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Summer Adventure in Central Hokkaido

Embark on an adventure in Hokkaido's nature

Asahikawa Airport, Hokkaido > Asahikawa > Furano & Biei > Sapporo > Lake Shikotsu & Chitose > Sapporo

DURATION
7 days
6 nights

TOUR TYPE
Group
minimum: 7 / maximum: 20

MEAL
Breakfast x 6
Lunch x 5
Dinner x 3

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 is home to some of the best winter adventure sports in the world, but during the summer, the snow makes way for beautiful, crisp days and opens up a whole new world of adventure options.
The wilds of Hokkaido provide a stunning backdrop to this tour as you explore Mount Asahi, hit the water for rafting down Chubetsu River, cycle across the picturesque Furano and kayak across exquisite clear lakes. See the animals native to Hokkaido and hundreds more at the Asahiyama Zoo. This is Japan’s most northern zoo and is renowned for enclosures that provide a unique way to view the animals. After days full of adventure, treat yourself to some of the finest local food and drinks in Hokkaido. Indulge in wagyu beef, Genghis Khan (lamb BBQ), beer, wine and Sapporo ramen plus more!
Don’t miss this unique opportunity to see a different side of 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

A Unique View of the Native Wildlife
Asahiyama Zoo is home to some of Hokkaido’s native wildlife. See the animals from unique vantage points like the seals’ swimming tube, penguins’ underwater glass tunnel and the polar bears’ “Seal Eye View” domed capsule viewing points.

A Mountain in the Clouds
With a licensed private mountain guide, take a ropeway 1,590m up to explore Mount Asahi – the tallest mountain on Hokkaido (2,291m). On this leisurely 1.7km trek, see beautiful ponds, local alpine flowers and wildlife as the snow begins melting from June.

Feel the summer breeze
while cycling

Take a 3-hour cycling ride across the picturesque countryside of Furano with your private guide. Ride along straight country roads lined with rice fields and vegetable farms while the fresh summer breeze makes for perfect cycling conditions.

Rafting Action
Hit the water and raft down the Chubetsu River with the epic Daisetsu Mountains behind you. With a licensed rafting guide, burst through the water with an explosion of white waves. The conditions are perfect for first-timers!

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Serene Lake Kayaking
Experience kayaking or canoeing* on a stunning lake with a professional kayaking instructor. Enjoy a tranquil morning on the lake as we glide over one of the clearest and deepest lakewaters in Japan.
*Please note: The activity will be either kayaking at Lake Shikotsu or canoeing at Lake Toya.

Look up at The Mystery of
the Moss

This mysterious moss corridor is a hidden gem of Hokkaido. Step into the stone corridor blanketed with over 80 types of fresh green moss. The result of volcanic activity over 300 years ago, this is an unmissable natural phenomenon!

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Itinerary

Day 1: Asahikawa
Welcome to Asahikawa, Hokkaido & Get Close to Animals

  • Meals: Dinner

  • Stay: Art Hotel Asahikawa (Superior Twin – 24sqm, 2 x 120cm single beds)

Welcome to Asahikawa – your gateway to exploring Hokkaido! Upon arrival at Asahikawa Airport, be greeted by a Kintetsu English tour guide and take a private transfer to your hotel where we’ll spend the next 2 nights.
On the way to the hotel, we’ll visit Asahiyama Zoo – home to over 110 kinds of animals. Asahiyama Zoo is known for its unique enclosures that allow you to get up close to Hokkaido’s native animals in ways you never thought possible.
Kanpai! Let’s raise a glass and enjoy a welcome sushi kaiseki dinner at a local restaurant. Get to know your fellow travellers over dinner while your tour guide shares more tour information and you’ll have the opportunity to ask questions.

Day 2: Asahikawa
Adventure in the Mountains

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

  • Stay: Art Hotel Asahikawa (Superior Twin – 24sqm, 2 x 120cm single beds)

Start the day with a 1-hour leisurely walk around Mount Asahi (Asahidake, 2,291m). A ropeway will take you 1,590m up the mountain to Sugatami Station where your licensed mountain guide will lead your group through the trail while providing commentary about the area. Breathe in the fresh mountain air as we spot alpine plants, flowers, ponds and even wildlife around the trail as the snow begins melting from June.
There’s more adventure in store after lunch, as we try our hand at rafting. Our licensed instructor will skilfully guide us down the fast-moving whitewater of the Chubetsu River. Grab a paddle and enjoy the ride and the stunning views of the Daisetsu Mountain range. But don’t worry, the water conditions are suitable for beginners!

*We recommend wearing a t-shirt and shorts for rafting. Jeans or cotton clothing are not recommended as they will not dry quickly. Pack a backpack with a towel and spare clothes as you will get wet on the raft.

Day 3: Asahikawa > Biei > Furano
The wonders of Hokkaido’s nature

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Stay: Hotel Naturwald Furano, or similar (Standard Twin – approx. 20sqm, 2 x single beds)

After an active day, relax in Furano and Biei – two towns in central Hokkaido surrounded by rolling hills and picturesque scenery.
We’ll tour the Biei area and stop at each of the beautiful sights the area has to offer: the 30-metre Shirahige Waterfalls, the mysterious Shirogane Blue Pond where a natural mineral reaction turns the water an astonishing shade of blue and Shikisai-no-oka, a flower garden carpeted by a kaleidoscope of flowers spread across a hill.
We’ll recharge with a wagyu beef stew lunch at a restaurant located in the heart of cattle farmland before visiting a local winery and tasting their wines.
Before heading to the hotel, we stop by Furano Marche, a shopping complex stocked with locally-sourced produce including dairy products, wines, pastry and fresh groceries.
After checking in to our hotel in Furano, take a short walk to a local restaurant and enjoy a tempura rice bowl and soba noodles for dinner.

