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Hokkaido + Tohoku: Northeastern Nature

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Sapporo, Otaru, Hakodate, Aomori, Morioka, Kakunodate, Hiraizumi, Matsushima

Where Magic Captures Your Imagination

A glowing "million dollar" night view, stars floating in the sea
An underwater train whisks you from Hokkaido to Tohoku
Walk forest trails by Oirase, where soft ripples and 
rushing mountain streams seem too perfect to be real
Sail a life-sized bonsai garden, in the bay of Matsushima,
dotted by hundreds of small islands capped with pines

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Highlights

  • Otaru | A bustling harbor city with old-world charm
    • Stroll Otaru's beautiful canal and browse handicrafts in quaint local shops
  • Noboribetsu | Hokkaido Island's most famous hot spring, brimming with thermal activity
    • Jigokudani: Explore "Hell Valley." Bubbling and boiling, the valley bustles with geothermal activity
  • Hokkaido's geological treasures | Pristine landscapes and majestic scenery
    • Lake Toya, Onuma Quasi-National Park, and Mt. Showa Shinzan
  • Hakodate | Home of the "Million Dollar" view and fresh, delicious seafood
    • Mt. Hakodate: Ride on the ropeway to see the "Million Dollar" night view of Hakodate
    • Yunokawa Onsen: Enjoy a remarkable view of the Tsugaru Strait while bathing in a relaxing hot spring
    • Morning Market: A must-visit market when visiting Hakodate, stalls here sell fresh seafood. Our main attraction here is making your own seafood bowl
  • Undersea Bullet Train | Travel through Seikan Tunnel, one of the world's longest undersea tunnels by Shinkansen
  • Aomori | A seaside prefecture with iconic nature
    • Oirase Stream: Hike along the most beautiful stream in Japan, Oirase Stream, in Towada-Hachimantai National Park
    • October: Ride on an excursion boat enjoying beautiful fall foliage of Lake Towada
  • Iwate | Untouched wildnerness and old-world traditions
    • Morioka Handicraft Village: Explore Morioka Handicraft Village and see the traditions of Tohoku
    • Chuson-ji Temple: A UNESCO World Heritage site. Immerse yourself in the forest and listen to the temple quietly telling history
  • Akita | A glimpse into the world of the samurai
      • Lake Tazawa: The view of surrounding mountains and sapphire-blue water of Japan's deepest lake draws many visitors every year
      • Kakunodate: Learn the history and culture of samurai by visiting the Bukeyashiki (samurai residences). Re-live the period of Edo-era samurai
      • April: View cherry blossoms while walking the old streets of Kakunodate  
    * Sakura season in April subject to weather conditions.
  • Miyagi | Home to one of Japan's most famous natural views
    • Matsushima: One of Japan's top three scenic views. Tour Matsushima Bay by car, boat, and on foot for the complete experience

Itinerary

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32 mi
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Sapporo
Welcome to ! For guests within our pickup timeframe, a Supera representative will greet you at the arrival airport. Have a wonderful journey with us!
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Sapporo Grand Hotel
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24 mi
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25 mi
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Sapporo
Otaru Canal
Otaru Canal
Otaru Music Box Museum
Otaru Music Box Museum
Otaru
  • Sakaimachi:
    Explore Otaru's local specialties. Visit one of the largest museum shops at the Music Box Museum and the famous glass blowing factory, Kitaichi Garasukan.
  • Otaru Canal:
    Walk along nostalgic historical buildings lining the charming canal, symbol of Otaru.

Sapporo

  • Sapporo City Bus Tour:
    Explore Hokkaido's largest city and visit must-see sights including Hokkaido University, Old City Hall, Sapporo Clock Tower, and Odori Park.
  • Tanukikoji Shopping Street:
    Stroll through one of Sapporo's oldest shopping districts dating back from the late 1800s for local delicacies and souvenirs. 
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Sapporo Grand Hotel
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64 mi
, 1.5 hrs

Shiraoi 2
18 mi
, 30 mins

Noboribetsu
Hokkaido Shrine
Hokkaido Shrine
National Ainu Museum
National Ainu Museum
Sapporo
  • Hokkaido Shrine:
    A profoundly spiritual place, also famous for being one of the best cherry blossom viewing spots. 
  • Okurayama:
    Explore the site of the 1972 Olympics, including the Sapporo Winter Sports Museum. Ride the chairlift to the top of the Okurayama Observatory for a spectacular view of Sapporo. 
    • 4/19 Arrival: If the Okurayama lift is closed for maintenance, we will enjoy a bird’s eye view of the city from Sapporo TV Tower on Day 3 instead.

