11D8N Hokkaido Winter Festival & Icebreaker + 2N Tokyo

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11days

Group Tours

Availability: 20 Nov 2023 to 11 Feb 2024

HIGHLIGHTS

Assemble dates:

30 JAN 2024

04 FEB 2024

05 FEB 2024

11 FEB 2024 CNY

Winter Festival:
Sounkyo Hyobaku Festival, Asahikawa Winter Festival, Otaru Snow Light Path, Sapporo Snow Festival (Except GRP 4)

Unique experiences:
Sand Bath & Swans at Lake Kussharo, Drift Ice Walk (90min),  Drift Ice Cruise (60min), Smelt Fishing Experience (2.5-3hrs)

Sightseeing & Shopping Experiences:
Kushiro Marsh Observatory, Tsurumidai Plain, Cape Puyuni, Oshin Koshin Waterfall, Okhotsk Tower, Mitsui Outlet Park Sapporo Kitahiroshima. Otaru Sakaimachi Street, Shiroi Koibito Park

Special Gourmet Delights:
Sumptuous Japanese multi-course dinner Japanese Kaiseki or buffet in Ryokans/Hotels, local delights at restaurant

Hotel / Ryokan Stays:
03 nights of authentic Japanese Onsen experience in Lake Kussharo, Shiretoko & Asahikawa. 05 nights of centrally located hotels in Otaru, Sapporo & Tokyo.

ITINERARY

Day 1 Assemble at Changi Airport for Check in

JL036 SIN-HND 2225-0555+1

JL543 HND-KUH 1215-1355 (For GRP 1)

JL038 SIN-HND 0220-0955

JL543 HND-KUH 1215-1355 (For GRP 2,3,4)

Day 2 Kushiro – Lake Kusshiro 釧路 - 屈斜路湖

Hotel: Kussharo Prince Hotel or similar / Japanese Western room

Meal: Meal on Board / - / D

Upon arrival at Kushiro Airport, coach transfer to Kushiro Marsh Observatory (釧路市湿原展望台). Kushiro Marsh, home to the tancho, Japan's iconic red-crowned crane, scenic Kushiro Marsh teems with a wide array of plant and animal life. With an overall area of 288 square kilometers, it is the largest marshland in Japan. This museum is a good spot to appreciate the surrounding wetlands. On the rooftop of the building, there is an observation deck where you can enjoy a panoramic view of the marshland, the city of Kushiro, and the mountains of Akan. After that, continue your journey to Tsurumidai Plain (鶴見台). Another great location for tancho crane spotting, on the lake side of Kushiro Shitsugen Wetlands. During peak seasons, over 200 tancho cranes gather here to perform their elegant dance. Next, transfer to Lake Kussharo for hotel check in. Tonight, enjoy dinner [Buffet] at the hotel restaurant.

Day 3 Lake Kussharo – Shiretoko 屈斜路湖 - 知床

Hotel: Hotel: Kitakobushi Shiretoko Hotel & Resort or similar / Japanese Western room

Meal: B / L / D

This morning, start your day with a Sand Bath ‘Sunayu’ Experience and Swan Viewing at Kussharo Lake ((屈斜路湖). In the Hokkaido winter months, the largest caldera lake of Japan becomes home to a large number of migratory whooper swans. The surface of the lake freezes but along the shore there is a hot spring, making it a perfect bath spot for the swans and a photo spot of the scenery and over 300 swans. Thereafter, you will proceed to a local restaurant for lunch [Kaisen Set]. After lunch, you will transfer to Shiretoko for the Drift Ice Walk Experience (流氷体験). Drifting across the Sea of Okhotsk from northeastern Russia. Take a walk on the drift ice to observe the animals living on and beneath the ice or if you are feeling adventurous, go for a swim in the sea. Next head to Cape Puyuni (プユニ岬). Cape Puyuni is located along the road as one heads towards the Shiretoko Five Lakes. At here, you’ll see the Sea of Okhotsk stretched out, as well as Utoro Fishing Port and, on a clear day, the mountains of Akan National Park. In winter, the first glimpses of the approaching drift ice can be seen from this spot. In winter, the first glimpses of the approaching drift ice can be seen from this spot. After that, visit Oshin Koshin Waterfall (オシンコシンの滝), a very beautiful wide fan-type waterfall that was kind of split in the middle by a tree-covered rock as the water made its way into the Sea of Okhotsk not much further downstream. Finally, transfer to the hotel and enjoy your dinner [Buffet] at the hotel restaurant.

