Northern Tokoku and Western Hokkaido are rich in history and traditional Japanese culture. In Aizu-Wakamatsu you will have the opportunity to explore an old Samurai city full of history and tradition. Relax in the hot springs at traditional Nyuto Onsen and travel to the former castle town of Kakunodate. Journey along the coast on the Resort Shirakami before arriving at Hakadote where you will be amazed by its enchanting night view, all before arriving at Noboribetsu Onsen with its world famous hot springs.
After overnighting in Sapporo, the largest city on Hokkaido and the host of the 1972 Winter Olympics, you will travel to Sounkyo Onsen, where you will have your first opportunity to experience traditional outdoor onsens, along with the opportunity to hike in the Daisetsuzan National Park. Then, we will travel to Akanko, which has plenty of entertainment to offer, including fishing, boat cruises, and other water sports. Or just enjoy the Ainu Village located at Akanko. After visiting the International Crane Center in Akanko you will go to the northeastern coast of Japan and visit Abashiri. Here, you will be visit the Abashiri Prison Museum before moving onto the quiet town of Utoro Onsen, gateway to Shiretoko. A hiking tour of Shiretoko Goko will help you experience the outdoors and nature before departing back to Sapporo or Tokyo, where the tour will end.