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     Japan Hokkaido 6 Days (code: PSP6E)

Duration:   6 Days 5 Nights
Cities:   Sapporo Hokkaido -Biei-Sounkyo-Akankohan-Tokachi gawa-Jozankei-Otaru
Tour Type:   Group tour of fixed departure dates
Tansport:   Land tour only
Hotels(local):   4 stars
Deal:   From AU$ per person
Full Itinerary   Availability & Prices   Special Remarks
Day 1: Arrival at Sapporo, Hokkaido Hotel:Tmark Hotel Sapporo or similar ( 4 stars )  

Meet a local guide upon arrival at Sapporo New Chitose Airport from 8am to 10pm. Transfer from airport to hotel. Important Information:

1. Please let us know your flight details at least one week ahead of the arrival day.

2. Hotel check-in is available after 3PM.
3. Passengers arriving at other time make their own way to hotel.

Day 2: Sapporo-Biei-Sounkyo ( B + L + D ) Hotel:Sounkaku Grand Hotel Hokkaido or similar ( 4 stars )  

Start your Hokkaido sightseeing with a visit to Farm Tomita, the largest one in Hokkaido, with a variety of over 150 kinds of flowers. Then proceed to Biei, a beautiful hilly town. Enjoy buffet lunch of delicious Furano food. The next will be your eyes that enjoy the most with the visit to Shikisai no Oka (Flower Farm). Rows of flowers orderly planted on a land of 7 hectares is itself a spectacular view, especially in flower seasons from spring to autumn.  Also you will visit stunning Blue Pond, a by-product of a cut-off dam built to stop volcanic lava.
At the end of the day, the group will arrive at Sounkyo Gorge. Check in a local onsen hotel where you would also have buffet dinner.
Important Information:

During winter time, there would be some changes to the itinerary:
Farm Tomita will be replaced by Otokoyama Sake Brewery (or Ikeda Vineyard) from January to April, and by Ningle Terrace from November to December.
Shikisai no Oka will be replaced by Otokoyama Sake Brewery (or Ikeda Vineyard) from November to December.
Blue Pond will be replaced by Aeon Mall from January to April.

Day 3: Sounkyo-Abashiri-gun-Akankohan ( B + L + D ) Hotel:New Akan Hotel or similar ( 4 stars )  

Take a morning tour of Sounkyo Valley, the centre of  Daisetsuzan National Park.  This meandering valley has more than plenty of high precipice, varied waterfalls, streams, flowers and colorful autumn leaves. Waterfall of Ginga, Waterfall of Meteor, Oobako Valley, Walkway of  Momijidani….to name just a few.
While at Abashiri, which is most famous for its Ryuhyo drift ice, you would visit Okhotsk Ryu-hyo Museum. Experience a world of drift ice at minus 15 ℃ and get to meet “sea angle”.   Some free time at crystally clear Lake Kussharo-ko.   More stunning would be the visit to Lake Mashu, “the lake of devil”. As deep as 212 meters itself,  the lake’s center is actually a 240-meter volcano.   This crater lake is said to be the clearest one in the world.

Enjoy a hot spring bath and also buffet dinner in hotel.

Day 4: Akankohan-Tokachi gawa ( B + L + D ) Hotel:Daiheigen Hotel or similar ( 4 stars )  

This morning, take a cruise on Lake Akan, another crater lake and natural habitat of lovely marino.   See the gathering of hundreds of Japanese red-crowned cranes in Kushiro Marsh.

Proceed to Tokachi-gawa and check in a local onsen hotel. Have dinner of Hokkaido beef and in-season vegetables from local farm.
Important Information:

During winter time (from January to April, and also December),  Akan Lake cruise will be replaced by ice-fishing, or performance of Ainu folk dance. In addition, the group would aslo visit Ryugetsu Sweetpia Garden (or Kofuku Station) in December.

Day 5: Tokachi gawa-Toyako-Jozankei ( B + L + D ) Hotel:Shikanoyu Spring Hotel or Jozankei View Hotel or similar ( 4 stars )  

Visit Noboribetsu Jigokudani,  a valley in quintessential volcanic landform.  Better known as Hell Valley, it spells a demonic atmosphere combining bleached rocks, steaming pools,  sulfuric odor, and barren landscape.

Enjoy lunch of Japanese seafood hot-pot (or Japanese Bento) before moving to Bear Park.  Over 70 brown bears are now living in the park. Get as close as merely a layer of glass between you and adult bears (subject to availability).

Take Usuzan ropeway ascending to get an overlook of Lake Toya and a close view of the crater of Mount Showa-shinzan.

Later on, proceed to Jozankei and check in onsen hotel.  Dinner of local cuisine is also included.

Day 6: Jozankei-Otaru-Leave Sapporo ( B )   

After breakfast, take coach to Otaru and walk along tranquil Otaru Canal.  The township of nostalgic buildings tells its glorious  past as one of Japan's chief trade, financial and business centers.  Visit Kitaichi Glass Otaru where hosts several glasswork studios where Artisans create beautiful handcrafted glass. Visitors can also DIY glass in the studios.
Around 11:30am, you will arrive at New Chitose Airport for your homebound flight.
(Please book flight with departure time after 13:30pm.)