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Charms of Hokkaido

Sapporo Autumn Food Fest Tour

9

Days

8

Nights

Sales
USD
$3,594caution
per person
$3,698

Tour Period

2024

Sep 15 - Sep 23

2025

Sep 20 - Sep 28

2026

Sep 20 - Sep 28

Included

Accommodations

  • 7 nights Western style and 1 night Japanese style accommodation

Meals

  • Breakfast everyday

  • 5 lunches and 3 dinners

Admission Fees & Activities

  • All entry fees to sites, activities listed in the itinerary

Others

  • Meet and greet upon arrival at Sapporo New Chitose Airport

  • Airport transfers on arrival and departure

  • Private coach transfers between destinations in Japan

  • Comprehensive escorted with AJT professional English speaking tour guide

  • Gratuities

Not Included

Airfares

  • International Airfares

Meals

  • Meals that are not included in the itinerary

  • Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks

Travel Insurance

  • Travel Insurance

Others

  • Personal expenses such as telephone and laundry bills

Savor Sapporo's Autumn Fest amid Hokkaido's stunning fall.

Immerse yourself in Japan's autumn splendor with our Hokkaido Tour. Revel in the stunning landscape of Noboribetsu's "Hell Valley", Lake Toya, and Onuma Quasi-National Park. Our tour features Sapporo's Autumn Fest, a feast for food lovers, brimming with seasonal delicacies. Explore must-see cities like Hakodate, with its Fort Goryokaku and Red Brick Warehouses, and Otaru, home to the Music Box Museum and Sushi District.

Experience Hokkaido's natural beauty with stops at captivating locations, including the picturesque Utasai Beech Forest. Join enjoyable local activities such as fruit picking near Lake Toya, ice cream making at Lake Hill Farm, Taiko Drum Lesson at Kuromatsunai, and a tour of the Nikka Whiskey Distillery.

With comfortable accommodations, private coach transit, and a friendly bilingual guide, our Sapporo Autumn Fest Tour promises a memorable adventure of cuisine, culture, and captivating scenery.

Charms of Hokkaido Autumn Nikka Whisky
Charms of Hokkaido Autumn Nikka Whisky
Charms of Hokkaido Autumn Hakodate Market
Charms of Hokkaido Autumn Hakodate Market
Charms of Hokkaido Autumn Otaru Canal
Charms of Hokkaido Autumn Otaru Canal
Charms of Hokkaido Autumn Oyunuma
Charms of Hokkaido Autumn Oyunuma

Itinerary

day-1
Sapporo New Chitose Airport
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Shiraoi, Noboribetsu, Lake Toya
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day-3
Lake Toya, Nanae
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Hakodate
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day-5
Onuma Park, ShikabechoKuromatsunai
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YoichiOtaru
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day-7
Sapporo
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day-8
Sapporo
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day-9
Tour Ends
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day-1

Sapporo New Chitose Airport

Welcome to Sapporo! You will be met at the arrival gate by a representative holding a name sign.


Hotel iconANA Crowne Plaza Hotel Chitose or similar class
day-2

Shiraoi, Noboribetsu, Lake Toya

Upopoy National Ainu Museum

Begin the day in the town of Shiraoi, where we will visit the Upopoy National Ainu Museum. The Ainu are the indigenous people of Hokkaido, and this museum celebrates their distinct culture and history.

Jigokudani Hell Valley

Next, at Noboribetsu, we tour the "Hell Valley" Jigokudani, a primordial landscape where sulphurous steam seeps out of vents in the ground. Around the area are hot streams and ponds that have been enriched by the volcanic soil.

Oyunuma River Natural Foot Bath

The Oyunuma River Natural Foot Bath is one such stream, where travelers hiking the walking trails around Noboribetsu can rest their weary ankles.

Fireworks

After, we proceed to Lake Toya, which puts on special displays of exploding color and light during their Long-Run Fireworks Nights. The sight of the breathtaking firework show over clear, gorgeous Lake Toya is an unforgettable experience.


Hotel iconBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Hotel iconToya Sun Palace or similar class
day-3

Lake Toya, Nanae

Mt. Usu Ropeway / Seasonal Fruit Picking

Our morning at Lake Toya begins with a trip up the Mount Usu Ropeway to enjoy a magnificent view of the lake area below. Then we enjoy a Seasonal Fruit Picking activity where you walk the fields of the local area and gather some of the fall fruit harvest.

