Eastern Hokkaido Winter Tour: Icy Horizon Walk & Sounkyo Snow & Ice Formations [Hokkaido recovery promotion]

Highlights

Hokkaido Fukkouwari Tour The Japanese government has subsidized JPY9,000 for this tour. This tour is being sold at a discounted price to support the Fukkouwari (post-earthquake discounts) campaign. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1. This is a special winter tour to experience activities only possible in eastern Hokkaido! 2. Enjoy walking on the icy Notsuke Bay, snow picnic and viewing fantastic natural snow and ice formations! 3. Stay at famous hot spring resorts. Have a soak and warm yourself up in the natural hot spring bath after a day's worth of enjoying the snow and ice! *This tour starts from Akan Kohan Onsen and finishes at Sounkyo Onsen. Transportation fees to the first meeting place on Day 1 and after the tour will be covered by customers. Please write in the 'Additional Information' of the booking form when booking: Your mobile phone number which can be used in Japan. *If you do not have a working phone in Japan, then please let us know the hotel you are staying in the night before the tour including the name of the hotel, check in date and the name of the person who booked the hotel. *This is an independent plan, and a tour conductor will not accompany the trip. We will provide all the necessary documents such as the final itinerary sheet and coupons so that customers can proceed the tour on their own. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- [Additional information] *The tour documents will be sent to you by email at least one week prior to this tour departure day. Please print them out and bring to the tour or prepare to show the documents on your mobile phone. *Items included: Bus fares, accommodation fees (3 nights with dinner and breakfast), activity fees (Notsuke Peninsula icy horizon walk, snow picnic at Kawayu no Mori and viewing snow/ice formations) and taxes. None of these expenses will be refunded even if the participant does not use them for whatever reason. *Tour exclusions: Any expenses not specified in the itinerary (e.g. personal expenses, optional tours.) *Items included in "Child" and "Infant" price: Same contents as adults. *Babies (1-2 years old) are charged a JPY2,700 facility usage fee at New Akan Hotel on Day 1. *Babies (0-2 years old) are charged a JPY3,240 facility usage fee at Kawayu Kanko Hotel on Day 2. Although the booking screen will show JPY0, the fee will be added to the final checkout price when you pay for the tour by credit card. *If you require a seat for your baby on the bus, then please book through the "Infant Price" which includes the same meals and items as the "Adult price". --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- [Attention] 【Fukkouwari Campaign】 *The subsidy allocated for the trip cannot be refunded. Furthermore, the subsidy cannot be used for application fees or cancellation fees. ・The subsidy will be lost at the same time when the booking is cancelled. ・If the customer cancels once a travel agreement is established, the standard cancellation fee will apply based on the discounted price. ・This right to receiving subsidies cannot be transferred or sold to someone else. *According to the weather or traffic conditions on the tour day, program item(s) on the tour may be cancelled. In this case, the refund of the cancelled item(s) will be made after the tour has concluded. *Clothing 1. Outdoor activities will be very cold. Please wear warm comfortable clothes, a scarf and gloves. 2. The tour requires walking on snowy or icy streets. Please wear non-slip winter shoes. Activities in snow Please be careful not to drop your belongings such as cameras or mobile phones during the activity in the snow. Tour buses Bus operating company: East Hokkaido Express Control Center *Meeting time: 10 minutes before the departure time at each departure (boarding) place of the day. A bus staff member will meet you. The tour bus departs on schedule. If you miss the bus, you are no longer able to join the tour and no refund can be made. Since this tour is in the winter time, the transportation to the meeting place may be delayed or the route may be changed. *This tour is conducted together with participants from different tours (including Japanese participants). The tour provides a large, middle-sized or mini bus according to the number of participants on the day; a taxi or large taxi may be provided. *All seats in the bus are non-reserved, but there might be the case that seats have to be reserved, and you may sit with someone from a different tour. *The tour bus is non-smoking. *Please set your phone to silent mode, and refrain from making calls. *This tour is conducted and organized by Kinki Nippon Tourist Hokkaido Co., Ltd. *We will not be responsible for any delays, shortenings or omissions made to the itinerary due to circumstances beyond our control (traffic, weather etc.) *The amended Act on the Protection of Personal Information came into effect on 30 May 2017. Customer information (name, age, gender etc.) may be forwarded to the hotels or necessary entities for the purpose of making tour arrangements. This condition shall be deemed to have been accepted by the customer upon completion of the reservation.