Shiraoi

  • Upopoy National Ainu Museum & Park:
    Visit a museum famous for symbolic space for ethnic harmony of Hokkaido Ainu and National Ainu Museum to understand Ainu culture and experience the life and history of Ainu.

Noboribetsu

  • Ryokan (Japanese-Style Hotel) in Noboribetsu:
    Enjoy a complete hot spring cultural experience. Relax with a soak in the baths, a delicious dinner and traditional Tatami-floored guest rooms.
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Daiichi Takimotokan
Noboribetsu 2
36 mi
, 45 mins

Lake Toya 2
85 mi
, 1 hr
45 mins

Hakodate
Hell Valley
Hell Valley
Hakodate "Million Dollar" View
Hakodate "Million Dollar" View
Noboribetsu
  • Jigokudani (Hell Valley):
    See the sulfuric smoke rising out of the earth during free time. 

Lake Toya

  • Lake Toya Sights:
    Riding the Usuzan Ropeway for impressive views of the lake and Mt. Showa-shinzan. 

Hakodate

  • Onuma Quasi-National Park:
    Cross Onuma (large lake) and Konuma (small lake) by boat to see Hokkaido's geological treasures. 
  • Mt. Hakodate:
    Board the ropeway to the top for aerial views of Hakodate's "million dollar" nightscape.
  • Yunokawa Prince Hotel Nagisatei:
    Our oceanfront hotel features breathtaking views of Hakodate City and Tsugaru Strait as well as in-room Japanese spas. 
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Yunokawa Prince Hotel Nagisatei
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108 mi
, 2 hrs

Aomori
Gorokaku
Gorokaku
Jogakura Bridge
Jogakura Bridge

Hakodate

  • Goryokaku Tower:
    Ascend to 300ft to see the star-shaped Goryokaku Fort, Mt. Hakodate, and Hakodate city at your feet.
  • Hakodate Morning Market: 
    Browse fresh produce, chat with friendly shopkeepers, and choose from a diverse range of fresh ingredients to make your own seafood bowl.
  • Seikan Undersea Tunnel:
    Board the Shinkansen (Bullet Train) and pass under Tsugaru Strait through Seikan Undersea Tunnel, one of the most impressive engineering feats of the 20th century.

Aomori

  • Towada-Hachimantai National Park:
    Hike through this famous national park, known as one of the best spots to view fall foliage and the breathtaking Oirase Keiryu Falls.
  • Jogakura Bridge:
    To get the best sense of one of Japan's longest arch bridges, it's best to visit on foot and take in the beauty of the valley below.
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Hoshino Resort Oirase Keiryu Hotel
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Aomori
Oirase Stream
Oirase Stream
Choshi Falls
Choshi Falls
  • Oirase Stream:
    The most beautiful section of Oirase Stream is known as one of the most picturesque locations in all Japan. Famous for forest scenery and rushing waterfalls, some feature evocative names such as "White Silk" or "Twin Dragons," representing their unique character.
  • Oirase Keiryu Hotel:
    Our stay here gives us special access to nature and allows us to comfortably enjoy the natural surrounding beauty. Take time to enjoy the falls, rocks, ponds, and views up close without rushing. 
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Hoshino Resort Oirase Keiryu Hotel
Hoshino Resort Aomoriya
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83 mi
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29 mi
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45 mi
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Tsunagi Hot Spring or
Oshuku Hot Spring
Lake Tazawa
Lake Tazawa
Kakunodate Samurai District
Kakunodate Samurai District
Iwate
  • Morioka Handicraft Village:
    Explore traditional Tohoku handicrafts.

