Feb 8 (Thu) HONOLULU,
Leave Daniel K. Inouye Int'l Airport. A meal and snack will be served aboard the flight. Free Movies and Drinks.
Feb 9 (Fri) CHITOSE,
ANA CROWNE PLAZA HOTEL CHITOSE
Arrive at Haneda Int’l Airport and after government formalities, transfer to your connecting flight to Chitose Airport in Hokkaido. Upon arrival, go directly to the hotel (15 minutes by bus from the airport). We will stay 2 nights at hotel located right next to Aeon Shopping Mall.
Feb 10 (Sat) CHITOSE,
ANA CROWNE PLAZA HOTEL CHITOSE
In the morning go to the shoe store to buy snowshoes to be ready for Winter season in Hokkaido. We will enjoy shopping at Plat Minato Market. Wholesale market carries fresh Hokkaido fish and shellfish, dried sea foods, etc. If you wish to, you can try fresh Seafood Domburi on your own expense. Then head to Lake Shikotsu to see the amazing “Hyoto Ice Festival” with massive ice sculptures made with water from the lake. You will be impressed by the marvelous colored huge ice sculptures which are called “Shikotsu blue.” Hokkaido is the birthplace of beer brewery in Japan. We’ll visit Sapporo Beer Brewery learning the process of making their products. You get to taste their freshly brewed “Sapporo Classic” which is Limited Edition Hokkaido Beer that can only be consumed in Hokkaido. Enjoy shopping after going back to the hotel.
Feb 11 (Sun) SAPPORO,
SAPPORO TOKYU REI HOTEL
In the morning, enjoy exiting Snow Activity at North Snow Land. Having fun in the snow with Snow Mobile, ATV, Snow Rafting or Snow Tube. Then head to Sapporo, Hokkaido’s capital and largest city. We will fully enjoy one of Japan’s most adorable and amazing events in winter, “74th Sapporo Snow Festival.” You will be impressed by huge snow sculptures, hundreds of different size ice sculptures and tempting snow statues. The whole Odori park turns into a fairy tale picture. Our hotel is conveniently located just a minute’s walk from downtown Susukino where Ice Sculpture Festival is held. After dinner, your tour guide will take you to Odori Park again to see Sapporo Snow Festival by subway. Giant Snow sculptures which are several stories high, are illuminated with fascinating lights that give you the feeling of being in an enchanted park. We will also see Projection Mapping show using the latest technology making Sculpture as if moving by itself!
Feb 12 (Mon) ASAHIKAWA,
OMO7 ASAHIKAWA BY HOSHINO RESORT
Visit Sapporo TV Tower that is symbolic tower in Sapporo. From the observatory (296ft high), you can enjoy a 360 degree view of whole snowy Sapporo city and Odori Park. Then proceed to Asahikawa, Hokkaido’s 2nd largest city filled with natural splendor. On the way, enjoy shopping at “Sunagawa Highway Oasis” carries a large variety of delicious local specialties in Hokkaido. We will visit Asahikawa Winter Festival, to see the amazing “Guinness Book of World Records” Gigantic snow statue. You can enjoy strolling around the winter wonderland and you can slide down a huge ice slide if you like.
Feb 13 (Tue) SOUNKYO,
SOUNKYO KANKO HOTEL (ONSEN)
Visit the most world-renowned Sake brewery “Otokoyama” with a 360-year history. We will see the place where the “Best Sake in Hokkaido” is brewed and learn the history and enjoy tasting their Fresh Sake! Then visit Asahiyama Zoo to see their traditional winter event “Penguin walk.” A group of King penguins waddling around the zoo to exercise during the winter. Later we proceed to Sounkyo Gorge. Tonight, we will stay at Onsen Resort hotel located along the river. After dinner, tour guide will take you to Sounkyo Ice Fall Festival. You can explore into a mysterious frozen world created by numerous ice sculptures illuminated in the seven colors of the rainbow, an icefall shrine, projection mapping on the ice, winter fireworks that light up the night sky in glorious color, a 42 feet high ice sculpture that forms an ice tunnel, etc. After visiting the festival, warm up your body in the Onsen Hot Spring bath. You can try the biggest Open-air bath in Hokkaido while hearing murmuring stream (Mixed gender bath. Bathing wear is provided at Onsen place).
