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9-Day Hokkaido & Tohoku Sapporo, Otaru, Hakodate, Aomori, Matsushima and Sendai…
9 days/7 nights, including air from LA or San Francisco starting at $3650* (Based on availability), Prices include land, air and taxes & fuel
An in-depth look at Japan’s dramatic landscapes and ancient cultures.
Far removed from the bustle of Tokyo, Japan’s northern regions of Hokkaido & Tohoku take visitors into lands of snow capped mountains, peaceful lakes, bubbling hot springs, traditional tea ceremonies, and 1000 year old villages.
Five hot spring spa resorts each with their unique features and water qualities:
Noboribetsu – Mountain view.
Hakodate – Seaview and private bath in your hotel room.
Towada – Lakeside of Towada.
Tsunagi – Forest and river view.
Matsushima – Bay view and herbal hot spring.
Special site arrangements:
Bicycle tour around the lake at Onuma Seminational Park.
Experience a local fair at the Hakodate Morning market.
Ride a cable car up Mt. Hakodate to enjoy Hakodate’s “Million-dollar night view”.
Travel on the Seikan Underwater Tunnel Train through the longest undersea tunnel in the world.
Tour Matsushima Bay aboard a sight-seeing boat.
Journey on the Shinkansen (Bullet Train) ride to spare the 7 hour drive from Sendai to Tokyo.
Take a stroll alongside waterfalls in the lush forest of the Oirasekeiryu region.
Hand-picked local specialties; different from standard tour meals.
Day 1 • Depart North America for Sapporo, Japan
Your japan vacation begins as you join your flight North America and jet across the Pacific on your way to Japan.
Day 2 • Arrive in Sapporo (D)
Welcome to the island of Hokkaido, Japan’s frontier! Upon arriving at the airport, you will be escorted to your hotel.
Hotel: Renaissance Sapporo Hotel Dinner:Seafood Shabu Shabu (Hot Pot)
Originally the residence for the Ainu people, Sapporo is the capital of Hokkaido, and the fifth-largest city in Japan. The word Sapporo is derived from the Ainu meaning “a river running along a reed-filled plain.” This rustic and remote part of Japan is home to the Ainu population, an indigenous nomadic group of hunters and gatherers. Its distant geographical location to the capital allowed the area to remain unspoiled and untouched up until the Meiji Restoration.
Day 3 • Sapporo • Otaru • Sapporo (B, L, D)
• Otaru - A romantic city in Hokkaido:
° Otaru Canal
° Kitaichi Garasu-kan (Glass Hall): A well-known shop for glass souvenirs.
° The Otaru Music Box Museum: The chance to make your own music box.
• Sapporo – bus tour: The Old City Hall, Tokeidai Clock Tower, and Odori Park – site of
the famous Sapporo snow festival.
Hotel: Renaissance Sapporo Hotel Breakfast:Western Buffet Lunch:Hokkaido Seafood Grill Dinner:Kani-ryori (Crab Cuisine)
Art glasses are the most famous souvenir in Otaru with the Kitaichi Garasu being the most significant. Garasu in Japanese simplifies the pronunciation of the English word “glass” for the Japanese speaking. The glassware and the canal are two symbolic icons of Otaru.
Situated in the western part of Hokkaido, facing Ishikari Bay, it has developed and prospered as "the sea entrance of Hokkaido" over the last 100 years and gained the nickname "Wall Street of the North." The glassworks shops, coffee shops, restaurants and shopping malls along the canal have been converted from originally stone-built or brick-built warehouses used for storage during the days when commerce flourished and the canal was crowded with jostling barges. When night falls, oil lamps on the cobbled streets are lit, and the town evokes a gentle, nostalgic mood.
Filled with romantic nostalgia and l makes for an enjoyable stroll during the day for visitors to catch the various artists presenting their works to the passing tourists. The lit gas lamps later in the day make for a romantic setting for the evening.
Otaru Music Box Museum
This two-story red-brick museum built in 1912 is most significant for its theme of the Music Box. You may custom design your own music box here to make a special souvenir of Otaru.
Is the most popular commercial site in Otaru where unique style shops fill the streets.
Day 4 • Sapporo • Noboribetsu (B, L, D)
• Hokkaido Shrine.
• Winter Sports Museum:
° Tour of Okurayama Ski Jump: The actual venue of the 1972 winter Olympic Games.
° Ride up a lift to the ski jump’s observation deck, for a birds-eye view of the city of
Sapporo and Ishikari Bay.
• Shiraoi Ainuzoku Village of Ainu tribes. (natives of Hokkaido)
• Jigokudani (Hell Valley): A crater that resulted that from the eruption of the nearby Kuttara
volcano. You can see the boiling and bubbling landscape of hot steam vents.
Hotel: Noboribetsu Grand Hotel Breakfast:Western Buffet Lunch:Lamb Shabu shabu (Hot Pot) Dinner:Seafood Buffet Feast
The front part of Noboribetsu Onsen, It was naturally formed as a result of a volcanic eruption of the Valley. The name Jigokudani, meaning "Hell's Valley", derives from the nature of the steam and boiling water that typically bubbles out of small crevices from the frozen ground.
