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Cherry Blossoms in Hokkaido
Highlights of Japan – Taiwan


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13 Days
Availability :
May 07 - May 19, 2023
Los Angeles Airport. If you prefer to depart from a different airport, please contact us for details and airfares



Hokkaido (Sapporo – Noboribetsu – Otaru – Hakodate) – 
Taipei – Sun Moon Lake –

Tour:  May 07 – May 19, 2023              From: $4,495   + Tax

Completely new Japanese destinations

Inclusive of international airfares 


Day 01: Los Angeles

Check in at Los Angeles airport in the evening. Depart for Sapporo, Japan with AV Travel Tour Leader.

Day 02: The Pacific Ocean

Across the Pacific Ocean.

Day 03: Sapporo

Welcome to Sapporo. There’s no better introduction to Hokkaido than its biggest city, Sapporo. Compared to Tokyo, Osaka or Kyoto, this northern Japanese city gets little attention. And it’s not so surprising as Sapporo lacks the historical significance of Japan’s other major cities. In fact, Sapporo’s only been around since the mid-19th century! In spring, Hokkaido’s one of the best places to view cherry blossoms in Japan. And in the summer, it’s all about flowers in Hokkaido. Get ready to be amazed by the vast flower fields that this beautiful prefecture has to offer: From tulip, sunflowers, to lavender. Visiting Hokkaido, you will get to enjoy the delicious fresh seafood here. (D)

Day 04: Sapporo

Begin your journey with a visit to Hokkaido Shrine – the Shinto shrine of Hokkaido known as Hokkaido Jingu. It is one of the most important landmarks of the city. The shrine was built in 1869 after the Meiji Emperor decreed that the “three pioneering gods” be enshrined to uplift the spirit of the pioneers.

Next, we will learn about the Ainu, the indigenous people of northern Japan.

In the afternoon, we return to Sapporo city. The tour includes a visit to the Sapporo Clock Tower and Odori Park, where you can stroll along the promenade. (B/L/D)

Day 05: Noboribetsu - Hakodate

Today, visit Noboribetsu’s Date Jidaimura, a history theme park highlighting the Edo Period – one of the most glorious eras in Japan’s history. Step back in time to enjoy traditional games, theaters, street performances and more. The charm of ancient Japan is abundant as you mingle with the Ninja & Oiran courtesans, so symbolic of the Edo Period.

On the way to Hakodate, stop to visit Onuma Park, the picturesque park that is dotted with ponds and encompasses the volcano Komagatake. Enjoy the Hakodate nightscape viewed from Mount Hakodate. It is so stunningly beautiful that it has been honored as one of Japan’s great night view sites. (B/L/D)

Day 06: Hakodate Morning Market - Bear Shinzan Ranch - Usuzan Ropeway

Today visit the Hakodate Morning Market – a place brimming with energy and liveliness. One of the joys of traveling has to be experiencing the food. Here in Hakodate, all the food available is deliciously fresh! After that enjoy your time at Goryōkaku Tower, the 107-m. tower has an observatory with views of mountains & the star-shaped fort below. Visit Bear Shinzan Ranch, see frolicking baby bears and sense the might of adult bears. There’s also a feeding event you can take part in, and a special observation room where you can take a peek at the secret lives of bears. Enjoy the Usuzan Ropeway brings you close to the volcano’s summit. The upper station’s observation deck offers panoramic views of Lake Toya and neighboring Showa Shinzan. (B/L/D)

Day 07: Otaru

Visit the city of Otaru and its Otaru Canal, which was a central part of the city’s busy port in the first half of the 20th century. Large vessels were unloaded by smaller ships, which then transported the goods to warehouses along the canal. Enjoy the natural scenery such as many cliffs, rocks and waterfalls at the Sounkyo Gorge. (B/L/D)

