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2022 Summer Hokkaido featuring Rebun & Rishiri Island

July 7 - 18, 2022 (12 Days & 10 Nights)

(Tour dates may be subject to change)

Featuring Rebun & Rishiri Islands 

A tour division of Kobayashi Travel Service 

Haneda, Chitose, Yuni Garden, Yubari Melon Dome, Yubari Melon Tasting Experience, Furano Winery, Farm Tomita, Biei, The Blue Pond, Shikisai no Oka, Cape Soya, Soya Misaki Park, Wakkanai, Rebun Island, Cape Sukoton, Cape Sukai, Rishiri Island, Lake Himenuma, Lake Otatomari, Senhoshi Misaki Park, Cape Kutsugata Misaki Park, Kamui Seaside Park, Sea Urchin Harvesting, Experience, Wakkanai, Sarobetsu Marsh Center, Asahikawa, Asahikawa Tambo Art, Sunagawa Highway Oasis, Otaru, Sakaimachi Dori, Wagashi making hands-on-experience, Shakotan Peninsula, Cape Kamui, Nikka Whisky Yoichi, Shiroi Koibito Cookie Factory, Sapporo, Haneda 

 

LAND TOUR COST: 
$ 3,620 per person
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT:
$ 700 per person
 
(Group airfare to be advised when available) (Individual arrangements to meet group are not included)
 

Thursday, July 7 (Day 01) 

HONOLULU to HANEDA

Our tour commences this morning when we assemble at the check-in lobby at the airport for baggage check-in procedures. We will depart Honolulu for Haneda International Airport. A meal will be served onboard the flight. 

 

Friday, July 8 (Day 02) 

ARRIVE HANEDA to CHITOSE

On arrival at Haneda Airport, we’ll clear entry and customs formalities, then transfer to the domestic ticket lobby to check-in for our flight to Chitose in Hokkaido, the second largest and northernmost island of Japan. We’ll arrive Chitose Airport in the evening, then transfer to our hotel located in the airport terminal for the night. 

Accommodations at CHITOSE AIR TERMINAL HOTEL or similar

 

Saturday, July 9 (Day 03) 

CHITOSE - FURANO (B)(D)

We’ll travel to visit the beautiful Yuni Garden, located in Yuni Town. Experience the scenery of colorful seasonal flowers in bloom on the vast grounds of the garden featuring peonies, purple linaria, and roses (weather permitting). We’ll continue on to  Yubari City to visit the Yubari Melon Dome, featuring its main product - Yubari melons. We’ll observe the cultivation of Yubari melons and subject to availability, enjoy sampling this delicious melon. We’ll proceed to the city of Furano, located in the geographical center of Hokkaido - famous for its beautiful fields of lavender and grape vineyards. Furano Winery is located on a hill overlooking the town and produces some of the finest quality wines. We’ll learn and observe the production of winemaking and have a chance to sample some of their finest products. (subject to confirmation). Enjoy dinner and relax in the soothing hot springs of our hotel this evening. 

Accommodations at HOTEL LA VISTA FURANO HILLS or similar

 

Sunday, July 10 (Day 04) 

FURANO - BIEI - ASAHIKAWA (B)

We’ll visit Farm Tomita - the highlight of Furano with its beautiful Tokachi Mountain  Range as a backdrop. Enjoy the view of the spectacular fields of lavender flowers and beautiful colorful blossoms neatly planted in rows - creating a ‘rainbow field’ of flowers. We’ll continue on our drive through the small town of Biei, noted as the  ‘town of beautiful hills’. Surrounded by a picturesque landscape of gently rolling hills and colorful vast patchwork fields, this scene has been used as a backdrop for many  Japanese commercials and television programs. Famous trees to view are the Mild Seven Hill Tree (from a cigarette commercial), and the Ken and Mary Tree (from a  car commercial). Northwest of the town center is named Patchwork Road and the area south of the town center is Panorama Road. We’ll visit The Blue Pond, a man 

-made scenic pond in Biei - created to stop the flowing of destructive volcanic mudflows from Mt. Tokachi. The color of the pond ranges from a vibrant turquoise to emerald to cobalt blue that is caused by minerals in the water. Enjoy a stroll through  Shikisai no Oka (Hills of Seasonal Colors), a panoramic flower garden in Biei-cho,  featuring a wide range of colorful seasonal blossoms blooming on the hillside  (weather permitting). We’ll continue on to spend the night in Asahikawa, Hokkaido’s second-largest city. Dinner will be on your own this evening. 

