10 Days GVBC Hokkaido 2019

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Tour Descriptions

Discover Japan's charming northern island during our GVBC Hokkaido Japan Tour package for 2019. Explore the natural beauty in Hokkaido as we visit the can't miss spots north of Tokyo! Take pictures of beautiful sights, sample incredible flavors, and enjoy a magical vacation with your friends during this exciting holiday package!
Itinerary

Los Angeles | Depart LAX

Afternoon
Depart LAX

Begin your journey to Japan as we fly from Los Angeles to Hokkaido!

Tokyo & Hokkaido | Arrive in Japan & Check-in Hotel

Afternoon
Arrive at Narita Int'l Airport (NRT)
Evening
Arrive At Chitose Check into Hotel

Arrive in Japan at Tokyo's Narita International Airport before catching your connecting flight to Hokkaido. You will then check into the hotel.

Nibutani & Furano | Ainu History & Factory Visit

Breakfast Lunch Dinner

New Furano Prince Hotel ( Western Style )

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New Furano Prince Hotel

The New Furano Prince Hotel helps provide the perfect winter holiday with ski storage and ski equipment rentals. At the end of the day, order après-ski drinks at the hotel's bar. Dining is available at one of the hotel's 4 restaurants. Public areas are equipped with complimentary high-speed wired and wireless Internet access. Onsite self parking is complimentary.

Near by.......
-Furano Ski Resort
-Garden of Wind
-Asahigaoka Sogotoshi Park

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Morning
Nibutani Ainu Culture Museum & Ainu Culture Show
Afternoon
Furano Cheese Factory Ningle Terrace
Evening
Check into the Hotel

Today will begin with an exciting visit to the Nibutani Ainu Culture Museum. This immersive museum features various exhibits, artifacts, and interactive displays to teach guests about the lives the Ainu, the indigenous people of Hokkaido. The museum includes toys, clothing, hunting materials, literature, and videos of Ainu legends, folk dances, and a collection of 919 items related to the daily life of the Ainu on display at the museum that was designated as an Important Tangible Folk Cultural Property. There's also a show on Ainu culture to enjoy at the museum.
In the afternoon, it's off to the Furano Cheese Factory. The factory is designed to let visitors look through various parts of cheese making from start to finish. After our time at the Cheese Factory, we will reach Ningle Terrace for some shopping and to relax before checking into our hotel.

Biei & Sounkyo | Gorgeous Nature Spots

Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Sounkyo Choyotei Hotel ( Japanese Style )

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Sounkyo Choyotei Hotel

Sounkyo Choyotei Hotel offers mix of Japanese and Western-style guest rooms. Most rooms consist of western bed but with an added tatami rooms. What makes this a popular hotel is their many indoor/ outdoor hot springs. The hot spring baths looks out to the steep, green cliff of the ravine in order to provide guests a relaxed atmosphere and with the feeling of being surrounded by nature. There is also a complimentary shuttle bus to take Choyo Resort Hotel so you can try their hot springs too. You can also upgrade your stay to get your own private open air bath.

Near by........
-Mountain
Daisetsuzan Sounkyo Kurodake    within Walking distance

-Museum
Hokkaido Ice Pavilion in 30 mins by car

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Morning
Biei ] Tomita Farm Blue Pond
Afternoon
Ryusei & Ginga Waterfalls Kurodake Ropeway
Evening
Check into Hotel

Today will be dedicated to exploring the beautiful nature spots of Hokkaido. We begin with the Tomita Farm, one of Hokkaido's premier flower farms. Enjoy the various flowers, including Poppies, French Marigolds, and more at this iconic flower field.
From there, we make our way over to Blue Pond in Biei, a man-made pond with water that shines a bright blue depending on the seasons. The pond's appearance slightly changes depending on the weather's affect on the water, but is always a charming stop for nature fans and photographers. After our time at the pond, we will then make our way to Ryusei & Ginga Waterfalls for photos and a light hike. Before the day ends, let's enjoy a scenic ride up Mt. Kurodake with a ride on the Kurodake Ropeway. We then proceed to the hotel.

