Wild Lands of Eastern Hokkaido

A small-group guided tour through eastern Hokkaidō that features hot spring bathing, incredible regional cuisine, rewarding hiking, and chances to spot wildlife unique to the island.

Wild Lands of Eastern Hokkaido

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Wild Lands of Eastern Hokkaido
x1 traveller
Single room additional charge
USD 700

Solo supplements guarantee solo rooms at the hotels on your tour. At inns, you will share with another member of your departure of the same gender.


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  • Duration: 9 days
  • Trip level:
  • Availability: June to October
  • Type:Guided tour with an expert bilingual guide
  • Price: USD 4,045(Price per person, based on 2 travellers sharing a room)

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  • Taste Hokkaidō's famed seafood and local produce, considered some of the best in Japan
  • Visit crystal clear crater lakes unique to the region
  • See incredible views of varied landscapes each day – from wetlands to forests to mountains
  • Learn about the unique culture of Hokkaidō's indigenous people
  • Enjoy natural wonders and the chance to see Hokkaidō brown bears from the sea on a wildlife-spotting boat ride
  • Experience soothing hot spring baths after incredible hiking

Hokkaidō is the second-largest of Japan’s islands, long regarded as a remote wilderness by other residents of the Japanese archipelago. Known in feudal times as Ezo, Hokkaidō was originally inhabited by the indigenous Ainu people. Today it attracts nature lovers and is a pristine paradise of mountain ranges, lush forests and indescribably beautiful crater lakes produced by volcanic activity.

Join Oku Japan’s small-group guided tour on a wonderful journey from Kushiro on Hokkaidō’s eastern Pacific coast, through to the Shiretoko Peninsula stretching out into the Sea of Okhotsk. See untouched nature, visit UNESCO wetland nature reserves, experience spectacular landscapes formed by volcanoes, and enjoy flora and fauna unique to Hokkaidō. You have the chance to spot abundant wildlife as we walk the trails – watch out for foxes, deer and numerous species of birds.

After each day's walk, we relax in onsen hot springs, a delightful by-product of the region’s geothermal activity. Another highlight of the tour is Hokkaidō’s wonderful regional cuisine, some of the freshest in Japan with local specialties found at every stage of our journey. Hokkaidō covers too large an area to explore on just one visit, but Oku Japan’s itinerary brings you to the very best locations on the island.

Our adventure begins in the fishing port of Kushiro, famous for some of the best seafood in Japan and home to a unique fishing culture which invented the robatayaki style of cooking on an open grill. From Kushiro, we visit Hokkaidō's largest marshland area and continue to Lake Akan, the only place where the famous spherical Marimo algae can be spotted. At Lake Akan Ainu Kotan, home to the largest remaining Ainu community in Hokkaidō, we view a traditional dance performance.

Our journey also brings us to Lake Mashū, one of the clearest lakes in the world, and finally onwards to the onsen town of Utoro on the Sea of Okhotsk. If the weather is kind, we take a boat ride from the Shiretoko Peninsula with the chance to glimpse waterfalls visible only from the sea and Hokkaidō brown bears searching for fish with their cubs. Shiretoko is the very end of Japan – a remote area of truly untouched nature.

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What is included
Full-time services of an English-speaking tour guide
8 nights in hotels and Japanese-style inns
Daily breakfast and 8 dinners
All transportation between tour locations
Entrance to museums, national parks, and other sights on the group's itinerary
Daily luggage transfer on motorcoach
Airport transfer upon departure from Utoro Onsen to Memanbetsu Airport
Boat ride on the Sea of Okhotsk
Tickets to a traditional indigenous Ainu dance performance
What is not included
Airport transfer upon arrival from Kushiro Airport to Kushiro City
Drinks and meals not included in itinerary
Entrance fees to museums, temples, etc. not mentioned in the itinerary
Single room supplement for solo travellers at hotels

Tour itineraries are subject to change. We will inform you of any amendments as soon as we become aware of them.