Self Guided Adventure


Hokkaido Fly-Drive

15 Nights: from US$4630 per person (twin share) Trip Code: HFDC

The huge and sparsely populated island of Hokkaido is the focus of this unique, rural road trip. In the national parks of this northern outpost you will find rolling fields of lavender, crystal clear lakes and natural hot springs surrounded by soaring mountain landscapes. Read more >

Your first foray into Hokkaido will be Hakodate, where you will pick up your hire car. One of the first ports to open up to foreign visitors after Japan's period of seclusion, Hakodate enjoys a lasting legacy of churches and handsome European buildings.

At night, the views from the top of Mount Hakodate are spectacular. Take a cable car or drive to the top to survey the stunning night-time panorama, with the city lights twinkling right to the very edge of the Katedama peninsula as it disappears into the sea.

With smoking Shinzan Volcano setting the scene, Toya Onsen offers the chance to relax in natural hot springs and get out and about on foot or by bike.

Next you'll stop in the island's cosmopolitan capital, Sapporo, for the best beer in Japan and fabulous ramen noodles! With the annual snow festival in winter, beer festival in summer and plenty of sake breweries, the island's capital is a great destination at any time of year.

Central Hokkaido, home to the Daisetsuzan National Park, is famous for its lavender and poppy fields and its vast farmlands. Stunning views of Mount Asahidake enhance the flora of summer, the brightly coloured leaves of autumn and the snow-capped peaks of winter.

Whether you'd like to conquer the 16 volcanic peaks; admire the 24 km-long, vertiginous Sonkyo Gorge; trek through densely forested woodland or simply enjoy the hot springs and dramatic views, you're bound to enjoy your time in Japan's largest national park.

As you head east along the gently winding open roads of the Hokkaido countryside, the population dwindles and the land stretches out into the distance - from the hot springs of Kawayu Onsen and lakes of Akan National Park, to Shiretoko Peninsula and the fertile Kushiro marshlands.

Here, nature is in the ascendancy and you may spot bears, red-crowned cranes, whales, seals, deer, eagles and the famous Blakiston's fish owl.

At a glance

What's Included

What's included

  • 15 nights' accommodation (four nights Japanese style)
  • Breakfast each morning and nine evening meals
  • Manaca transport card with 2,500 yen credit for local transport in Tokyo
  • Eight-hour private guide service in Tokyo and Sapporo
  • 13 days' car hire in Hokkaido (Toyota Vitz or similar)
  • Domestic flights to and from Hokkaido
  • All transport between destinations
  • Your personalised InsideJapan Info-Pack
  • Airport transfers

What's NOT included:

  • International flights
  • Local transport (local buses, subways, taxis) except those covered by the included transport passes
  • Any entrance fees including those for temples, shrines and museums
  • Petrol (gas) and tolls for hire car
  • Baggage handling and luggage forwarding

What, where, when and how...

Hokkaido Fly-Drive - 16 Days - Accommodation

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