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TOHOKU TRAVEL’S TOUR #15 AUTUMN NORTHLAND BOCHA-BOCHA TOUR WITH NORTHERN MOST ISLANDS

Departure date: 31 August (Tue) 2021

Return date: 12 September (Sun) 2021

Escort: Wesley Teranishi Junior

TOUR ITINERARY


31 AUG (TUE) HONOLULU

Leave Daniel K. Inouye Int’l Airport. A meal and snack will be served aboard the flight. FREE Movies and Drinks.


01 SEP (WED) CHITOSE,

ANA CROWNE PLAZA HOTEL CHITOSE

Arrive at Narita International Airport and after government formalities transfer to your connecting flight to Chitose International Airport in Hokkaido. Upon arrival we will go directly to the hotel in Chitose, a 15-minute bus ride from the airport.


02 SEP (THU) ASAHIKAWA,

HOTEL WBF GRANDE ASAHIKAWA (ONSEN) ♨

Today we will go to Japan’s biggest English style garden, beautiful “Yuni Flower Garden” filled with a variety of seasonal flowers. If timing is right, we should see the magnificent flowers in bloom like Cosmos, Salvia, Roses and more. The store here carries original jams, herb teas, local pickles, and more will make perfect souvenirs. Later we will enjoy seasonal Fruit Picking (Sumomo Plum or Prune depends on climate of the year). You will taste fresh and juicy Japanese fruit in season. We will enjoy shopping at Sunagawa Highway Oasis with many varieties of local specialties in Hokkaido. Our hotel is located close to Asahikawa Train station and Aeon Shopping Mall. After hotel arrival tour guides will take you Holo-Holo around the hotel. You can also enjoy a relaxing soak in Onsen Hot spring bath.


03 SEP (FRI) ASAHIKAWA,

HOTEL WBF GRANDE ASAHIKAWA (ONSEN) ♨

In the morning we will head to Daisetsuzan National Park where we are supposed to be able to see Japan’s earliest “Momiji” Autumn leaves. We will ride an Asahidake Ropeway as we make our way up 5,249 ft. to the main peak of Taisetsu Mountain range which is called the “Roof of Hokkaido”. Mt. Asahidake is the highest mountain in Hokkaido at a towering 7,513 ft. and the very 1st place that you can see Autumn colors in all of Japan. Enjoy superb view of great nature with magnificent Autumn color. Later, you will visit world renown Otokoyama Sake Brewery which makes the “Best Sake” not only in Hokkaido but also within Japan. You can learn its 360 years history and taste their Fresh Sake which you can purchase. After going back to the hotel, it will be your Free Time to continue shopping or relax at the Onsen Hot spring bath.


04 SEP (SAT) WAKKANAI,

WAKKANAI GRAND HOTEL (ONSEN) ♨

We will head to the Northernmost City of Japan “Wakkanai” sandwiched between the Japan Sea and the Okhotsk Sea with incredible sceneries. On the way, we will visit the Sturgeon Aquarium located by Teshio river where Sturgeon used to run up the river. You will get a up close view of the prehistoric Sturgeon that have been in existence for 120 million years ago. Later go to Reindeer Farm where they raise 60 reindeers brought from Finland. You can try feeding them if you wish to. Then proceed to Wakkanai while passing Rishiri-Rebun-Sarobetsu National Park, the northernmost National park in Japan. Our hotel is in the downtown area of the city. Enjoy the relaxing Hot Spring Bath and a delicious Sukiyaki dinner with Crab in the evening.


05 SEP (SUN) REBUN ISLAND & RISHIRI ISLAND,

ISLAND INN RISHIRI (ONSEN) ♨

Today we will have an early breakfast and departure as we have an interesting journey to the Northernmost Island in Japan “Rebun Island” often called “The undiscovered retreat of Hokkaido”. Upon arrival to the island by ferry, we will transfer by bus to South of the island which characterized by a scenic steep coastline. Visit the observatory look down island’s most popular landmark Neko (Cat) Rock and Momo (Peach) Rock distinctively shaped huge rocks that look like a Cat and Peach. Later head to Cape Sukoton, the northernmost viewpoint where you can overlook Soya Strait and the uninhabited island known as “Sea lion Island”. Also visit Cape Sukai, known as the best viewpoint, to witness the magnificent beauty but mysterious unexplored region of Rebun’s blue sea and sheer cliffs. We will then catch a ferry to Rishiri Island with its icon Mt. Rishiri towering at 5646 ft. in the center of the island. After arrival we will go to your hotel located close to a park that offer amazing scenery. Soak and relax in the Onsen Hot Spring bath and Open-air Bath that overlooks the Japan Sea and Rebun Island. Enjoy Buffet dinner with many fresh local seafood, Konbu seaweed, vegetables, etc.


06 SEP (MON) WAKKANAI,

WAKKANAI GRAND HOTEL (ONSEN) ♨

Today we will explore around the fascinating Rishiri Island that offers tranquil, peaceful, lovely sea and mountain views. Rishiri produces one of the best three Konbu seaweeds in Japan. The exquisite quality is used by many top-quality Japanese restaurants. Next, we will visit Senhoushi Misaki Park which provides the best view of Mt. Rishiri often called “Northern most Mt. Fuji” and oddly shaped rocks. At the store you can purchase famous Rishiri Konbu. Then we will visit the biggest pond on the Island along with the best scenic spot Otatomari Pond. The view of the clear blue waters of the pond with Mt. Rishiri as backdrop is just splendid. Also visit Himenuma Pond which is a hidden by a primeval forest. You can take a peaceful walk around the pond with a spectacular view of lush green forest. We will catch a ferry going back to Wakkanai. You can enjoy a relaxing soak in the Onsen Hot Spring bath.


