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Hokkaido: The Volcanic North

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Hokkaido: The Volcanic North Tour

9 days


Explore a less tourist-oriented and more authentic side of Japan by visiting Hokkaido, the major island in the north. Enjoy its wonderful scenery, natural parks and the friendliness of its inhabitants!

Hokkaido's scenery:
- Sapporo (4 nights),
- Furano (2 night),
- Noboribetsu (1 night)
 

Included :


- Round-trip flight tickets from/to Los Angeles, Sydney or Paris

- 7 nights in 3*** equivalent hotels, including 1 night with dinner in a ryokan (traditional Japanese hotel)

- Breakfasts

- Airport transfers

- 1 prepaid transport card with ¥1,500 credit for your outgoing airport transfer and your transport in Sapporo

- 1 regional 7-day train pass, so you can travel between the different towns and cities on the tour

- 1 Pocket wifi (with unlimited internet access) for the duration of the trip

- 1 travel guide, sent to you at least 20 days before your departure, detailing the tour itinerary, how to get to your hotels, and the tourist sights not to be missed.

- Helpline assistance 24/7 in English
 

Not included :

- Insurance
- Personal expenses
- Public transportation within cities*
- The journey between the hotel in Furano and/or Noboribetsu by bus or taxi
- Anything not listed in the "included" section above


Customization:

Contact us for:
- Flight upgrades to premium-economy or business class
- Upgrade to a 4* hotel
- Child price (11 y/o or younger)
- Extending your stay before or after the tour


Flights:

The departure and end dates of the tour include your flight and arrival from/to your departure country.

Most flights will require two transfers (less than 5 hours) in Asia or the Gulf States, and then in Tokyo before landing in Sapporo.

Examples of airlines we use:
- Air France
- All Nippon Airways
- Finnair
- Korean Air


Accommodation:

The basic price includes one room for 2 people in 3* equivalent hotels.

Single room: If a triple room is not available, a single room supplement may be required for any booking with an odd number of participants.
Please note that in case of a single supplement, it will be applied to all accommodation except the ryokan in Noboribetsu, since in traditional accommodation like this there are no single rooms. However you will find spacious rooms that can welcome up to 5 people. To learn more about what a stay at a ryokan entails, see the "Noboribetsu" step of our "Detailed Itinerary" below.

In Japan, a high-density country where everything is more compact, the 3* hotels are good quality but the rooms can be quite small (12 to 24m2) depending on the hotel. For more comfort and space, don't hesitate to contact us for a quote with 4* hotels.

The rooms for 2 people in western-style hotels have 2 separate single beds (twin rooms) as standard. Contact us to request a double bed; there is no supplementary charge but we cannot guarantee availability. Note that double bed rooms are smaller in size than twin rooms.


Terms of payment:
- 35% deposit paid when booking
- Balance paid 35 days before departure


Note:
This tour is not suitable for people with reduced mobility.

*concerns transport which cannot be accessed using the Hokkaido Pass and when the ¥1,500 on your transport card runs out

Detailed Itinerary

SAPPORO - FURANO - NOBORIBETSU

Day
0

Flight to Sapporo.

Overnight on the aeroplane, arrive the next day at Sapporo.

Day
1

SAPPORO

Arrival at New Chitoise airport in Sapporo.

Transfer by public transport, to be paid for using your prepaid transport card containing ¥1,500 credit (approximately 30 mins, detailed explanation with photos in your travel guide).

Check-in at your 3-star hotel.

SAPPORO

Free evening and a night at your hotel.

Day
2

SAPPORO

Breakfast at your hotel.

Self-guided visit of Sapporo, capital of the island of Hokkaido. Nestled under a blanket of snow for much of the year, the city still displays traces of its colonial past.

Don't miss:
- Odori Park, an immense border of plants which spreads out between the skyscrapers and divides the city in two
- Sapporo beer museum, created in Japan's first brewery
- The historical village which reconstitutes the way of life in Japan in the 19th and 20th centuries

SAPPORO

In the evening, take a trip to the Susukino district, the liveliest in the city. With more than 4,500 restaurants, you will have plenty of choice when you sample the local specialities!

Day
3

SAPPORO

Breakfast at your hotel.

Continue your visit around Sapporo:
- Hokkaido modern art museum, featuring collections of both Japanese and European art
- Hokkaido-jingu shrine and Maruyama Park with their magnificent viewing points
- Hokkaido University botanical gardens

SAPPORO

Make the most of this dinner to sample the local speciality: Sapporo ramen, noodles in a miso broth

Day
4

SAPPORO

Breakfast at your hotel.

Make the most of this day to explore the area surrounding the city

- Otaru, a city with canals scattered all over it whose ancient wooden houses are built on the hillsides. The city is also famous for its sushi. (approximately 45 mins by train)

- The city of Shiraoi which is home to a village of the first inhabitants of Hokkaido, the Ainu. (approximately 1hr 15mins by train)

SAPPORO

Free evening and a night at your hotel.

Day
5

SAPPORO - FURANO

Breakfast at your hotel.

Departure by train to Furano (approximately 2hrs 45mins, covered by your Hokkaido Pass).

Check-in at your 3* hotel.
Note: You may need to take a bus (extra cost of 2€ per person) or a taxi (10 mins, extra cost of around 12€ in total) to reach your hotel.

Go for a walk around Furano market which is located outside the JR station: in addition to selling local products it is also a place where visitors can learn about the region's savoir-faire.

FURANO

Free evening and a night at your hotel.

Day
6

FURANO

Breakfast at your hotel.

Breathe the fresh Japanese air in Furano, a small village which is famous for its lavender fields in the summertime and its splendid ski-ing area in winter.

Our recommendations
- Admire the lavender fields at Tomita farm and enjoy the sublime views over Mount Tokachi to the west and Mount Yubari to the south. Sample some of the many lavender-based specialities!
- Taste the local wine at Furano's vineyard as well as the local cheese which is famous throughout Japan (try the one made with squid ink!)

If you are a fan of winter sports, they are available here from November to April.

FURANO

Free evening and a night at your hotel.

Day
7

FURANO - NOBORIBETSU

Breakfast at your hotel.

Departure by train to Noboribetsu station (approximately 3hrs 30mins, covered by your Hokkaido Pass), then a bus journey to your ryokan (15 mins, extra cost of around 3€ per person).

Check-in at your 4* ryokan (traditional Japanese hotel)

Noboribetsu Onsen
is the most famous spa resort in Hokkaido. You will be charmed by its hot springs and its wonderful scenery.

NOBORIBETSU

Traditional Japanese dinner (included in price) and a night in your ryokan at the foot of the Jigokudani crater, "the valley of hell".

You will sleep either on futons or on western-style beds in a traditional tatami room.

Day
8

Breakfast at your ryokan.

Transfer to Sapporo New Chitose airport by public transport. All details including photos in your travel guide. (approximately 50 minutes, covered by your Hokkaido Pass).

Return flight.

Arrive back home.

Day 0
Day 1 SAPPORO
Day 2 SAPPORO
Day 3 SAPPORO
Day 4 SAPPORO
Day 5 SAPPORO, FURANO
Day 6 FURANO
Day 7 FURANO, NOBORIBETSU
Day 8