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Grand Tour of Japan (Reverse) - Takayama Autumn Festival & Autumn Leaves Special Tour 2015 - 9/30

Deluxe Series
Nights 21 days 20 nights
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USD $7298.00
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Japan stretches from north to south and the autumn actually happens at a different time. October is historically the best month in which to see the most Autumn Colours in Tohoku and Southern Hokkaido, far northern Japan and in the high mountains of central Japan. You can experience this tradition plus many others such as the Takayama Hachiman Autumn Festival when you join this tour.

This 21days Grand Tour of Japan is the longest and most comprehensive escorted group tour of Japan that you will find. Tour starts from the far south to the northern island by a private coach, visiting all 4 main islands of Japan. This tour caters a wide variety of interest about Japan from culture, festival, architecture, nature, rural villages, historic towns and modern city attractions.

This tour begins in Osaka with a visit to Himeji Castle, a splendid example of traditional architecture and one of the few original castles remaining in Japan. Then we make our way to the photogenic canal area of Kurashiki. In Hiroshima , we will visit the Peace Memorial Museum and Park, then head on to Miyajima to view the famous giant vermilion colored Torii Gate of Itsukushima Shrine that looks like it is floating on the sea at high tide. On the island of Kyushu you will experience what few have the opportunity to do: walk among the craters of an active volcano, Mt. Aso that erupted just a few years ago. In Nagasaki we will visit the Glover Gardens , Dejima , and Atomic Bomb Peace Memorial. In Beppu, let's view the Jigoku (hell) pools of bubbling waters and geysers scattered across the town. Then enjoy a scenic drive to Mt. Takasaki Monkey Park. Mt. Takasaki is a forested mountain just outside of Beppu and home to over 1,500 wild Japanese monkeys.

From Kyushu Island , we board a ferry to Shikoku Island where we will visit Ishiteji Temple in Matsuyama and ride a boat down the Yoshinogawa River in the picturesque Oboke Gorge. Visit the Ritsurin Park, a Japanese style garden located in Takamatsu and also considered as one of the best Japanese garden in the world. The garden of this park is designated as Special Scenic Beauty of Japan. We will then drive across the Onaruto Bridge where we can also stop by for picture taking. From Shikoku Island, we will cross the inland sea back to Honshu Island arriving to Kobe. You will have a chance to savor the world famous Wagyu beef in Kobe. We then proceed to Osaka and Nara as well as the ancient city of Kyoto, where you will have exclusive access to the city's gardens, temples, shrine, castle and specialty shops.

Next we will visit the charming village of Shirakawa- go and understand what gassho-zukuri architectural style is. In Takayama, you will experience the 15th Century of Japan as you watch thousands of people in costumes, traditional music performances, and wonderful ornate floats that parades the classic town. See how impressive mother nature is at Hakone and Mt. Fuji. Enjoy a guided tour in Tokyo. Visit Tokyo's cultural landmarks, fashionable neighborhoods and diverse shopping districts.

Let's explore the wonderfully ornate temples and shrines which have been designated as World Heritage sites in Nikko. We then proceed to Kegon Waterfall situated in Lake Chuzenji , it is one of Japan's three most beautiful waterfalls. After that we will visit Matsushima , a picturesque bay full of pine tree covered small islands, where we explore ancient caves once frequented by meditating monks. Then we head up to Hiraizumi for a cultural interlude and stroll around the magnificent Japanese Cedar Trees and photogenic buildings at Chusonji Temple . Next we will go to Morioka for a visit to the Morioka Castle Ruins for its beautiful autumn leaves.

In Towada, we visit Lake Towada , Japan's third deepest lake. A volcanic crater lake 44km in circumference and nature walk along the creek through Oirase Gorge . Then we visit the Nebuta Warasse in Aomori before proceed to Hakodate by crossing the Tsugaru channel between the islands of Hokkaido and Honshu, via the undersea train tunnel.

On the island of Hokkaido , we will visit Hakodate, Onuma Park , Lake Toya , Noboribetsu , Shiraoi, Otaru, and ends our tour in Sapporo.

This itinerary is perfect for those who wish to discover the whole country in one time and see all Japan has to offer.

