Hokkaido Discovery Summer 2018

Tour Type: Mini Stay
Brochure Type: Asia 2018

Head north and to the exquisite island beauty of Hokkaido, exploring the rural traditions of herring fishing and eco farming in a land of vivid landscapes - rolling fields of lavender purple, tulip red and cherry-blossom pink stand strikingly against the imposing backdrop of snow-capped peaks and alpine lakes.

Sightseeing Highlights
  • City Tour of Sapporo
  • See the TV Tower in Sapporo and the colourful flowers in Furano
  • View the Clock Tower in Sapporo
  • Visit the Otaru Canal and the herring mansion in Otaru, the Hokusei-no-oka Observatory in Biei, an 'Eco Farm' in Furano, the Beer Museum in Sapporo
Dining Highlights
  • 4 buffet breakfasts
  • 1 lunch
  • 2 dinners
First class travel Highlights
  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Hand-picked Insider Experiences
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • Porterage and local charges included
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday

Details

Tour Operator
Trafalgar Tours
Duration
5 Days
Escorted
Escorted - Yes
DayDestinationDescription
Day 1Kyoto/OsakaKyoto/Osaka - Sapporo (2 Nights): This morning transfer to Osaka Itami Airport for your flight to Shin Chitose, the gateway to Hokkaido. Upon arrival meet your Travel Director and transfer to your centrally located hotel in Sapporo, the capital of Hokkaido and Japan's fifth largest city. Later join your Travel Director for a walk around Susukino which is the largest entertainment district in Northern Japan and is packed with stores, bars and restaurants. Enjoy an Izakaya (a typical Japanese gastro-pub) dining experience with a taste of Hokkaido's famous fresh seafood.Dinner
Keio Plaza Sapporo
Day 2SappoSapporoSapporo Sightseeing - Otaru - Sapporo: Start your orientation city tour of Sapporo with views of the Clock Tower; built in 1878 the clock has not missed tolling the hour for nearly 140 years and is considered to be the symbol of the city. In the eastern side of Odori Park, see the 147 metre high Sapporo TV Tower, similar in design to the Eiffel Tower in Paris. The park splits Sapporo into north and south and plays host to the city's major events and festivals. Continue your drive to the west of the city to visit Otaru, the old harbour city of Hokkaido with its beautifully preserved canal area and old buildings that date back to its glory days as a major herring centre. At Otaru Canal take a walk with a Local Specialist beneath the old Victorian style gas lamps that line this historic canal and learn all about Otaru before enjoying some free time for shopping and lunch. Stop at the Kitaichi Glass Factory to admire the beautiful and colourful glassware and later visit a large preserved herring mansion dating back to the end of the 19th century where fishermen's tools and living conditions are displayed. During the heyday of herring fishing, large herring mansions were built by wealthy fishermen to process the fish and as a residence for themselves and their employees. The herring fishing industry played a major role in the history of the city and large fortunes were made by the leading fishing enterprises until the 1950s, when the herring stocks dramatically declined and the industry collapsed. Later return to the hotel for an evening at leisure.Buffet Breakfast
Day 3FuranoSapporo - Biei - Furano (2 Nights): Today leave Sapporo behind and head for central Hokkaido and the town of Biei. With the dramatic mountains of the Daisetsuzan National Park as a backdrop, Biei is an artists and nature lover's paradise. Visit the 'Hokusei-no-oka Observatory' with its pyramid-shaped structure and enjoy the views of the splendid landscape. Continue your journey and head to the city of Furano. It has a somewhat surprisingly continental climate which fosters a burgeoning wine industry, producing award winning cheeses and enabling sprawling fields of lavender to spring to life. In Furano take some free time for shopping and lunch and later visit a local government certified organic 'Eco Farm' which produces wine, juices and various vegetables. Meet the farm owner and take a walk around with him to learn about the work they do whilst sampling some of their produce, a Cultural Insight. Later make a stop at a lavender farm to see the colourful display of flowers usually in bloom around June/July time. Continue to your hotel for dinner and your overnight stay.Buffet Breakfast, Dinner
New Furano Prince
Day 4Furano - SapporoFurano - Sapporo: This morning travel back to Sapporo and visit the Sapporo Beer Museum for a Cultural Insight. After the tour of the museum enjoy a beer tasting followed by lunch. Later check in to the hotel for an afternoon at leisure and make the most of your last day in Hokkaido perhaps with some shopping or further exploration of the city.Buffet Breakfast, Lunch
Day 5Depart SapporoDepart Sapporo: Transfer by airport shuttle service to Shin Chitose airport for your onward flight.Buffet Breakfast
Dates/Pricing

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DatePrice / DescriptionQuote
March 26, 2018$2,945.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
March 30, 2018$2,945.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
April 09, 2018$2,945.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
April 13, 2018$2,945.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
April 16, 2018$2,945.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
April 20, 2018$2,945.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
April 23, 2018$2,945.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
April 27, 2018$3,620.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
April 30, 2018$3,620.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
May 04, 2018$3,620.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
May 14, 2018$3,295.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
May 21, 2018$3,295.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
May 25, 2018$3,295.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
June 11, 2018$3,420.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
June 15, 2018$3,420.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
June 25, 2018$3,420.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
June 29, 2018$3,620.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
July 09, 2018$3,620.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
July 13, 2018$3,620.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
August 27, 2018$3,420.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
August 31, 2018$3,420.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
September 10, 2018$3,295.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
September 14, 2018$3,295.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
September 24, 2018$3,295.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
September 28, 2018$3,295.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
October 08, 2018$3,195.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
October 12, 2018$3,195.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
October 15, 2018$3,195.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
Disclaimer
Flights: Prices include airfare and taxes for the flight from Osaka to Shin Chitose and are accurate as of 1st June 2017.

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