Hokkaido: Springtime Nature 2023 | 9 Days | Pink Moss Viewing

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Hokkaido: Springtime Nature

9 days 7 nights
from
RESERVE ONLINE RESERVE
2023
Pink Moss Viewing
Sapporo, Biei, Sounkyo, Abashiri, Shiretoko, Lake Akan, Tokachigawa

Celebrate fleeting spring blooms, celebrate nature and wonder

"Spring is here," she announces, painting hillside canvases
Shibazakura moss drape the landscape in pinks,
As far as the eyes can see
Cherry blossoms for your feet fill the air with floral fragrance
With white snowcapped mountains in the distance, 
Go deep to untouched Japan and feel mother nature waking
Taste fresh gifts of nature in a one-star Michelin restuarant 
Spring in Hokkaido is a celebration for the senses

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Highlights

  • Biei | Admire the beauty of rolling local farmlands
  • Sounkyo | Ride the Mt. Kurodake Ropeway for a splendid view of Daisetsuzan Mountain Range
  • Kamiyubetsu | Dive into a pink cherry blossom paradise at Kamiyubetsu Tulip Park
  • Abashiri | Enjoy a once in a lifetime visit to Higashimokoto Park to see vibrant Moss Cherry Blossoms
  • Shiretoko Peninsula | Travel to one of Japan's most remote and breathtaking national parks
    • Take a boat excursion and admire this UNESCO World Heritage Site
    • Stroll the natural lakeside beauty of the Shiretoko Five Lakes
  • Lake Mashu | "The lake of the gods" - one of the clearest in the world
  • Lake Akan | Visit the home of Marimo, a rare green algae species
  • Tokachi | Soak in Moor hot springs only found in Tokachi

Itinerary

Open All Days
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Depart North America
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32 mi
, 1 hr

Sapporo
Welcome to ! For guests within our pickup timeframe, a Supera representative will greet you at the arrival airport. Have a wonderful journey with us!
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SAPPORO GRAND HOTEL
JR Tower Hotel Nikko Sapporo
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102 mi
, 3 hrs

Biei 2
20 mi
, 2 hrs

Sounkyo
Patchwork Road
Patchwork Road
Kurodake Ropeway
Kurodake Ropeway
Biei
  • Patchwork Road: 
    Admire the picturesque landscape as we drive through this area (contrary to namesake, Patchwork Road refers to an area in Biei, not just a road).
  • Hokusei No Oka: 
    Climb to the top of the pyramid-shaped observation deck and enjoy expansive views of the colorful rolling hills and Taisetsu Mountain Range in the distance.

Sounkyo

  • Mt. Kurodake: 
    Ride the Kurodake Ropeway for an incredible view of the Daisetsuzan Mountain Range. 
  • Obako: 
    Visit Obako rock formation, one of the most beautiful areas in the gorge.
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1-Star Michelin French
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Hotel Taisetsu
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74 mi
, 2 hrs

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60 mi
, 1.5 hrs

Abashiri
Ryusei & Ginga Falls
Ryusei & Ginga Falls
Kamiyubetsu Tulip Park
Kamiyubetsu Tulip Park
Sounkyo
  • Ryusei Falls (Shooting Star Falls) and Ginga Falls (Milky Way Falls):
    Admire two of the best waterfalls in the gorge.

Kamiyubetsu

  • Kamiyubetsu Tulip Park: 
    Over 200 kinds of tulips are planted in this 7-hectare park. Many visitors come here to view colorful tulips in May and June.    

Abashiri

  • Lake Saroma Observatory:  
    Lake Saroma is the third largest lake in Japan. On sunny days, standing on the observation deck, you can see the continuous Shiretoko Mountain Range. This is also a perfect place to enjoy a panaromic view of Sea of Okhotsk. 
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Hokuten No Oka Lake Abashiri Tsuruga Resort
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47 mi
, 1.5 hrs

Shiretoko
Higashimokoto Park
Higashimokoto Park
Shiretoko Peninsula
Shiretoko Peninsula
Abashiri
  • Higashimokoto Shibazakura Park: 
    Enjoy a once in a lifetime visit and see the Shibazakura Hill covered in shades of pink and purple during Moss Cherry Blossom season. 

