Mount Usu, a UNESCO Toya Caldera and Usu Volcano Global Geopark, and the Nishiyama crater walking trail. Arrive at the summit station of Mount Usu via ropeway and take in the stunning 360-degree view of Hokkaido’s natural beauty from 2 observation areas. About 25 minutes away by coach is the Nishiyama crater walking trail that leads you around the craters formed by the most recent eruption of Mount Usu in 2000. Along the trail, you’ll also see houses and roads damaged by the eruption that have been left untouched – a reminder of the sheer power of nature.

Please note: The walking tour is total 3-hours/2km, and 50m ascent & 50m descent.

After lunch, visit Date City Museum of History & Culture. Here you’ll learn Hokkaido’s local history of the development era and indigenous Ainu culture, and visit the swordsmith studio.
We return to Toya for dinner at a local restaurant for a full course dinner including local beef and all-you-can-drink.
After a quick break at the hotel, we step onto a double-decker cruise of Lake Toya. Watch from the comfort of the boat as the Hokkaido sky lights up with 400 fireworks in an epic 20-minute display. The colourful fireworks reflecting off the calm waters of Lake Toya is a stunning sight.

Day 3: Toya > Yoichi > Otaru > Sapporo
Enjoy Hokkaido’s specialty food & drinks, and end the day on top of the world

  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

  • Stay: Royton Sapporo (Exceed Twin Room – 30sqm, 2 x 120cm single beds)

We start the day at Kyogoku Fukidashi Park. At the foot of Mt Yotei, the park is a source of pure spring water which is highly revered by the locals. This is an incredibly picturesque park with streams, bridges and falls spread throughout.
After the park, we visit Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery, one of the top whisky makers in Japan. Learn how Hokkaido’s clear water and crisp climate make Nikka Whiskey so highly regarded.
We arrive in the charming port town of Otaru where you can explore the popular area around the canal. Otaru is known for hand-crafted glassware and musical boxes.
We meet up again and head to the Hokkaido Wine Brewery. Taste four varieties of wine paired with nibbles as you learn about their winemaking process and history.
It’s a true feast for dinner tonight as we arrive at the Sapporo Beer Garden. Here you’ll experience a Hokkaido favourite, Genghis Khan (lamb BBQ). 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!
And we end the night 530m above Sapporo at the summit of Mount Moiwa. Take a moment and gaze out over the sparkling lights of Sapporo and Ishikari Bay.

Day 4: Sapporo > Furano & Biei > Sapporo
The colourful history and scenes of Hokkaido

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Stay: Royton Sapporo (Exceed Twin Room – 30sqm, 2 x 120cm single beds)

Watch the green vistas of Hokkaido from the comfort of our private coach as we make our way to the colourful area of Furano.
For lunch, dine at a restaurant in beautiful farmland surrounds where you can enjoy Biei Wagyu Beef and locally-produced Nanatsuboshi rice.
After lunch, be amazed by the incredible Shirogane Blue Pond. This man-made pond was created to help with erosion issues, but the surprising side-effect is the stunning shade of blue of the water – thought to be a result of the mix of minerals. Intense turquoise, aqua or mesmerising emerald -it’s a must-see wonder.
The vivid colours continue at Farm Tomita where 13 fields are bursting with gorgeous flowers of all varieties including famous lavender.
Before heading back to Sapporo, we’ll visit Kobayashi Sake Brewery – a brewery with deep roots in the area’s coal mining culture between the 1940s and 1960s. Enjoy a taste of the favourite sake of the coal miners – Kitanonishiki – made from 100% Hokkaido-grown rice.

Please note: Sake experience might be replaced to Chitosetsuru sake museum depending on availability

After relaxing at the hotel, it’s time for a special dinner experience. Step inside a private banquet room and meet our personal sushi chef for the evening. Watch a master at work, as exquisite sushi – made with some of the freshest colourful Hokkaido seafood – is prepared right before your eyes. A truly unique experience.

Day 5: Sapporo
Explore Sapporo City and find your favourite ramen

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

  • Stay: Royton Sapporo (Exceed Twin Room – 30sqm, 2 x 120cm single beds)

After breakfast at the hotel, your tour 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.

Day 6: Sapporo
Farewell, but hope to see you again!

