Hokkaido Hotspots

Journey to northernmost Japan to explore the pristine scenery and fascinating culture of Hokkaido Island

Hokkaido Hotspots

Discover Japan's wild north, famed for its stunning national parks, dramatic coastline and endless mountains, on this 12-day overview of Hokkaido Island.

Outline Itinerary

  1. Day 1: Arrive Tokyo

    You will be met by our airport representative on arrival in Tokyo. They will escort you to the train/shuttle bus that will take you to your hotel in the city centre.

  2. Day 2: Tokyo

    Today is a chance for you to get a real feel for Tokyo, Japan’s sprawling capital. Accompanied by a local guide, you’ll explore the city’s central highlights, from the classical architecture of Asakusa, Tokyo’s traditional “low” town, to the towering high rises of Omotesando.

  3. Day 3: Tokyo to Hakodate

    Depart Tokyo this morning on the Shinkansen line to Hakodate, Hokkaido. Opened in 2016, the new Hokkaido Shinkansen line takes just 4 hours to carry you from Tokyo to Japan’s northernmost island!

  4. Day 4: Hakodate Bay Area & Onuma Park

    Explore Hakodate and the surrounding region with the aid of a knowledgeable local guide.

  5. Day 5: Hakodate to Shikotsu-Toya National Park

    Meet with your guide after breakfast and set off by car for Shikotsu-Toya National Park (180kms; 3 hours).

  6. Day 6: Shikotsu-Toya National Park

    Continue your explorations of Shiktosu-Toya National Park with guide and private vehicle.

  7. Day 7: Shikotsu-Toya to Sapporo

    Catch the morning train from Toyako Onsen to Sapporo (two hours), the capital of Hokkaido and Japan’s fifth largest city, arriving late morning. After dropping your luggage off at your hotel in the city centre (check-in will be later), the rest of the day is free for you to explore the city at leisure.

  8. Day 8: Sapporo / Otaru Day Trip

    Today is free for you to explore Sapporo and its surrounds. We recommend a pleasant day trip to Otaru, 45 minutes north-west of Sapporo by train (the JR train departs regularly and is covered by your JR Pass).

  9. Day 9: Furano

    Enjoy a change of pace today as you head inland to Furano, an old farming town famous for its purple lavender and snow fields – and its changeable weather!

  10. Day 10: Daisetsuzan National Park

    Depart Furano this morning on the train to Kamikawa, changing at Asahikawa – this journey takes approx. 2 hours and is covered by your JR Pass. On arrival at Kamikawa, catch the bus to Sounkyo (‘Cloudy Gorge’).

  11. Day 11: Daisetsuzan National Park

    We recommend at early start to take the ropeway to the top of Mt. Kurodake for some light trekking. It’s a relatively easy climb of one hour from the ropeway station to the top of the mountain.

  12. Day 12: Departure

    Travel by bus and train to Asahikawa Airport, two hours from Sounkyo, where you catch the connecting flight to Tokyo.

Price guide

Price based on two travellers in shared double/twin accommodation. For more information, or if you would like to enquire about a tailor-made holiday combining part or all of the above itinerary, please contact us.

12 days from £2995pp


12 days from £2995pp

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