Akita

  • Lake Tazawa:
    Take in the splendor of the sapphire blue waters of Japan's deepest lake.
  • Kakunodate:
    Relive the lives of the Samurai at the Bukeyashiki (Samurai residences). 
  • Tsunagi Onsen:
    An alkali hot spring popular for its great exfoliating ability.
  • Oshuku Onsen:
    Its name, Oshuku, comes from an old tale about a wounded tree warbler that recovered after going to this hot spring.
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Hotel Shi-on
Hotel Morinokaze Ousyuku
Tsunagi Hot Spring or
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60 mi
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60 mi
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Matsushima
Chuson-ji Temple
Chuson-ji Temple
Matsushima Bay
Matsushima Bay
Hiraizumi
  • Chuson-Ji Temple:
    Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2011, learn the fascinating history of Hiraizumi and explore the Golden Hall of this beautiful temple. 

Matsushima

  • Matsushima Bay:
    Feed seagulls while you cruise the famous Matsushima Bay.
  • Free time in Matsushima:
    Freely explore Matsushima attractions such as Godaido Hall, the seafood market, and Zuigan-Ji Temple. Visit the Kanrantei-style Tea House and try various kinds of tea at your leisure.
  • Hotel Taikanso:
    Our bayfront hotel provides impressive rooms with views of Matsushima Bay, famously ranked as one of Japan’s three best views for centuries.
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18 mi
, 45 mins

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220 mi
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40 mi
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Your Next Destination
  • Sendai Station:
    Tohoku's busiest station is a great stop to pick up last-minute souvenirs.
  • Board the Shinkansen (Bullet Train) bound for Tokyo Station.
  • After arriving at Tokyo Station, a Supera representative will send everyone to the airport together. For guests with extended stays, please contact us for details.
A great journey always feels short, let’s look forward to seeing each other again!
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  • Deposit:A deposit of per person is due within 5 days of reservation confirmation to secure your space on tour.
  • Balance:Due days before tour departure.
  • Flights:We are happy to arrange air tickets with the best balance between price and flight quality. If you are purchasing your own flights, please book flights scheduled to arrive/depart within the times listed below. If you are arriving/departing on the same day as our tour but outside timeframes, we may still be able to arrange service - please contact us for transfer options. Please be aware missed portions of the itinerary will not be refunded. Prior to issuing tickets, please reconfirm with us to avoid unexpected expenses.
        • Please review the Terms & Conditions before you book.
        • Is This Trip Right for Me?
          • Please see the Itinerary for activity levels and details.
          • Wheelchairs: Please understand some sites on this itinerary may not accessible and may need to be forfeit. A companion to help with the wheelchair must accompany the guest.
          • Age Limit: For quality concerns, guests should be 2 years or older to join this tour
          • Dietary Restrictions: Following our tradition of encouraging our guests to “savor the world,” we arrange delicious local menus, but many restaurants cannot meet custom preferences. If you have a serious meal restriction (i.e., fatal allergy, vegetarian, etc.), please let us know before booking and we can check if it can be accommodated.
        • Accommodations:
          • Most reserved rooms are TWIN (2 bed) rooms. Please let us know if you require a DOUBLE (1 large bed) for the entirety of the tour - we will try our best to accommodate. For most hot spring hotels, we will use tatami rooms featuring futon mat bedding.
          • If you have special requirements, please inform us at time of booking so we may make arrangements as soon as possible.
          • For guest privacy and security considerations, we do not have single sharing arrangements.
        • Visas:
          • Please be aware once a visa is processed by Supera, we will not be able to provide a refund under any circumstances.
        • Passports:
          • Please provide a copy of your passport at sign up; we recommend having a copy of your passport with you in case of emergencies.
          • Your passport must have at least 6 months of validity remaining and two blank “Visa” pages.
        • Luggage Handling:
          • For hands-free travel aboard trains, we will ship your large suitcases to Oirase on day 5 and to Narita Airport on the evening of day 7. You will be apart from your suitcase during this time, so please prepare a carry-on for overnight use.
          • If you are planning an extended stay in Japan after our tour, please notify our representative before departure so we may coordinate luggage handling for the last leg of your journey.
          • We include porterage service where available, but please note porters will not be available in most ryokan and some hotels.
        • Flights and Luggage:
          • Some airlines charge a fee for pre-assigned seats. If so, we will let you know the details at time of booking.
          • If you are booking your own tickets, we recommend reserving at least 3 hours connecting time between international airports.
          • Luggage allowances will vary based on the rules for each airline. Excess baggage fees are the responsibility of the traveler.