Day 08: Sapporo

This morning, enjoy your time at Sapporo Chuo Fresh Market, is a collection of 71 small shops all grouped together along one of Sapporo’s main downtown streets, stocked daily with fresh merchandise from the oceans and mountains of Hokkaido. Visit the Historic Village of Hokkaido, an open-air museum in the suburbs of Sapporo. It exhibits about 60 typical buildings from all over Hokkaido, dating from the Meiji and Taisho Periods (1868 to 1926), the era when Hokkaido’s development was carried out on a large scale. There are four different sections: a town, fishing village, farm village and a mountain village. Enjoy shopping at Tanukikoji, one of Sapporo’s most famous spots. At this shopping arcade, you’ll be able to experience shopping and tasting various Hokkaido specialties. (B/L/D)

Day 09: Liberty Square - Taipei 101 - Chii Lih Coral Museum & Martyrs Shine

Flight to the capital Taipei. Begin city tour with a visit Liberty Square is located in the heart of Taipei City and it is the attraction most visited by foreign tourists. Stop for photo-stop of Taipei 101, second tallest building in the world. Continue to visit Yehliu Geopark is famous for its sea-erosion landscape, while most of the spots are very close to the sea. Visit the Chii Lih Coral Museum & Martyrs Shine. (B/D)

Day 10: Taichung - Sun Moon Lake - Peacock Garden - Mao Wan Yeh’s House

Begin our journey by heading towards Taichung to visit the famous Sun Moon Lake – the lake and its surrounding countryside have been designated one of thirteen National scenic areas in Taiwan. Wen Wu Temple was built after rising water levels from building a dam forced several smaller temples to be removed. We shall enjoy a boat ride on the lake. Visit the Peacock Garden. Continue our journey to Mao Wan Yeh’s House – a native Taiwanese village. (B/L/D)

Day 11: Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Monastery - Kaohsiung

We will drive to Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Monastery, the most famous Buddhist sacred place of southern Taiwan. Here you will learn about Buddhism during the monastery walking tour. You will have the chance to communicate with some of the monks, nuns during the visit to the Main Shrine, Great Buddha Land where you will find a huge Buddha statue. Continuously, we will drive to Kaohsiung City, which is the second largest city of Taiwan. (B/L/D)

Day 12: West Bay National Scenic Are - Taipei

We head towards the West Bay National Scenic Area – a perfect spot of viewing the marvelous shoreline of Kaohsiung, also visit the British Consulate at Takao – built in 1865, it has been designated as a 2nd class historic site by the government. Back to Taipei. Enjoy your free time at night market with your own dinner. (B/L)

Day 13: National Palace Museum

Visit the National Palace Museum – originally established as the Palace Museum in Beijing’s Forbidden City on 10 October 1925, shortly after the expulsion last emperor of Qing Dynasty. The articles in the museum consisted of the valuables of the former Imperial family. Flight back to Los Angeles. (B)

* The itinerary is subject to change due to the weather and/or whether attractions are open or still closed.
* Tour prices can only be guaranteed after travelers deposit.

Departure & Return

  • Los Angeles Airport (LAX)
  • If you prefer to depart from a different airport, please contact us for details and airfares

Tour Includes

  • Roundtrip international flights from Los Angeles airport to destination countries in Economy class.
  • 4 – 5-star hotels with dual-occupancy rooms. A surcharge of $1,290 is added to single rooms
  • Deluxe coach between cities
  • Daily meals as described in the itinerary

Terms & Agreements

  • A deposit of $300 per person must be paid upon reservation 
  • The balance amount must be paid at least 60 days prior to the departure date. Failure to do so will lead to the cancellation of your reservation and your deposit will not be refunded.
  • If a reservation is made within 60 days prior to the departure date, a full payment is required.
  • The tour fare does not include: Gratuity to driver & tour guide, Porterage at hotels & Personal expense, travel insurance, Covid test if needed
  • Travelers are required to have a passport valid for at least 6 months after the return date
  • It is the responsibility of the travelers to submit valid and proper travel documentation. Non-U.S. citizens should check for visa requirements.
  • Travel & cancellation insurance are recommended. Please check with AV Travel for more information 
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