Oirase Mountain Stream

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Destinations:
Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Fukuoka / Nagasaki / Kumamoto / Mt Aso / Beppu / Matsuyama / Obokekyo Gorge / Kotohira / Takamatsu / Onaruto Bridge / Kobe/ Osaka / Nara / Uji / Kyoto / Kanazawa / Shirakawa-go / Takayama / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Tokyo / Nikko / Matsushima / Hiraizumi / Morioka / Towada / Aomori / Seikan Tunnel / Hakodate / Lake Toya / Noboribetsu / Shiraoi / Otaru / Sapporo

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Itinerary
Day 01 Osaka Kansai Airport
Welcome to Osaka! Our tour guide will greet you and escort you to the hotel.
Hotel: Hotel Nikko Kansai Airport or similar class
Hotel: ANA Crown Plaza Hotel Osaka or similar class (NOTE 1)
NOTE 1: If you wish to stay in the center of Osaka for the first night, we can arrange for you to stay at ANA Crown Plaza Hotel Osaka instead of Hotel Nikko Kansai Airport for an additional $50 per person. In this case, airport transfer is not included but we will provide you directions to get to your hotel in advance
NOTE 2: If you wish to stay extra nights before the tour starts, please contact us to book hotel accommodations.
 
Day 02 Himeji (Himeji Castle), Kurashiki (Canal Area), Hiroshima
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
Today we take a 2 hour ride on a luxury coach to Himeji to visit Himeji Castle. It is known as "White Egret Castle" and "White Heron Castle" because of its brilliant white exterior, resembling a bird taking flight. Himeji Castle is the largest and most visited castle in Japan, and is one of the few remaining original castles in Japan. This splendid example of traditional architecture was declared one of the first UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Japan. Next is a visit to Kurashiki. In merchant days, this scenic town thrived as a port for rice shipments. Several old rice granaries and examples of historic architecture still remain, in addition to the stone lined canal. Taste sake as you stroll along the streets of Kurashiki. In the afternoon, we will continue our journey to Hiroshima.
Please note: Himeji Castle is currently undergoing renovation until March 2015. We will visit Okayama Castle and Korakuen Garden instead.
Hotel: Hiroshima Grand Prince Hotel or similar class
 
Day 03 Hiroshima (Peace Memorial Park - A-Bomb Museum / Okonomiyaki Making / Miyajima Island - Itsukushima Shrine), Shinkansen Bullet Train to Fukuoka
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
Today we will visit the Peace Memorial Park and Atomic Bomb Museum. Next, we will try making a popular Japanese dish called Okonomiyaki. This dish is a mixture of batter, cabbage, and any of your favorite ingredients. The mixture is then cooked on a hot plate and flipped using a metal spatula. The dish can be made easily at home, so you can show off your new skills to your family. After lunch, we will take a short ferry ride to the island of Miyajima, considered sacred by many. At high tide, the famed vermilion torii gate of the Itsukushima Shrine looks like it's floating in the middle of the sea. The shrine complex is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Miyajima has been selected as one of Japan's three most scenic places (nihon sankei). From Hiroshima, we take a ride on the top speed Shinkansen bullet train to Hakata (Fukuoka). The evening is free for you to relax and explore on your own, or you can join your tour guide for an hour guided walk around Fukuoka's open air food stalls (yatai). There are over 150 yatai across the city, with the highest concentrations in the Nakagawa and Tenjin districts. Typical dishes include grilled chicken skewers (yakitori), hot pot (oden), and Hakata Ramen, a famous local dish featuring thin ramen noodles simmered in pork bone soup (tonkotsu).
Hotel: Hotel Nikko Fukuoka or similar class
 
Day 04 Nagasaki (Peace Park / Glover Garden / Dejima), Ferry from Shimabara to Kumamoto
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
After breakfast, we will head to Nagasaki and visit the Peace Memorial Park with its famous peace statue. Next is visit to the Glover Gardens, an open air museum where we see a fine collection of historic mansions of former Western residents of Nagasaki. Then, head to the man-made island of Dejima, constructed in 1636 to segregate Portuguese residents from the Japanese population and control their missionary activities. In the afternoon, we depart Nagasaki. We will take a 30 minute ferry from Shimabara and cross the Ariake Sea to Kumamoto.
Hotel: ANA Hotel Kumamoto Newsky or similar class
 