It has been called “Hot Springs department stores.” where you can find 11 different kinds of spring water. The Hot Springs of Hokkaido account for 10% of the springs in Japan and are known to be the best.
Okurayama ski jumping area
The main ski jump area where 1972 Winter Olympics was held at. It has spectacular views looking over the Sapporo city.
Sapporo Winter Sport Museum
Established for everyone to experience winter activities such as ice skating, skiing, long jump skiing, and other extreme sports. One can enjo9y its movie audio show about the athletes and the different types of winter sports.
Shiraoi Ainuzoku Village
Ainuzoku are the indigenous people of Hokkaido. Highlights of the Shiraoi Ainuzoku village include the unique cottages, picture like of drying salmon fish, wood carving works, and the traditional natives handmade artwork.
Day 5 • Noboribetsu • Hakodate (B, L, D)
• Lake Toya: Blue and transparent, adds to this volcanic lake a quiet beauty of mystery surrounded by mountains.
• Take a cable car to reach the summit of the volcano, where you can have a panoramic
view of Lake Toya, Mt. Yotei and Mt. Showashin.
• Onuma Semi-National Park.
Hotel: Yunokawa Prince Hotel Nagisatei Breakfast:Japanese and Western Buffet Lunch:Steak Set or Unagi-done (Grilled eel over rice) Dinner:Japanese and Western Buffet
Hakodate Morning Fair
Also known as “the kitchen of Hakodate people”, this site is made up of over 400 food restaurants and shops and well known for selling a wide variety of fresh seafood.
It is also formed after the same volcanic eruption of the Valley, and became the third-largest volcanic lake. Lake Tōya is said to be the northernmost lake in Japan that never ices, and the second most transparent lake in Japan.
Mt. Hakodate Cable Car
It is the name of an aerial lift, as well as its operator. The line climbs Mount Hakodate in Hakodate, Japan. As of 2004, this is the most heavily used aerial lift line in Japan, transporting 1,559,000 riders yearly. The aerial tramway was prominently featured in Noein, a 2005 anime.
Its formation began in 1943 from the rapid uplifting of a wheat field which occurred as a result of a sudden earthquake. After hundreds of these earthquakes, it became volcanic and stood at 407 meters. Mt. Shyowa-Shizan was named appropriately as the formation took place in the year of Shyowa.
Onuma Seminational Park
This natural park showcases the majestic Mt. Komagatake, an active volcano whose series of eruptions reduced its conical shape to an angled plane. Three lakes lie at the foot of Mt. Komagatake. Of the three natural dammed lakes, Onuma is the main lake that boasts 126 large and small islets. This national park is beautiful in all seasons but many visit in the fall primarily to catch the changing hue of maple leaves.
Usuzan Cable Car
The Usuzan Ropeway (cable car) is a Japanese aerial lift line in Sōbetsu, Hokkaidō, operated by Wakasa Resort. Opened in 1965, the line climbs Mount Usu, the active volcano in Shikotsu-Tōya National Park. The observatory has a panoramic view of Lake Tōya, Shōwa Shinzan, and the central crater of Mount Usu.
It is located on the outskirts of Hakodate city close to Hakodate Airport. Its origins are said to date back to 1653 when a lord of the Matsumae clan was healed of an incurable illness by bathing in its waters. It contains various minerals including chloride and sulfur.
• Towada-Hachimantai National Park: Includes Lake Towada, Hachimantai Plateau
and the Hakkoda mountains, natural, beautiful and largely untouched.
• Walking tour of Oirase Keiryu: A stream consisting of variously shaped rapids
and waterfalls, and Lake Towada, a half-hidden gem in a sea of green forests, the leaves
of which change colors to fiery hues of orange as fall arrives.
Hotel: Lake Towada Onsen Koshutei Hotel Breakfast:Japanese and Western Buffet Lunch:Special arrangements to choose your own lunch Dinner:Kaiseki (multi-course) Banquet
As the capital city of Oshimo, Hokkaidō, Japan, Hakodate is the only way to travel from Hokkaido to Honshu and is one of the three open ports in Japan. It acrosses the Tsugaru Strait and the north-east of the city of Aomori, because they connected by Seikan tunnel.
Located at the most north part of Honshu. It is a logical departure point for both Hokkaido and Towada-Hachimantai National Park to the south. It is also the city that planted many apples in Japan.
Its length is 360 meters. It across the valley in between. When standing on the bridge, people can see the valley below as deep as 122 meters.
Many waterfalls run along rocky paths in this stunning valley. Nestled within the lush forest of the Oirase region, the Oirase stream spans seven miles (14k) from Nenokuchi to Yakeyama. Follow the trail along the river to discover numerous waterfalls, rapids, rock-studded hills and forests.
Seikan Underwater Tunnel
It is a 53.85 km (33.49 mile) railway tunnel in Japan, with a 23.3 km (14.5 mile) portion under the seabed. It is the longest undersea tunnel in the world.
