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Wild Lands of Eastern Hokkaido – Small Group

Hokkaido is the second-largest of Japan’s islands and long regarded as a remote wilderness by other residents of the Japanese archipelago. Known in feudal times as Ezo, Hokkaido was originally inhabited only by the indigenous Ainu people. Today it attracts nature lovers and is a pristine paradise of mountain ranges, lush forests, and indescribably beautiful crater lakes produced by volcanic activity.

Marshlands of Hokkaido

Join our small-group guided tour on a wonderful journey from Kushiro on Hokkaido’s eastern Pacific coast, through to the Shiretoko Peninsula stretching out into the Sea of Okhotsk. See untouched nature, visit UNESCO wetland nature reserves, experience spectacular landscapes formed by volcanoes, and enjoy flora and fauna special to Hokkaido. Y

ou have the chance to spot abundant wildlife as we walk the trails – watch for foxes, deer, and numerous species of birds. After each day’s walk, we relax in Onsen hot springs, a delightful by-product of the region’s geothermal activity. Another highlight of the tour is Hokkaido’s wonderful regional cuisine, some of the freshest in Japan with local specialties found at every stage of our journey. Hokkaido covers too large an area to explore on just one visit, but this tour brings you to the very best locations on the island.

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Your adventure begins in the fishing port of Kushiro, famous for some of the best seafood in Japan and home to a unique fishing culture that invented the Robatayaki style of cooking on an open grill. From Kushiro, we visit Hokkaido’s largest marshland area and continue to Lake Akan, the only place where the famous spherical Marimo algae can be spotted.

At Ainu Kotan village, home to the largest remaining Ainu community in Hokkaido, we view a traditional dance performance. Our journey also brings us to Lake Mashu, one of the clearest lakes in the world, and finally onwards to the Onsen town of Utoro on the Sea of Okhotsk. If the weather is kind, we take a boat ride from the Shiretoko Peninsula with the chance to glimpse waterfalls visible only be seen from the sea and Hokkaido brown bears searching for fish with their cubs. Shiretoko is the very end of Japan – a remote area of truly untouched nature.

Tour Themes:
Cultural
Traditional
Walking
Rural Japan

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Cycling Japan Highlights

A visit to Japan is pure indulgence for the senses, so come prepared to experience a rich history that dates back centuries and to soak up after a day of cycling in zen-like onsen (hot spring) spas; visit beautiful forests, mountains, and sea coasts as well as futuristic architecture and transportation; sample delicious regional cuisine; meet polite and candid locals as well as lovers of Hello Kitty and karaoke.

Tour Themes:
Cultural
Traditional
Cycling
Rural Japan


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Best of Kyushu

This once-in-a-lifetime tour combines the best of Kyushu giving you a chance to explore fully the island and its culture from Fukuoka down south to Amami Oshima. You will first rent a car and head to Kurokawa Onsen to relax in a ryokan (traditional inn) with a hot spring bath and a gourmet dinner. The next day you will face nature on its wildest side around Mt Aso volcano.

Then it will be time to discover the legends of Takachiho Gorge before stopping in Kumamoto and witness the reconstruction of its famous castle. Later you will head to Kagoshima where stands Sakurajima (one of Japan’s most active volcanoes). After breakfast in Kagoshima, you will visit Chiran Samurai District. This town preserved houses and gardens that are about 250 years old. Next, you will head to Ibusuki for a black-sand spa.

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After dropping off your rental car you will onboard for a 3 hours ferry ride and disembark on Yakushima Island. The subtropical island of Yakushima famous for its wildlife and cedar forests. The oldest trees are said to be over 7000 years old. Finally, the cherry on the cake: you will fly to Amami Oshima who will show you all its splendor!