Shiretoko 

  • Shiretoko World Heritage Conservation Center: 
    Learn about the natural ecosystem of Shiretoko Peninsula and watch a film highlighting the beauty of Shiretoko's four seasons.  
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Kitakobushi Shiretoko Hotel & Resort
Shiretoko Daiichi Hotel
Shiretoko
Shiretoko Sightseeing Boat
Shiretoko Sightseeing Boat
Five Lakes Hiking
Five Lakes Hiking
Shiretoko
  • Furepe Waterfall:  
    Furepe Waterfall means "Red Water" in the Ainu language. All the water comes from snow and rain that has fallen in the Shiretoko Mountain range. Visit the 100-meter high waterfall, also known as the "Maiden's Tears."
  • Shiretoko Sightseeing Boat:
    See the stunning cliffs and rock formations on a boat tour of the Peninsula.
  • Shiretoko Five Lakes Hiking:
    Depending on your personal preference and physical health, we have designed two walking routes for you to explore and enjoy the Five Lakes.
    A. Full Tour (Distance: 3mi; Walking time: 3hrs): Stroll along the lakes and through the forest to see the beauty of all five lakes.
    B. Elevated Wooden Path (Distance: 1.6mi; Walking time: 40mins): Walk on the wooden path to the first lake and enjoy panoramic views of the Sea of Okhotsk. 
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Kitakobushi Shiretoko Hotel & Resort
Shiretoko Daiichi Hotel
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79 mi
, 2 hrs

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28 mi
, 1 hr

Lake Akan
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Teshikaga
  • Lake Mashu Observatory: 
    Visit the observation deck at Lake Mashu and see one of the clearest lakes in the world.
  • Mt. Io: 
    An active volcano whose name means "nude mountain" in the Ainu language. Observe yellow sulfur crystals and dynamic volcanic fumes up close.

Lake Akan

  • Akan Sightseeing Cruise:
    Cruise the lake and learn about rare green Marimo algae, a natural delight!
  • Akan Ainu Village:
    Explore the culture and handicrafts of Hokkaido's Ainu indigenous community at Akan Ainu Village, a short walk away from our hotel. 
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Akan Tsuruga Bessou Hinanoza
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45 mi
, 1 hr
20 mins

Kushiro 2
70 mi
, 1 hr
50 mins

Tokachigawa Onsen
Washo Market
Washo Market
Onnenai Wooden Path
Onnenai Wooden Path

Kushiro

  • Akan International Crane Center:
    Watch Red-Crowned Cranes open their wings and dance in the fields.
  • Washo Market:  
    Taste delicious Kushiro delicacies. Hand pick and savor your own bowl of seafood delights.
  • Onnenai Wooden Path: 
    Visit the largest marshland in Japan and enjoy the view.

Tokachigawa Onsen

  • Tokachigawa Onsen:
    The only place to try Moor hot springs, also known as "hot springs for beauty". Moor hot springs contain rich organic plant-derived matter, which is said to have excellent skin moisturizing and smoothing effects. 
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Tokachikawa onsen-Daiichi Hotel
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104 mi
, 3 hrs

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  • Deposit:A deposit of per person is due within 7 days of reservation confirmation to secure your space on tour.
  • Balance:Due days before tour departure.
  • Flights:We are happy to arrange air tickets with the best balance between price and flight quality. If you prefer to book your own flights, please refer to the following flight arrival & departure timeframes for us to provide pick up/send-off service
    If arriving or leaving outside these timeframes, please travel to the designated meeting place on your own expense or call us for transfer pricing. We're sorry, but missed activities will not be made up.
    • Pre/post hotels: We can help arrange hotels matching our tour schedule. For prices and availability, please contact our team.
    • Please review the Terms & Conditions before you book.
    • Is This Trip Right for Me?
      • Please see the Itinerary for activity levels and details.
      • Wheelchairs Accessible: Guests in wheelchairs welcome, but please understand some sites are not accessible. A companion to help with the wheelchair must accompany the guest.
      • Age Limit: For quality concerns, guests should be 2 years or older to join this tour
      • Dietary Restrictions: It is important everyone has a great dining experience with us! If you have a special meal restriction (i.e., fatal allergies, no sashimi, no lamb, etc.), please let us know 30 days before tour date. We will do our best to oblige, but we regret some dietary preferences may not be available due to cultural differences.
    • Accommodations:
      • Our rooms for this tour are reserved with twin rooms (2 beds/room), but hotels may have different configurations. Please refer to the Hotels section for details.
      • If you have special requirements, please inform us at time of booking so we may make arrangements as soon as possible.
      • For guest privacy and security considerations, we do not have single sharing arrangements.
    • Visas:
      • A Visa is temporarily being required for US or Canada passport holders to Japan. 
      • Please be aware once a visa is processed by Supera, we will not be able to provide a refund under any circumstances.
    • Passports:
      • Please provide a copy of your passport at sign up; we recommend having a copy of your passport with you in case of emergencies.
      • Your passport must have at least 6 months of validity remaining and two blank “Visa” pages.
    • Flights and Luggage:
      • Some airlines charge a fee for pre-assigned seats. If so, we will let you know the details at time of booking.
      • If you are booking your own tickets, we recommend reserving at least 3 hours connecting time between international airports.
      • Luggage allowances will vary based on the rules for each airline. Excess baggage fees are the responsibility of the traveler.

