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12 Days
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20 Jul - 31 Jul 2024
Los Angeles Airport. If you prefer to depart from a different airport, please contact us for details and airfares
Sapporo

JAPAN: NEW DESTINATIONS
JAPAN – TAIWAN

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

           Tour:  20 Jul – 31 Jul 2024              

From: $4,595    + Tax

Inclusive of international airfares 

Hokkaido probably has the best summer in Japan- never too hot, never too humid, no rainy season, and an abundance of outdoor activities to do and sights to see! Every city processes a unique image associated with its name. Sapporo serves as a symbol of beautiful nature and meticulous service, courteous people, delicious food, hot springs, and vibrancy in Asia and Oceania.

Japan has a rich history and culture of communal bathing dating back centuries. Onsens are not just a way to relax and unwind; they’re also famous for their healing and restorative properties. Hokkaido has the most hot springs in Japan with more than 250 onsen areas. 

July is the best month in Summer to visit Hokkaido for its stunning nature and to see the city of Furano’s flower fields.

Itinerary

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

Arrive Sapporo. There’s no better introduction to Hokkaido than its biggest city, Sapporo. Compared to the likes of Tokyo, Osaka or Kyoto, this northernly 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! Japan has a rich history and culture of communal bathing dating back centuries. Onsens are not just a way to relax and unwind; they’re also famous for their healing and restorative properties. Hokkaido has the most hot springs in Japan with more than 250 onsen areas. (D)

Day 04: Lake Toya Cruise - Bear Shinzan Ranch

After concluding your gourmet breakfast. Your journey starts with enjoying a Lake Toya cruise. The scenic nature of Lake Toya can be viewed from the sightseeing boat. Lake Toya is located in the vastness of Shikotsu-Toya National Park with spectacular scenery as far as the eye can see. Afternoon 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 05: Noboribetsu Date Jidaimura - Sapporo - Tanukikoji Shopping Street

Today, visit Noboribetsu Date Jidaimura is a history theme park highlighting the Edo Period, one of the most attractive era in Japanese 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. Continue drive to Sapporo, enjoy your good time at Tanukikoji shopping street, One stop shopping center for souvenirs, quick bites and shopping spree! Similar with Osaka Shinsaibashi, there are a lots of tax free shops, make sure to bring your passport and credit cards for great times of shopping. (B/L/D)

Day 06: Furano And Biei - The Blue Pond - Shikisai No Oka Flower Land - Tomita Lavender Garden

Once you have finished your breakfast, depart to visit the areas of Furano and Biei, are mainly known for their gorgeous lavender fields in summer. However, in recent years, the Shirogane Blue Pond has become another popular reason to visit here.
The Shirogane Blue Pond is a stunning sight that almost looks otherworldly with its unreal blue color. It is not a natural sight. The pond’s startling blue is the result of a mix of natural minerals such as colloidal aluminum hydroxide. The Blue Pond shares its colors with Goshikinuma , a cluster of five volcanic lakes at the foot of Mountain. After that, go to see the Shirahige Falls, a stunning natural phenomenon. The Shirahige Waterfalls originates from a cluster of ground streams that gush out of the cliff-side and into the stream below. This unique type of waterfall is a rarity, even in Japan. The Biei river, which flows beneath the waterfall, is often called the “Blue River” due to its deep cobalt blue hue. The flowing blue river and the starkly contrasting white of the rushing falls create a truly breath-taking sight.

Afternoon visit 2 most famous gardens: Shikisai no Oka Flower Land, the panoramic flower gardens of Shikisai-no-oka provide spectacular views across fifteen hectares of land on Oka-no-machi Biei. It is a paradise of seasonal blossoms from spring through to fall, in which several dozen different species of flowers and grasses flourish. Tomita Lavender garden, is in the heart of the rural Furano valley, it commands views of the Tokachi Mountains to the east and the diverse Mt. Furanonishi, Mt.At Farm Tomita, you’ll find a variety of stunning flower fields, including the expansive 5-hectare lavender field and other charming gardens. With its iconic, orderly fields of flowers, Farm Tomita is one of the most photographed spots in Hokkaido. (B/L/D)

Day 07: Otaru - Shiroi Koibito Cookie Factory

After enjoy a lovely breakfast, visit Otaru Canal 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. After that, walk along the Sakaimachi street away from Otaru Canal, is an attractive, preserved merchant street. Enjoy your fun times at these street food restaurants, cafes, souvenir shops, boutiques and museums on the way to the intersection with a solid stone building is the Otaru Music Box Museum, is a popular sightseeing attactrative in Otaru. Contniue to Shiroi Koibito Park, a rose garden in full bloom in the summer, colorful flowers, a sweet fantasy land where you can tour the factory of the smash hit cookie Shiroi Koibito. (B/L/D)

Day 08: Odori Park - Nijo Fish Market - Mitsui Outlet

Morning come in the heart of Sapporo, visit the iconic Odori Park stretches east to west for 12 blocks. After that go to visit the Nijo Fish Market with over 100 years of history, developed in the early Meiji Period (1868 – 1912), when fishermen from Ishikari Bay started selling fresh fish there. Enjoy your free afternoon. A Worthwhile Trip to Mitsui Outlet. (B/D)

Day 09: Taipei

Flight to Taipei, the capital of Taiwan, impressed with its modern skyline, the famous Taipei 101 skyscraper and the traditional neighborhoods with lively night markets. (B/D)

Day 10: Taichung

After concluding your gourmet breakfast. 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. (B/L/D)

Day 11: Taipei - Liberty Square - National Palace Museum - Shilin Night Market

Return to Taipei. Begin city tour with a visit to 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. 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. Enjoy your free time at night market, Shilin Night market with your own dinner. (B/L)

Day 12: Yehliu - Jiufen Town - Shifen Waterfall - Taipei 101

Once you have finished your breakfast. Starting to visit Yehliu, a cape in Wanli, famous for its hoodoo stones, thin spires of rock formed by sedimentary stone. Many rock formations have creative names, including the most well-known “The Queen’s Head.”
Continue to visit Jiufen Town, is a small village on the mountains. It has been made famous largely due to its similarity to the village in Spirited Away, arguably Hayao Miyazaki’s most popular movie. Shifen Waterfall, is the most renowned cascading waterfall in Taiwan. Although not nearly the tallest the island has to offer, it’s is certainly the widest at an impressive 40 meters. Because of its horseshoe shape and powerful flow, it is nicknamed the Little Niagara of Taiwan. A photo-stop of Taipei 101, second tallest building in the world. Enjoy the taste of the farewell lunch at Din Tai Fung Restaurant. Evening transfer to the airport for flight to LAX. (B/L)

* 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.
Notes

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 from LAX to Sapporo/Sapporo – Taipei – LAX.
  • Deluxe coach with limit capacity.                                                                       
  • Hotel 4 – 5 stars with dual occupancy rooms. Single room add extra charge of 1090.00
  • Deluxe coach with limit capacity.                                                                       
  • Meals for each day based from the tour schedule  

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
  • Travelers are required to have a passport valid for at least 6 months after the return date
  • Group departs with a minimum of 16 persons.
  • 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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