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Wildlife & hot springs of Hokkaido

15 days from £4,650pp

Includes flights
What is tailor made? Customised itinerary | Every trip is unique | Flexible accommodation options | Designed to your budget

Itinerary highlights

  • Hiking in the Daisetsuzan National Park.

  • Skiing in Furano or Niseko on world class powder.

  • Seeing the Snow Festival in Sapporo in February.

  • Watching the Red-Crested Crane mating rituals in Kushiro.

  • Keeping an eye out for bears in Shiretoko.

Price includes

Scheduled international and domestic flights
Fully insured vehicle hire
All accommodation
  • Tokyo
  • Kushiro
  • Akan-ko National Park (Lake Akan)
  • Utoro (Shiretoko)
  • Shiretoko National Park
  • Utoro (Shiretoko)
  • Sounkyo
  • Asahidake
  • Sapporo
  • Tokyo

Itinerary idea in detail

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Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Day 1 International outbound flight

International outbound flight

Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Tokyo.

Day 2 Tokyo

Tokyo

After passing through customs and luggage collection, you're met by an airport guide who will give you your trip documents and direct you to the shared shuttle service which takes you to your hotel. After checking in, spend the rest of the day at leisure, resting and relaxing after your flight. If you do feel like starting exploring, you may wish to walk around the Imperial Gardens.

Day 3 Tokyo

Tokyo

Have a day to acclimatise and sightsee in Tokyo before your rural adventure begins. You might like to visit the Imperial Palace gardens in the heart of the capital, or explore the Edo-period area of Asakusa to see the impressive Sensoji temple.

Day 4 Akan-ko National Park (Lake Akan)

Tokyo , Kushiro , Akan-ko National Park (Lake Akan)

This morning transfer to the airport for the domestic flight to Kushiro where a rental car will be waiting for you. From Kushiro drive through the wetlands, stopping in at the Crane Centre, to the Akan National Park.

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Day 5 Akan-ko National Park (Lake Akan)

Akan-ko National Park (Lake Akan)

Explore the lake today - take a boat trip or simply stroll around the shore. You have the use of your hire car to explore further afield too.

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Day 6 Utoro (Shiretoko)

Akan-ko National Park (Lake Akan) , Utoro (Shiretoko)

Head to the far eastern Shiretoko Peninsula today, stopping in at Lakes Kussharo and Mashuko as you go. If you are short on time Mashuko is the more accessible and beautiful of the two.

Day 7 Utoro (Shiretoko)

Shiretoko National Park , Utoro (Shiretoko)

Explore Shiretoko's rugged, wild coastline today by boat - looking out for bears and other wildlife along the way. There are plenty of walking possibilities around the town centre.

Day 8 Sounkyo

Utoro (Shiretoko) , Sounkyo

Drive back into the heart of Hokkaido, via Abashiri - there is an interesting indigenous peoples' or Ainu museum here - to Sounkyo.

Accommodation

Day 9 Asahidake

Sounkyo , Asahidake

Explore the gorge in the morning and then drive to Asahidake, another mountainous and scenic town.

Day 10 Asahidake

Asahidake

Explore the mountain today, there are several short walks or some longer hikes in the area.

Day 11 Asahidake

Asahidake

Drive south to Biei, a pretty town with rolling hills and abundant flowers in the spring and summer. Return to your hotel in the evening.

Day 12 Sapporo

Asahidake , Sapporo

Drive to the capital city of Hokkaido today, Sapporo. The city is very cosmopolitan and has some interesting architecture and a lovely atmosphere.

Day 13 Sapporo

Sapporo

Explore the city today. We recommend a visit to the Historical Village of Hokkaido, which features replicas and original buildings dating back to the 1800s.

Day 14 Tokyo

Sapporo , Tokyo

Drive to the airport for your flight back to Tokyo and your final afternoon at leisure in Japan. Enjoy your final day last-minute sightseeing or shopping.

Day 15 International return flight

Tokyo , International return flight

Take the airport shuttle bus directly from the hotel to the airport for your flight home. Your return flight will arrive the same day.

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