|Day 1 Arrive Sapporo/Asahikawa
Arrive at Sapporo's Shin Chitose airport then transfer to Asahikawa by train (approx 2 hours). Asahikawa is
Hokkaido's 2nd biggest city and the Asahiyama zoo is a popular place to see polar bears, seals and
penguins as well as many other animals and with an emphasis on providing natural environments for the
animals you can be sure that the animals are well looked after. You can also learn more about the sake
brewing process at the sake museum and, for those over 20, taste some of the local brew.
Days 2-3 Daisetsuzan National Park
We take a bus (approx 1 hour) to Daisetsuzan National Park, Japan's biggest national park and one of the
first to be established (in 1934). The name means "big snow mountain" and the spectacular volcanic
peaks of the area illustrate the tectonic action which has sculpted much of Japan's amazing scenery. We
visit Sounkyo gorge, a twenty kilometer corridor of jagged cliffs which reach heights of 150m in places and
enclose many beautiful waterfalls. For those with plenty of energy hike up Asahidake, Hokkaido's tallest
mountain (2290m) or if you want to take it easy (or have little legs) there's also a cable car up the mountain.
We spend our nights in Sounkyo, known for its onsens (thermal water baths) which are believed to have
Days 4-5 Shikotsu Toya National Park
On our way to Shikotsu Toya National Park (approx 4 hours by bus and train) we stop at Poroto Kotan, an
interactive museum that teaches us about the culture, history and lifestyle of the Ainu people who are the
original inhabitants of this area. Learn how they caught fish, what clothing they wear on special occasions
and about the festivals which are still being carried out today by the remaining community. Shikotsu
National Park is on the Pacific Ocean and features a collection of volcanic peaks and caldera lakes. Enjoy
volcano crater hikes, lake side bike rides, onsen visits and lovely local food.
Day 6 Return to Sapporo
Return to Sapporo and transfer to Shin Chitose airport by train (approx 80 mins). Say a sad sayonnara to
your travelling companions before boarding the plane. We can also help you book extra accommodation if
you wish to extand your stay in Hokkaido.
Private departures on dates to
suit you, please contact us for
Level of Activity
Moderate, though optional
activities can be organized for
those wanting own time during
the group bike ride and hiking.