  • Meals: Breakfast

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

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Accommodations

  © Toyako Manseikaku Hotel Lakeside Terrace

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Toyako Manseikaku Hotel Lakeside Terrace
Lakeview Western Style Room – 27sqm, 2 x single beds
Your hotel is about an hour from New Chitose Airport and sits right on the edge of Lake Toya. Spectacular views of the lake can be seen from the lobby, hot springs, restaurant and many of the guest rooms.
Facilities include shared indoor and open-air hot spring baths plus sauna, outdoor footbath, library café, indoor swimming pool, local souvenir shop, relaxation spa and kids play space.
Your Lakeview Western Style Room features 2 x single beds including free in-room Wi-Fi, mini fridge, kettle/coffee & tea, flat-screen TV, shower facility or shower over bath and complimentary amenities. This hotel is a non-smoking environment.
Check-in 15:00 / Check-out 10:00

  © Royton Sapporo

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Royton Sapporo
Exceed Twin Room – 30sqm, 2 x 120cm single beds
Royton Sapporo is perfectly located just 3 minutes from Sapporo Odori Park and is close to the shopping precinct and nightlife.
Facilities include 4 restaurants & bars, shops for local products and essential items, paid sports club (indoor swimming pool, sauna and gym) and convention halls.
Your Exceed Twin Room offers a view of Sapporo from the upper levels of the hotel (18-19th floor) and features 2 x 120cm width single beds, free in-room Wi-Fi, mini fridge, kettle/coffee & tea, hair dryer, shower over bath, flat-screen TV, nightwear and complimentary amenities. A non-smoking floor has been requested for your stay.
Check-in 15:00 / Check-out 11:00

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What is included

  • 5 nights accommodation: Toya (2 nights) & Sapporo (3 nights)
  • Meals: Daily Breakfast, 3 x Lunch, 4 x Dinner
  • English-speaking tour guide throughout the tour
  • Transportation: Private coach, and return private airport transfers
  • Meet & Greet at the Asahikawa airport by a tour guide
  • Admission fees and activity fees detailed in the itinerary

Not included

  • Flights to Japan
  • Transfer not listed in the tour itinerary
  • Incidental charges at hotel
  • Drinks during meals (Exception: Soft drinks and alcoholic beverage are included on the Day 1, Day 2 and Day 3 dinner)
  • Entrance fees to places of personal interests or other attractions not detailed in the itinerary
  • Personal expenses such as telephone, laundry and shopping
  • Travel insurance
    *check out Manulife Travel Insurance
  • Japan entry visa if required (Entry visa is not required for Canadian passport holders)

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Dates and prices

For 2022 departures:

Start Date - End Date
Coming Soon!
(TOUR CODE: TBA)

Accommodation
Double Occupancy

Price per person
TBA

Status
N/A

Group size: Minimum 7 guests / Maximum 20 guests
* Ask us for supplement for single participant and/or triple occupancy rate
* This tour is for travelers aged 15 years old and up. No child discount applies.

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Terms and Conditions

Payment:

  • A non-refundable deposit of 15% of the tour fee is due within 7 days of confirmation.
  • The balance payment will be required by 70 days prior to departure.
  • All payments must be made by credit card or debit card that are issued by Canadian financial institutions.
  • Failure to make a payment by the deadline will result in the forfeiture of your participation and deposit paid.
  • Tours may be cancelled if the number of participants fails to reach the minimum number and the amount paid will be fully refunded.

Cancellation policy:

  • More than 70 days of prior to departure: Loss of deposit
  • Between 69 days and 25 days prior to departure: 30% of the tour fee
  • Between 24 days and 10 days prior to departure: 50% of the tour fee
  • 100% charge thereafter

Tour information:

  • This tour is organized and operated by Kintetsu International Express (Oceania) Pty. Ltd., our sister company located in Australia.
  • Tour participants will be in combination with Canadian tourists and Australian tourists.
  • Minimum number of participants of this tour is 7 guests, and maximum number of participants is 20 guests.
  • Travelers aged 14 years old or younger are not allowed to participate this tour.
  • It is responsibility of participants to let us know in advance any food allergy if you have. We will try our best to accommodate your request, however, menus might be different from originally prepared.
  • Meeting place of this tour on the day-1 is New Chitose Airport in Hokkaido. Therefore, you will be required to arrive in Hokkaido at least one day earlier prior to the tour departure date.
  • Please be advised that the tour schedule is subject to change due to COVID-19 situation in Japan.

Organizer / Operation

  • Kintetsu International Express (Canada) Inc.
  • Kintetsu International Express (Oceania) Pty. Ltd.
  • Kinki Nippon Tourist Co. Ltd

(Last update: 2021.9.29)

Kintetsu International Express (Canada) Inc.

Toronto Branch
1450 Meyerside Drive, Suite 305,

Mississauga, ON, Canada L5T 2N5
Tel: (905) 670-8710

- Canadian subsidiary of KNT, Kinki Nippon Tourist, Co., Ltd. -