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 pocket internet device to use during your trip. Details directions will be included in your tour organizer send to you about 2 weeks before you depart for Japan. Once you are checked in and had time to rest, you will be free to enjoy dinner anywhere you’d like. Make sure to ask your airport pick-up to provide a few recommendations before parting ways.


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.

Kawayu Onsen

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.

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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.

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Our Team Of Local Experts

Our team of Japan experts have all lived in Japan for years and know its the hidden treasures. Our team is here to answer all your questions and to build 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 and 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.

Izumi Yamauchi

Tour Arrangement team

Izumi has spent most of her life in the Kansai region, except for the 10 years that she enjoyed in the UK. Living abroad has made her appreciate her own culture and local beauty even more. She currently lives in Osaka with her family, including two cats and two dogs.

Why Rediscover Tours

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Your Japan travel expert will create your trip just for you

Your interests and travel style will be front and center when designing your tour

Accommodations will be selected based on your style and we will inform them of all your special meal and physical requirements

Japan Experts

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They know the hidden treasures of Japan that you will love and most tourists miss

Most of our team lives in Japan giving them first hand knowledge of the latest trends and experiences for you to enjoy

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We only hire the best guides and review each trip with them insuring excellent experience

Your private guide will listen to you, show you sights of interest and will make on the fly changes to match the weather and crowds

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Rediscover Tours has been organizing travel to Japan since 2000

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