Day 05 Aso (Mt Aso), Beppu (Beppu Hells / Mt. Takasaki Monkey Park)
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
This morning we travel by private coach to Mt Aso, an active volcano that erupted just a few years ago. Watch nature's dynamic power close up and learn about the local flora and fauna. Weather permitting, we will take a ropeway to the top of Mt. Aso to walk around the volcano's crater rim. From Mt Aso, we drive east to a bather's paradise - the celebrated hot spring resort of Beppu. Marvel at one of Beppu's most celebrated attractions, the Jigoku Meguri, or "Boiling Hells" hot springs. View two of the nine hot springs or hells of Beppu. These hot springs are ideal for viewing rather than bathing. The springs earned their name because it was said that these mysterious, steamy attractions resembled a scene from hell ("jigoku" means "hell"). Then we will enjoy a scenic drive to Mt. Takasaki Monkey Park where we will take a monorail up to the observation area. Mt. Takasaki is a forested mountain just outside of Beppu and home to over 1,500 wild Japanese monkeys. Within this natural habitat, the monkeys have been fed regularly in order to keep them living on the mountain and prevent conflicts with local fruit farmers. The monkeys are quite accustomed to human visitors, and it is possible to get very close in order to take their pictures! From here, return to Beppu and spend a night in this historic old spa resort town where we will savor local flavors in a traditional Japanese banquet provided by your hotel.
Hotel: Suginoi Hotel or similar class
 
Day 06 Ferry to Shikoku, Matsuyama (Ishiteji Temple), Oboke Gorge (Oboke Gorge Boat Ride)
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
After a Japanese breakfast at the hotel, we will board a ferry to Shikoku Island where we will visit Ishiteji Temple in Matsuyama. This impressive temple is number 51 on the "88 Temple Pilgrimage," the most famous religious pilgrimage route in Japan. The "Niomon" gate at this temple is a national treasure and its three story pagoda and main hall are designated important cultural properties, with the architecture style of the Kamakura Period (1192-1333). After lunch, we continue our journey to Oboke Gorge, one of the three hidden mountain regions of Japan. Oboke is the valley located upstream of the Yoshino-gawa River. "Boke" means "dangerous to walk along," and Oboke (big boke) was named for its jagged V-shaped rocks and narrow path. Enjoy a relaxing boat ride and take in panoramic views of the valley. Tonight, we will spend the night in a Japanese style spa resort nestled in the woods.
Hotel: Kotohira Onsen Kotosankaku or similar class
 
Day 07 Kotohira (Kotohira-gu Shrine), Takamatsu (Ritsurin Park), Naruto (Onaruto Bridge), Kobe (Wagyu Beef Dinner)
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
In the morning we will visit the Kompirasan, also known as Kotohira-gu is the main shrine dedicated to sailors and sea-fairing. In Takamatsu we will visit Ritsurin Park, a masterpiece of Japanese landscape 100 years in the making. This sprawling park features beautiful ponds and pavilions, with a backdrop of the majestic Mt. Shiun. From there our private coach takes us across Awaji Island through a series of spectacular bridges. Our next stop is the Onaruto Bridge Interpretive Center, where we will learn about Japan's largest natural whirlpool and the engineering innovations that went into the construction of its massive bridges. Our last visit today is Kobe, where we will savor the world famous Wagyu beef.
Hotel: ANA Crown Plaza Hotel Osaka or similar class
 
Day 08 Osaka (Osaka Castle), Nara (Todaiji Temple / Deer Park), Uji (Greentea Ceremony), Kyoto (Fushimi Inari Shrine)
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
In the morning we will travel to Osaka Castle by private coach. The construction of the castle began in 1583 on the ruins of the Ishiyama Honganji Temple. It was the largest castle of its time. From Osaka, our coach departs to Nara, the oldest capital city of Japan. We will visit Todaiji Temple, the largest wooden building in Japan. This temple also houses the largest bronze statue of Buddha at 16.3 meters high, and the surrounding park is filled with over 1,000 Sika deer. Then, we proceed to Uji where we will experience a traditional Japanese tea ceremony. From Uji, our coach departs to Kyoto, a historical city that was spared from air raids and atomic bomb for its cultural and historical value during World War II. We will visit to the stunning vermilion colored Fushimi Inari Shrine, whose 4km long tunnel of scarlet torii gates was featured in the film Memoirs of a Geisha. This complex wraps around a bamboo wilderness that includes mountains, streams, and ponds, the perfect backdrop for a scenic hike. We will stay two nights in Kyoto.
Hotel: Grand Prince Hotel Kyoto or similar class
 