Sapporo | Historic Hokkaido

Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Morning
Hokkaido Museum & Historical Village
Afternoon
Moerenuma Park Fountain
Evening
Check into Hotel

Today will be dedicated to exploring the charms of Hokkaido's history with a visit to the Hokkaido Museum & Historical Village. The Historic Village of Hokkaido is an open-air museum in Sapporo with buildings from all over Hokkaido in the style of the Meiji to Showa Periods. The village is designed to show guests the expansion and growth of Hokkaido, as well as the everyday life Hokkaido's residents had. The Historic Village is only five minutes away from the Hokkaido Museum, which is dedicated to preserving and teaching the nature, history, and culture of Hokkaido. The Hokkaido Museum features artifacts from the Ainu (the indigenous people in Hokkaido), aerial photos, exhibits on Hokkaido's development, and miniature models of Hokkaido during various periods.
Before we end our day, we will head to Moerenuma Park to enjoy the popular Fountain show. The Fountain sits at the center of Moerenuma Park (designed by Isamu Noguchi) and puts on a stunning show with powerful, illuminated, water streams. We will then proceed to the hotel.

Sapporo | Hokkaido's Biggest City

Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Morning
Sapporo ] Former Hokkaido Government Office Building (Red Brick Office) Sapporo Clock Tower Odori Park Sapporo TV Tower
Afternoon
Sapporo - Ramen (Lunch) Shiroi Koibito Sapporo Beer Museum - Beer Gardens
Evening
Jingisukan Return to the Hotel

No trip to Hokkaido would be complete without exploring Sapporo. To make sure you see the best of Hokkaido's largest city, we've packed a day filled with can't miss Sapporo sights! We start off with a trip to the Former Hokkaido Government Office Building. This American-style building was used as the administrative base for Hokkaido and is well known for the distinct red bricks. Take some photos and enjoy the exhibitions inside that showcase Sapporo's history. There's also the popular Sapporo Clock Tower nearby, a must-see landmark in Sapporo.

From there, we will make our way to Odori Park. This massive park divides Sapporo and is a great spot to see Sapporo's massive TV Tower. After a bowl of Ramen for lunch, we head to Shiroi Koibito. Shiroi Koibito is home of Japan's most popular cookie sandwich, a treat we highly recommend! Before the day ends, we will visit a beer garden at Sapporo's Beer Museum and enjoy a Hokkaido favorite: Jingisukan Barbecue. We then return to the hotel.

Otaru & Toya Lake | Stunning Scenery of Hokkaido

Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Hotel Lake side Terrace ( Western Style )

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Hotel Lake side Terrace

The Hotel Lake Side Terrace is a paradise for anyone who wants a peaceful stay in Japan with a lovely view from their hotel. This lakefront hotel boasts comfortable rooms in addition to an onsite arcade, cafe, tennis court, and spas.

Near by.......
-Usuzanfunka Memorial Park
-Showashinzan Ropeway
-Toyareikuhiru Golf Club

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Morning
Otaru Canal Otaru-style Soup Japanese Curry Lunch
Afternoon
Jozankei Mount Yotei
Evening
Check into Hotel Hanabi

Enjoy a relaxing day of sightseeing as we make our way to Lake Toya from Otaru. We kick things off with a visit to Otaru Canal. The canal features gaslights along the way with plenty of warehouses made of bricks or Sapporo freestone which have now been turned into restaurants, variety stores, and souvenir shops. Enjoy Otaru-style Soup Japanese curry for lunch at this charming port area.

After shopping in Otaru, we will take a scenic drive to Lake Toya through Jozankei and Mount Yotei. The colors of the foliage turn to wonderful shades of orange and red which make for breathtaking photos. Enjoy the nature during your ride before we make our way to Lake Toya. Check into the hotel and enjoy a fireworks show later in the night, or rest up for more sight seeing the next day!

Toya Lake | Relaxing Cruise & Fireworks

Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Hotel Lake side Terrace ( Western Style )

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Hotel Lake side Terrace

The Hotel Lake Side Terrace is a paradise for anyone who wants a peaceful stay in Japan with a lovely view from their hotel. This lakefront hotel boasts comfortable rooms in addition to an onsite arcade, cafe, tennis court, and spas.

Near by.......
-Usuzanfunka Memorial Park
-Showashinzan Ropeway
-Toyareikuhiru Golf Club

View Hotel Detail

Morning
Showa Shinzan Special Activity (TBA)
Afternoon
Lake Toya Cruise Lake Toya Sculpture Park
Evening
Return to the Hotel Hanabi

Today we will enjoy sightseeing around the Lake Toya area. As we explore Lake Toya, we will see Mt. Showa. Mt. Showa is a 398-meter high volcano in Hokkaido designated as a special natural monument as a mountain of scientific value. After our time enjoying the mountain, we also have a special activity planned for your enjoyment today! We will then have a lunch cruise on Lake Toya to truly enjoy the lake's breathtaking scenery.
After our lunch, enjoy the Lake Toya Sculpture Park at your leisure before we return to the hotel. This park is filled with sculptures along the lake. Enjoy a dynamic balance of artwork and nature before we return to our hotel for dinner and a fireworks show.