07 SEP (TUE) LAKE SAROMA,

LAKE SAROMA TSURUGA RESORT (ONSEN) ♨

Today we will visit Cape Soya, the Northernmost Tip of Japan that is surrounded by the ocean on three sides. A monument has been created that indicates Cape Soya as Japan’s Northernmost piece of real estate. On a clear day you can also see Russian held Sakhalin Island. We will drive along the Okhotsk sea to Monbetsu to visit the Okhotsk Tokkari Center where injured seals from all over Japan are taken for specialty rehabilitation care before being released back into the wild. We are expected to see lovely seals up close. Then head the third largest lake in Japan the picturesque Lake Saroma. Our accommodation tonight is a nice resort hotel that faces the lake. Enjoy a buffet dinner featuring local sea foods etc. and enjoy a relaxing soak at the Hot Spring Bath & Open air Rotenburo Bath with a beautiful lake view.


08 SEP (WED) LAKE KUSSHARO,

KUSSHARO PRINCE HOTEL (ONSEN) ♨

Head to Lake Notori to see the Crimson Coral Grass that spreads throughout the lakeside like a red carpet. Depending on the climate of the year Lake Notori could assemble the brightest and biggest collection of this very rare plant that can only be seen during this time of season. Later go to Abashiri to visit Mt. Tento Flower Garden if timing is right seasonal flowers will be in bloom throughout the huge garden filled with colorful flowers such as Marigold, Cockscomb, etc. Then visit Okhotsk Ice Floe Museum renovated in 2015. You can experience the beautiful World of Drift Ice through the new 3-D projection mapping with the illusionary effect of light and sound. You can enter the 5º F freezing experience room where you will get a chance to see and touch real drift ice. Here you can feel how cold it can be in Abashiri in winter. Then go to Lake Kussharo, Japan’s biggest caldera lake while passing through Bihoro Pass that overlooks the beautiful lake. Our hotel is located by the lake and one of the top resort hotels in eastern Hokkaido. Last time to enjoy a relaxing soak at the Onsen Hot spring bath & Open air bath.


09 SEP (THU) OBIHIRO,

HOTEL NIKKO NORTHLAND OBIHIRO

The lake Kussharo’s shore is dotted with many open-air hot spring baths. Visit Sunayu Beach or Sand bath. If you touch the sandy ground along the lakeside, you will find out that its hot! Then go to Kushiro Marsh National Park which preserve Japan’s largest wetland and marsh habitat which is registered under the Ramsar Convention. We will visit the Observatory where you can see Japan’s most amazing wetlands that once was completely under the ocean. Then we will visit the newly 2020 renovated Wine Castle to see the process of the making the local “Tokachi Wine” dated back since 1963. Recently it has received high appraisal throughout the world. Try tasting the famous Tokachi Wine and various sweets using rich and fresh farm products that are popular in Obihiro. Tonight's hotel is located right next to the Train Station and its shopping building. Within easy walking distance to the supermarket. Enjoy shopping after hotel check in.


10 SEP (FRI) SAPPORO,

CENTURY ROYAL HOTEL

We will walk to Obihiro station to ride the “Super Ozora” Express Train. This train is very popular for tourists that travel around Hokkaido because of the spectacular views of the vast open green fields along the way. After we will get off the train, transfer by bus to Ecorin Village, a large farm theme park with animals, plants, and flowers in nature. Here you can encounter lovely livestock such as Sheep, Llamas and Alpacas. And watch a sheep livestock show. You will get a chance to enjoy a farm tour on the back of a tractor that will travel across picturesque pastures. Then head to Sapporo, Hokkaido’s largest city. Our hotel is located next to Sapporo station with Department Store and Underground Shopping mall. Tour guides will take you Holo Holo around the hotel after hotel check in.


11 SEP (SAT) SAPPORO,

CENTURY ROYAL HOTEL

Go to Takino Suzuran Hillside National Park. If timing is right, there will be 700,000 different kinds of cosmoses with 40 different varieties that will fill the garden. Later go to Sapporo Beer Museum that is housed in a historic brick building which used to be a brewery since 1905. Learn how the iconic Sapporo Beer brand prepares its beers and the process of beer making. Then proceed to Aeon Shopping mall for lunch and shopping. We will also visit Sapporo Wholesale Market. Here you can buy dried seafood items, local specialties, etc., all at wholesale prices. Upon hotel arrival, Free Time to continue shopping, packing, etc. (Lunch & Dinner will be at your own expense.)


12 SEP (SUN) SAPPORO / HONOLULU

At checkout time our agent will come to tape and tie-up our boxes and take down baggage to be checked in. We will leave the hotel by bus to Chitose International Airport to catch Flight # to Honolulu. Arrive in Honolulu the same morning, 12 SEP (SUN) After clearing U.S. Customs, proceed home. (Lunch & Dinner will be at your own expense.)


Clients remaining back will be assisted in obtaining plane, train, and hotel reservations. Members may return to Honolulu individually, but no later than 90 days from day of departure. Weekend returns will cost more per person. Please call our office if you are extending your stay. MAHALO!


*Buffet meals are subject to change Set meals.


*At this moment Tohoku Travel Service are working on the prices for all our tours. They will be posted soon, as we are also waiting for airfare prices. Mahalo for your patience.



TOUR GET-TOGETHER LUNCHEON

DATE:

TIME: 11:00 AM

ATTIRE: CASUAL

COST: NO COST TO TOUR MEMBERS

PLACE: HOUSE OF WONG @ 477 KAPAHULU AVE, HONOLULU, HI.