Day 09 Kyoto (Kiyomizu Temple / Nishijin Kimono Show / Golden Pavilion / Arashiyama - Tenryuji Temple Zen Garden - Bamboo Grove - Togetsukyo Bridge / Gion)
Meals: Breakfast / Dinner
Today we will continue our tour of Kyoto, once the capital of Japan and still considered its cultural center. First is a visit to the famous Kiyomizu Temple, best known for its wooden stage that juts out from its main hall, 13 meters above the hillside below. The stage affords visitors a nice view of the numerous cherry and maple trees below that erupt in a sea of color in spring and fall, as well as of the city of Kyoto in the distance. At the Nishijin Textile Center, you can view displays of kimonos and even watch a kimono fashion show. Visit the Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion) covered with 18 carat gold leaf. This three story structure was originally built by the Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu in 1397. Next is a visit to Arashiyama to see Tenryuji Temple where you can have a glimpse of traditional Zen landscape garden design. Then proceed through a dense bamboo grove, past several small shrines, tea shops and private houses before arriving at the Togetsukyo Bridge over Hozu River. Lastly, we will tour Gion, the old Geisha Quarter, and Pontocho, whose cobblestone alleys vibrate with night life.
Hotel: Grand Prince Hotel Kyoto or similar class
 
Day 10 Shinkansen Bullet Train Ride, Kanazawa (Kenrokuen Garden), Shirakawa- go, Takayama (Takayama Night Festival)
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
After breakfast, take a Shinkansen bullet train ride for experience, which can reach speeds of up to 300 km/hr. Then transfer to Kanazawa to visit Kenrokuen Garden, one of three most beautiful strolling gardens of Japan. The name Kenrokuen literally means a garden combining the 6 attributes of a perfect landscape: spaciousness, seclusion, artifice, antiquity, water features, and panoramas. Here, you'll find the oldest fountain in Japan and Kotoji-toro, the two-legged stone lantern that is the icon of Kenrokuen and Kanazawa. From Kanazawa we cross the mountains by coach to the rural area of Shirakawa-go (listed as a World Heritage site). In this very photogenic village, we will walk past thatch roof farm houses, through cultivated fields and see unspoiled Edo period wooden buildings. Then, we continue on to Takayama, where a festival that dates back to the 15th century will be heating up. This city is located amongst the Japan Alps and is known as "Little Kyoto" for its preserved historical structures and environment. Due to its remote position in the mountains, it was cut off from the rest of Japan for most of its history and thus has maintained a very unique and traditional atmosphere. This festival is also known as the Hachiman Festival because it is centered on Sakurayama Hachiman Shrine. It is held on the 9th and 10th of October to give thanks for a good harvest. The highlight of the festival is in the evening when colorful dashi (floats) are led through the streets amid cheers and drums. These ornate floats are decorated with intricate wood carvings and beautiful metal work that look even more amazing against the backdrop of fiery reds and oranges of vibrant autumn leaves.
Hotel: Okada Ryokan or similar class
 
Day 11 Takayama (Morning Market / Takayama Jinya / Old Town / Takayama Festival)
Meals: Breakfast / Dinner
After breakfast we will continue sightseeing in Takayama, which includes the Morning Market, Takayama Jinya and Old Town. You can browse the market stalls for local crafts and fresh farm products. Takayama's Old Town has been beautifully preserved, with many buildings and whole streets of houses dating from the Edo Period (1600-1868). On some streets, like Sannomachi Street, you can find many old homes, shops, coffee houses and sake breweries, some of which have been in business for centuries. In the afternoon, we will continue to enjoy the festive atmosphere of the Takayama Autumn Festival and watch floats as they parade through Old Town. Tonight, we will stay at the Yatsugatake Onsen Ryokan, where you can soak in the therapeutic waters of a spa bath and feast on a traditional Japanese Kaiseki banquet dinner.
Hotel: Yatsugatake Royal Hotel or similar class
 
Day 12 Mt Fuji, Hakone (Hakone Ropeway / Owakudani)
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
After enjoying a Japanese breakfast at the ryokan, we will travel to Mt. Fuji on our private luxury coach. Along the way, enjoy the changing scenery, from thick vegetation to lowlands to rolling clouds. We will stop at Mt. Fuji 5th station (depending on weather) to admire the world famous peak. Next, we head to Hakone and take a 20 minute ropeway from Togendai to Owakundani. Much of the area here is considered an active volcanic zone since its creation from the eruption of Mount Hakone some 3,000 years ago. There, you can view hot springs and hot rivers, where sulfurous fumes still linger. Owakundani also has splendid views of Mount Fuji in good weather. Then, proceed to Tokyo.
Hotel: Hotel New Otani Tokyo or similar class
 