Feb 14 (Wed) LAKE SAROMA,
LAKE SAROMA TSURUGA RESORT (ONSEN)
Visit Yama-no Aquarium. It is amazing to see Japan’s biggest freshwater fish “Ito (Japanese Huchen)” swimming and forming groups. Also go to Cha-Cha World Doll Museum, filled with over 10,000 wooden toys including puppets, nutcracker dolls and mechanical toys from 40 different countries. This incredible Shadowgraph Gallery is worth to see. The masterfully crafted splendid pieces of art with light and shadow take you into vibrant fantasy world. Then head to beautiful Lake Saroma Hokkaido’s largest lake with its abundant nature. We will stay at fantastic Resort hotel perfectly situated among Hokkaido’s magnificent natural beauty. You will see Frozen lake (depends on temperature of the year) from your room. Enjoy a delicious buffet dinner featuring local seafood, meat, etc. and soaking in Onsen Hot Spring bath and Open-air bath with a fine view of frozen lake amidst beautiful winter scenery.
Feb 15 (Thu) SHIRETOKO,
SHIRETOKO DAIICHI HOTEL (ONSEN)
Go to Abashiri a prime site for observing the huge Ice Floes only during certain time of winter. We’ll ride an Icebreaker Boat to see the Ice Floes up close (It depends on circumstances of weather, temperature, tide, wind, etc.). The thickness and amount of Ice Floes has decreased quite considerably due to global warming. It’s better to visit as early as you can. Otherwise, No more chance! Later visit Okhotsk Ice Floe Museum. You can experience the beautiful World of Drift Ice through a new 3-D projection mapping with an illusionary effected light and sound display. You will get a chance to see and touch a piece of real Drift ice in the freezing experience room that’s kept at 5 degree Fahrenheit. Then proceed to a World Natural Heritage site Shiretoko Peninsula one of Japan's most beautiful and unspoiled National Parks. The winter wonderland scenery of ice and white snow is breathtaking. If timing is right, you will be able to view the beautiful Ice Floe scenery along the way. We will stop at Oshin-Koshin Waterfall, selected as “One of the 100 most beautiful waterfalls in Japan.” You can see the partly frozen falls with a beautiful winter surroundings. In the evening, enjoy a Big Buffet Dinner awarded as the “Best buffet in Hokkaido” with a variety of Local Seafood, Crab, Scallop, Sushi, Tempura, Steak, etc. Another good chance to soak and warm up your body in the Onsen Hot Spring bath and Open-air Rotenburo bath with a panoramic view of Shiretoko.
Feb 16 (Fri) LAKE AKAN,
LAKE AKAN TSURUGA WINGS (ONSEN)
This morning we will go to Akan-Mashu National Park offers a vast landscape comprising Japan’s largest caldera landform, volcanoes, forests, and lakes. We’ll visit Lake Kussharo which is chosen as “One of Japan’s 36 most beautiful places” by CNN. It will be perfect timing when a large flock of whooper swans that migrate from Russia along the lake’s shoreline. This breathtaking landscape consisting of swans, frozen lake and white mountain backdrop is praised as “the Most beautiful lake shore of swans”. Then we will visit mystical Lake Mashu which is considered by many to be “Japan’s most beautiful lake” because of its tranquil beauty. During the winter, trees are covered with snow and ice line the lake shore and stand in stunning contrast to the blue surface of the lake (Weather Permitting). Later head to our hotel located beside Lake Akan. The lake completely freezes over in winter and the Frozen Lake Festival is held on the lake. You will get a chance to enjoy numerous winter activities such as fishing on the frozen lake, ice skating, snowmobile, etc. (Optional). After another Big Buffet Dinner, you can enjoy Fireworks on the frozen lake that can be seen from your room. Enjoy a relaxing soak in Onsen Hot Spring bath.
