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Central Hokkaido for Adventurers

Not for those looking to just lay on the beach, this seven-day Central Hokkaido for Adventurers itinerary will keep you excited and enjoying the great outdoors in Japan’s beautiful snow-covered nature. The trip takes you into Mt. Taisetsu, Sounkyo, Abashiri, Akan, Tokachigawa and finishes in Sapporo. Prepare yourself for trekking, snowshoeing, skiing and exploring the beauty of Japan’s countryside. Keep your eyes peeled so you don’t miss spotting beautiful cranes or steam pouring out of a volcano.

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  • Trek up to the summit of Mt. Taisetsu wearing snowshoes and peer over the edge to look for active volcanoes spitting steam into the chilled air
  • Relax in one of the peaceful, natural hot baths known as onsens in Sounkyo
  • Canoe down the Kushiro River and learn for yourself what makes this one of the most popular canoe destinations in the world
  • Savor delicious Japanese chocolate in Sapporo at the Ishiya Chocolate Factory
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Day 1
Chitose Airport - Mt. Taisetsu

Arrive in the snow ridden, mountainous Hokkaido region by flying into the Chitose Airport. From the airport, you will be driven three hours to reach Mt. Taisetsu, located in the heart of the area. Depending on your arrival time, you may visit the diverse Asahikawa Zoo and pause to enjoy some delicious local ramen on the way. Once you reach Mt. Taisetsu, check in to a luxury hotel of your choice.

Day 2
Mt. Taisetsu - Sounkyo

Sit back and enjoy the ride up the Asahidake Ropeway that crawls up the mountainside. Enjoy the rest because now you will embark on an exciting snowshoe trek with a professional guide. Make your way all the way to the top of the ropeway and peer down to search for steam coming out of the volcano. After an active day, relax in a natural hot spring known to the Japanese as an onsen. After exploring the hot baths, finish the day soaking in the area’s best onsen - the Sounkyo Onsen. The Sounkyo Choyotei is a fantastic hotel choice in Sounkyo. The hotel has an open air bath and a gorgeous view of neighboring Mt. Choyo-zan.

Day 3
Sounkyo - Abashiri

Journey into the chilly outdoors and explore the frozen waterfalls off Ginga and Ryusei. The waterfalls appear to be paused mid-rush. Smelt ice fish on the frozen lake with the locals. You can even sample piping hot fried smelt fish on the lake. A crab dinner in town is an indulgent and not-to-be-missed experience.

Day 4
Abashiri - Akan

Begin the morning by canoeing down the Kushiro River, the most popular canoeing river in the country. Keep your eyes peeled for sun pillars or diamond dust - natural phenomenons only appearing in the winter. Discover the natural, unspoiled beauty of Lake Mashu and Lake Akan. Relax your hard-worked muscles at your hotel this evening.

Day 5
Akan - Tokachigawa

Akan is the crane capital of the country. Watch these beautiful, elegant birds for long enough, and you may witness one of the beautiful dances performed by crane couples. Visit the Kushiro Washo Market next. Grab a bowl of rice and pick your fish and ingredients as you peruse the many options available. Locals love the dish with soy sauce on top!

Day 6
Tokachigawa - Sapporo

Fix your sweet tooth as you begin the day with a tour of the Ryugetsu factory. Try the different authentic sweets and learn about how they’re made. The Baumkuchen, a layered type of cake originating from Germany, is to-die-for. Savor hot, fresh ramen in the famously-coined “Ramen Alley” in Susukino. It’s time for more sweets as you visit the Ishiya Chocolate Factory. The factory has a gorgeous museum and tons of chocolate for sampling or bringing to loved ones at home. Finish the day by burning off those goodies as you give the Mt. Okura Ski Jump a whirl. Spend a final night at your luxury hotel.

Day 7
Sapporo - Chitose Airport

Make the most of your last day in Sapporo, shopping the chic fashions at the Mitsui Outlet. Stock up on the latest accessories and any final souvenirs before catching your flight home out of the Chitose Airport. Don’t forget to squeeze in one last delicious ramen lunch before your journey to your next onward destination.


Suggested Accommodations

JR Tower Hotel

JR Tower Hotel

The JR Tower Hotel Nikko Sapporo provides sleek style and convenience in Hokkaido, Japan. Conveniently located above JR Sapporo Station with a direct link from Chitose International Airport by JR line, it is the perfect stop during a business trip for some rest, relaxation, and a dash of luxury. Guests can dine on French cuisine at MIKUNI Sapporo, seasonal western dishes at Sky J, traditional Japanese at Tancho, and casual European fare at Serena. Then, they can enjoy an indulgent treatment at the Sky Resort Spa and relax in the natural hot springs, air bubble baths and saunas. At the end of the day, guests can take in spectacular views from their room or suite, all located on floors 23 to 34 for the perfect sweeping panorama. 

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