Discover Japan’s stark natural beauty and northern delights with this private tour. From futuristic Tokyo city, make your way to Hokkaido island, where the seafood havens of Hakodate and plenty of adventure activities await you. Explore picturesque national parks and pristine lakes and spend downtime in dynamic and artistic Sapporo. End your tour in serene Kyoto where a record 17 UNESCO sites are waiting to be explored!
Tokyo is a city like no other! Defined by cutting-edge design, quirky creativity and its own unique ancient culture, the city defines the best of both worlds.
Tokyo’s Finest By Day Discover Tokyo with your local guide, stopping by some of its best known landmarks. The Asakusa area, with its many traditional buildings standing alongside the new, is your first stop. Witness the Sensoji Buddhist temple, believed to be Tokyo’s oldest. Discover the temple and the adjacent Nakamise street as well, where you will find rows of old shops selling food and curios of all kinds. After this you will be in for a novel experience as you travel by the Tokyo Water Bus on the Sumidagawa (meaning Sumida River), to reach the Hamarikyu Garden. Walk around the beautiful Edo-era garden and stop for some matcha (powdered green) tea and sweets at the charming little tea house within its precincts. Once done with the refreshments, make your way to the famous Meiji shrine, dedicated to the spirit of Emperor Meiji and also a popular wedding venue. End your tour at dusk with a stroll around the Omotesando shopping street, a tree-lined boulevard with contemporary architecture and fashionable stores stocking some of the world’s finest brands. (Full Day; Private Activity; Transfers by private car; Meal included: Tea and sweets; Fitness Level: Moderate)
Sake Sampling And Brewery Visit At Sawanoi Enjoy a spirit-filled day in the Japanese countryside at Sawai, near the upper reaches of Tama river, west of Tokyo. Arriving at the picturesque Sawanoi-en gardens, savor a local tofu-based lunch. Shortly after, enter the family-owned Ozawa Brewery, through the backyard of the owners’ charming home. Notice the symbolic sakabayashi (Japanese cedar needles) signaling sake readiness. Inside the historical factory, see wooden structures and large metal tanks sheltered within dark rooms where the current batch of sake will be brewing. Understand the various degrees of polishing rice that aid in creating different grades of sake. Soon, head into a tunnel to see the original spring water source used in their sake production. Later, sit down to taste about five varieties of Ozawa’s sake, including the renowned ‘Okutama’. Also, sample their craft beers at the riverside bar, and shop for souvenir sake, while soaking in the natural beauty around. Before leaving, explore several trails, fishing spots, and the Kushi Kanzashi museum nearby. (Full Day; Time: 0830 hrs; Duration: 9 hrs; Private Activity; Lunch included; Fitness level: Moderate; Please note that the tour is in Japanese, and your guide will be available to translate.)
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.
Hakodate Highlights Tour Explore the gorgeous city of Hakodate, on the southernmost end of Hokkaido. Start your day at the Asaichi Morning Market, a busy fish market where you can snack on delicious samples or catch your own meal from fish tanks! After this, your guide will direct you to some sweet and tasty muskmelon that Hokkaido is famous for. Head to Fort Goryokaku next, a star-shaped Western-style citadel, built in the last few years of the Edo Period for defense purposes. This historic site was the setting of a civil war between the defeated Shogunate and the Meiji government a few years later, and you can still visit the Former Magistrate Office located in the center of the fort. A public park now, this is Hokkaido’s most scenic cherry blossom spots. Make your way up to the observation deck of the Goryokaku Tower to enjoy breathtaking views of the Fort. Afterwards, head to the Motomachi neighborhood in the bay area to witness a fascinating mix of classic Western and Russian architectural styles along with some Japanese touches. End your trip with a ropeway ride to the top of Mt. Hakodate at sunset. Witness the play of light and dark and the nighttime panorama, considered one of the most beautiful in Japan. (Full Day; Time of Day: Morning; Duration: 8 hrs; Meal Included: Snacks; Public Transport: Local subway and buses. Pick up: hotel / Drop off: hotel)
Onuma National Park Tour From Hakodate 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; Private Car: Hired car with driver. Max 7 pax. 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.
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.
Otaru Excursion From Sapporo Discover the charming little port town of Otaru on this day visit from Sapporo, in the company of an expert local guide. Take the train from Sapporo right after an early breakfast or lunch at your hotel. You will reach your pretty little destination in just 40 minutes. Otaru was once Hokkaidō’s financial center back in the early 20th century with a flourishing harbor. Take a leisurely stroll along the neat rows of brick and stone buildings lining the town’s central canal. Enjoy the romantic ambience of the avenues along the canal, which leads to the port. Visit the old district of Otaru, famous for the houses of rich merchants built in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Admire the early modern architecture of the town before taking the train back to Sapporo with your guide. (Half Day; Duration: 5 hrs; Private Activity & Private Transfer; Fitness Level: Moderate).
Sapporo Highlights Tour 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; Private Car: Hired car with driver. Max 7 pax. Pick up: hotel / Drop off: hotel)
Asahikawa, known for its delicious ramen, is the second largest city on the island of Hokkaido. Apart from being a transit point to places such as Daisetsuzan National Park and Furano, it is also home to Japan’s best and most popular zoo.
Kyoto is to be seen to be believed. With no less than 17 UNESCO World Heritage sites, the city encapsulates traditional Japanese culture and tradition.
Highlights Of Kyoto – Golden Temple, Bamboo Forest And Markets Revel in the traditional sights, smells and sounds of feudal Japan’s best preserved city, in the company of your local guide. Visit the many UNESCO World Heritage sites dotting Kyoto, beginning with the Kinkakuji Temple, originally built for the Shogun. At his request, the Shogun’s villa was converted into a Buddhist Temple after his death. Discover the magnificent 15th century Nijo Castle with its splendidly preserved medieval gardens from Japan’s Edo period. Admire the many details and typical architectural features of the old monument, before walking down to the bustling Nishiki Market. Eat your heart out at this food street payable on spot, also known as ‘Kyoto’s Kitchen’, lined with innumerable restaurants and traditional eating houses! Try out typical local delicacies such as pickles, dried fish and sushi. Also visit the beautiful Arashiyama bamboo grove. (Full Day; Private activity & Public transport; Duration: 8 hrs. Please wear comfortable walking shoes; Fitness level- Moderate; Food tasting to be paid by the guests on spot).
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 14 days / 13 nights
Meals as indicated
Flights mentioned below on Economy Class unless otherwise specified:
Tokyo(Haneda) – Hakodate
Asahikawa – Osaka (Kansai)
The following train journeys in the highest class available :
Train from Hakodate to Toya
Train from Toya to Sapporo
Train from Sapporo to Asahikawa
All activities as listed :
Tokyo: Tokyo’s Finest by Day
Tokyo: Sake Sampling and Brewery Visit at Sawanoi
Hakodate: Full Day Hakodate Highlights Tour (English Guide, Public transport)
Hakodate: Half Day Onuma National Park Tour from Hakodate (English Guide, Private transport)
Sapporo: Half Day Otaru Excursion from Sapporo
Sapporo: Half Day Sapporo Highlights Tour (English Guide, Private transport)
Kyoto: Highlights of Kyoto – Golden Temple, Bamboo Forest and Markets
All activities specified in the itinerary, including entrance fees, when accompanied by our local, English-speaking 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).
Your Trip Coordinator: a 24/7 point of contact, supporting you during your trip
Welcome kit including all important documents and information regarding your itinerary