Day 13 Tokyo (Asakusa Sensoji Temple / Tokyo Edo Museum / Imperial Palace / Tokyo Tower / Odaiba)
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
In the morning you will be taken to Asakusa Kannon Temple, an active place of worship where you can see the largest paper lantern in Japan. Here, discover the difference between a Shinto Shrine and a Buddhist Temple, then explore Nakamise Market, which resembles a traditional style shopping street of a bygone era. Next is a visit to Edo Tokyo Museum, where you can learn the history of Tokyo from the time when it was a small village called Edo. The museum also offers many good picture taking opportunities, for example with vehicles and items which were used in the past. Then we will proceed to the Imperial Palace, the former site of Edo Castle. You can explore the park, surrounded by moats and stone fortifications, in the heart of the city. In the afternoon, we will visit the the world's tallest self supporting steel tower. At 333 meters high, Tokyo Tower is 13 meters taller than its model, the Eiffel Tower. We will go up 150 meters to the main observatory deck and get a bird's eye view of Tokyo. From there we will cross the Rainbow Bridge, and be treated to stunning views of Tokyo Bay. We will travel to the man made islands of Odaiba and see cutting edge architecture, as well as the night view of Tokyo Tower and Rainbow Bridge.
Hotel: Hotel New Otani Tokyo or similar class
 
Day 14 Nikko (Toshogu Shrine / Futarasan-Shrine / Rinnoji Temple / Kegon Waterfall / Lake Chuzenji)
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Today we will take a 2 hours ride on a luxury coach to Nikko. The shrines and temples of Nikko, together with their natural surroundings, have for centuries been closely associated with the history of the Tokugawa Shoguns. We will visit the lavishly decorated Toshogu Shrine set in a grove of magnificent ancient Japanese cedars. Then, a visit to Futarasan-Shrine and the Rinnoji complex of Buddhist temples founded in 766 BC by the Buddhist hermit Shoto. Next is a visit to the Lake Chuzenji and Kegon Waterfall. The almost 100 meter tall Kegon Waterfall is the most famous of Nikko's many beautiful waterfalls. In fact, it is even ranked as one of Japan's three most beautiful falls, along with Nachi Waterfall in Wakayama Prefecture and Fukuroda Waterfall in Ibaraki Prefecture. Tonight, we will stay in the Onsen Ryokan at Kinugawa Onsen, where you can soak in the therapeutic waters of a spa bath and feast on a traditional Japanese Kaiseki banquet dinner.
Hotel: Kinugawa Onsen Hotel or similar class
 
Day 15 Matsushima (Matsushima Cruise / Godaido / Zuiganji Temple)
Meals: Breakfast / Dinner
After a Japanese breakfast at the ryokan, you will be visiting Matsushima, a picturesque bay full of pine tree covered small islands, where we explore ancient caves once frequented by meditating monks. Matsushima is famous for being one of Japan's three most scenic views alongside Miyajima and Amanohashidate. The bay is dotted by over 200 small islands covered by pine trees. We will take the best way to view the islands by boarding one of the sightseeing boat. We will then visit Godaido and Zuiganji Temple, the most famous in the Tohoku region, was built by Date Masamune and is designated as a national treasure.
Hotel: Hotel Matsushima Taikanso or similar class
 
Day 16 Hiraizumi (Chusonji Temple), Morioka (Morioka Castle Ruins)
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
This morning, we will head to Hiraizumi for a cultural interlude and to stroll around the magnificent Japanese Cedar Trees and photogenic buildings at Chusonji Temple. Hiraizumi is now listed as a World Heritage site and is home to Konjiki-do (Golden Hall) within Chusonji Temple, which attempts to recreate an ideal Buddhism world. As such, it is host to an ensemble of exquisite "culture of gold" remnants from the brand of Buddhism that developed independently in the Tohoku region far away from the cultural center of Kyoto in the late Heian era of the 11th century. UNESCO has recognized this area as being a globally rare example of local culture to manifest on such a high level in the transitional period from the ancient era to the medieval period. Then, we proceed to Morioka for a visit to the Morioka Castle Ruins, considered one of the most popular autumn leaves viewing spots in Tohoku area.
Hotel: Towadako Lake View Hotel or similar class
 
