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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

Hotel Taisetsu

Hotel Taisetsu

Enjoy a stay in Daisetuzan National Park at Hotel Taisetsu, a lovely hotel situated at the highest area in Sounkyo, offering stunning views of the lush, natural area. Guests may soak in the views while soaking in the hotel’s open-air bath and sauna, open 24 hours, or spend their days exploring the local area. Both Japanese and Western-style rooms and suites are available, and guests can enjoy details including “tatami" mats, air-conditioning, and daily newspapers. The star of the hotel - the restaurant - is ready to whip up the ultimate in local fare over five courses: “Oogi”, “Irodor”, “Hana”, “Miyabi”, and “Utage”.  

Hokutennooka Lake Abashiri Tsuruga Resort

Hokutennooka Lake Abashiri Tsuruga Resort

Sitting at the crossroads between luxury and tradition is Hokutennooka Lake Abashiri Tsuruga Resort, a world-class resort overlooking Lake Abashiri. The resort is designed to preserve and relive the traditions of the Okhotsk people, historical inhabitants of Hokkaido who disappeared under mysterious circumstances: the lobby of the hotel is designed like a traditional pit house, artwork and carvings that recall the Okhotsk culture are placed throughout the buildings, and hotel staff often wear traditional clothing. But while this hotel prides itself on celebrating the past, it is also about celebrating the present guest, with luxury spa treatments and an outdoor spring bath, gourmet French, Japanese and western cuisine served in three on-site restaurants, and luxurious guestrooms and suites, including those in the Ko no Za wing that each feature their own open-air bath. Soak in culture while relaxing in a hot spring bath - that is how the past meets the best at this luxurious resort. 

New Akan Hotel

New Akan Hotel

Welcome to the New Akan Hotel, located on the shores of Lake Akan in Akan National Park in Kushiro, Hokkaidō, Japan. Enjoy a visit to this beautiful natural landscape with a stay at this hotel, which consists of 370 rooms designed in both Japanese and western styles. The hotel features two restaurants: buffet restaurant Felice, and Kamon, which serves traditional Japanese cuisine, as well as Blue Night, an on-site night lounge. During the day, guests can enjoy a natural spring soak in the hotel’s Grand Public Bath, or a swim in the rooftop pool and hot tub, overlooking Lake Akan and the surrounding hills. They can also explore the surrounding natural areas by taking a cruise across the lake, exploring the traditional Ainu Kotan Village, the largest Ainu community in Japan, or visiting “Bokke”, a natural site of muddy craters where carbon dioxide gases from underground bubble through the mud. With so much to explore, guests will be thrilled to have such a comfortable place to rest their head at the end of the day. 



Let your worries be soothed away at Sanyoan, where the only concern is you. This luxury hotel is built around natural hot springs, so from the moment guests arrive to the moment they leave, they are ushered into a blissful state of relaxation. The hotel has three different types of rooms to choose from - a Japanese-style room, a  Western-style room – both with private Japanese cypress baths, and a special room with private open-air bath - each offering different styles of pillows, including the pressure-relieving Tempur pillow and one with negative ion-producing tourmaline, at the guest’s choice. Guests may relax in their private bath or enjoy the hotel’s open-air one, or enjoy an aromatherapy treatment at the hotel’s spa. In the evening, guests may indulge in a delightful, gourmet meal at Shunju Main Dining Room, which includes live culinary performances from the open kitchen to appeal to the five senses. 

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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