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Sample Itinerary

The tours featured throughout our website are intended to give you ideas for what's possible when you travel with us. Treat them simply as inspiration, because your trip will be created individually by one of our specialists to match your tastes and budget.

You will be met at New Chitose International Airport and escorted by one of Rediscover Tour’s team members to your hotel in Sapporo by public transportation. While still at the airport they will validate your JR Rail Passes, make seat reservations, answer any of your questions and hand you your rental cell phone.

Today you will travel to Otaru. Originally a fishing village was established here during the Edo Period (1603 to 1868) as an outpost of the Wajinchi district administered from the castletown of Matsumae. Today it is a quaint town with a lovely canal district. It is surrounded on three sides by mountains, while the fourth faces Ishikari Bay.

Today you will travel to central Hokkaido to visit Furano. In the summer travelers come to Furano to see the lavender fields but in the winter it turns into a winder wonderland with all kinds of different winter sports including downhill and cross country skiing. At the end of the day you can relax in Furano hot spring. The train from Sapporo Station to Furano Station will take approximately 2 hours.

Today you will a full day around Furano, where you can visit place like Garden of Wind, Furano winery and blue pond a naturally blue colored pond outside of Biei.

Today you will head to the northern coast of Hokkaido to stay in Abashiri at a hot spring ryokan. Abashiri is a 40,000 people town, on the Northeastern Hokkaido coast. The town main resources are fishing and tourism. In winter the town is a popular destination for visitors who want to experience a cruise into the Sea of Okhotsk on icebreakers. In summer the town has beautiful wild gardens where wild flowers bloom. Dinner will be served at your ryokan both nights.

Today you will a full day around Abashiri, where you can visit place like The Hokkaido Museum of Northern Peoples and the national park of Shiretoko.

Today you will stay in Kawayu Onsen town next to Lake Kussharo.
Lake Kusshiro is a caldera lake in the Akan National Park. Surrounding the lake are several open air hot spring bath which are free to use. These bath are open an public so bathing suits are allowed. The Wakoto Peninsula at the southern end of the lake is particular nice. The train from Abashiri Station to Mashu Station will take approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes.

Your travels will continue on to Kushiro and Shitsugen National Park, known as Japan’s largest wetland preserve. This is the only known habitat of the endangered Japanese Crane (tancho). The train from Mashu Station to Kushiro Station will take approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Today you will a full day around Kushiro, where I suggest to visit the fish market where you can select and eat the fish for your lunch. The city also offer a beautiful atmosphere to walking around.

Today you will head across Hokkaido, finishing your loop of the island, and spending the night in Sapporo where your adventure began.

Today is the last day of the tour. You will fly home with memories that you will keep for the rest of your life. Please make sure you arrive at New Chitose International Airport at least 2 hours before your scheduled flight.

What Our Customers Have To Say

The tours featured throughout our website are intended to give you ideas for what's possible when you travel with us. Treat them simply as inspiration, because your trip will be created individually by one of our specialists to match your tastes and budget.

John Moawad

Classical Japan Tour

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Marina Boyer

North Central Exploration

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Shoguns and Samurai

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Our Team Of Local Experts

Years after years we have selected the best specialists about Japan. They have at least lived a minimum of 10 years in the country. They are here to answer all your questions and to make your tour just the way you want it.

Jeff Aasgaard

Tour Sales Director

Jeff was born in a south suburb of Chicago named South Holland and lived in Japan for 14 years. He now lives in Commerce Township, Michigan with his wife Yoshimi, son Shota, and daughter Mina. He enjoys playing with his kids, volunteering with his daughter’s marching band, cycling and training & teaching Aikido.

Michiyo Kakiuchi

Tour Arrangement Manager

Michiyo was born in Noboribetsu, Hokkaido Prefecture though currently lives in Takarazuka, Hyogo Prefecture. Her main passions in life is traveling all around the world and enjoying their cultures.


Tour Arrangement team

Noriko was born in Nagoya. During her childhood she moved around Japan following her father’s office transfer. She especially liked her time in Shizuoka, facing Mt Fuji. She now lives in Minoo (in the suburb of Osaka). Noriko graduated from Hiroshima university. She’s been to Malaysia, Thailand and Europe (Germany and Bulgaria). Her hobbies are hiking, reading and surfing.

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