Towada-Hachimantai National Park
This vast national park covers three prefectures in the northern-west area of the main island. The harsh weather conditions in this region have created picturesque gorges and valleys. In the winter, you can find eye-striking contorted trees slanted by the wind’s force. Full of natural wonders, this district boasts a plentiful array of hot springs.
Day 7 • Morioka • Kakunodate (B, L, D)
• Morioka Handicraft Village: You can see the traditional crafts with which northeastern people make pottery or woodwork and even make your own craftwork.
• Lake Tazawa: The deepest lake in Japan.
• Kakunodate’s Bukeyashiki (samurai mansion) Avenue: Explore classic samurai
residences with styles dating back several centuries.
Hotel: Tsunagi Onsen Shion Hotel Breakfast:Japanese Set Menu Lunch:Curry Rice Dinner:Japanese Banquet Dinner
place where samurai of the Edo period (17th to 19th century) lived in.
This small, quaint town lost in the wilderness of the Akita prefecture is distinguished by its beautifully preserved samurai quarter and spectacular cherry blossom festival in the spring. A large number of samurai houses remain in Kakunodate, and the town is one of the best for witnessing the layout of a Japanese castle town and the style of samurai houses. Underneath its Tohoku (the northeastern region) appearance, the town has a smart, elegant feel, and is called the Little Kyoto of Michinoku (the old name of Tohoku).
Morioka is a town where historic and new buildings blend in harmony. The city is the center of Iwate's politics, economics and culture. Mt. Iwate-san overlooks the city from the northwest and two rivers - the Kitakami-gawa River and the Nakatsu-gawa River, making Morioka a special place with a very beautiful landscape.
Morioka Handicraft Village
It features demonstrations of making Nambu senbei (rice cracker), ceramics, toys, straw and bamboo craftwork. Morioka is a city with a long history of ironware-making and this handicraft center is where quality local products are displayed and sold.
Located at the west of Morioka. It is a well-known hot springs in the Northeast, with Gosho Lake in front, and the Iwate mountain behind.
Day 8 • Hiraizumi • Matsushima (B, L, D)
• Chuson-ji Temple in Hiraizumi
• Matsushima: One of Japan’s three most scenic views, dotted by poetic pine-clad islets
° Godaido: A single-story pagoda building built in the forest on an islet, and Kanrantei,
the “Water-Viewing Pavilion”
° Enjoy a green tea ceremony while sitting on the teahouse tatami and contemplating the
beautiful bay view.
° Matsushima inter-island cruise.
Hotel: Hotel Taikanso Breakfast:Japanese and Western Buffet Lunch:Locally-grown Kabuto Hot Pot Dinner:Japanese and Western Buffet
Chusonji is one of Iwate's most famous tourist spots. This steep, cedar-lined path to the hilltop temple complex first opened in 850 AD. Of the 17 temples, the most spectacular is the main temple and the golden Konjikido. Built in 1105 by the Fujiwara family, the Konjikido or Golden Hall is a National Treasure with interior and exterior walls plated with mother-of-pearl and gold leaf.
It is the most famous political, economic and cultural center of the northeast between 11th century to the 12th century. There are many famous Buddhist temples... One of the most famous temple is the Chusonji Temple.
One of the three big scenic wonders of Japan, Matsushima owes its popularity to the hundreds of oddly-shaped rock islands. All 250 pine tree rock islets have their own unique shapes. Islands vary in size: larger islands have tunnels generous enough for a rowboat to go through while others are uninhabitable. This bay is a popular Tohoku destination.
Day 9 • Matsushima • Sendai • Shinganshan • Tokyo • Depart from Narita airport (B, L)
You will be escorted by a Super Value Tours representative to Narita International Airport for your respective departure. Sa-yo-na-ra!
Breakfast:Japanese and Western Buffet Lunch:Japanese-Chinese Cuisine
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Sapporo Renaissance Hotel
Centrally-located in the City of Sapporo, within walking distance from great shopping and restaurants.
Noboribetsu Grand Hotel
Decorated in customary Japanese style, this is a luxurious hot spring hotel with traditional rooms surrounded by magnificent natural beauty of Hokkaido.
Yunokawa Prince Hotel
This hotel features the most rooms with private hot springs in Japan. Unwind with a private Japanese spa attached to your own room.
Lake Towada Kosyutei Hotel
Lake Towada’s beautiful scenery can be seen from the Japanesestyle
rooms of this hot spring hotel.
Located only a few minutes’ walk from Jigokudani, this hotel is well-known throughout Japan for its variety in onsen. The hotel features 7 unique types of hot springs.
Tsunagi Shion Hotel
Hot spring hotel with large rooms overlooking Lake Gosho.
Matsushima Hotel Taikanso
Although a bit isolated, this hotel’s privacy is rewarded by its stunning scenery of the famous Matsushima Bay. Enjoy the sights from the comfort of your own room.
Gourmet meals with local variety:
Ishikari-nabe (Miso stew)
Salmon Toban-yaki (simmered on miniature ceramic stoves)