    Stays of a Lifetime

    Don't be too tired to remember your trip!
    A hotel is not merely a place to rest your head. We hand-pick each one to give you comfort, great views, unique experiences, and above all, memorability. We carefully consider locations to let your mind, body, and spirit wander freely while feeling at home.


    Sapporo :

    SAPPORO GRAND HOTEL

    Centrally-located in Sapporo city, within walking distance from great shopping areas and restaurants.

    Sapporo :

    JR Tower Hotel Nikko Sapporo

    Directly connected to Sapporo Station and Daimaru Department Store, JR Tower Hotel Nikko Sapporo has one of the top-rated locations in Sapporo. 40-minute train ride from New Chitose Airport, 10-minute walk to Odori Park, and within walking distance to some other historic sites such as the Clock Tower and Former Hokkaido Government Office Building in Sapporo.

    Moderate Room    
    30 m² (323 ft²)
    120 x 203 cm * 2 Bed    
    N/A
    Arranged with Corner Twin Room 40m² (431 ft²) + Rollaway Bed (100 x 200 cm)

    Sounkyo :

    Hotel Taisetsu

    Relax in the outdoor hot springs surrounded by the snowy mountains of Sounkyo. This hotel offers majestic panoramic views of the mountain range and beautiful gorge.

    Special Room Yukihotaru Twin in West Building    
    30 m² (323 ft²)
    167 x 200 cm * 2 Bed    
    N/A
    Arranged with Special Room Yukihotaru Twin + extra Futon (100 x 200 cm)

    Abashiri :

    Hokuten No Oka Lake Abashiri Tsuruga Resort

    At this resort, taste fresh seasonal delicacies of Okhotsk and experience the natural healing properties of the unique hot springs.

    Japanese Western Room or Japanese Style Room in Tower Building    
    29 m² (312 ft²)
    120 x 203 cm * 2 Bed    
    N/A
    Arranged with Japanese Western Room + extra Futon (100 x 200 cm)

    Shiretoko :

    Kitakobushi Shiretoko Hotel & Resort

    Enjoy a panoramic view of the Okhotsk coast from the top floor observation deck. This hotel is located near the Utoro port, an area with abundant natural resources. Guests can taste many fresh local specialties. 

    Sea View Twin Room    
    36 m² (388 ft²)
    110 x 200 cm * 2 Bed    
    N/A
    Arranged with Sea View Twin Room + extra Futon (100 x 200 cm)

    Shiretoko :

    Shiretoko Daiichi Hotel

    Located at the very top of Utoro’s hotel zone, Daiichi hotel offers sensational views of the Okhotsk Sea from its hot springs, especially during sunset. 

    Japanese Twin Room in Shizen Building    
    36 m² (388 ft²)
    120 x 210 cm * 2 Bed    
    N/A
    Arranged with Japanese Twin Room + extra Futon (100 x 200 cm)

    Lake Akan :

    Akan Tsuruga Bessou Hinanoza

    This stylish Ryokan resort offers world-class service and beautiful hot spring baths.  We specially reserve the hotel's top lake-view rooms for our guests and include access to the exclusive VIP lounge for a comfortable stay you won't forget.

    Lake View Japanese Western Room in Bekkan Building    
    88 m² (947 ft²)
    100 x 195 cm * 2 Bed    
    N/A
    Arranged with Lake View Japanese Western Room + extra Futon (100 x 200 cm)

    Tokachikawa :

    Tokachikawa onsen-Daiichi Hotel

    This hotel is the only hotel in Japan that offers rare moor hot springs (hot springs containing bio-organic algae). Moor hot springs are considered one of Hokkaido's heritages.

    Japanese Modern style room or Japanese modern & Western-style room     
    8 tatami mats
    100 x 200 cm * 2 Bed    
    N/A
    Arranged with Japanese Modern style room +extra Futon (100 x 200cm)
    Arranged with Futon in Japanese Room
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    The trip was fantastic!  I can understand why several of our companions had been on numerous trips with your company before. Once we arrived in Japan, we felt welcomed and pampered right up to our departure home.  The selection of hotels, restaurants, and activities proved delightful; and Colin and Jo were very attentive.  

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