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Japan Story Hokkaido 13 Days

Departure from Canada,

Day of travel across the International Date Line to Tokyo Japan.

 Day 1

Narita Airport-Chitose Airport-Sapporo-B|LD|

Arriving Tokyo Narita Airport after immigration and custom formalities, transfer to ANA domestic flight bound for Sapporo Hokkaido. Arriving at New Chitose Airport you will be transfer by Airport Express train to hotel.   Overnight is at Sapporo ANA Hotel

 Day 2

Sapporo-B|L|D

No major city in Japan is easier to navigate than Sapporo with its rectangular street layout and simple addressing system: City blocks are named and numbered according to the point of compass

Full day Sapporo sightseeing tour to Clock Tower, Odori Park, Raman lunch is served at famous Raman Yokocho in Susukinoo area.  Overnight is at Sapporo ANA Hotel.                                                                                                                                                                    

 Day 3

Furano and Biei-B|L|D

Morning sightseeing to beautiful Biei and Furano are towns in the center of Hokkaido, known for their pleasant and picturesque rural landscapes. The best time to visit is July, when the lavender fields are in bloom. Visiting lavender farm, Panorama Road, Hokusai Hill Observatory to fully enjoy the Hokkaido scenery.   Overnight is at Fujita Kanko Washington Hotel Asahikawa

 Day 4

Asahikawa-Sounkyo-B|L|D

Morning short visit to the world famous penguin and polar bear in Asahiyama Zoo is a very popular zoological garden allow visitors to observe  animals from various angles.

 

Afternoon departure to Sounkyo  is a touristy hot spring resort in a narrow valley of Daisetsuzan National Park with a pleasant village center, onsen baths and beautiful nearby waterfalls. It is also a good base for walks and hiking tours into the national park.  Overnight is at Hotel Taisetsu

 Day 5

Sounkyo-Abashiri-B|L|D

Abashiri is a city of 40,000 people on the eastern coast of Hokkaido, the city's attractions are its prison museum and the drift ice, which can be observed in the Okhotsk Sea during winter.

 Abashiri Prison was constructed in the 1890s to hold more than one thousand dangerous criminals. The prison gained national fame through a popular yakuza movie series by director Ishii Teruo in the 1960s.

Following a major modernization of the Abashiri Prison in 1984, the prison's old buildings were moved into the Abashiri Prison Museum which opened its doors to the public in 1985 as an open air museum. Note that the modernized Abashiri Prison is still in operation at the foot of Mount Tento. The Abashiri Prison Museum hour is from 08:00-1800 in October.

 The Abashiri Prison Museum illustrates the daily life of prisoners and exhibits more than a dozen buildings and structures of the old prison, including the main prison building with its five radically constructed wings, a law court, bath house and a punishment chamber.     Overnight is at Lake Abashiri Koso. 

Day 6

Abashiri-Oshinkoshin-Utoro-B|L|D

Your journey from Abashiri to Shiretoko will stop enroute for sightseeing the Oshinkoshin Falls. And then from Oshinkoshin to our destination of Utoro Onsen of Shiretoko Peninsula.  

I have made reservation to ask Shiretoko Daiichi Hotel shuttle bus to pick you up by 17:30 despite it is only 5 minutes car ride. Please catch a taxi if arranged hotel shuttle is not there. Overnight is at Shiretoko Daiichi Hotel.

In July 2005, Shiretoko was added to the list of UNESCO World Natural Sites for the irreplaceable value of the peninsula's ecosystem and biodiver. Utoro (ウトロ) is the largest and only sizable town along the western coast of the Shiretoko Peninsula. Located at the entrance to the national park, it serves as a transportation hub and is the boarding point for sightseeing boat tours up the peninsula's coast.  Overnight is at Shiretoko Daiichi Hotel

 Day 7

Utoro-B|L|D

Taking a morning boat cruise along the rugged western coast of the Shiretoko Peninsula, you can get a look at the more remote parts of the national park, which are otherwise only accessible on foot.

 Afternoon sightseeing continue to Cape Puyuni, Shiretoko Gorge, Shiretoko Five Lakes and Shiretoko Nature Centre. Overnight is at Shiretoko Daiichi Hotel.

 Day 8

Utoro-Kushiro-Akan Kohan-B|L|D

After morning Onsen bath and breakfast, you will depart Utoro Onsen to Akanko Lake.

 Lake Akan is a beautiful crater lake in Akan National Park. It is home to marimo, a rare algae species that forms itself into beautiful green balls. Left alone for a few centuries, Lake Akan's marimo can reach the size of soccer balls. The algae have been designated a National Special Natural Monument.

