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Japan - Autumn in Hokkaido - Walking Holiday

Region: Asia Pacific // Dates: 26 September - 10 October 2020 (14 nights)
Japan - Autumn in Hokkaido Walking Holiday

Experience autumn colours, seasonal food and scenic walks on a 13 day journey to Hokkaido’s mountains, lakes and peninsulas. After meeting at Asahikawa, we explore waterfalls, forests and geology on easy trails at Sounkyo and Tenninkyo Gorges. Continuing to the imposing ‘roof of Hokkaido’, half day walks highlight the early autumn hues within Japan’s largest national park, Daisetsuzan. Cable cars whisk us to mid mountain walks at Kurodake and the Sugatami Highlands at the foot of Mt Asahidake. At the base of Mt Tokachi, we walk on the hardened lava of past eruptions before tasting gourmet products and meeting local artists near Furano. Further south, the gardens, galleries and farm fresh produce are a highlight of our time at Tokachigawa onsen near Obihiro. From our base at Kushiro, we follow marshland boardwalks to see the magnificent tancho, Japan's enchanting red-crowned cranes. At Lakes Akan and Onneto, bubbling mud springs and lake walks contrast with Ainu fire festival and a cruise to view marimo, rare algae that form into beautiful green balls. Driving to the edge of Mashu crater lake, we experience a taste of the Hokkaido backcountry without a huge climb to get there. Continuing to the sand peninsula of Notsuke, we spot for birds, deer and fox. Crossing the pass into the World Heritage Site of Shiretoko Peninsula, we take a morning cruise looking for sealife and brown bears eating salmon on the shore. Waterfall and lake walks feature more wildlife opportunities and wide sea views. On the northern coastline, we explore Abashiri Quasi-National Park, known for its drift ice in the Sea of Okhotsk. We finish the tour at Memanbetsu airport where you can connect with flights to Sapporo or Tokyo.

Overview

Experience autumn colours, seasonal food and scenic walks on a 13 day journey to Hokkaido’s mountains, lakes and peninsulas. After meeting at Asahikawa, we explore waterfalls, forests and geology on easy trails at Sounkyo and Tenninkyo Gorges. Continuing to the imposing ‘roof of Hokkaido’, half day walks highlight the early autumn hues within Japan’s largest national park, Daisetsuzan. Cable cars whisk us to mid mountain walks at Kurodake and the Sugatami Highlands at the foot of Mt Asahidake. At the base of Mt Tokachi, we walk on the hardened lava of past eruptions before tasting gourmet products and meeting local artists near Furano. Further south, the gardens, galleries and farm fresh produce are a highlight of our time at Tokachigawa onsen near Obihiro. From our base at Kushiro, we follow marshland boardwalks to see the magnificent tancho, Japan's enchanting red-crowned cranes. At Lakes Akan and Onneto, bubbling mud springs and lake walks contrast with Ainu fire festival and a cruise to view marimo, rare algae that form into beautiful green balls. Driving to the edge of Mashu crater lake, we experience a taste of the Hokkaido backcountry without a huge climb to get there. Continuing to the sand peninsula of Notsuke, we spot for birds, deer and fox. Crossing the pass into the World Heritage Site of Shiretoko Peninsula, we take a morning cruise looking for sealife and brown bears eating salmon on the shore. Waterfall and lake walks feature more wildlife opportunities and wide sea views. On the northern coastline, we explore Abashiri Quasi-National Park, known for its drift ice in the Sea of Okhotsk. We finish the tour at Memanbetsu airport where you can connect with flights to Sapporo or Tokyo.

Highlights

Highlights:
  • Watch the first autumn leaves colour the Hokkaido national parks & lakes
  • Walk in Sounkyo & Tenninkyo Gorges
  • Take cable-cars to enjoy half day mountain walks on Kurodake & Asahidake
  • Hike at the base of active stratovolcano, Tokachidake
  • Visit forest parks & gardens near Tokachigawa onsen
  • Wander Kushiro Marsh to search for tancho, rare red-crowned cranes
  • In Akan-Mashu National Park, enjoy lakeside walks & cruises
  • Explore the coastline of World Heritage listed Shiretoko Peninsula & walk the Five Lake trail
  • Visit the northern Sea of Okhotsk & taste the seafood of Abashiri
  • Soak in Japanese hot-springs (onsen), stay in traditional ryokan plus western hotels

Details

Details:

26 September - 10 October 2020

Twin share/person (starts Chitose / ends Kushiro)
Advanced Early Bird: TBA until 17/02/2020
Regular: TBA
Single Supplement: TBA

Minimum Group Size: 10 guests

Special Interest:
Gourmet, Culture, History, Geology

Walk Rating:
Easy: 5–15km per walking days. Age is not necessarily as important as your fitness and recent walking experience, and anyone of reasonable fitness should be able to join this tour. We reserve the right to be flexible with the itinerary to allow for unforeseen circumstances including weather conditions and group fitness.

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    Lisa Groom is the daughter of interNATIONAL PARKtours founders Tony & Connie Groom and grand-daughter of Binna Burra Mountain Lodge founder Arthur Groom. You could say the great outdoors is in Lisa’s blood. Growing up with the business she commenced working as a tour leader and co-ordinator with interNATIONAL PARKtours in 1991, and took over the helm of the company from her parents in 2001. Leading walking holidays in Australia and Europe, her passion is for regional ecotourism, discovering local characters and showcasing nature from a different perspective.

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