Accommodations at HOTEL ROUTE INN GRAND ASAHIKAWA or similar

 

Monday, July 11 (Day 05) 

ASAHIKAWA - NAYORO - WAKKANAI (B)(D)

We’ll travel north through Nayoro, Otoineppu and Sarufutsu to Wakkanai, a city located at the northern fringe of  Hokkaido to spend the night. On arrival, we’ll visit Soya-Misaki (Cape Soya), located at the northernmost point of the island of Hokkaido and Japan. To commemorate this fact stands a large ‘Northernmost Point Monument’ - a  concrete triangle engraved with accomplishments. Located nearby is the ’Statue of Mamiya Rinzo’ a Japanese explorer from the Edo period famous for his explorations and mapping of Karafuto (Sakhalin) and discovering that it was an island. Soyamisaki Park, located nearby on the hillside, features some additional interesting monuments. The ‘Tower of Prayer’ - a memorial of Korean Air Lines Flight 007 that was shot down in 1983 featuring its tip pointing towards the direction where the plane went down and the ‘Bell for World Peace’, a replica of the bell located in the garden opposite the United Nations Building in New York. Enjoy dinner and relax in the hot springs of our hotel this evening. 

Accommodations at WAKKANAI GRAND HOTEL or similar

 

Tuesday, July 12 (Day 06) 

WAKKANAI - REBUN ISLAND - RISHIRI ISLAND (B)(L)(D)

Early this morning, we’ll board a ferry from the Wakkanai Ferry Terminal to Kafuka Port on Rebun Island, an island famous for its rich flora of alpine flowers and beautiful natural scenery. Rebun Island, together with Rishiri  Island, belongs to the Rishiri-Rebun-Sarobetsu National Park. We’ll travel north to visit Cape Sukoton, located at the northernmost point of Rebun Island, offering sweeping views of uninhabited ‘Todojima’. Weather permitting,  enjoy a stunning view of Cape Sukai, a scenic lookout point located on the northwestern part of Rebun Island.  This afternoon, we’ll board a ferry at Kafuka Port to transfer to Oshidomari Port on Rishiri Island a charming remote island to spend two nights. Enjoy dinner and relax in the hot spring waters of our onsen hotel this evening. 

Accommodations at ISLAND INN RISHIRI or similar

 

Wednesday, July 13 (Day 07) 

RISHIRI ISLAND (B)(D)

Enjoy a full day of sightseeing on scenic Rishiri Island, noted for its kelp (konbu), sea urchins (uni) and Mt. Rishiria dormant volcano located in the center of the island. Mt. Rishiri is noted as ’one of the 100 famous mountains in  Japan’. Lake Himenuma is an ideal location for a photo opportunity to take photos of a mirror image of this magnificent mountain. We’ll visit scenic Lake Otatomari, the largest lake on Rishiri Island beautifully surrounded by  Sakhalin spruce forests. From the platform, you will see a scene found on the packaging of the popular Shiroi  Koibito cookies from Hokkaido. Located on the southernmost tip of the island is Senhoshi Misaki Park, featuring an assortment of strange lava rocks and boulders - formed by the lava flow from Mt. Senhoshi-pon. Wild spotted seals make their home here in the ocean waters. We’ll continue on to visit Cape Kutsugata Misaki Park, located at the westernmost tip of Rishiri Island famous for its beautiful sunrise and sunsets and seasonal coastal plants— lilies, geranimSubject to confirmation, enjoy an exciting and enjoyable sea urchin (uni) harvesting experience at  Kamui Seaside Park to enjoy a freshly harvested uni. Eating freshly harvested sea-urchins are exceptionally delicious! Enjoy dinner and another relaxing dip in the warm waters of the hot springs at the hotel. 

Accommodations at ISLAND INN RISHIRI or similar

 

Thursday, July 14 (Day 08) 

RISHIRI ISLAND - WAKKANAI - ASAHIKAWA (B)(D)

This morning, we’ll board a ferry from Oshidomari Port to return to the main island of Hokkaido at the Wakkanai  Ferry Terminal. On arrival, we’ll board our motorcoach and drive through the Sarobetsu Marsh, one of the three largest marshlands in Japan located on the Sea of Japan side of northern Hokkaido and designated as Rishiri Re bun Sarobetsu National Park. We’ll visit the Sarobetsu Marsh Center, an information facility to learn about the history of the marsh. Enjoy a stroll on a wooden path around the marshland to enjoy the majestic nature of Sarobetsu. We’ll continue on to spend the night in Asahikawa, second largest city in Hokkaido. Dinner will be provided for you this evening. 