Lake Hill Farm - Ice Cream Making Experience

Then, at Lake Hill Farm, enjoy an Ice Cream-Making Experience, using the rich cream from Hokkaido - a region famous for excellent dairy products.

Road Station Nanairo-Nanae

After, we take a trip to Nanae, stopping at Road Station Nanairo-Nanae, which sells sweets and other souvenirs from Southern Hokkaido. Finally, we continue on to Hakodate for a relaxing evening at the hotel.


Hotel iconBreakfast & Lunch
Hotel iconHakodate Kokusai Hotel or similar class
day-4

Hakodate

Morning Market / Fort Goryokaku

Today, we will enjoy touring all the best sights of Hakodate, starting with the Morning Market. City residents gather each morning to find deals on the freshest seafood and produce in a daily routine that can offer visiting travelers a taste of the local culture. From there, we will go to the city's largest, most beautiful park - Fort Goryokaku. Once a Western-style fortress built in the waning years of the Edo era, Fort Goryokaku was slowly landscaped into a prominent public park with its moats now bordered by over a thousand cherry trees.

Red Brick Warehouses / Motomachi / Mt Hakodate Ropeway

Moving on to the port district, we will explore the old Red Brick Warehouses, built in the early 1900s to accommodate the sudden influx of international trade that occurred around that time. The old buildings were renovated into a commercial shopping complex with a broad variety of stores. Then, at Motomachi, we'll see a district popular among the foreign traders that first came to the city for international commerce, which includes many Western-style buildings. Finally, take the Mount Hakodate Ropeway up to the observation point, which offers stunning views of the city below.


Hotel iconBreakfast & Dinner
Hotel iconHakodate Kokusai Hotel or similar class
day-5

Onuma Park, Shikabecho

Onuma Park / Local Cuisine Experience with Hama no Kasan

In the morning, we begin by visiting Onuma Quasi National Park, a gorgeous landscape of picturesque lakes and mountains, including the volcano Komagatake. Then, at Shikabecho, savor a Local Cuisine Experience at Hama no Kazan, which makes rice and fish dishes using seasonal ingredients from the region.

Kuromatsunai

Taiko Lesson / Utasai Beech Forest Walking

Next, we head to Kuromatsunai for a fun and easy Taiko lesson learning easy rhythms under the guidance of a friendly instructor. After, we visit one of Japan's loveliest natural monuments - the Utasai Beech Forest. This primeval forest of beech trees is an expecially lovely virgin beech forest, wild and untouched, and enjoying a relaxing stroll under its dense canopy creates a feeling of wondrous enchantment. After, transfer to the hotel for a relaxing evening.


Hotel iconBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Hotel iconHilton Niseko Village or similar class
day-6

Yoichi

Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery

Today we will drive to Yoichi to visit the Nikka Whisky Distillery. This distillery, opened by Masataka Taketsuru, produced and sold the first Japanese whisky. A tour of the facility provides visitors with insight into the whisky production process, as well as a tasting of the local Nikka label whisky. Next, we will travel to Otaru for a leisurely stroll through the port city's heritage district. As you walk up Sakaimachi Street, you can see Otaru's history in old Western-style fisheries, shops and houses.

Otaru

Sakaimachi Street - Kitaichi Garasukan & Music Box Museum

On the way, we'll explore Otaru's reputation for excellent glass craftsmanship at the Kitaichi Garasukan, where glassmakers transitioned from making simple glass fishing buoys to crafting fine glassware and artwork. At one end of Sakaimachi Street we'll discover the Music Box Museum, a cozy museum and shop selling a large collection of charming music boxes.

Otaru Canal / Otaru Sushi District

After, we will take a walk along the Otaru Canal, which had once fallen into disrepair at the introduction of modern docking facilities, and has since been converted into a charming vintage promenade. Finally, we will make our way to the Otaru Sushi District, where you will be free to find your own sushi dinner from among the shops selling various kinds of sushi.


Hotel iconBreakfast & Lunch
Hotel iconANA Crowne Plaza Sapporo or similar class
day-7

Sapporo

Historical Village of Hokkaido

After breakfast, visit the Historic Village of Hokkaido. The point of the village is to provide a realistic understanding of the pioneer time period in Hokkaido. Everything thing in the village is an exhibit and consists of around 60 or so buildings.

