Island of Hokkaido (Fall) 2022 | 9 Days | Autumn Maple Viewing

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Island of Hokkaido (Fall)

9 days 7 nights
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2022
Autumn Maple Viewing
Sapporo, Biei, Sounkyo, Shiretoko, Lake Akan, Tokachi

Autumn Poems, Painted in Red Maple

As the first red maple of Japan emerges,
the season gives birth to a different world
Blazing orange and red hues as far as the eye can see
Red coral grass on the Okhotsk coast
Like a glorious carpet woven by Ainu gods.
A mysterious lake left by volcanic activity,
A trickling waterfall that sheds maiden's tears
Enter the whimsical world of fall in Japan

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Highlights

  • Biei | Breathe in fresh, cool fall air in the wide open spaces of Biei farmlands.
  • Sounkyo | Ride the Mt. Kurodake Ropeway for a splendid view of Japan's first autumn leaves of the year.
  • Abashiri | Enjoy rare fall scenery: blazing plains of red Coral Grass, at Lake Notoro.
  • Shiretoko Peninsula | Travel to one of Japan's most remote and breathtaking national parks.
    • Stroll the natural lakeside beauty of the Shiretoko Five Lakes.
    • Take a boat excursion and admire this UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Lake Mashu | "the lake of the gods" and 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

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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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Japanese Cuisine
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Sapporo Grand Hotel
JR Tower Hotel Nikko Sapporo
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102 mi
, 3 hrs

Biei 2
50 mi
, 2 hrs

Sounkyo
Biei
Biei
Ginga & Ryusei Falls
Ginga & Ryusei Falls
Biei
  • Patchwork Road: 
    Admire the picturesque landscape as we drive through this area. (Contrary to the name, Patchwork Road refers to an area in Biei and 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

  • Ryusei Falls (Shooting Star Falls) and Ginga Falls (Milky Way Falls): 
    Admire two of the best waterfalls in the gorge. 
  • 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
Sounkyo
Kurodake Ropeway
Kurodake Ropeway
Mikuni Pass
Mikuni Pass

Sounkyo

  • Mt. Kurodake: 
    Ride the Kurodake Ropeway up for an incredible view of the Daisetsuzan Mountain Range. 
  • Momijidani Valley:
    • Stroll down the walking path and savor the beauty of Koyo (colorful autumn leaves).
    • Free time to explore the area and enjoy the gorgeous fall foliage.  
  • Mikuni Pass: 
    The highest mountain pass (1,139 meters) in Hokkaido. The best season to enjoy the sea of trees is autumn when leaves turn red.
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Hotel Taisetsu
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101 mi
, 3 hrs

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47 mi
, 1.5 hrs

Shiretoko
Lake Notoro
Lake Notoro
Ohshinkoshin Falls
Ohshinkoshin Falls

Abashiri

  • Lake Notoro: 
    Lake Notoro's coral grass turns red from late Sep to early Oct. A large amount of the grass forms an impressive, fantastic carpet of red.

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 Five Lakes
Shiretoko Five Lakes
Okhotsk Sea Sunset
Okhotsk Sea Sunset
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 the100-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 Hikings:
    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: 3 mi, walking time: 3 hrs): Stroll along the lakes and through the forest to see the beauty of all five lakes. (Cause a section of the road is under renewal in 2021, we use short loop course (Distance: 1 mi, walking time: 1hr) instead.) 
    B. Elevated Wooden Path (Distance: 1.6 mi, walking time: 40 mins): 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
Lake Mashu
Lake Mashu
Lake Akan Marimo Algae
Lake Akan Marimo Algae
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 hadicrafts of Hokkaido's Ainu indigenous community at Akan Ainu Village, a short walk away from our hotel. 
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Akan Yuku No Sato Tsuruga
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45 mi
, 1 hr
20 mins

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70 mi
, 1 hr
40 mins

Tokachigawa Onsen
Washo Market
Washo Market
DIY Seafood Bowl
DIY Seafood Bowl

Kushiro

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

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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A great journey always feels short, let’s look forward to seeing each other again!
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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. You may also book your own flights based on the following times to match our airport transfer schedule. If arriving or leaving outside these timeframes, please meet us at the designated 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:
      • Japan allows US or Canada passport holders to stay 90 days visa-free. If you are holding a passport from a different country, please check with your local consulate.
      • 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.
      • For travelers who have booked 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.

    Standard Large Room in East Building    
    40 m² (431 ft²)
    120 x 205 cm * 2 Bed    
    200 x 205 cm * 1 Bed
    Arranged with Standard Large Room + Rollaway Bed (100 x 188 cm)

    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)

    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 Yuku No Sato Tsuruga

    This stylish Ryokan resort offers world class service, beautiful hot spring baths, and a variety of shops and restaurants. Set on the shores of Lake Akan, it is conveniently located to major attractions.

    Lake View Japanese Western Room in Annex Building    
    45 m² (484 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.

    Hosyutei Deluxe Twin Room with Private Open-Air Bath    
    40 m² (431 ft²)
    120 x 200 cm * 2 Bed    
    N/A
    Arranged with Hosyutei Deluxe Twin Room + Sofa Bed (120 x 200 cm)