Super Value Tours - Island of Hokkaido_Sapporo, Biei, Sounkyo, Abashiri, Shiretoko, Lake Akan, Tokachigawa

Island of Hokkaido

Spring - 9 Days 2020

Land Only from US $3299

COMPETITIVE AIRFARE OPTIONS AVAILABLE!

Sapporo, Biei, Sounkyo, Abashiri, Shiretoko, Lake Akan, Tokachigawa

05/13, 05/17

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THE SUPER VALUE TOURS DIFFERENCE

A BETTER WAY TO TOUR: To us, 'value' means making a better way to tour. We love to surprise our guests with unique experiences, top-notch service, hidden local delights, & memories of a lifetime. Our tours are designed to balance sightseeing & free time while avoiding crowds and tourist traps.

Featured Arrangements

  • Biei: Admire the beauty of rolling local farmlands. 
  • Sounkyo: Ride the Mt. Kurodake Ropeway for a splendid view of Daisetsuzan Mountain Range. 
  • Abashiri: Enjoy a once in a lifetime visit to Higashimokoto Park to see Moss Cherry Blossoms. 
  • Shiretoko Peninsula: Take a boat excursion and admire this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Stroll through Shiretoko Five Lakes. 
  • Lake Mashu: See the "clearest lake in the world." 
  • Lake Akan: Visit the home of Marimo, a rare green algae species. 
  • Tokachi: Soak in Moor hot springs unique only to Tokachi. 

Luxury Accommodations

  • Stay 6 nights in onsen hotels and enjoy different scenery, food, and a variety of hot springs. 

Culinary Experiences  

  • Arranging great culinary experiences is a specialty we are very proud of. Our development team samples each meal before presenting them to our guests. On this trip, you will have a chance to taste many Hokkaido delicacies including kaiseki banquet, Hokkaido seafood and much more!

Super Value Standard

  • Local, friendly, and knowledgeable, our exceptional tour guide is your friend in Japan.
  • A comprehensive travel insurance plan for you to travel with a peace of mind. Details  
  • High quality headset to enjoy the tour guide presentation clearly.
  • Porterage service is provided (a few hotels may not be able to accommodate due to lack of manpower).
  • Unlimited bottled water on tour.

 

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Day1

 Depart North America for Tokyo, Japan

  • Depart from your home airport, have a great flight!
Day2

Arrive in New Chitose Airport (CTS)  (1hr, 32mi)  Sapporo 【Dinner】

  • Yokoso" or "Welcome" to Japan! A Super Value Tours Representative will meet you at the arrivals area and escort you to the hotel. Take today to rest up or explore the city of Sapporo on your own before official plans begin. 
  • Airport pickup is available for flights arriving New Chitose Airport (CTS) from 12:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • If your flight arrival is after 7:00pm, we will refund 2,000 JPY per person to cover the cost of dinner. Please arrange to have dinner on your own. 

DinnerLocal Specialty HotelSapporo Grand Hotel (Large Twin Room) or JR Tower Hotel Nikko Sapporo

Day3

Sapporo  (3hrs, 102mi) Biei  (1½hrs, 52mi) Sounkyo Onsen 【3 meals】

  • Biei: 
    • Patchwork Road and Panorama Road: Admire the picturesque landscapes as we drive through this area. (Contrary to the name, Patchwork Road and Panorama Road both refer to an area in Biei and not just a road.) 
    • Shikisai no Oka: Discover 7-hectares of colorful flowers blooming over the rolling fields. Enjoy different types of flowers such as sunflowers, lavenders, cosmos, lupines and other seasonal flowers from spring until fall every year. 
  • Sounkyo
    • Mt. Kurodake: Ride the Kurodake Ropeway up for an incredible view of the Daisetsuzan Mountain Range. 
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BreakfastHotel Buffet LunchFurano Local Specialties DinnerFusion Cuisine HotelHotel Taisetsu

Day4

Sounkyo Onsen  (2½hrs, 88mi) Lake Abashiri Onsen 【3 meals】

  • Sounkyo Gorge
    • Ryusei No Taki Falls (Shooting Star Falls) and Ginga No Taki Falls (Milky Way Falls): Admire two of the best waterfalls in the gorge. 
    • Obako: Visit Obako rock formation, one of the most beautiful areas in the gorge.
  • Abashiri
    • Visit the Shiretoko World Heritage Conservation Center and watch a film highlighting the beauty of Shiretoko's four seasons. 
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BreakfastHotel Buffet LunchAbashiri Local Specialties DinnerHotel Buffet HotelLake Abashiri Tsuruga Resort

Day5

Lake Abashiri Onsen  (1½hrs, 48mi) Shiretoko Onsen 【3 meals】

  • Abashiri:
    • Enjoy a once in a lifetime visit to Higashimokoto Park and see the Shibazakura Hill covered in shades of pink and purple during Moss Cherry Blossom season. 
  • Shiretoko:
    • Visit the Shiretoko World Heritage Conservation Center and watch a film highlighting the beauty of Shiretoko's four seasons. 
    • Shiretoko Utoro Port: See the stunning cliffs and rock formations on a boat tour of the Peninsula. 
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BreakfastHotel Buffet LunchYakiniku(BBQ) Lunch DinnerHotel Buffet HotelKitaKobushi Shiretoko Hotel & Resort or Shiretoko Daiichi Hotel