Hakodate | Hakodate's Incredible View

Breakfast Lunch Dinner

La Vista Hakodate Bay ( Western Style )

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La Vista Hakodate Bay
Morning
Yakumo Salmon Swim Up River
Afternoon
Onuma Quasi National Park Check into Hoel
Evening
Hakodate Ropeway & Night View

We start our Hokkaido tour today with a stop to see the Yakumo Salmon swin up river. Enjoy the scenery and nature along the river before we continue our tour to Hakodate. After our time at the river, our group will visit the Onuma National Park. This scenic park is filled with hiking trails, scenic bridges, lakes, and Mt. Komagatake.
After our time in the park, we will head to our hotel in Hakodate before making our way to the Hakodate Ropeway. Enjoy this ride up Mt. Hakodate to see the wonderful city lights shine in the skyline before we return to our hotel for dinner.

Hakodate | Discover the Star Port Tower

Breakfast Dinner

La Vista Hakodate Bay ( Western Style )

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La Vista Hakodate Bay
Morning
Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse Goryokaku
Afternoon
Free at your leisure from the Afternoon
Evening
Return to the Hotel

For our last day of sightseeing in Hokkaido, we begin our morning at the Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse area. Previously used only as warehouses, the Kanemori Red Brick Warehouses now constitute a commercial facility of red brick buildings holding restaurants, shops, art museums, meeting halls, and much more.

From there, it's off to see Hokkaido's Goryokaku five-star shaped fort. While we won't visit the fort directly, the sight of the fort's shape is one to enjoy. The rest of the day is free at your leisure to explore Hokkaido!

Tokyo to LAX | Return Home

Breakfast
Morning
Airport Transfer
Afternoon
Haneda Int'l Airport (HND) Narita Int'l Airport (NRT)

Our wonderful journey through Hokkaido ends today. Be sure to buy any last minute souvenirs at the airport before your flight home!

▪Important Notice▪
*Complimentary transfers are for designated airports/hotel only, on the designated tour arrival/departure date only.
*Your group may be joined with other groups during the tour. If so, your tour guide and bus may be changed during your tour.
*Any special request(s) must be submitted when booking your tour (meals, accommodations, etc.). Note: Not all requests can be fulfilled.
*Itinerary, hotels, and meals are subject to change or cancellation without notice. No refund will be owed for any changes or cancellations if the tour still occurs.
*This tour includes 1.5~2 hours of walking on sightseeing days. Tour Participants are expected to be of moderate fitness, keep up with the pace of the group, and can climb stairs with no difficulty.
*B : Breakfast   L : Lunch   D : Dinner




11 DAYS

9 nights accommodation


24 MEALS

9 breakfasts
7 lunches
8 dinners


TRANSPORT

All transport shown

Tour Includes


Balanced mix of Western hotels and Japanese-style hot-spring hotels

Daily Breakfast-Buffets, 7 Lunches, and 8 Dinners included

All ground transportation in Japan during the tour

Complimentary Basic Travel Insurance

Admission Fees, Tax & Gratuities at all included Destinations

Full time service of licensed English speaking tour guide & separate bus driver

Japan Deluxe Tours Handbook and Tour Goods Package

Free Wi-Fi in Bus & Most hotels

Tour Price Excludes
  • - Airfare
  • - Optional Excursions

Travel Highlights


Sample fresh cheesy at the Furano Cheese Factory

Sightseeing at Biei's Magical Looking Blue Pond

Time spent in Sapporo's popular Odori Park

A visit to the famous Sapporo Clock Tower

Hokkaido landmarks like the Former Hokkaido Government Building (Red Brick Office)

Admission to Shiroi Koibito, home of Japan's most popular cookie

A relaxing cruise on Scenic Lake Toya

Views of Hokkaido's Goryokaku, the Star Shaped Fort

Admission to the Nibutani Ainu Culture Museum

Shopping at the beautiful Otaru Canal

Important Information


The maximum number of participants will not exceed 36 people during your Japan tour.

Single travelers are required to pay a single supplement in order to guarantee single room accommodation.

We request one suitcase, one carry-on bag, and an overnight bag per person. The tote bag we provide can be used to hold any small merchandise/souvenirs purchased during your tour. When you check out, bring your luggage to the lobby and the bus driver will assist in loading it onto the bus. When you arrive at the next hotel, the bus driver will unload your luggage for you to bring to your room.

Please note: The maximum weight of a checked in bag is typically 20 Kilograms or 44 Pounds. You will be traveling with your luggage except during the bullet train ride (if applicable).