Day 4: Furano > Sapporo
Cycling tour across Summer Furano and a well-earned feast

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Stay: Quintessa Hotel Sapporo (Superior Twin – 28sqm, 2 x 110cm single beds)

Today we hit the road on a 3-hour cycling ride across the picturesque countryside of Furano. With your private guide, ride along straight country roads lined with rice fields and vegetable farms while the fresh summer breeze makes for perfect cycling conditions.
After the cycling adventure, board the private coach for a relaxing 2-hour trip onward to Sapporo – Hokkaido’s largest city and home to many attractions.
Let’s indulge as we spend the afternoon and evening at the Sapporo Beer Garden. Start with a 1-hour premium tour of the Sapporo Beer Museum. Learn the history of Sapporo’s own beer and, of course, find out why it’s so popular with a sample.
For dinner, you’ll experience a Hokkaido favourite, Genghis Khan (lamb BBQ) at the Sapporo Beer Garden. 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!

Day 5: Sapporo
A sailing journey across the lake / step into a mysterious world

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

  • Stay: Quintessa Hotel Sapporo (Superior Twin – 28sqm, 2 x 110cm single beds)

After breakfast at the hotel, spend the morning on a pristine lake for a 2-hour kayaking/canoeing trip*. With a professional kayaking instructor as your guide, take in the beautiful scenery and songs of the birds as we cut through the clear water.
After lunch, take a 3-hour guided tour of the Corridor in the Moss. Step into this mysterious corridor covered with fresh green moss and immerse yourself in a serene, relaxing world of a million shades of green.

*Please note: The activity on Day 5 will be either kayaking at Lake Shikotsu or canoeing at Lake Toya.

Day 6: Sapporo
Explore Sapporo City and find your favourite ramen

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

  • Stay: Quintessa Hotel Sapporo (Superior Twin – 28sqm, 2 x 110cm single beds)

This morning, 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 7: 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 your 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

  © Art Hotel Asahikawa

-Asahikawa-
Art Hotel Asahikawa
Superior Twin – 24sqm, 2 x 120cm single beds
Art Hotel Asahikawa is close to some of the sights we’ll visit including Asahiyama Zoo and the Furano & Biei area.
Facilities include an all-day buffet restaurant where you can enjoy breakfast, Japanese restaurant, café, communal laundry and gym.
Your Superior Twin Room features 2 x 120cm wide single beds, free in-room Wi-Fi, mini fridge, kettle/coffee & tea, hair dryer, shower over bath, flat-screen TV, air purifier, nightwear and complimentary amenities. A nonsmoking floor has been requested for your stay.
Check-in 15:00 / Check-out 11:00

   © Hotel Naturwald Furano

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Hotel Naturwald Furano, or similar
Standard Twin – approx. 20sqm, 2 x single beds
Hotel Naturwald Furano is a warm, welcoming hotel with friendly staff and spaces where you’ll feel right at home.
Facilities include a restaurant (buffet breakfast), tourism info centre, local artist gallery space, souvenir shop, kids area, library, spa, and communal laundry. For extra comfort, you can select a pillow from the pillow counter.
Your Standard Twin Room features 2 x single beds, free in-room Wi-Fi, mini fridge, kettle/coffee & tea, hair dryer, shower over bath, flat-screen TV, air purifier/humidifier, nightwear and complimentary amenities.
Check-in 15:00 / Check-out 11:00
Please note: Depending on tour departure dates, this hotel may be changed to one of an equivalent standard.

  © Quintessa Hotel Sapporo

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Quintessa Hotel Sapporo
Superior Twin – 28sqm, 2 x 110cm single beds
Quintessa Hotel Sapporo is a chic hotel located near Nakajima Park and close to the Susukino nightlife area.
Facilities include a restaurant (buffet breakfast), vending machine, ice-making machine, paid in-room massage services and laundry service.
Your Superior Twin Room features 2 x 110cm wide single beds, free in-room Wi-Fi, mini fridge, kettle/coffee & tea, hair dryer, shower & bathtub, flat-screen TV, air purifier/humidifier, nightwear and complimentary amenities. This hotel is a non-smoking environment.
Check-in 14:00 / Check-out 11:00

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What is included

  • 6 nights accommodation: Asahikawa (2 nights) , Furano (1 night) & Sapporo (3 nights)
  • Meals: Daily Breakfast, 5 x Lunch, 3 x Dinner
  • English-speaking 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
  • Rafting: Rental spray jacket, life jacket, helmet and water shoes
  • Cycling: Rental helmet and gloves
  • Kayaking/Canoeing: Rental dry suit (wet suit), life jacket, Crocs or rubber boots
  • Accident insurance included for rafting, cycling and kayaking/canoeing (you will be required to sign an agreement form upon check-in for each activity).

Not included

  • Flights to Japan
  • Transfer not listed in the tour itinerary
  • Hotel incidental charges
  • Personal expenses such as telephone, laundry, shopping
  • Drinks during meals (Exception: Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages are included on the Day 1 and Day 4 dinner)
  • Entrance fees to places of personal interests or other attractions not detailed in the itinerary
  • 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 is 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 Asahikawa, 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.
  • Fitness level: A moderate fitness level is required for leisurely-paced day trips and light activities
  • Maximum weight: 100kg
  • Height requirements: Between 130cm and 200cm
  • What to bring for activities: Quick-drying outdoor wear, sturdy enclosed shoes, a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen and a backpack. If your shoe size is larger than 28cm, please bring suitable footwear for kayaking/canoeing that protects your toes and heels (no thongs). 
  • 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 to welcome pregnant guests on this tour.

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. -