Day 17 Towada (Lake Towada / Oirase Gorge), Aomori (Nebuta Warasse), Undersea Train from Aomori to Hakodate (Mt Hakodate Ropeway)
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
Today, we will visit Japan's third deepest lake - Lake Towada, a volcanic crater lake 44 km in circumference. We will have a nature walk along the creek through Oirase Gorge. Over a dozen waterfalls cascade down into the stream all along its length from the walls of the gorge. The stream flows along the floor of the Oirase Gorge, winding among trees which a lush green in spring and summer and turn brilliant shades of red, yellow and orange from late October through early November. Then visit the Nebuta Warasse, a well done museum about the Nebuta Matsuri in Aomori. In the afternoon, we will travel across the Tsugaru Channel between the islands of Hokkaido and Honshu by train via the undersea train tunnel, before arriving to Hakodate. It is a small city that has some of the most authentic and best preserved historic buildings in Japan. Upon arrival in Hakodate, we will take a tram and ropeway ride up to Mt Hakodate from where we can look down upon the twinkling lights that surround Hakodate Bay. The views from the mountain are spectacular and included among Japan's three best night views alongside the views from Nagasaki's Mount Inasa and Kobe's Mount Rokko.
Hotel: Loisir Hotel Hakodate or similar class
 
Day 18 Hakodate (Hakodate Morning Market / Fort Goryokaku), Onuma Park, Lake Toya (Usuzan Ropeway)
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Today we will continue our tour in Hakodate. Hakodate was one of the first Treaty Ports in Japan which opened up to world trade in 1854, so there are many preserved buildings around the area from that time. First is a visit to the famous morning market, where you will see a variety of fresh seafoods, local fruits and vegetables. Then visit the Goryokaku Pentagonal Fort, built in 1868 and the only structure of its kind in Japan. The surrounding moat and defensive grounds are now a city park and gardens. From Hakodate, we head to Lake Toya, along the way we stop at the Lake Onuma. In Lake Toya, we will take the Usuzan Ropeway to the observation deck and have a panoramic views of Lake Toya and neighboring Showa Shinzan. Tonight we will stay in Noboribetsu where we will have dinner in the hotel.
Hotel: Noboribetsu Manseikaku or similar class
 
Day 19 Noboribetsu (Jigokudani), Shiraoi (Ainu Village), Sapporo (Clock Tower / Odori Park / Susukino)
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
In the morning, we will visit the Jigokudani. The valley generates 10,000 tons of bubbling water everyday, and visitors can walk to the nearby Oyunuma Lake and watch the plumes of steam rise. Today we will have the opportunity to learn about the Ainu, the indigenous people of northern Japan. At the Shiraoi Ainu Village, you will experience an authentic Ainu performance with music, dancing, and singing. In the afternoon, we proceed to Sapporo city. The tour includes a visit to the Sapporo Clock Tower and Odori Park, where you can stroll along the promenade. The next stop is Susukino, Hokkaido's largest entertainment district. In the evening is for you to enjoy your free time.
Hotel: ANA Hotel Sapporo or similar class
 
Day 20 Sapporo (Historic Village / Sapporo Beer Museum), Otaru (Otaru Canal / Sakaimachi Street - Kitaichi Garasukan - Otaru Music Box Museum)
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
In the morning our tour of Sapporo continues with a visit to the Historic Village, you can view architecture from the Meiji and Taisho periods when Japan experienced rapid expansion. From there we will visit the Sapporo Beer Museum, dedicated to all things beer. Sapporo is Japan's oldest brewery and exports its beer throughout the world. Then, we will travel to Otaru, renowned for its canals and glassblowing. During the first half of the 20th century, the Otaru Canal was a vital part of the city's busy harbor. The canal allowed large vessels to be unloaded onto smaller ones, then transported to local warehouses. Although the canal became obsolete when modern dock facilities allowed for the direct unloading of large vessels, the canal remains an integral part of the city's history and culture. As part of a citizen's movement in the 1980s, the canal was beautifully restored and former warehouses have been transformed into cafes, restaurants, museums, and shops. Next, we will visit glass workshops and Music Box Museum in Sakaimachi Street.
Hotel: ANA Crowne Plaza Hotel Chitose or similar class
 
Day 21 Tour End
Meals: Breakfast
After breakfast, our tour officially ends. Checkout time is 11 am and Chitose Airport can be reached by hotel shuttle bus.

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