This is a journey of five senses where you will uncover every inch of Hokkaido’s winter beauty down to its finest details. Its incredible white scenery will please your sight while its food will bring a sensory delight to your mouth, nose and ears. You will also get the chance to feel the soft and smooth Japanese powder in Niseko during the day and get a touch of invigorating onsen water by the night. We will carry this journey at a relatively slow pace in order to give you maximum comfort and plenty of time to relax and unwind
Supplying over nine different types of thermal waters, Jigokudani becomes one of the biggest sources of Noboribetsu Onsen in Hokkaido. Walking through the desolate landscape in winter will give you a spectacular panorama where the rocks turn red and bubbling geysers burst over white layers of snow. In good weather, you can also reach the Oyunumagawa Stream and rest both of your legs into the mineral-rich river
Catch the winter spirit at Toya Lakeside with over 400.000 LEDs decorate the town and spectacular fireworks fleetingly reveal the snowy surroundings
As you walk through Hakodate’s Bay Area, it is not easy to miss the long-standing Kanemori Red Brick Warehouses that have been used for over a century – from cargo storage in 1909 to souvenir shops and restaurants today. A Few gems to discover in this commercial district include the famous Lucky Pierrot burger that is exclusive to Hakodate, the creamy cheesecakes and a costume shop where you can pick your favorite kimono to rent. When the dark sky has come, we will take a cable car to the top of Mt Hakodate for a glittering view of the entire city.
We will start the day with a historic walk to Gorokyaku Fortress. Once a formidable stronghold in Edo period, this massive star-shaped compound was turned into a public park after its abandonment in 1910. The scenery is incredibly dramatic in winter with snow covering most of the grounds and the best way to view it is from the 107 m-tall tower adjacent to it. We will also follow the European trade route to Motomachi District that has become foreigners’ haven since Japan ends the isolation era in 1854. Among the famous landmarks are the Russian Orthodox Church, The old British Consulate and many other European-style houses.
It is time to put on your ski gears and off we go to the powdery slopes of Niseko. Attracting thousands of skiers from around the world every year, Niseko offers some of the most consistent snow throughout the entire winter – not only in terms of quality but also quantity. Throughout your 3 nights stay, the hot spring addiction will slowly set in and trigger your subconscious mind to look for another round of onsen after each action-packed days. Every night, your chef will make sure your palate is satisfied with changing kaiseki cuisine.
When we talk about Japanese signature beverages, most of us would recognize sake and only a few experts would mention whiskey. Japanese whiskey may have a shorter history but has recently received a burst of popularity from the worldwide market; consumers now even have to make extra effort to get a bottle as demand continues to outstrip supply. Today we will visit Yoichi distillery that produced leading brand NIKKA Whiskey and go behind the scene to uncover the secret techniques that were brought by Masataka Taketsuru from Scotland in 1924.
Enjoy your time at leisure exploring the harbor town of Otaru. You may choose to stroll its main canal that is cluttered with enticing wooden crafts, glass-blowing studios, and homemade chocolates or take a traditional rickshaw ride through many of its iconic sites. At dusk, the entire canal is lighted up with lanterns and snow statues that all together create an unrivaled romantic setting.
The dawn will meet you at Sapporo Central Wholesale Market, the city’s answer to Tokyo’s Tsukiji Market, where a wide assortment of local produce is being put on display from salmon roe to the legendary king crab. We will also visit The Olympic-Ski-Jump station for the kick-ass view of Sapporo and do some shopping at Tanukikoji street. The main show, however, is none other than the annual Sapporo Ice Festival, one of Japan’s most fabulous winter celebration, where residents and foreigners collaborate to fill the entire city’s streets and parks with behemothic ice sculptures – some of them even glow in the dark.
Combine this itinerary with other wonderful Hokkaido Experiences
Visit the breeding grounds of Japanese Cranes at Kushiro and watch them gracefully dance and prance in surreal winter backdrop
Sail out into the Sea of Okhotsk onboard a special ice-breaking vessel while looking out for lounging seals or soaring eagles
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