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North Japan: Scenic Wonders of Hokkaido

North Japan

Scenic Wonders of Hokkaido

14 days from only £4,499pp

Experience more with so much included

  • Marvel at the breathtakingly serene lakes, majestic mountains, striking waterfalls, lush forests and exceptional wildlife of Hokkaido by coach and boat
  • Enjoy a local traditional Genghis Khan dinner in Sapporo, the vibrant capital of Hokkaido
  • Visit the Sapporo Beer Museum, Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery and a sake brewery in Asahikawa, with tastings
  • Experience an explosion of colour at the fragrant flower fields of Furano and the ethereal blue pond of Biei
  • See the captivating, crystal-clear caldera lakes of Akan Mashu National Park
  • Immerse yourself in the fascinating culture of the indigenous Ainu at the Akano Ainu Kotan and watch an ancient ceremonial dance performance, unique from the rest of Japan
  • See the unspoilt scenery of Cape Sōya, Japan’s northernmost point
  • Visit two of Hokkaido’s most picturesque islands: Rishiri, crowned the ‘Mount Fuji of north Japan’ and Rebun, the ‘isle of flowers’
  • Travel back in time to Otaru, a charming port city dotted with canals, old warehouses and sake distilleries
  • Visit the Abashiri Prison Museum, the ‘Alcatraz of Japan’, and try a ‘prison lunch’ as offered to inmates
  • Tour the Meiji factory to discover Hokkaido’s delicious dairy products
  • Experience an onsen, a traditional Japanese hot-spring bath
  • Return flights and transfers
  • 12 nights in three to five-star accommodation, inclusive of all local taxes
  • Daily breakfast and 10 meals
  • Services of our experienced tour manager throughout

Selected departures from May to October 2020

 
At a Glance
NEW TOUR FOR 2020
Return flights & transfers
14 nights in 3 to 4-star accommodation
22 meals: 12 breakfasts, 2 lunches & 8 dinners
Daily visits & tours
Travel on the world's fastest bullet train
Expert tour manager
Checked Luggage
 

Overview

A photographer’s dream, Japan’s northern most main island features large swathes of unspoilt wilderness: brilliant-blue volcanic lakes, majestically formed peaks, pristine coastlines, colourful fields and ancient forests teeming with wildlife such as bears, foxes and deer.

Once connected to northern Asia during the glacial age, Hokkaido became home to the ancient Jomon culture of hunter-gatherers, who bequeathed their beliefs and traditions to the Ainu, now recently recognised as an indigenous group who occupied Hokkaido up until the 15th century. The Ainu had their own unique culture, language and tradition, some of which can still be seen today. From nearly 1000 years ago with the expansion of the Japanese empire, the local population mainlanders gradually began to occupy the northern lands. Following Japan’s victory in the Russo-Japanese War of 1904 to 1905, the island of Sakhalin fell to the Japanese until Russia recaptured the island at the end of the Second World War.

Our eye-opening tour of Hokkaido takes us all across this beautiful island to discover the very best it has to offer. Absorb unforgettable scenery from the lakes and mountains of Shiretoko Peninsula, to the unspoilt coastlines and flora-filled islands of the far north. Experience a feast for the senses as we journey through central Hokkaido in the area of Furano-Biei’s famously fragrant fields of flowers and pause to admire the brilliant blue of Biei’s mesmerising pond.

Hokkaido has more than its fair share of manmade wonders. We take a trip down memory lane in historic Otaru and marvel at glittering modern cities such as Sapporo. We also discover the darker side of Hokkaido with a visit to the Abashiri Prison Museum – locally known as the ‘Alcatraz of Japan’ that was in operation from the 18th to early-19th centuries. Included with our tour are chances to immerse yourself in the local culture. Spend the day following in the footsteps of the Ainu at Akan Mashu National Park and getting to know them at the Ainu settlement of Akano Ainu Kotan.

Dining in Hokkaido is an absolute treat. The surrounding seas and ocean offer up a bounty of the freshest seafood, while the fertile countryside produces the finest ingredients from grains to melons and potatoes. Of course, we enjoy tours with tastings to leading producers of Japan’s finest food exports. With so much to enjoy, it’s certain to be an exceptional experience. 

Your Itinerary

Price Includes

The price of this holiday is per person, based on two people sharing a room. Single rooms are subject to availability, at the relevant supplement. The price includes:

  • Return flights
  • Overseas transfers
  • Two internal flights as mentioned in the itinerary
  • 12 nights in three to five-star accommodation
  • Local accommodation taxes
  • Daily breakfast
  • Ten meals
  • Three local ferry journeys
  • Private coastal boat cruise
  • Touring as mentioned in the itinerary
  • The services of a Riviera Travel tour manager throughout

Useful Information

Health

There is currently no official health advice nor inoculations required to travel to Japan, however, this is dependent on your personal medical history and previous travel destinations. Please contact your GP at least one month prior to travel to discuss any travel and health information.

Mobility

There is a fair amount of walking involved throughout this tour, and as many places we visit as part of this itinerary are in national parks and historical areas, we cannot expect or guarantee the terrain to be flat and even. Whilst this should not pose any difficulty for clients who are in good health, please consider any mobility requirements personal to yourself.

We want to ensure you make the correct choice before you book your holiday with us. If you have any concerns regarding the suitability of the holiday due to reduced mobility we would encourage you to call us to discuss these concerns. General information on mobility in connection with our tours can be found here.

Fact File

  • Country: Japan
  • Currency: Yen
  • Language: Japanese
  • Flight Time: Approx.  15 hrs 30 mins
  • Time Zone: GMT+8
  • Deposit: £200 per person

Visa Information

UK nationals do not require a visa to travel to Japan, but other passport holders should contact with the relevant embassy, however, please ensure that your British passport is valid for at least six months after the intended return date.

Whilst care has been taken to ensure that the information provided relating to visa requirements is true and correct at the time of publication, changes in requirements after this time of publication may impact on the accuracy of this information. therefore, whilst we strive to provide the most up-to-date information, we strongly suggest that you re-confirm requirements with the relevant embassy prior to travel.

Transfer Times

All transfer times listed here are approximate, and dependent on traffic. If you have a question regarding transfer times please don't hesitate to contact us

Arrival airport First hotel location Transfer time Final hotel location Departure airport Transfer time
New Chitose Airport Sapporo 1 hr Tokyo Tokyo Haneda Airport 1 hr


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