        Stays of a Lifetime

        Don't be too tired to remember your trip!
        A hotel is not merely a place to rest your head. We hand-pick each one to give you comfort, great views, unique experiences, and above all, memorability. We carefully consider locations to let your mind, body, and spirit wander freely while feeling at home.


        Sapporo :

        Sapporo Grand Hotel

        Centrally-located in Sapporo city, within walking distance from great shopping areas and restaurants.

        Standard Large Room in East Building    
        40 m² (431 ft²)
        120 x 205 cm * 2 Bed    
        200 x 205 cm * 1 Bed
        Arranged with Standard Large Room + Rollaway Bed (100 x 188 cm)

        Sapporo :

        JR Tower Hotel Nikko Sapporo

        Directly connected to Sapporo Station and Daimaru Department Store, JR Tower Hotel Nikko Sapporo has one of the top-rated locations in Sapporo. 40-minute train ride from New Chitose Airport, 10-minute walk to Odori Park, and within walking distance to some other historic sites such as the Clock Tower and Former Hokkaido Government Office Building in Sapporo.

        Moderate Room    
        30 m² (323 ft²)
        120 x 203 cm * 2 Bed    
        N/A
        Arranged with Corner Twin Room 40m² (431 ft²) + Rollaway Bed (100 x 200 cm)

        Noboribetsu :

        Daiichi Takimotokan

        Daiichi Takimotokan is a well-established hotel in Noboribetsu Onsen. Its hot spring baths are fed by geothermal water from five springs having half of the 10 mineral qualities of spring water found in Japan. You can enjoy the view of Hell Valley, a popular sightseeing spot, while relaxing in the hotel’s Onsen Heaven.

        Deluxe Japanese Room in Main Building    
        10 tatami mats
        100 x 200 cm * 2 Bed    
        N/A
        Arranged with Deluxe Japanese Room + extra Futon (100 x 200 cm)
        Arranged with Futon in Japanese Room

        Hakodate :

        Yunokawa Prince Hotel Nagisatei

        This oceanfront Ryokan features the best view overlooking Hakodate City and Tsugaru Strait. Unwind with a private Japanese spa available in your room.

        Ocean View Deluxe Twin Room with Open-Air Bath    
        38 m² (409 ft²)
        120 x 200 cm * 2 Bed    
        N/A
        Arranged with Ocean View Japanese Room 38 m² (409 ft²) + extra Futon (100 x 200 cm)

        Aomori :

        Hoshino Resort Oirase Keiryu Hotel

        Oirase Keiryu Hotel is one of the only hotels located in Towada. With its special location, our stay here gives us the best opportunity to enjoy the magnificent Oirase mountain stream trails, often cited as the most picturesque location in Japan.

        Modern Room    
        44 m² (474 ft²)
        110 x 195 cm * 2 Bed    
        N/A
        Arranged with Modern Room + Rollaway bed (110 x 200 cm)

        Aomori :

        Hoshino Resort Aomoriya

        Aomoriya is a special hot spring hotel with the theme featuring the “Nebuta Festival” (Biggest of the three major festivals in North-Eastern Japan). From the moment we step into the hotel, we can be immersed in the culture and customs with the vigorous vibe of the festival in Aomori. Walking in the exclusively hotel- owned Aomori park, we can also visit ancient residence and the scenic garden changing with seasonal colors. Relaxing in the open-air hot spring reflecting surrounding seasonal beauty is an experience we cannot miss.

