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Wild Hokkaido

14 Nights: from US$4158 per person (twin share) Trip Code: WDH

We designed this trip to celebrate Japan's newest bullet train line, linking Aomori in northern Honshu with Hakodate in southern Hokkaido. Making full use of planes, trains, and automobiles, this summer trip is a fabulous introduction to the multitude of charms of Japan's northern reaches. Read more >

Hokkaido is the second-largest of Japan's four main islands, and yet it is very rarely visited by foreigners. Most Japanese have never even been there! You might assume from this that there is not much up here to see, but you'd be absolutely wrong. Hokkaido is one of the wildest, most rugged parts of Japan, offering sweeping landscapes of smoking volcanoes, steaming hot springs, mist-covered lakes and vast national parks.

Unlike the rest of Japan, Hokkaido is not particularly well served by public transport, so this trip includes the use of a hire car. If the thought of driving abroad terrifies you - relax! The roads in Hokkaido are extremely quiet, and having your own set of wheels will give you the freedom to travel at your own pace, stopping to admire the views and getting you to places that are inaccessible by public transport.

Wild Hokkaido is perfect for those with an interest in rural Japan: its little villages, its fascinating wildlife, and its spectacular scenery. But this doesn't mean you have to miss out on city life either! The trip begins and ends in Tokyo, the prototypical "big city", where you'll have a chance to see the bright neon and skyscrapers that modern Japan is famous for.

Please note: Due to heavy snow, many of Hokkaido's roads are closed during winter. This trip is recommended for the months from May to September.

At a glance

What's Included

What's included

  • 14 nights' accommodation
  • Breakfast every day and seven evening meals
  • All transport between destinations, including airport transfers and domestic flights
  • IC transport card with 2,500 yen credit for transport in Tokyo
  • 10-day car hire (pick-up at Memanbetsu Airport, drop-off in Hakodate)
  • Eight-hour private guide service in Tokyo
  • Six-hour private guided hike up Mount Asahi
  • Two-hour cruise around the Shiretoko Peninsula

What's NOT included:

  • International flights
  • Any entrance fees (including temples, shrines and museums) unless otherwise specified
  • Any local transport (buses, subways, taxis) unless otherwise specified
  • Baggage handling and luggage forwarding

Trip Highlights

  • Hike through the beautiful Daisetsuzan National Park
  • Take a cruise on the Sea of Okhotsk
  • Soak in steaming natural hot spring baths
  • Explore the wilds of Hokkaido by car
  • Explore Tokyo with the help of a knowledgeable guide
  • Ride Japan's newest bullet train between Hokkaido and Tokyo

For more information email us: [email protected] or call: 303 952 0379

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Wild Hokkaido - 15 Days - Accommodation

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