Shiroi Koibito Park / Hokkaido Shrine

Next, we take a trip to the Shiroi Koibito Park, which is a chocolate themed amusement park. Visually, it’s a interesting mix of Hokkaido and British culture, with stores that sell a variety of chocolates and other sweets. Then we visit Hokkaido Shrine - the chief Shinto shrine of Sapporo. This simply elegant shrine holds 4 Shino deities, including the soul of Emperor Meiji.

Asahi Beer Hokkaido Brewery

After, we take a tour the Asahi Beer Hokkaido Brewery. Asahi is one of the chief brewers of beer in Japan, and offers 20-minute tours of their facility, including fresh-brewed samples of their quality product.

Hill of the Buddha

Finally, we visit the incredible Hill of the Buddha, a magnificent Buddhist shrine designed by famous Japanese architect Tadano Ando. Then we return to the hotel for a relaxing evening.


Hotel iconBreakfast & Lunch
Hotel iconANA Crowne Plaza Sapporo or similar class
day-8

Sapporo

Sapporo Autumn Fest

For your final day in Sapporo, experience the delightful Sapporo Autumn Fest, which is the biggest food festival in Hokkaido. Autumn Fest is still a fairly new festival, but it has quickly become one of Hokkaido's most popular seasonal festivals. Since autumn is Japan's harvest season, the Autumn Fest becomes an opportunity to try food and drink from all around Hokkaido.

The festival is held throughout Odori Park, and from the moment you arrive, your eyes and nose will be delighted by the various foods made of seasonal ingredients in colorful stalls around the festival grounds. There is also a section devoted to Oktoberfest. Sapporo and Munich in Germany are sister cities, features craft beers from Germany and all over Hokkaido. After, return to your hotel for a last relaxing evening in Sapporo.


Hotel iconBreakfast
Hotel iconANA Crowne Plaza Sapporo or similar class
day-9

Tour Ends

After breakfast, our tour officially ends. Checkout time is 11 am. Transfer to New Chitose Airport by Airport Limousine Bus.


Hotel iconBreakfast

NOTE: The departure airport transfer is ONLY available on the last day of the tour. If you plan to stay extra nights after the tour, we will provide full instructions in advance for you to transfer to the airport on your own.

Accommodations

1
ANA Crowne Plaza Chitose Exterior

2-2-1 Hokuei, Chitose-shi, Hokkaido 066-8637, Japan

ANA Crowne Plaza Hotel Chitose or similar class

ANA Crowne Plaza Chitose, located in the center of Chitose, is a stylish 4-star hotel just 15 minutes by taxi from New Chitose Airport. It offers spacious rooms, including massage-equipped showers, and an 11th-floor Astral bar with city views. The hotel’s prime location allows easy access to Sapporo and other parts of Hokkaido. Enjoy exquisite Japanese cuisine at Haskap and Fujihana restaurants. Ideal for business or leisure travelers seeking comfort and convenience.

2
Toya Sun Palace Ext

7-1 Tōyakoonsen, Sōbetsu-chō, Usu-gun, Hokkaidō 052-0107, Japan

Toya Sun Palace or similar class

Toya Sun Palace Resort & Spa, perched on the shores of Lake Toya in Hokkaido, offers panoramic views from every room. Guests can indulge in an infinity pool that merges with the lake. The resort features indoor and outdoor hot-spring baths, a soothing hand massage, and a memorable event scene. Culinary delights await at “Palecio Grande,” where locally sourced seafood and mountain ingredients shine. A tranquil blend of luxury and natural beauty awaits discerning travelers.

3
Hakodate Kokusai Hotel azalea room1

5-10 Otemachi, Hakodate, Hokkaido, 040-0064, Japan

Hakodate Kokusai Hotel or similar class

Hakodate Kokusai Hotel, situated just an 8-minute walk from JR Hakodate Train Station, offers two distinct wings: the West Wing with coastal views and the East Wing overlooking Hakodate City. Guests can unwind in the natural hot spring bath while enjoying city vistas. The hotel features spacious rooms, free WiFi, and a variety of dining options. Perfect for both business and leisure travelers seeking comfort and convenience.

