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Itinerary in detail
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DAY 01: HAKODATE ARRIVAL
Upon arrival to Hakodate Airport, our Asia Senses
representatives will be waiting to provide assistance with transport to your
hotel in Hakodate for check in. The remainder of the day is free at leisure.
In the evening, you can take a visit to the top of Mount Hakodate by ropeway. Although you can reach the observation deck located atop
Mount Hakodate by car or bus, the Mount Hakodate ropeway is the recommended way to
enjoy the landscape from on high. From here, you can witness the progressive
illumination of city lights. The best seasons for night viewing are fall and
winter, when the illuminated glow of the city is even more beautiful in the
cold, clear air.
Stay overnight at hotel in Hakodate.
DAY 02: HAKODATE – ONUMA PARK DAY TRIP
This morning, your guide will pick you up from the hotel, followed by a transport by 30-minute JR express train to Onuma
Quasi National Park, located about 20 kilometers north of Hakodate.
Once at the park, you can see Mount Komagatake, an impressive dormant volcano. Continue with a leisure walk, you will see beautiful lakes dotted with small islands, several of which are connected with each other by small bridges. Other activities to be enjoyed in Onuma Park include
cycling, canoeing, tennis, golf and fishing.
After some time exploring the park, we travel back to
Hakodate by train for a visit to the Bay Area and the Motomachi District which
is full of historical buildings such as churches and one-time foreign
residences. This area offers the perfect backdrop for a photo opportunity.
Next, take the tram to Goryokaku Park which is a massive,
star shaped, Western style citadel, which was built in the last years of the
Edo Period for the defense of Hakodate against the imperialist threat posed by
the Western powers. You can enjoy walking around through beautiful scenery in
four seasons: Cherry blossoms in spring, green trees in summer, autumn leaves
in fall and snow in winter.
To finish the day, take a ride on the elevator up 107 meters
to the top of Goryokaku Tower to get a bird's-eye view of Goryokaku Park from
the observation deck of this tower.
Stay overnight at hotel in Hakodate.
DAY 03: HAKODATE – SHIKOTSU – TOYA NATIONAL PARK
This morning, pay a visit to Hakodate Asaichi (Hakodate morning market) which is held daily from 5am (from 6am during winter) to noon, and just a few steps away from JR Hakodate Station. You can start your day with a bowl of steaming rice topped with freshly-caught seafood.
After that, leave Hakodate for a private 3-hour transfer by car to Shikotsu-Toya National Park, a national park in the western part of the island of Hokkaido, Japan. It is named for its two famous lakes, Toya and Shikotsu and has a total area of 993.02 square kilometers. The park’s spectacular scenery includes caldera lakes, onsen towns and volcanic mountains.
This afternoon, head to Noboribetsu, a town which is also part of the wide Shikotsu-Toya National Park and is one of the most famous Onsen spots in Hokkaido. From here, we head to Jigokudani, or “Hell Valley”, a spectacle of hot steam vents and sulfurous streams.
There are attractive walking trails through
the wooded hills above Noboribetsu. Take the short 30 minute walk to Oyunuma, a sulfurous pond with a surface temperature of 50 degrees Celsius and a smaller, even hotter, mud pond nearby.
In the evening, enjoy delicious “kaiseki”, a traditional, multi-course dinner.
Stay overnight at ryokan in Noboribetsu.
Breakfast, Dinner, Dinner
DAY 04: TOYA NATIONAL PARK EXPLORING
Today, we will spend whole day to explore more of
Shiktosu - Toya National Park.
In the morning, explore the area around Mount Usu, a volcano
which has erupted four times in the past 100 years (in 1910, 1944, 1977 and
2000). Our first destination is Volcano Science Museum. This museum's main role
is to preserve and showcase footage of Mount Usu's 2000 eruption. Then we travel
to the top of Mount Usu by ropeway, enjoying breathtaking views of the ocean,
Lake Toya and Mount Usu’s large crater.
In the afternoon, we will explore the area around the
impressive volcano Mount Yotei. We will make a stop at the Fukidashi Koen, a
hot spring place in Kyogoku town. Fukidashi Mineral Water has been stored
underground for decades from Mount Yotei rain and snow. During the tour, enjoy
some of Hokkaido’s best local delicacies in a cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Finally, travel back to your ryokan in Noboribetsu.
DAY 05: TOYA NATIONAL PARK – SAPPORO
Today, we take the train (02 hours) to Sapporo, the capital of Hokkaido, Japan's fifth largest city and the largest city on the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido. We will spend the rest of the day at leisure exploring this exciting city.
We first visit Hokkaido Jingu Shinto Shrine, the largest Shinto shrine in the Hokkaido to enjoy serene atmosphere surrounded by forest. Before arriving at the Sapporo TV Tower, we visit Odori Park, an oasis in the city center and extends 1.5 km from east to west. It is a popular picnic and relaxation spot, serving both locals and visitors. Another great visit is the Clock Tower Building, the symbol of Sapporo and Hokkaido. Today, it serves as a museum with displays about the building's history and Sapporo on the first floor.
Continue to the Sapporo Botanic Garden which is operated by Hokkaido University. It is a historic botanical garden laid out at the beginning of the city's development in the early years of the Meiji Period in 1886. The garden contains over 4,000 plants native to Hokkaido and can be enjoyed in spring, summer and autumn. To finish the day, we will visit the Sapporo Beer Museum, the only beer museum in Japan, was opened in July of 1987 to provide visitors with a varied knowledge of beer and brewing.
Today, we take a train ride to Otoru, a historic port city
not far from Sapporo, about 40 minutes away from Sapporo. It has developed and
prospered as "the sea entrance of Hokkaido" over the last 100 years
and it has gained the nickname "Wall Street of the North."
First, we walk around Otaru Canal Area. We then head to
Sakaimachi Street, a preserved merchant street with many restaurants, boutique
shops and museums. Discover the Kitaichi glass shop, Taisho glass shop, Music
Box shop, LeTao, Kitakaro, Rokkatei, Samurai shop, and others. You could go to
the ice cream shop which carries unusual ice cream, like sea urchin, potato butter,
squid ink, and others. Enjoy walking around this beautiful town and don’t miss
trying some of the freshest sushi in Hokkaido.
The tour also covers Tanaka Sake
Brewery, the most famous local sake brewery in Otaru. Here, you can buy some
special Sake only this factory.
After a day of exploration, head back to your hotel in Sapporo for overnight stay.