Day 4 Shiretoko – Asahikawa 知床 - 旭川

Hotel: Hotel WBF Grande Asahikawa or similar / R.O.H.

Meal: B / L / D

After breakfast, transfer to Mombetsu and have lunch [Set Menu] at a local restaurant before taking a ride on the Drift Ice Cruise (流氷観光船おーろら). This cruise can break ice up to one meter thick on the frozen Sea of Okhotsk. A variety of wild animals can be seen during the drift ice season. Next, visit Okhotsk Tower (オホーツクタワー). This observation deck in Monbetsu City Hokkaido lets you view up to 1000 meter off the Monbetsu coast. The first floor of this four story tower is built 10 meters under the water. It is not only a tourist attraction for observing the Okhotsk Sea, but a research facility. In the winter you can view the Shiretoko Mountains capped in snow or the drift ice on the sea. Thereafter, transfer to Sounkyo for the Sounkyo Hyobaku Festival (層雲峡氷爆まつり). This chilly winter festival takes place along the Ishikari River at the base of the hot spring town, and features large, multi-story buildings and structures made of ice and snow. After that, transfer to a local restaurant for dinner [Tenkin Special Course] before heading to the hotel for check in.

Day 5 Asahikawa – Otaru – Jozankei 旭川 - 小樽 - 定山渓

Hotel: Hotel Milione or similar / Japanese room

Meal: B / - / D

This morning, start your day at the Asahikawa Winter Festival (旭川冬まつり). This is the second largest winter festival after Sapporo’s rendition of the Snow Festival. There are many snow and ice sculptures, handmade by local sculptors. Thereafter, transfer to Mitsui Outlet Park Sapporo Kitahiroshima (三井アウトレットパーク 札幌北広島). The outlet mall offers everyday necessities and luxury goods from local and international brands. You will have lunch on your own here before moving to Otaru Sakaimachi Street (小樽堺町通り). In the late 1800s and early 1900s, Otaru was a port city and many trading and shipping companies built Western style buildings that have now been converted into restaurants, cafes, sourvenir shops, boutiques and museums. In the evening, take a stroll along the Otaru Snow Light Path Festival (小樽雪あかりの路). The city is decorated in lights and small snow statues which sets a romantic and pleasant atmosphere. Finally, transfer to Jozankei for the hotel check in. Tonight, dinner [Japanese Kaiseki] will be served at the hotel restaurant.

Day 6 Jozankei – Sapporo 定山渓 - 札幌

Hotel: Keio Plaza Hotel Sapporo or similar / Western room

Meal: B / L / D

After breakfast this morning, visit the Shiroi Koibito Park (白い恋人パーク). The theme park created by Ishiya, produces one of Hokkaido’s most famous souvenir, the Shiroi Koibito cookie. You can observe the production process and visit chocolate related exhibits here. Stop for lunch [Kaisen Set Menu] at a local restaurant before transferring to Shinshinotsu to enjoy the Smelt Fishing Experience (ワカサギ釣り)(2.5-3hrs) on the Ice lake which is a special activity only available during winter time. Fish you catch will be fried for you in tempura batter on the spot and the delicious freshly-fried fish. Transfer to Sapporo city for the hotel check in. Tonight, enjoy your dinner [Crab Kaiseki Course] at the local restaurant.

Day 7 Sapporo 札幌

Hotel: Keio Plaza Hotel Sapporo or similar / Western room

Meal: B / - / -

** Enjoy the Sapporo Snow Festival during your free & easy time in Sapporo City.

* The famous Sapporo Snow Festival is held from 04-11 Feb 2024

* No Snow Festival for GRP 4.

Day 8 Sapporo – Tokyo 札幌 - 東京

JL 508 CTS-HND 1200-1340

Hotel: Grand Nikko Tokyo Daiba or similar / Western room

Meal: B / - / -

After breakfast, transfer to New Chitose Airport. Today, we will take a domestic flight to Tokyo from New Chitose Airport.

Upon arrival at Haneda Airport, coach transfer to the hotel for check in. Enjoy your free & easy time in Tokyo city.

Day 9 Tokyo 東京

Hotel: Grand Nikko Tokyo Daiba or similar / Western room

Meal: B / - / -

After breakfast, full day free at your own leisure!

Day 10 Tokyo – Singapore 東京 - 新加坡

JL 711 NRT-SIN 1800-0050

Meal: B / - / -

After breakfast, free at your own leisure until departure.

Bid farewell to Tokyo as we will depart for Singapore. We hope that you have enjoyed this vacation with JTB and we look forward to bringing you to your next holiday destination.

Day 11 Singapore 新加坡

Arrive Singapore

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