Tour Themes:
Cultural
Anime
Rural Japan

This tour can be fully customized.
The below itinerary is an example of a Classical custom tour.
Price per person based on double occupancy for two travelers:

Classical: from US$5,730
Superior: from US$9,450
Luxury: price upon request
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Japanese Snow Monkey Tour

You will start by exploring Japan’s capital city of Tokyo before heading north to the hot spring town of Yudanaka. During the winter in Japan snow monkeys keep warm by bathing in a natural hot spring. Their antics and cuteness have traveled the world and make a popular travel destinations. You will then head back to Tokyo where you will base your exploration of Japan with day trips to Nikko and Kamakura.

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Tour Themes:
Cultural
Traditional
Rural Japan
Wildlife

This tour can be fully customized.
The below itinerary is an example of a Classical custom tour.
Price per person based on double occupancy for two travelers:

Classical: from US$3,490
Superior: from US$4,950
Luxury: price upon request
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Land of Fire Tour – Small Group

Our Land of Fire small-group tour starts in Kyoto, the former imperial capital and repository of much of Japan’s cultural heritage. We visit Asuka, where Japan’s early Emperors are buried, then a boat journey through the Inland Sea brings us to the southern island of Kyushu. Known as the cradle of Japanese civilization, several locations are connected with the Japanese creation myths which inspired the Yokagura dances in Takachiho. Kyushu is also known for its numerous active volcanoes, as well as the spectacular island of Yakushima to the south, a national park and UNESCO World Heritage site. Unique flora and fauna can be admired here, including giant Yakusugi cedars, Yakushima yakushika deer, and yakuzaru macaques. A natural by-product of the volcanoes is onsen hot-springs and we will enjoy relaxing dips in their soothing waters, as well as the unforgettable hot sand baths at Yamakawa where we are buried in hot sand. View Mount Aso with the world’s largest volcanic caldera and visit the vibrant city of Nagasaki. Stay at traditional inns and guest-houses, enjoying dishes prepared with the freshest ingredients. Our tour ends amidst the crowds and neon of Osaka, Japan’s second city and culinary capital.

 

Tour Themes:
Cultural
Traditional
Walking
Rural Japan


Best of Okinawa

This tour is a benediction for white sand, snorkeling, tropical mood lovers. Your journey starts in Naha, the historical capital of Okinawa. You will take a day trip to Kerama Islands. Its crystal clear water will allow you to see dozens of meters below the surface. Diving and snorkeling are both available for all levels. The next day your private local guide will show you around the island of Okinawa (Shurijo Castle, Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art Museum, Yachimun Street, Shurikinjocho Stone-Path Road,…).

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Miyakojima will be the next island you visit for 2 days. Every year it leads the rankings of Japan’s best beaches. Then you will head to Ishigaki and Taketomi islands. You will land on a phantom island, enjoy snorkeling, and a unique paddle-board night tour in the mangrove. Last but not least, Iriomote the most preserve island in Okinawa will offer you activities such as hiking in the jungle, exploring mangroves, snorkeling,…

Tour Themes:
Cultural
Honeymoon
Wildlife

This tour can be fully customized.
The below itinerary is an example of a Classical custom tour.
Price per person based on double occupancy for two travelers:

Classical: from US$5,400
Superior: from US$7,110
Luxury: price upon request
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Discover Hokkaido Tour

Hokkaido is the most northern and second largest of Japan’s four main islands. Your tour will start in Sapporo and will you around this mostly unspoiled land. Your first stop will be at Furano where in summer rolling lavender fields forms a picturesque scenery. Next you will head to Abashiri on the northern coast of the island and stay at a hot spring ryokan inn where you will appreciate a delicious dinner.

Biei Deep Hokkaido - Furano - Biei


In the winter this area is known for the ice flows which you can cruise through. You will then head inland to Kawayu Onsen and Lake Kussharo located in Akan Nation Park to enjoy nature. You then head south a quaint town called Kurshiro on the eastern coast. This town is famous for wildlife especially in Kushiro Shitsugen National Park. You will finally head back to Sapporo.

Tour Themes:
Family
Food & Spirits
Wildlife
Rural Japan

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