Accommodations at HOSHINO RESORTS OMO7 ASAHIKAWA or similar 

 

Friday, July 15 (Day 09) 

ASAHIKAWA - OTARU (B)(D)

Weather permitting, enjoy a spectacular view of the artwork of rice paddy fields in Asahikawa. The highlight is to view a rice paddy field that has been created into a giant artistic canvas known as tambo art. Different varieties of rice, which grow into colorful stalks are planted by hand in a pre-determined pattern and as the rice grows, an amazing picture is revealed. An awesome sight to see! Our journey continues on to enjoy shopping at the exciting Sunagawa Highway Oasis, a large complex offering a wide selection of local Hokkaido products and souvenirs. We’ll continue on to spend the night in Otaru, a charming port city facing Ishikari Bay in western Hokkaido. A well-known symbol of the city is Otaru Canal, adorned with Victorian-style street lamps. Many of the buildings along the canal has been restored into museums, restaurants and specialty shops. Enjoy strolling along Sakaimachi Dori, a preserved merchant street featuring several cafes, glassware shops, sweet shops, and a  unique music box museum. Standing at the front entrance of the museum is an old-fashioned steam clock, presented to Otaru by the city of Vancouver, British Colombia. Otaru is also noted for its intricate glassware featuring its most popular item - drip-free soy sauce bottles. Created in all sizes, shapes, and colors, this is one of the most popular souvenirs to bring home for your family and friends. Enjoy a wagashi-making hands-on-experience at one of the local shops in the city. Wagashi are elegant traditional confections served with tea, generally described as a delicate work of art. We’ll spend the night in the city of  Otaru. Dinner will be provided for you this evening. 

Accommodations at HOTEL NORDE OTARU or similar

 

Saturday, July 16 (Day 10) 

OTARU - SAPPORO (B)(D)

This morning, we’ll travel to enjoy a spectacular view of Shakotan Peninsula in Shiribeshi on the west coast of Hokkaido, a  mountainous peninsula projecting into the sea of Japan, forming part of the Niseko-Shakotan-Otaru-Kaigan-Quasi-National  Park. (weather permitting) Designated as the prefecture’s only “underwater quasi-national park” where the clear blue water of the ocean is known as Shakotan Blue. Soak up the beautiful coastal scenery of Cape Kamui located on the Shakotan Peninsula. A trail leading up to a viewpoint overlooking the Sea of Japan - offers an incredible view! (weather permitting) Enjoy a guided tour of Nikka Whisky, one of Japan’s top whisky makers with its main distillery in the neighboring town of Yoichi.  Learn about the different steps taken to produce whisky. The tour ends at a tasting room to enjoy some samples of various  Nikka whiskies. We’ll continue on to spend the night in Sapporo, Hokkaido’s largest city. Dinner will be provided for you this evening. 

Accommodations at SAPPORO CENTURY ROYAL HOTEL or similar

 

Sunday, July 17 (Day 11) 

SAPPORO (B)

This morning, we’ll visit Shiroi Koibito Park, a theme park by Ishiya, a local chocolate company. The company’s flagship product is the Shiroi Koibito cookie - two thin butter cookies with a layer of white chocolate in between. This is one of Hokkai do’s most popular souvenirs to bring home Observe the cookie production process through large windows in the factory. The rest of the day will be at your own leisure for your own activities. Dinner will be on your own this evening. 

Accommodations at SAPPORO CENTURY ROYAL HOTEL or similar

 

Monday, July 18 (Day 12) 

SAPPORO - CHITOSE TO HONOLULU (B)

The morning is at your leisure for your own activities until we transfer to the Chitose Airport to check-in for our direct flight to  Honolulu. We’ll arrive in the morning on the same day due to the crossing of the International Date Line. A meal will be served onboard the flight. 

Land portion based on 114 Yen = $1.00 U.S.

Map of Tour Itinerary

The tour price is based on double occupancy and a minimum group size of 20 passengers. Fare adjustment may apply for groups of 20 or under. The rate is based on tariffs and exchange rates effective 10/31/21. Tour fare is subject to change according to any airfare increase, additional fuel surcharges and fluctuation of the rate of exchange between U.S. and foreign currency. In the event of revaluation, the land portion of the tour price may be adjusted prior to your final statement.