All hotel rooms come with a full bathroom and room amenities free of charge unless stated otherwise.

All motor coaches come equipped with air-conditioning, plenty of space, comfortable seats, and Wi-Fi.

Traveling and visiting sights in Japan includes a good amount of walking. To fully enjoy the tour, please be prepared to keep up with the pace of the group, climb stairs with no difficulty, and wear comfortable shoes for all day use.

Day
Day 1

Los Angeles | Depart LAX

Afternoon
Depart LAX

Begin your journey to Japan as we fly from Los Angeles to Hokkaido!

Day 2

Tokyo & Hokkaido | Arrive in Japan & Check-in Hotel

Afternoon
Arrive at Narita Int'l Airport (NRT)
Evening
Arrive At Chitose Check into Hotel

Arrive in Japan at Tokyo's Narita International Airport before catching your connecting flight to Hokkaido. You will then check into the hotel.

Day 3

Nibutani & Furano | Ainu History & Factory Visit

Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Morning
Nibutani Ainu Culture Museum & Ainu Culture Show
Afternoon
Furano Cheese Factory Ningle Terrace
Evening
Check into the Hotel

Today will begin with an exciting visit to the Nibutani Ainu Culture Museum. This immersive museum features various exhibits, artifacts, and interactive displays to teach guests about the lives the Ainu, the indigenous people of Hokkaido. The museum includes toys, clothing, hunting materials, literature, and videos of Ainu legends, folk dances, and a collection of 919 items related to the daily life of the Ainu on display at the museum that was designated as an Important Tangible Folk Cultural Property. There's also a show on Ainu culture to enjoy at the museum.
In the afternoon, it's off to the Furano Cheese Factory. The factory is designed to let visitors look through various parts of cheese making from start to finish. After our time at the Cheese Factory, we will reach Ningle Terrace for some shopping and to relax before checking into our hotel.

New Furano Prince Hotel or similar

Day 4

Biei & Sounkyo | Gorgeous Nature Spots

Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Morning
Biei ] Tomita Farm Blue Pond
Afternoon
Ryusei & Ginga Waterfalls Kurodake Ropeway
Evening
Check into Hotel

Today will be dedicated to exploring the beautiful nature spots of Hokkaido. We begin with the Tomita Farm, one of Hokkaido's premier flower farms. Enjoy the various flowers, including Poppies, French Marigolds, and more at this iconic flower field.
From there, we make our way over to Blue Pond in Biei, a man-made pond with water that shines a bright blue depending on the seasons. The pond's appearance slightly changes depending on the weather's affect on the water, but is always a charming stop for nature fans and photographers. After our time at the pond, we will then make our way to Ryusei & Ginga Waterfalls for photos and a light hike. Before the day ends, let's enjoy a scenic ride up Mt. Kurodake with a ride on the Kurodake Ropeway. We then proceed to the hotel.

Sounkyo Choyotei Hotel or similar

Day 5

Sapporo | Historic Hokkaido

Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Morning
Hokkaido Museum & Historical Village
Afternoon
Moerenuma Park Fountain
Evening
Check into Hotel

Today will be dedicated to exploring the charms of Hokkaido's history with a visit to the Hokkaido Museum & Historical Village. The Historic Village of Hokkaido is an open-air museum in Sapporo with buildings from all over Hokkaido in the style of the Meiji to Showa Periods. The village is designed to show guests the expansion and growth of Hokkaido, as well as the everyday life Hokkaido's residents had. The Historic Village is only five minutes away from the Hokkaido Museum, which is dedicated to preserving and teaching the nature, history, and culture of Hokkaido. The Hokkaido Museum features artifacts from the Ainu (the indigenous people in Hokkaido), aerial photos, exhibits on Hokkaido's development, and miniature models of Hokkaido during various periods.
Before we end our day, we will head to Moerenuma Park to enjoy the popular Fountain show. The Fountain sits at the center of Moerenuma Park (designed by Isamu Noguchi) and puts on a stunning show with powerful, illuminated, water streams. We will then proceed to the hotel.

Century Royal Hotel or similar

Day 6

Sapporo | Hokkaido's Biggest City

Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Morning
Sapporo ] Former Hokkaido Government Office Building (Red Brick Office) Sapporo Clock Tower Odori Park Sapporo TV Tower
Afternoon
Sapporo - Ramen (Lunch) Shiroi Koibito Sapporo Beer Museum - Beer Gardens
Evening
Jingisukan Return to the Hotel

No trip to Hokkaido would be complete without exploring Sapporo. To make sure you see the best of Hokkaido's largest city, we've packed a day filled with can't miss Sapporo sights! We start off with a trip to the Former Hokkaido Government Office Building. This American-style building was used as the administrative base for Hokkaido and is well known for the distinct red bricks. Take some photos and enjoy the exhibitions inside that showcase Sapporo's history. There's also the popular Sapporo Clock Tower nearby, a must-see landmark in Sapporo.

