HOKKAIDO YUKI MONOGATARI + ICE BREAKER CRUISE(JAN - FEB)
7 Days 5 Night
Experience - Natural Onsen, Ice Breaker Cruise, Ice Fishing, DIY Muachi Making / Attraction - Akan National Park, Sounkyo Daisetsuzan, Otaru Canal, Hokkaido Shrine / Shopping at Tanukikoji, Factory Outlet Mall / Gala Seafood Lunch - Grilled King Crab + Abalone + Scallop
SINGAPORE CHANGI AIRPORT - TOKYO/KANSAI AIRPORT (MOB)
JAPAN – HOKKAIDO – NATURAL ONSEN + AINU VILLAGE (D)
• Lake Mashu ~ the lake is obscured by swirling mists and thick cloud and has the most transparent water in the world. • Lake Kussharo ~ not 100% frozen lake in winter as this is the hot spring lake; well, during winter you will find no of natural birds flying in here to warm up such as gooses and sea gull. • Ryuosan ~ it’s a boiling volcano, where sulfurous fumes rise from crevices in the rocks and it’s legendary. • Akan National Park, the mysterious lake where Marimo weed balls grows, and also one of the famous fishing spot. • Then let stroll along the Kotan, Ainu Village where there is plenty of souvenir shops offering traditional handicrafts. FYI Ainu is the Orang Asli of the Japanese.
LAKE AKAN SNOW ACTIVITY – ABASHIRI – ICE BREAKER- MOMBETSU (B/L/D)
In the morning, before we check out from the hot spring resort; we spend some time for snow activities; • “Ice Land Akan”. The massive location, 26km in circumference, features winter activities such as Banana boat mobiling (the most popular!), and ice fishing for wakasagi (pond smelt). (All activities on own expenses). Later the fish can be fried at the little restaurant nearby. • Drive through the snow forest; enjoy the un-usual seen scenery, to arrive to Abashiri ~ the small town at the sea of Okhotsk costal. • Mombetsu ~ the land of the winter floating ice! Today’s highlight: • ICE-BREAKING CRUISE by the Garriko II! (Subject to weather and ice condition). Hop aboard the ice-breaking sightseeing boat to witness the drift ice floats across the Sea of Okhotsk. • Tonight, overnight at Mombetsu Prince Hotel where you can enjoy the Deluxe Crab Meal in the hotel ~ you may shocked by the crab meats served.
MOMBETSU – OKHOTSK TOWER – DAISETSUZAN – SOUNKYO (B/L/D)
At Mombetsu, we will discover 2 more interesting places which related to ice & winter! • Okhotsk Tower is a natural observation room. You can observe the wonders of the sea from a window. The mystery of drift ice and a marine organism can be touched. • Okhotsk Tokkari Center – Seal Protection Center, house to more than 50 seals, visitors can interact with the seals up close and personal. Then we proceed to mountain range of the national park area; where • Mt. Kurodake - Sounkyo Ropeway (Subject to weather condition) takes about seven minutes to reach the fifth station of Mt. Kurodake, from which visitors can enjoy a panoramic view. • Sounkyo Gorge is flanked on both sides by 150m high perpendicular cliffs with columnar joints. Next up, be amazed by the 120 meter high Milky Way Waterfall and 90-meter high Shooting Stars Waterfall. These two waterfalls are the most popular and beautiful among all the falls. • Tonight you can enjoy several of soaking pools and outdoors hot spring bath facilities and delicious seasonal Japanese cuisine in the hotel at Sounkyo.
SOUNKYO – SNOW MOBILE – OLD PORT TREET OTARU - SAPPORO (B/L/D)
Let’s see what we have for today! • The highlight of today is the Snow Mobile excursion (own expense) … like the James Bond … Mobiling in the snow hill, of course you can enjoy the magnificent scenery along pretty gorges and ravines. • Otaru Canal ~ the most remarkable & beautiful spot for picture. • Otaru Handicraft Street - Glass handicraft shop, music box shop, museum, art gallery, the ice cream, the sushi… • Shop at area the Tanukikoji & its underground shopping street - enjoy your shopping at more than 150 boutiques, souvenirs, shops and the 100 yen shop too! Well LV also here! • The Susukino nightlife entertainment area, is the Sapporo’s famous nightspot for fun
SAPPORO CITY TOUR – SEAFOOD MARKET – CHITOSE– HND/KIX (B/L/D)
Hokkaido capital city: SAPPORO a 1.5 million of inhabitant and American designed • Hokkaido’s Former Government Building, the Odori Street – also known as the 4 season park, it is the venue of the annul ice carving festival. We will also visit the Sapporo TV’s Tower, pass by the Clock House and Sapporo American-designed streets. • Let’s have a brief visit to see the landmark of Japan ~ the shrine of the Emperor: Hokkaido Jingu, the representation of the highest belief of the Japanese; not forgetting the impressive architecture and design. • TODAY’S HIGHLIGHT! GALA Seafood lunch presented by Apple Vacations & prepared by the chef of Hokkaido Kita Gourmet Kitchen at the wet market area! 1. Live Tarabagani big crab 2. Live Abalone in Japanese butter grilled 3. Grilled Fresh Scallop 4. The Salmon Fish butter fried 5. The Crab meat soup and porridge • Factory Outlet MALL – the latest shopping experience in Japan for bargaining branded items, a place to be seen emptying your wallet! • Overnight at Chitose airport hotel or Narita/Kansai airport hotel (subject to domestic flight connection)