Eastern Hokkaido in Winter

Abashiri, Shiretoko, Akan, Kushiro

From $6500 in low season

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* Pricing is a guideline only and excludes special offers. Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.

Price includes:

  • Accommodation

  • Private transfers

  • Daily experiences

  • Daily Breakfast

based on two people sharing. Includes all accommodation, transfers in a private vehicle with private English speaking driver, some guided activities.

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  • Experience the wild and pristine beauty of Eastern Hokkaido, an area off the beaten track and less visited.

  • Visit during end January to mid March to see the phenomenon of drift ice in the Okhotsk Sea of Northeastern Hokkaido.

  • Go onboard the Shiretoko Nature Cruise and get the chance to see some rare species of birds or wildlife!

  • Make a trip to Ainu Kotan, the cultural village and museum about the Ainu who are the indigenous people of Hokkaido .

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Hokkaido is a year-round destination for travelers as its distinct seasons benefit the activities you can do here. The hotter summer months of July and August are perfect for witnessing colorful meadows full of flowers. Winter peaks in January with colder temperatures than the rest of the country, but it is then that the snowy slopes are at their best for skiing. The months of April, May and June are spring-like with pleasant temperatures and long sunny days, which is great for hiking. Fall arrives early on Hokkaido and by mid-September the famous autumn colors are once again changing the landscape.

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Vast and pristine, Hokkaido tempts visitors from all over the world with its stunning natural beauty and rich culture. Winter in Hokkaido will be sure to captivate you - from the unique winter activities to the beautiful snowy landscape; from the vibrant winter festivals to the diverse wildlife.

  1. Fly into Memanbetsu

  2. Days 1-2: Lake Abashiri, Hokkaido, Japan

    Transfer to Abashiri upon arrival and embark on an interesting Icebreaker cruise (seasonal). Witness the shocking brilliance of the white, mysterious mass of ice floating on the surface of the sea. If you are lucky, get the chance to see a variety of wild animals including marine animals and rare birds!

    Accommodation: Lake Abashiri Tsuruga Resort (1 night)

  3. Days 2-3: Shiretoko, Hokkaido, Japan

    Put on your wetsuits today and explore the Shiretoko Peninsula, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Walk along the drift ice or swim amongst the white blocks, a unique experience that can only be readily seen in Eastern Hokkaido by the Okhotsk sea. Not to worry, the wet suits will keep you warm!

    Accommodation: Shiretoko Grand Kitakobushi (1 night)

  4. Days 3-5: Lake Akan, Hokkaido, Japan

    Stay in Akan for two nights. Before heading to Lake Akan, go onboard the Shiretoko Nature Cruise in search for the various wildlife including Steller’s sea eagle, white-tailed sea eagle and seals. Enjoy a tour of Lake Akan and its surrounds. Visit Mt Iou, an active volcano and drive to the scenic Lake Mashu, one of the most transparent lakes in the world and if the timing is right, a thick fog covers the lake and gives it a mysterious and ethereal atmosphere. Discover the indigenous people of Hokkaido – the Ainu and visit the museum and cultural village.

    Accommodation: Tsuruga Besso Hinanoza (2 nights)

  5. Days 5-6: Kushiro, Hokkaido, Japan

    Spend the last night in Kushiro, a coastal city and the fourth largest of Hokkaido and known for its fresh and tasty seafood. Explore the local market and visit the renowned Kushiro Marsh which is teeming with a plethora of rare animals and plants. Before heading to the city, make a stop in Akan International Crane Center to observe and beautiful and exquisite Japanese red necked cranes.

    Accommodation: La Vista Kushirogawa (1 night)

  6. Fly home from Kushiro


  • Half Day Tour of Kushiro

    Today, take a trip to the Hoso'oka Observation deck to view the spectacular Kushiro Marsh before heading to Washo Market that boasts Japan's largest fish catch!

  • Icebreaker Cruise in Abashiri

    From the end of January until March, embark on a spectacular Icebreaker Cruise and witness the white ice that spreads South around the Amur River.

  • Icewalking adventure and Shiretoko Ryuhyo Fes

    Put on your wetsuits as you embark on a walk on the ice, led by your experienced guide! In the night, witness the Shiretoko Fantasaia as the laser show lights up the sky in a colorful display.

  • Shiretoko Nature cruise

    Enjoy the spectacular drift ice that brings a wealth of nutrients to the sea of Shiretoko. Steller's sea eagles, white-tailed sea eagles and seals can be seen during the winter.

  • Visit to the Akan International Crane Center

    Visit the excellent Akan International Crane Center to observe the beautiful Japanese red-crested cranes.

  • Winter Exploration of Akan

    Discover Eastern Hokkaido as you visit Mt Iou, Lake Mashu, known as the 'foggy lake' and immerse in the culture of the Ainu at the Ainu Kotan.


Abashiri, Shiretoko, Akan, Kushiro

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