Experience a colourful spring in Hokkaido

Sapporo

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Sapporo: Experience a colourful spring in Hokkaido

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Highlights

Come Spring and the flower fields will spring to life and turn vibrant pink from the Pink Moss, imagine having a picnic among the flower fields.  It is not all sitting among fields, we will trek, cycle, canoe and capturing all of these fun experiences and picturesque landscapes in our camera!  Let's get our cameras and jump right in.

Highlights of the trip
  • Stay in Sounkyo the area is known for its hotels and onsen
  • Experience one of the rarest types of onsen in the world, Moor Onsen
  • Cycle along Lake Saroma, one of the biggest lakes in Japan and biggest in Hokkaido
  • Taste some of the freshest seafoodwhile in Abashiri
  • Canoe to search for the wild birds on Lake Abashiri
  • Kayak, canoe, cycle, fish and trek in Lake Akan


Experience a colourful spring in Hokkaido starting at SapporoMoss Pink hill in Takinoue

We will start the journey to Sounkyo.  Sounkyo the area is known for its hotels and onsen (hot springs) resorts as well as waterfalls and magnificent cliffs scenery. A hot spring resort town in the north of Daisetsuzan National Park.  Sounkyo means the layer, cloud, and gorge in Japanese, and in Ainu language, which means "the river with many waterfalls".  The Ainu are a people indigenous to Hokkaido, somewhat different from most of the Japanese.  You’ll visit two waterfalls before heading over to Takinoue Pink Moss Park,  come May to June bright pink carpet of moss phlox flowers fills up the 100,000m2 area!  

Experience a colourful spring in Hokkaido starting at SapporoMoss Pink hill still in Takinoue, it looks like the chairs are waiting for us.

Next we will visit Kami Yubetsu Tulip Park, a spring wonderland filled with over a million colorful tulips including around 200 varieties.  

Experience a colourful spring in Hokkaido starting at SapporoKami Yubetsu Tulip Park

Experience a colourful spring in Hokkaido starting at SapporoTulip field of Kamiyubetsu, photo by ほくなん 

After which we will head over to Abashiri Lake Saroma, the largest lake in Hokkaido known for its beautiful sunsets and mysterious ecosystem mixed with fresh water and sea water.  We will cycle along Lake Saroma, highlighting lovely perspectives of lakes, woodlands, and pumpkin fields.
Experience a colourful spring in Hokkaido starting at SapporoLake Saroma, photo by eutrophication&hypoxia licensed under CC BY 2.0 

We will move on to Cape Notoro, a scenic area with open roads and a stylish lighthouse.

Experience a colourful spring in Hokkaido starting at SapporoCape Notoro photo by Abashiri Tourism Association 

We will stop by another Pink Moss field, Higashimokoto.
Experience a colourful spring in Hokkaido starting at SapporoPink Moss field, Higashimokoto photo by satoshi sawada licensed under CC BY 2.0  

We will spend some time in Lake Kussharo of Akan National Park. Enjoy the beautiful caldera lake with various outdoor activities available, such as kayaking, canoeing, cycling, fishing and trekking. You’ll also have a chance to stop by Mt lo, an active volcano that spews clouds of sulphur into the air.

Experience a colourful spring in Hokkaido starting at SapporoLake Kussharo photo by shinohal licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 

Experience a colourful spring in Hokkaido starting at SapporoTake a cruise on Lake Akan, photo by 663highland licensed under CC-BY-2.5 

Then we will make our way to Tokachigawa Onsen, Tits onsen a moor (plant-derived) hot spring and therefore rare, due to its high contents of organic matter and humic acid, it is much more gentle and moisturzing to the skin as compared to the ordinary hot springs.  Its excellent skin-moisturizing and smoothing effect can be felt after taking a bath.  It is known to be effective for many other ailments too!!

If we have not taken enough flower fields photo, this is one of the last chance, we will spend some time in this rapeseed fields then leave for Sapporo.  We will learn how the local food makes its food from their farm.

Experience a colourful spring in Hokkaido starting at SapporoRapeseeds fields in Tokachigawa

Itinerary

Day 1
Fly Singapore to Sapporo
Drive the Flower Road Hanabito Kaido 237 and visit the
Overnight Sounkyo

Day 2
Sounkyo to Takinoue Pinkmoss Park
Takinoue Pinkmoss Park to Kami Yubetsu Tulip Park
Kami Yubetsu Tulip Park to Lake Saroma
Overnight Abashiri

Day 3
3 hour cycle in Lake Saroma
Travel Lake Saroma to Cape Notoro
Cape Notoro sightseeing
Abashiri sightseeing
Overnight Abashiri

Day 4
Drive Abashiri to Higashimokoto Shibazakura Park
Higashimokoto Shibazakura Park sightseeing
Drive Higashimokoto Shibazakura Park to Lake Kussharo
Lake Kussharo hot spring/sightseeing
Drive Lake Kussharo to Lake Akan
Overnight Lake Akan

Day 5
Lake Akan Cruise and learn about Marimo balls
Hike Lake Akan
Drive Lake Akan to Tokachigawa
Tokachigawa onsen
Overnight Tokachigawa

Day 6
Tokachigawa, Tokachi rapeseed flower tour
Drive Tokachigawa to Sapporo
Sapporo Sightseeing
Overnight Sapporo

Day 7
Sapporo Sightseeing
Fly back to Singapore at 7:20 pm flight

Day 8
Back to Singapore early morning

Reviews

  • I had a amazing trip with a group of friendly and warm tour mates. Carly was such an assuring tour leader. Excellent and safe Vietnamese driver, Jerry. well spoken English Vietnamese guide Tommy. I enjoyed myself very much and look forward for another trip!

  • Excellent short trip with beautiful verdant countryside and charming local tribal people not corrupted by tourism yet . Be prepared for long drive on narrow winding mountain roads.

  • Best trip ever ! Everyone laughed and enjoyed the hols as if we have known each other all our lives instead of meeting for the first time ! Everyone kept their cool when faced with an unforseen delay . The scenery at Ha Giang is simply superb . There are so many small towns within the mountains with... Read more Best trip ever ! Everyone laughed and enjoyed the hols as if we have known each other all our lives instead of meeting for the first time ! Everyone kept their cool when faced with an unforseen delay . The scenery at Ha Giang is simply superb . There are so many small towns within the mountains with so many minority races living together . Their costumes are so colourful and the ladies' headgears are so lovely to gawk at . If I could , I would love to go again . Highly recommended for gungho people with "throw everything to the wind" attitude . Fantastic local guide and driver (Tom & Jerry) and pats on the back for Carly (Singapore guide) too . Thanks .........rosse and raymond . Read less

  • Georgina was great in: 1) giving reminders so that people can un-RSVP for others on wait list to get a spot. 2) giving clear instructions, photos, links on how to get to the meeting point, 3)explaining why everyone had to be on time and what the program is expected to be and when it might end. ... Read more Georgina was great in: 1) giving reminders so that people can un-RSVP for others on wait list to get a spot. 2) giving clear instructions, photos, links on how to get to the meeting point, 3)explaining why everyone had to be on time and what the program is expected to be and when it might end. Late evening slot was a good idea as we got to see the night installations at The PathFinder portion, but food stalls already closed upon exit. There are toilets inside the exhibit in Fort Canning Center itself. Cleaner than the mobile toilets outside. Thank you for helping to get us tickets when it is so difficult to do so. Read less

  • My wife, son and I never regret of signing up this trip. My 8 year old son enjoyed the walk on the rocky beach. Best moment of the walk was that we came closed to the corals, crabs ???? and ???? shrimps. Thank you threeplaygrounds!