         

        Japanese Style Room with Twin Beds    
        43 m² (463 ft²)
        195 x 112 cm * 2 Bed    
        N/A
        Arranged with Japanese Style Room + Rollaway Bed (120 x 200 cm)

        Iwate :

        Hotel Shi-on

        Hotel Shi-on is a relaxing and rewarding getaway where we can enjoy traditional Ryokan living with relaxing hot springs.

        Lake View Japanese Room    
        10 tatami mats
        100 x 200 cm * 2 Bed    
        N/A
        Arranged with Lake View Japanese Room + extra Futon (100 x 200 cm)
        Arranged with Futon in Japanese Room

        Iwate :

        Hotel Morinokaze Ousyuku

        Hotel Morinokaze is a ryokan surrounded by nature. Once inside, you'll be transported to a forest-themed lobby with huge pillars in the sky, the sound of waterfalls splashing, and local art from Iwate Prefecture. It is said that even the tree warbler comes to Morinokaze's hot springs to rejuvenate your body and soothe your spirit and soul. 

        Japanese Western Room    
        36 m² (388 ft²)
        105 x 190 cm * 2 Bed    
        N/A
        Arranged with Japanese Western Room + extra Futon (100 x 200 cm)

        Miyagi :

        Hotel Matsushima Taikanso

        This hotel’s quiet location is remarkable for its stunning scenery of the famous Matsushima Bay. Enjoy the best sights of the famous bay from the comfort of your room.

        Bay View Japanese Western Room in East Wing    
        42.1 m² (453 ft²)
        100 x 200 cm * 2 Bed    
        N/A
        Arranged with Bay View Japanese Western Room + extra Futon (100 x 200 cm)
        Hannah D.
        (10/05/2023) Hannah D.

        Love the tour! Great pace and expertly planned out. Can’t wait for Supera to open up more tour destinations (ie china and other Asian countries!) - on tour survey

        Glenn S.
        (10/28/2023) Glenn S.

        3/4 of the people on the tour were repeat customers. This was our 2nd trip with Supera but there were people with 7 trips.  Supera made excellent choices for transport, locations, food, and hotels.  Our tour guide Hui made the trip fun and without problems.  She always looked after us, making sure we had everything we needed. Our group of 11 would like to follow her on whatever trip she leads. -on tour survey

        Sharon S.
        (10/27/2023) Sharon S.

        One of the best trips ever. The hotels were impressive and clean. All the sights on the tour were excellent. There were places I would have not have gone to without this tour. This tour and guide was top quality! -on tour survey

        Ai
        (07/30/2018) Ai

        This tour you provided was one of the best. The tour director was great and meals were outstanding. We are planning our next trip with you.

        -on tour survey

        Richard H.
        (06/08/2019) Richard H.

        A very scenic tour of the Northern Island of Hokkaido (JPN195269E)....Exceptional accommodations and seafood was very good. The itinerary was varied and extensive. The Tour Guide Hui Liang was superb and worked long hours to support our travel group. We had her previously on our Japan Classic Tour in March 2017.

        Sandy W.
        (06/24/2018) Sandy W.

        ....we must say that it was very enjoyable with good food and accommodation and very well managed by Hui, despite the fact that my wife had injured her right foot due to the carelessness of the staff at the Sapporo ski lounge. This certainly dampened her holiday spirits and handicapped her enjoyment of the tour. Hui was instantly helpful on the spot and all thru the rest of the journey which undoubtedly alleviated the situation to a certain extent. She is very knowledgeable, works hard and well liked by all members and would give her A+ marks. Overall, it was a good tour and our only concern is that the schedule is a bit too tight. Nonetheless, we like Hokkaido and a revisit is not impossible.

        -guest email

        Monica S.
        (07/12/2018) Monica S.

        We had a wonderful time on Super Value Hokkaido/Tohoku tour; Hui couldn't be anymore hospitable. She was very professional, informative & attentive to Larry's disability. Renting a wheelchair during your tour made things easier than lugging the knee scooter, crutches & the wheelchair we previously rented before your tour. Having just seen the podiatrist this morning, Larry's foot has not completely healed after 11 weeks but is on the mend after the 3 weeks in Japan.

        -guest email