Day6

Shiretoko 【3 meals】

  • Shiretoko Peninsula:
    • The Furepe means "Red Water" in Ainu language. All the water comes underground from snow and rain that fell in the Shiretoko mountain range have turned into groundwater.The 100-meter high waterfall, also known as the "Maiden's tears".
    • Shiretoko Five Lakes: Depending on your personal preference and physical health, we have designed two walking routes for you to explore and enjoy Five Lakes. 
      • A. Full Tour (Distance: 1.8mi, walking time: 3hrs): Stroll along the lakes and through the forest to see the beauty of all five lakes. 
      • B. Elevated Wooden Path (Distance: 1mi, walking time: 40mins): Walk on the wooden path to the first lake and enjoy panoramic views of the Sea of Okhotsk. 

 

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BreakfastHotel Buffet LunchSeafood Specialty DinnerKaiseki Banquet HotelKitaKobushi Shiretoko Hotel & Resort or Shiretoko Daiichi Hotel

Day7

Shiretoko Onsen  (2hrs, 79mi) Teshikaga  (1hr, 28mi) Lake Akan Onsen 【3 meals】

  • Teshikaga
    • Lake Mashu: Visit the observation deck at Lake Mashu and see one of the clearest lakes in the world.
  • Lake Akan: Cruise along the lake and learn about rare green Marimo algae. 
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BreakfastHotel Buffet LunchBeef Stew Lunch Set DinnerHotel Buffet HotelLake Akan Tsuruga Resort

Day8

Lake Akan Onsen  (2hrs, 74mi) Obihiro  (20mins, 7mi) Tokachigawa Onsen 【3 meals】

  • Washo Ichiba Market: Taste delicious Kushiro's delicacies. Hand pick and savor your own bowl of seafood delights. 
  • Obihiro: 
    • Tokachigawa Onsen: The only place to try Moor hot springs, also known as "hot springs for beauty." Moor hot springs contain rich organic plant-derived matters, which is said to have excellent skin moisturizing and smoothing effects. 
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BreakfastHotel Buffet LunchCreate Your Own Chirashi Seafood Bowl DinnerKaiseki Banquet HotelTokachigawa Onsen-- Daiichi Hotel

Day9

 Tokachigawa Onsen   (3hrs, 104mi) New Chitose Airport (CTS)  Your Next Destination 【Breakfast】

  • "Sayonara!" or "Goodbye!" Our journey has come to an end, we hope to see you again soon! 
    • In the morning, we leave our hotel together and disband in Sapporo Chitose (CTS) airport. Please arrange flights departing CTS after 1:00PM for domestic connections, 2:00PM for international flights. 
    • Enjoy some shopping time at the New Chitose Airport. There are many local snacks and souvenirs worth buying before heading home. 

If you have more time, extending your stay in Sapporo or Tokyo after our tour is a great way to explore more. We’re happy to help with hotel extensions; please contact our team for pricing and availability.

BreakfastHotel Buffet


Sapporo

The city of Sapporo is the capital of Hokkaido and the fifth largest city in Japan. Sapporo is also one of Japan’s youngest major cities as is seen by its western style grid layout. The city is known for ramen, beer and hosting the Snow Festival each February.

Biei

A picturesque small town located at the foot of the Daisetsuzan National Park in the center of Hokkaido. The bright colors of its vast flower fields, beautiful trees and hills attract as many as 1.2 million visitors annually.

Sounkyo Gorge

First discovered by the indigenous Ainu people of Hokkaido, the gorge is one of nature’s masterpieces. Situated inside the Daisetsuzan National Park, it is home to various rock formations, waterfalls, and cliffs. Enjoy the magnificent scenery and famous hot springs.

Mount Kurodake

At 1984m high, Mt. Kurodake is a lava dome located in Daisetsuzan Volcanic Range. Take the Kurodake Ropeway halfway up to the summit and enjoy a splendid view of the Daisetsuzan Mountain Range.

Ryusei No Taki Falls/Ginga No Taki Falls

Ryusei No Taki Falls (Shooting Star Falls) and Ginga Mo Taki Falls (Milky Way Falls) are two of the most beautiful falls in Sounkyo Valley. Known as husband and wife waterfalls, Ginga no taki (wife) gracefully flows down like white threads while Ryusei No Taki (husband) plummets down from 90m with great force.

Obako

Obako is considered the most beautiful rock formation in Sounkyo Valley and is said to resemble folding screens. It was formed through the eruption of Mt. Daisetus and the erosion of Ishikari River.

Abashiri

Located in the eastern part of Hokkaido, Abashiri faces the Sea of Okhotsk. It is surrounded by rich lakes, mountains, and other natural landscapes. In the winter, one can witness drift ice on the Okhotsk Sea.