Feb 17 (Sat) OBIHIRO,
HOTEL NIKKO NORTHLAND OBIHIRO
In the morning, visit International Crane Center to see “Tancho” the Japanese Red-headed Cranes, designated officially as living Japanese Monument and its habitat is only around this area. See these beautiful cranes dancing elegantly spreading their huge wings. Then go to see Hokkaido’s winter miracle scene “Jewelry Ice” that is Ice lumps appear only during the coldest winter months on a beach at the mouth of the Tokachi River (Depends on timing of the year). The clear ice, illuminated by the bright sunshine, sparkles like a diamond in the light. This unusual and unnatural phenomenon was reported by New York Times and its beauty has come to the big attention of the world in recent years. Then proceed to Obihiro. This region is called “Tokachi” also known as the “Real Hokkaido.” Our hotel is located right next to the train station and its shopping building where you can enjoy shopping after hotel check in.
Feb 18 (Sun) SAPPORO,
CENTURY ROYAL HOTEL
Head to Lake Shikaribetsu the highest altitude lake in Hokkaido is known as the “Lake in the sky”. We will visit the Ice village which appears only in winter on the frozen lake. This will be a special experience of several buildings made from ice and snow including the “Ice bar” where you can order a drink (Own expense) and enjoy it sitting on ice chairs inside a building made of ice. The magnificent scenery of the frozen lake and snow-covered mountains will leave a lasting impression. Later head back to Sapporo. We will stay 2 nights at hotel which is located next to Sapporo station with department store and underground shopping mall. After hotel check in tour guides will take you to nearby shopping. In the evening we will head out to downtown Sapporo to experience an Izakaya dinner. Izakaya is a Japanese style bar where you can experience the ambiance of where the locals go and eat local foods to unwind after a hard day of work. So, tonight enjoy a relaxing and unforgettable time in Sapporo.
Feb 19 (Mon) SAPPORO,
CENTURY ROYAL HOTEL
In the morning go to Sapporo Wholesale Market where you can buy Hokkaido’s dried seafood, local specialties, processed foods, etc., at the wholesale price. Later we visit newly opened in 2022, Royce’ Cacao & Chocolate Town. Royce’ is Hokkaido’s chocolate company renowned for their high-quality chocolates and iconic both domestically and all over the world. This factory exhibition museum has become popular newest attraction in Hokkaido. You can get fresh Royce’ Chocolate products at factory shop. We will also enjoy lunch and shopping at Ario Shopping Center with over 100 shops including supermarket, UNIQLO, 100 YEN shop, etc. After going back to the hotel enjoy Free Time to continue shopping, packing, etc. (Lunch / Dinner will be at your own expense.)
Feb 20 (Tue) SAPPORO / HONOLULU
At checkout time our agent will come to tape and tie-up your boxes and take down baggage to be checked in. We will leave the hotel by bus to Chitose Airport to catch our domestic flight to Haneda Airport. Upon arrival, transfer to International Flight to Honolulu. Arrive in Honolulu the same morning, 20 FEB (Tuesday) 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!
*Itinerary and Meals are subject to change at anytime.
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AIR: Estimated airfare and May be more or May be less at time of ticket purchased. Airline tickets are Non-refundable once purchased unless you request a refundable ticket is usually charged by the airlines.
INCLUDES: Land Transportation included in the itinerary, all hotel accommodations, meals, and all sightseeing listed, all transfer of passenger and baggage, souvenir picture and tour tax.
DOES NOT INCLUDE: AIRFARES, Individual expenses after termination of tour as stated in itinerary. Also, wine, liquor, mineral water, laundry and other items of personal nature, cost of obtaining passport and visa or other necessary documents.
LAND TOUR CANCELLATION POLICY PER-PERSON:
69 DAYS - 46 DAYS --- $800.00*
45 DAYS - 22 DAYS --- $1,000.00*
21 DAYS - 01 DAY ----- $1,500.00*
*No refund once tour starts. *May have extra cancellation charges along with the preordered event tickets for Miyako Odori show tickets, Tokyo Disney Sea tickets, Shinkansen ticket fee, etc. If Yen was already purchase to pay for this tour, Then the Yen exchange rate at time of refund will affect the refund since we have to convert the Yen back to U.S. dollars again.
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