From there, we will make our way to Odori Park. This massive park divides Sapporo and is a great spot to see Sapporo's massive TV Tower. After a bowl of Ramen for lunch, we head to Shiroi Koibito. Shiroi Koibito is home of Japan's most popular cookie sandwich, a treat we highly recommend! Before the day ends, we will visit a beer garden at Sapporo's Beer Museum and enjoy a Hokkaido favorite: Jingisukan Barbecue. We then return to the hotel.

Century Royal Hotel or similar

Day 7

Otaru & Toya Lake | Stunning Scenery of Hokkaido

Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Morning
Otaru Canal Otaru-style Soup Japanese Curry Lunch
Afternoon
Jozankei Mount Yotei
Evening
Check into Hotel Hanabi

Enjoy a relaxing day of sightseeing as we make our way to Lake Toya from Otaru. We kick things off with a visit to Otaru Canal. The canal features gaslights along the way with plenty of warehouses made of bricks or Sapporo freestone which have now been turned into restaurants, variety stores, and souvenir shops. Enjoy Otaru-style Soup Japanese curry for lunch at this charming port area.

After shopping in Otaru, we will take a scenic drive to Lake Toya through Jozankei and Mount Yotei. The colors of the foliage turn to wonderful shades of orange and red which make for breathtaking photos. Enjoy the nature during your ride before we make our way to Lake Toya. Check into the hotel and enjoy a fireworks show later in the night, or rest up for more sight seeing the next day!

Hotel Lake side Terrace or similar

Day 8

Toya Lake | Relaxing Cruise & Fireworks

Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Morning
Showa Shinzan Special Activity (TBA)
Afternoon
Lake Toya Cruise Lake Toya Sculpture Park
Evening
Return to the Hotel Hanabi

Today we will enjoy sightseeing around the Lake Toya area. As we explore Lake Toya, we will see Mt. Showa. Mt. Showa is a 398-meter high volcano in Hokkaido designated as a special natural monument as a mountain of scientific value. After our time enjoying the mountain, we also have a special activity planned for your enjoyment today! We will then have a lunch cruise on Lake Toya to truly enjoy the lake's breathtaking scenery.
After our lunch, enjoy the Lake Toya Sculpture Park at your leisure before we return to the hotel. This park is filled with sculptures along the lake. Enjoy a dynamic balance of artwork and nature before we return to our hotel for dinner and a fireworks show.

Hotel Lake side Terrace or similar

Day 9

Hakodate | Hakodate's Incredible View

Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Morning
Yakumo Salmon Swim Up River
Afternoon
Onuma Quasi National Park Check into Hoel
Evening
Hakodate Ropeway & Night View

We start our Hokkaido tour today with a stop to see the Yakumo Salmon swin up river. Enjoy the scenery and nature along the river before we continue our tour to Hakodate. After our time at the river, our group will visit the Onuma National Park. This scenic park is filled with hiking trails, scenic bridges, lakes, and Mt. Komagatake.
After our time in the park, we will head to our hotel in Hakodate before making our way to the Hakodate Ropeway. Enjoy this ride up Mt. Hakodate to see the wonderful city lights shine in the skyline before we return to our hotel for dinner.

La Vista Hakodate Bay or similar

Day 10

Hakodate | Discover the Star Port Tower

Breakfast Dinner
Morning
Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse Goryokaku
Afternoon
Free at your leisure from the Afternoon
Evening
Return to the Hotel

For our last day of sightseeing in Hokkaido, we begin our morning at the Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse area. Previously used only as warehouses, the Kanemori Red Brick Warehouses now constitute a commercial facility of red brick buildings holding restaurants, shops, art museums, meeting halls, and much more.

From there, it's off to see Hokkaido's Goryokaku five-star shaped fort. While we won't visit the fort directly, the sight of the fort's shape is one to enjoy. The rest of the day is free at your leisure to explore Hokkaido!

La Vista Hakodate Bay or similar

Day 11

Tokyo to LAX | Return Home

Breakfast
Morning
Airport Transfer
Afternoon
Haneda Int'l Airport (HND) Narita Int'l Airport (NRT)

Our wonderful journey through Hokkaido ends today. Be sure to buy any last minute souvenirs at the airport before your flight home!

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