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6 DAYS AUTHENTIC EASTERN HOKKAIDO

Abashiri, Shiretoko, Akan & Tokachigawa

Family Travel, Off the Beaten, Winter Wonderland

Highlights

  • Journey to wild frozen north of Japan on this active winter holiday
  • Once-in-a-lifetime Drift Ice Walk experience over the frozen sea or float on ice floes
  • Fantastic icebreaker cruise across the frozen Sea of Okhost
  • Rich wildlife such as red-crowned crane, Steller’s sea eagles and white-tailed eagles

The northernmost island of Hokkaido is a mountainous region with unspoilt natural landscapes. During winter, heavy snow turns Hokkaido into a winter wonderland with snow activities and seasonal wildlife.

Head off the beaten from standard tourist circuit into Eastern Hokkaido, where unique natural phenomenon, white forests, volcanic onsens, foggy lakes and fascinating Ainu culture really shine.

From

HKD 29,850 Per Person

6 Days 5 Nights
Suitable for Family

DETAILED ITINERARY

Day 01 Arrival in Memanbetsu / Abashiri

Arrival in Memanbetsu / Abashiri
Abashiri
Dinner included

Arriving in Memanbetsu, we drive 23km or around ½ hour to Abashiri. Enjoy a thrilling icebreaker cruise (mid-Jan to Mar) over the frozen Sea of Okhost. If the cruise is not available, we will replace it with a visit to Museum of Northern Peoples and Museum of Iceberg (closed on Mon).

Day 02 Abashiri / Shiretoko

Abashiri / Shiretoko
Shiretoko
Breakfast & Dinner included

Follow the local fishermen to witness the traditional ice-fishing technique (closed on Sat). Drive 180km or around 3hr to Shiretoko Peninsula, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Put on your wet suit and get ready for a Drift Ice Walking experience (Feb to early March). If you are lucky, you can experience the natural phenomenon by floating between the drift ice.

Day 03 Shiretoko / Akan

Shiretoko / Akan
Akan
Breakfast & Dinner included

Drive 118km or around 2 hours for a 1-hour Shiretoko nature cruise in Rausu, the only place in the world where you can see Steller’s sea eagles and white-tailed eagles on drift ice. Continue 150km or around 3hours to Lake Akan. This afternoon is at leisure for you to enjoy the hot spring.

Day 04 Akan

Akan
Akan
Breakfast & Dinner included

Glimpse into the “transparent foggy lake” of Lake Mashu, surrounded by steep, forested cliffs. Continue 50km or drive 2 hours to the fascinating sight of snow-blanketed sulphur volcano of Mount lo with rising steam. Thereafter, follow an Ainu guide into the snow forest and shores of Lake Akan to learn about their folklores and way of co-existing with nature. Tonight, we can join the Akan Frozen Lake Festival (early Feb to mid-Mar) with its vibrant snow sculptures and fireworks.

Day 05 Akan / Tokachi

Akan / Tokachi
Tokachigawa
Breakfast & Dinner included

Enjoy optional morning activities such as snowmobiling, banana boat and ice-fishing before driving 50km or around 1 ½ hour to Akan International Crane Centre. Watch the wild Japanese red-crested Cranes in the Akan feeding area (Nov-Mar). For centuries, red-crowned cranes are revered as symbol of good luck. Today, there are only 3,300 of them left. Drive another 117km or drive 2hours to Tokachigawa Onsen district and check into your hot spring hotel.

Day 06 Tokachi / Departure from Obihiro

Tokachi / Departure from Obihiro
Nil
Breakfast included

Drive 68km or 1 ½ hour to the frozen Lake Shikaribetsu to visit an Eskimo-styled igloo village (late Jan-Mar). Also referred to as the “Phantom Village”, the village is only here during the winter and typically takes a month to build. Afterwards, we drive 60km or around 1hour to the Obihiro Airport and connect for your onward flight home.

Hotels & Tour Price

Category 1

Indicative Cost Per Person (HKD) / Winter Season (Dec-Mar)

Minimum 2 Pax HK$37,880
Minimum 4 Pax HK$29,850
Single Supplement HK$6,650

Hokuten no Oka Resort Abashiri Shiretoko DaiichiYuku no Sato Tsuruga Akan • Toyo Tei Tokachigawa

Abashiri

Abashiri

Hokuten no Oka Resort (Annex Standard Twin)

An ethnic-inspired resort perched at a hilltop overlooking the Abashiri ground and distant lake.
(Refurbished: 2011; Rooms: 80)

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Shiretoko

Shiretoko

Shiretoko Daiichi (Shizen Japanese Twin)

Towering on the high grounds overlooking the Sea of Okhotsk, this hotel allows you to relax while soaking in the grandeur of your natural surroundings.
(Refurbished: 2012; Rooms: 210)

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Akan

Akan

Yuku no Sato Tsuruga (Main Building Japanese Twin)

Delicate carvings of red-crowned crane marks your entrance into this beautiful resort, which effortlessly blends traditional Japanese aesthetics with the lake’s natural surroundings.
(Refurbished: 2010; Rooms: 225)

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Tokachigawa

Tokachigawa

Toyo Tei (Tokachi Standard)

This hot spring resort boasts a wonderful location by the Tokachi River with a view of Hidaka Mountains in the distance.
(Refurbished: 2006; Rooms: 87)

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Category 2

Indicative Cost Per Person (HKD) / Winter Season (Dec-Mar)

Minimum 2 Pax HK$47,980
Minimum 4 Pax HK$38,980
Single Supplement HK$15,850

Hokuten no Oka Resort Abashiri  Kitakobushi Shiretoko • Hina no Za Akan • Sanyoan Tokachigawa

Abashiri

Abashiri

Hokuten no Oka Resort (Tower Japanese & Western Style)

An ethnic-inspired resort perched at a hilltop overlooking the Abashiri ground and distant lake.
(Refurbished: 2011; Rooms: 80)

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Shiretoko

Shiretoko

Kitakobushi (Twin Room with private bath)

An atmospheric resort with all-natural hot spring baths set within vicinity of the UNESCO-listed Shiretoko. (Refurbished: 2007; Rooms: 180)

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Akan

Akan

Hina no Za (Lake view Suite)

Each floor is tastefully decorated to represent different seasons with elegant touches throughout. Rooms are relatively spacious for Japan’s standard, with options to upgrade to rooms with private outdoor bath overlooking Lake Akan.
(Refurbished: 2004; Rooms: 25)

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Tokachigawa

Tokachigawa

Sanyoan (Standard Twin)

A Japanese-style resort located in the hot spring town of Tokachigawa. The area's unique hot spring is a particular draw as it’s sourced from beneath the marsh and rich in organic materials.
(Opened: 2004; Rooms: 11)

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OPTIONAL EXCLUSIONS

Throughout English/Chinese-speaking guide

Throughout English/Chinese-speaking guide

Indicative Cost Per Person (HKD)

Minimum 2 Pax HK$13,580
Minimum 4 Pax HK$6,790

COST INCLUDES:

  • Accommodation on twin sharing basis in hotel as stated on bed & breakfast basis
  • All transportation & transfer on an air-conditioned minivan
  • English-speaking driver
  • All entrance fees in sights stated

COST EXCLUDES:

  • International Airfare
  • Lunches & dinners
  • Beverages in restaurants where meals are included
  • Gratuities
  • Personal expenses e.g. telephone bill & laundry
  • Visa
  • Travel insurance

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