On this Japan and Hokkaido tour, uncover abundant outdoor opportunities, unique wildlife and landscapes of the country’s second-largest island. Begin your tour with a tour of Kushiro Wetlands National Park, the only region in the country where you can see endangered Japanese red crowned cranes! Travel on to the winter wonderland of Sapporo for unique ice installations and activities at the annual Snow Festival. Next, explore the caldera lake of Toya on boat rides, hike in Nakajima Island at its center, and take the ropeway up to the summit of volcanic Mount Usu for spectacular views of the lake.
Travel on to Hakodate and tuck in fresh and delicious seafood that the city is famous for. Nearby, discover the diverse wildlife at Onuma National Park on exciting hikes, horse rides, and canoeing tours, or go fishing in the Onuma and Konuma Lakes. End your tour on a high note in the cheerful streets of Osaka where a plethora of historic castles, temples and landmarks, as well as incredible food and nightlife await.
You can personalize this Japan and Hokkaido tour to suit your own pace and preferences. Get in touch with our destination experts to plan a tailor-made tour of Hokkaido.
Explore Sapporo, the dynamic capital of Japan’s northernmost island of Hokkaido! A year-round destination, stunning natural landscapes and distinctive seasons welcome you in this city.
Half Day Sapporo Highlights Tour (English Guide, Public transport) Start your exploration of Sapporo at the scenic Maruyama Park situated at the heart of the city. Accompany your guide through this green oasis to Hokkaido Shrine, one of the island’s important places of worship. Move on to Odori Park which hosts the snow festival in February each year. Stroll through the park watching locals picnic while children run about. Stop for a quick photo in front of the iconic Clock Tower, which is the inspiration for the star on the Sapporo Beer cans. Make your way to the century-old Nijo Market, which is a hub of activity with locals and tourists alike thronging to see and sample the variety of fruits, vegetables, and fish available there. Lunch on some donburi or raw fish with rice, or choose from the numerous other seafood delicacies that Sapporo is famous for. Say goodbye to your guide and explore the market at your own pace before heading back to your hotel. (Half Day; Time of Day: Morning; Fixed Time; Duration: 4 hrs; Fitness Level: Easy;) Public Transport: Local busses and subway. Pick up: hotel / Drop off: hotel
Lake Toya in Shikotsu-Toya National Park is a caldera lake with a large island sitting in the middle is surrounded by numerous hiking trails. Nearby, you could also explore Mount Usu, an active volcano with four eruptions since 1910, the last of these being in 2000.
Hakodate, famed for its fresh, delectable seafood, is the third largest city on Hokkaido island. The bustling harbor city was one of the first to welcome international trade and was once home to a thriving foreign population.
Half Day Onuma National Park Tour from Hakodate (English Guide, Public transport) Discover the wonderfully picturesque Onuma National Park! Located half an hour north of Hakodate, this designated “quasi-national park” is renowned for its two lakes Onuma and Konuma, speckled with islands. Start your tour with some hiking and make your way over the bridges that connect the small peninsulas and lake shores. There’s plenty to do in the park, including camping, horseback riding and canoeing. Fishing enthusiasts will enjoy a bout of angling in the deep blue waters. Later, admire the majestic volcano Mt. Komagatake that makes for a stunning backdrop as you make your way through the park. You’ll easily spot some of the diverse wildlife that the region is known for, such as Hokkaido’s waterfowl in their natural habitat. (Half Day; Time of Day: Morning, 0930 hrs; Duration: 4 hrs; Please wear shoes and clothes suitable for walking in the snow during winter) Public Transport: Local train with reserved seats. Pick up: hotel / Drop off: none (tour ends at Hakodate Station)
Osaka is third largest city of Japan and has been the home of traders and merchants. It is also well-known for Japan’s oldest temple, the Shinto Sumiyoshi-taisha, and the majestic 16th century Osaka Castle.
Create Wax Food Replicas in Osaka Experience the unique art of making wax food replicas, a popular cultural trait seen at the entrance of Japanese restaurants. Make your way to a food sample laboratory in central Osaka and watch master craftsmen as they make these realistic-looking samples using a special wax. Hear about how the color, texture, and size of the pieces are meant to educate customers on what they are going to order. Try your hand at making two samples as per the staff’s instructions. Take one of them back home with you as a souvenir, and the other mounted on a keychain. (Duration: About 1 – 2 hours; Times: 1100/1800 hrs; Please note that transport is not included, and you need to make your way to and from the laboratory in central Osaka.)
Shared Transfer from Osaka Hotel to Kansai Airport
Price & Inclusions
Option 1 From $ 4,190 /person
Option 2 From $ 5,490 /person
Prices are in USD and exclude international flights. This trip price is based on low season rates for accommodation and other applicable services, and may change depending on availability, currency fluctuations and number of people traveling together. For high season prices, please contact us with your exact travel dates and preferences.
Accommodation in one double room for 11 days / 10 nights.
Meals as indicated
Economy flights for all sectors :
Tokyo (Haneda) – Kushiro
Hakodate – Osaka (Kansai)
The following train journeys in the highest class available :
Train from Kushiro to Sapporo
Train from Sapporo to Toya
Train from Toya to Hakodate
All activities as listed :
Sapporo: Half Day Sapporo Highlights Tour (English Guide, Public transport)
Hakodate: Half Day Onuma National Park Tour from Hakodate (English Guide, Public transport)
Osaka: Create Wax Food Replicas in Osaka
Your Trip Coordinator: a 24/7 point of contact, supporting you during your trip
On request: A printed set of your travel documents by post
Fees and taxes
All activities specified in the itinerary, including entrance fees, accompanied by your tour guide
All airport, train station and hotel transfers as indicated. For private transfers our representative will meet you at the airport or the station and accompany you to your vehicle (and vice versa).
Tips, additional meals and personal expenses
Travel, health and cancellation insurance
International airfare (from your home country to your destination and return)