Okhotsk Ryu-hyo Museum

Located on the top of Mt. Tentozan, learn about the science behind drift ice and see the adorable clione, commonly known as sea angel. The museum offers a -15c° room that simulates drift ice experience year round. Step inside the room to touch drift ice and watch how a wet towel is frozen within seconds.

Shiretoko World Heritage Conservation Center

Stay current on Shiretoko’s sites and learn about the proper etiquettes and rules of observing Shiretoko’s nature. Visitors can also see life-size photographs of animals such as blakiston’s fish-owl, brown bears, and deer of Shiretoko at the center.

Shiretoko Peninsula

Located in the north-east of Hokkaido, Shiretoko peninsula is rich in natural resources. Considered to be the last pristine wilderness remaining in Japan, Shiretoko, a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site, is home to many endangered species and rare plants.

Shiretoko Five Lakes

Shiretoko Five Lakes (Shiretoko Goko) are a set of five small lakes formed by eruption of nearby Mount Lo and fed by underground springs. The five lakes are said to be God’s five finger prints. Surrounded by mountains, trees, and wildness, it is a great place to enjoy Shiretoko’s unspoiled nature. A wooden elevated boardwalk was built so visitors can enjoy the lakes without harming the ecosystem.

Shiretoko Utoro Port

Utoro is the largest town along the western coast of the Shiretoko Peninsula. It is also the gateway into Shiretoko Peninsula.

Lake Mashu

Lake Mashu, also known as Foggy Lake Mashu, is blanketed by fog most of the time. Visitors can truly enjoy the lake's distinct clarity and beautiful blue tone on a clear day. Not only is this lake the deepest lake in Japan (211 meters), it can also be considered the “clearest lake in the world” with visibility of 41.6 meters.

Lake Akan

Lake Akan is a crater lake formed by volcanic activities more than 6,000 years ago. Located in Akan National Park, it is the home to Marimo, a rare species of algae that forms itself into beautiful green balls. The individual algae can grow up to a size of a soccer ball if left undisturbed.

Sapporo Grand Hotel

The Sapporo Grand Hotel features a shopping arcade, gym, and spa center. Centrally-located and a short walk to public transportation, explore a variety of shopping and restaurants easily from the hotel.

JR Tower Hotel Nikko Sapporo

Directly connected to Sapporo Station and Daimaru Department Store, JR Tower Hotel Nikko Sapporo has one of the top-rated locations in Sapporo.  40-minute train ride from New Chitose Airport, 10-minute walk from Odori Park, and within walking distance to some other historic sites such as the Clock Tower and Former Hokkaido Government Office Building in Sapporo.

Hotel Taisetsu

Relax in the outdoor hot springs surrounded by the mountains of Sounkyo. This hotel offers majestic panoramic view of the mountain range and beautiful gorge.

Choyo Resort Hotel

Situated in the famous Sounkyo Onsen hot-spring area, be sure to try their indoor and outdoor hot spring baths. The hotel offers easy access to the city’s famous attractions; for example, the Sounkyo Ropeway is only a 5-minute walk.

Lake Abashiri Tsuruga Resort

At this resort, taste fresh seasonal delicacy of Okhotsk and experience the natural healing properties of the unique hot springs.

Shiretoko Grand Hotel--Kita Kobushi

Enjoy a panoramic view of the Okhotsk coast from the top floor observation deck. This hotel is located near the Utoro port, an area with abundant natural resources. Guests can taste many fresh local specialties.

Shiretoko Daiichi Hotel

Located at the very top of Utoro’s hotel zone, Daiichi hotel offers sensational views of the Okhotsk Sea from its hot springs, especially during sunset.

Lake Akan Tsuruga Resort

This stylish Ryokan resort offers world class service, beautiful hot spring baths, and a variety of shops and restaurants. Set on the shores of Lake Akan, it is conveniently located to major attractions.

Tokachikawa Onsen--Daiichi Hotel

This hotel is the only hotel in Japan that offers rare moor hot springs (onsen containing bioorganic algae). Moor hot springs is considered one of Hokkaido's heritages.

  • Japanese Breakfast Set
  • Michelin Starred Restaurant
  • Sounkyo Kaiseki Banquet
  • Hokkaido Wagyu + Chicken Barbeque Set
  • Seafood Rice Bowl
  • Grilled Fish Lunch Set
  • Kaiseki Banquet


  • Fresh Crab from Washo Ichiba Market
  • DIY Chirashi Bowl


Linda R.( June 01, 2018 )

I didn’t expect to be that spectacular. The scenery was awesome. Our tour guide Juno was an experience & well-mannered guide. Also, she has a very good singing voice, the hotels & food was just perfect!!!

Selena S. - Spokane, WA( Aug 20, 2017 )

(From guest email)

The trip was fantastic!  I can understand why several of our companions had been on numerous trips with your company before.  Once we arrived in Japan, we felt welcomed and pampered right up to our departure home.  The selection of hotels, restaurants, and activities proved delightful; and Colin and Jo were very attentive.  

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