4
Hakodate Kokusai Hotel azalea room1

5-10 Otemachi, Hakodate, Hokkaido, 040-0064, Japan

Hakodate Kokusai Hotel or similar class

Hakodate Kokusai Hotel, situated just an 8-minute walk from JR Hakodate Train Station, offers two distinct wings: the West Wing with coastal views and the East Wing overlooking Hakodate City. Guests can unwind in the natural hot spring bath while enjoying city vistas. The hotel features spacious rooms, free WiFi, and a variety of dining options. Perfect for both business and leisure travelers seeking comfort and convenience.

5
Hilton Niseko Village Main

Higashiyama Onsen, Niseko-cho, Abuta-gun, Hokkaido, 048-1592, Japan

Hilton Niseko Village or similar class

Hilton Niseko Village, nestled at the south base of Niseko Annupuri Mountain, offers a luxurious retreat. A 2-hour drive from Chitose Airport, the hotel features 6 dining options, a fitness center, and cozy rooms with scenic mountain views. Guests can enjoy skiing on the slopes during winter and unwind in natural hot spring baths (onsen) with a view of Mt. Yōtei. Perfect for both leisure and adventure seekers.

6
ANA Crowne Plaza Sapporo exterior

1-2-9 Nishi, Kita 3-jo, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaidô 060-0003, Japan

ANA Crowne Plaza Sapporo or similar class

ANA Crowne Plaza Sapporo, situated in Sapporo—one of Japan’s biggest cities—has become a luxurious landmark. With 412 guest rooms, each adorned in natural color tones, the hotel offers a comfortable and exquisite environment. It features 18 banquet rooms, including unique sky banquet rooms, perfect for events. Five restaurants cater to diverse tastes, from Japanese cuisine to Teppanyaki. Conveniently situated near Sapporo Subway Station and JR Sapporo Station, it’s an accessible choice for both business and leisure travelers.

7
ANA Crowne Plaza Sapporo exterior

1-2-9 Nishi, Kita 3-jo, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaidô 060-0003, Japan

ANA Crowne Plaza Sapporo or similar class

ANA Crowne Plaza Sapporo, situated in Sapporo—one of Japan’s biggest cities—has become a luxurious landmark. With 412 guest rooms, each adorned in natural color tones, the hotel offers a comfortable and exquisite environment. It features 18 banquet rooms, including unique sky banquet rooms, perfect for events. Five restaurants cater to diverse tastes, from Japanese cuisine to Teppanyaki. Conveniently situated near Sapporo Subway Station and JR Sapporo Station, it’s an accessible choice for both business and leisure travelers.

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ANA Crowne Plaza Sapporo exterior

1-2-9 Nishi, Kita 3-jo, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaidô 060-0003, Japan

ANA Crowne Plaza Sapporo or similar class

ANA Crowne Plaza Sapporo, situated in Sapporo—one of Japan’s biggest cities—has become a luxurious landmark. With 412 guest rooms, each adorned in natural color tones, the hotel offers a comfortable and exquisite environment. It features 18 banquet rooms, including unique sky banquet rooms, perfect for events. Five restaurants cater to diverse tastes, from Japanese cuisine to Teppanyaki. Conveniently situated near Sapporo Subway Station and JR Sapporo Station, it’s an accessible choice for both business and leisure travelers.

Notes

Please review the notes below for important details about your trip. If you have any questions or need further information, feel free to contact us. These notes are designed to ensure a smooth and enjoyable travel experience.

Price

  • Estimated price. Subject to change.

  • All prices are per person, based on twin (double on request) or triple occupancy.

  • Based on double occupancy per room. Single Supplement: USD $720.00

Deposit

  • We require a NON-Refundable US$500 deposit per person to hold the space at the time of booking and the final payment is due 2 months prior to departure.

Transport

  • Travel by private coach between destinations, hassle free baggage handling.

Arrival Departure Airports

  • This tour starts and finishes in Sapporo for arrivals and departures at New Chitose Airport (CTS).

Meal Requests

  • Vegetarian or special meals can be arranged.

Meet and Greet

  • Please note that the meet and greet and airport transfer to the first hotel is ONLY available on the first day of the tour after 11 AM. If you plan to stay extra nights before the start of the tour, we will provide full instructions in advance for you to transfer to your hotel on your own.

Others

  • International flights are not included on our tours - this allows you the flexibility to choose your own departure!

  • We can arrange international flights for US/Canada customers if needed, please ask for details.

  • If you would like to stay longer in Japan, please contact us to book hotel accommodations and transfers.

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