 

The lakeside hot spring resort of Akankohan is the only town around the lake. Ainu Kotan is a small Ainu village with Ainu Craft souvenir shops, and enjoy a traditional Ainu performance.

Overnight is at Lake Akan Tsuruga Resort Spa Tsuruga Wing.

 Day 9

Akan Kohan-Tokachi Onsen-B|L|D

Enjoy an morning sightseeing cruise on Lake Akan and then make a brief stop at  Akan  Crane Centre and Tancho Observation Centre. .

 Japanese Cranes, also known as Tancho (lit. red head), were thought to be extinct in Japan due to overhunting and habitat destruction. However, in 1926 a group of about 20 birds was discovered in the marshes around Kushiro. With conservation efforts they have since made a dramatic recovery and now number more than 1000 birds.

The cranes are most spectacular to watch as they dance, often in pairs, with seemingly choreographed dips and jumps. The cranes are best seen in the winter as they gather at winter feeding sites. These sites are best accessed by car, but they can also be reached by public transportation. Overnight is at Tokachi Onsen Daiichi Hotel.

 Day 10

Tokachi Onsen-Ohtaru-Sapporo-B|L|D

 After breakfast, we will sightseeing  the local Botanical Garden and Observatory. 

 Tokachi-ga-oka Botanical Garden Park

The park features huge natural lawn area and fun wooden playground equipment. At its center is a large flower clock called Hana-Tokei." Its face is 18 m in diameter, and its second hand is 10.1 m long.

 Tokachi-ga-oka Botanical Garden Park Observatory

This overlook is just up the hill from Tokachigaoka Park. It commands a panoramic view of the slowly flowing Tokachi River, Tokachigawa hot spring resort, vast Tokachi Plains and the far away Hidaka Mountains. It's an ideal spot to enjoy lovely sunsets. Arriving Sapporo and overnight is at Hotel Sapporo ANA Hotel.

 Day 11

Sapporo-B|L|D

Morning sightseeing to Otaru is a small harbour city. From the early days of Hokkaido's colonization in the late 1800s, Otaru served as a major trade and fishing port. It was hence chosen as the terminal station of Hokkaido's first railway line that connected the port with Sapporo. Many old warehouses are in Otaru Canal give city a special character reminiscent of past decades.  

Now Canal was beautifully restored and warehouses were transformed into museums, shops and restaurants.  The canal makes for a pleasant stroll during the day, when artists present their works to passing tourists, and during the evenings when old fashioned gas lamps are lit and provide a romantic atmosphere.

 

Sakaimachi Street is an attractive, preserved merchant street in central Otaru, Many of the buildings along Sakaimachi Street have since been converted into restaurants, cafes, souvenir shops, boutiques and museums. There are also a few glass workshops for tourists to enjoy a hands-on experience in creating the local Otaru Glass. After a local lunch we will return to Sapporo in the afternoon. Overnight is at Sapporo ANA Hotel.

 Day 12

Sapporo-Tokyo-B|-|-

Tour disbands after breakfast, you will be transferred by Airport Bus to Chitose Airport to continue your extension or fly home . 

From Canada

Year

Vancouver

Victoria

Kamloops

Kelowna

Calgary

Edmonton

Saskatoon

Winnipeg

Toronto

Ottawa

Montreal

Quebec City

Thunder Bay

 

St. Johns

Halifax

Land

Only

Single

Supplement

2016

7679

7729

7749

7799

7999

7989

6699

1239

2017

7679

7729

7749

7799

7999

7989

6699

1239

  • Hotel taxes and service charges additional: $ 599 per person. 10 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 10 dinners.
  • All prices are in CAD, per person twin/triple occupancy.
  • Minimum group size 10 for private bus.
  • Group size under 9-4 will use bullet train, subway and minivan with same itinerary & escort.

 

 

   Departure Dates

2016

2017

Jul 28

Jul 27

  From United States

Year

Los Angles

San Francisco

Seattle

Dallas

Houston

Chicago

Cleveland

Atlanta

New York

Boston

Miami

Land

Only

Single

Supplement

2016

6629

6679

6699

6749

6949

5649

959

2017

6629

6679

6699

6749

6949

5649

959

  • Hotel taxes and service charges additional: $ 569 per person. 10 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 10 dinners.
  • All prices are in USD, per person twin/triple occupancy.
  • Minimum group size 10 for private bus.
  • Group size under 9-4 will use bullet train, subway and minivan with same itinerary & escort.

 

 

   Departure Dates

2016

2017

Jul 28

Jul 27

 

 

Please contact  :  Elite Orient Tours / Japan Story

4-112 Elizabeth St, Toronto, Ontario M5G 1P5    

416-977-3026   1-800-668-8100  

email :  tour@elitetours.com      www.elitetours.com

 

 
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