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Wildlife & hot springs of Hokkaido

14 days from $7,540pp

What is tailor made? 100% custom | Exceptional experiences | Hand-picked guides | Lodging with character | Designed to your schedule, budget & interests

    Places visited:

  • Tokyo
  • Kushiro
  • Akan-ko Kohan Onsen
  • Utoro Onsen Shiretoko
  • Shiretoko National Park
  • Sounkyo
  • Asahidake
  • Sapporo
  • 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.

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What our specialists say...

The high mountains, crystal lakes and wide open spaces of Hokkaido Island set it far apart from the hustle and bustle of southern Japan. This is Japan's last wilderness region, boasting the nation's greatest concentration of national parks. As Tokyo swelters through long summer days Hokkaido savours warm, temperate weather ideal for hiking in the high peaks of Daisetsu-zan. In winter arctic air from Siberia is drawn across Hokkaido, ensuring the plentiful snowfall that makes this area a popular winter sports destination and providing the raw materials for the fantastic annual Sapporo Snow Festival.

We recommend this trip for:

  • Tokyo
  • Kushiro
  • Akan-ko Kohan Onsen
  • Utoro Onsen Shiretoko
  • Shiretoko National Park
  • Utoro Onsen Shiretoko
  • Sounkyo
  • Asahidake
  • Sapporo
  • Tokyo

Itinerary idea in detail

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Day 1 Tokyo

Tokyo

You will be met at the airport by our representative, who will assist with the rail passes and seat reservations. After the formalities have been completed, you are escorted to the airport shuttle which will take you to your hotel in central Tokyo.

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Day 2 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.

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Day 3 Akan-ko Kohan Onsen

Tokyo , Kushiro , Akan-ko Kohan Onsen

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 4 Akan-ko Kohan Onsen

Akan-ko Kohan Onsen

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 5 Utoro Onsen Shiretoko

Akan-ko Kohan Onsen , Utoro Onsen 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.

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Day 6 Utoro Onsen Shiretoko

Shiretoko National Park , Utoro Onsen 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.

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Day 7 Sounkyo

Utoro Onsen Shiretoko , Sounkyo

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

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Day 8 Asahidake

Sounkyo , Asahidake

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

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Day 9 Asahidake

Asahidake

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

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Day 10 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.

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Day 11 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.

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Day 12 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.

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Day 13 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.

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Day 14 Return home

Tokyo

Take the airport shuttle bus directly from the hotel to the airport for your flight home.

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