Itinerary

Day 1
  • Breakfast: 0
  • Lunch: 0
  • Dinner: 1
  • Light meal: 0
  • Your own starting point -- Make your way to the meeing place on your own. -- Akanko Onsen (Overnight) *Please pay JPY2,700 as a facility usage charge for 1~2 year olds who do not require bedding. For your information - Access to Akanko Onsen: Shuttle bus is available from Obihiro and Kushiro until the end of March 2019. - Shuttle bus requires a fare and advanced reservation. If you would like to use the shuttle bus, please contact the hotel at least 3 days prior to the boarding day. ● From Obihiro station: approx. 3 hrs, JPY2,000/person, single way ● From Kushiro station: approx. 2 hrs, JPY1,000/person, single way - Please check the timetable at the hotel website.【http://www.newakanhotel.co.jp/】

Day 2
  • Breakfast: 1
  • Lunch: 0
  • Dinner: 1
  • Light meal: 0
  • Hotel (Departure 6:00) -- Akan no Mori (Walk on the frozen lake/approx. 2 hrs) *A tour guide is provided. -- Hotel (8:00 Arrival) *Please make sure to eat breakfast before departure. *Please prepare lunch before departure to have on the bus. Hotel (Departure 9:00/East Hokkaido Express Bus No.6) -- Drive through Mashu station, Shibetsu town and Hotel Kawabata *You cannot get off the bus. -- Notsuke Peninsula Nature Center (13:25 Arrival) -- Icy horizon walk (Sightseeing/approx. 60 mins) Note: You must participate with appropriate footwear for this walk. -- Notsuke Peninsula Nature Center (Departure 14:40) East Hokkaido Express Bus No.6 Drive through Odaito, Shibetsu Bus Terminal, Shibetsu Airport, Mashu Station *you cannot get off the bus. -- Overnight at Kawayu Onsen (17:30 Arrival)

Day 3
  • Breakfast: 1
  • Lunch: 0
  • Dinner: 1
  • Light meal: 0
  • Hotel (Departure 8:00) -- Make your way to the meeting place./Transportation fee is covered by customers./6-minute walk Kawayu Eco Museum Center *Please come to the meeting place by 8:20. Snow picnic, Kawayu no Mori*1 (Sightseeing/approx. 60 mins) - - Hotel (Check out time is 10:00) -- Make your way to the meting place/3-minute walk -- In front of Taiho Sumo Memorial Museum (Departure 10:45) East Hokkaido Express Bus No.3 -- Michi-no-eki Ryuhyo kaido Abashiri*2 (12:00 Arrival) Sightseeing/Lunch on your own/approx. 105 mins) Michi-no-eki Ryuhyo kaido Abashiri (Departure 13:45) -- Drive through Lake Saroma Tsuruga Resort *You cannot get off the bus. -- Monbetsu Garinko station*3 (15:50 Arrival/Departure 16:15. Sightseeing/approx. 25 mins) -- Overnight at Sounkyo Onsen (18:20 Arrival) *1. This activity goes ahead regardless of the snow. Please wear warm clothes and items (snow gear, cap/hat and gloves are a must) and come to the meeting place.    If you need rental shoes, please let us know your size in advance. (Numbers are limited.)    Any participants who are not in good physical condition or not wearing enough for cold weather, cannot participate on this activity. The activity will be cancelled in the event of a storm. *2. The cruise fare for the icebreaker ship Aurora will be covered by customers. You may not be able to board the icebreaker due to the tour schedule. Also, the cruise may be cancelled due to bad weather or drift ice conditions on the day. Please check the details on the official website. https://www.ms-aurora.com/abashiri/ (Japanese) *3. Admission fee will be covered by customers.

Day 4
  • Breakfast: 1
  • Lunch: 0
  • Dinner: 0
  • Light meal: 0
  • Hotel (Departure 10:00) See Note 1 below *Check out by yourself -- Pick-up car -- View huge icicles (Sightseeing/approx. 2 hrs) -- Pick-up car -- Hotel -- Tour ends. Please make your own way to your next destination. -- Your destination Note 1: After check out, please leave your belongings at the hotel before the icicles tour. A guide will explain what to expect on the tour at the hotel and you will be asked to wear free rental equipment to protect you from the cold such as snow shoes and gloves. Board the pick-up shuttle and head for the tour (10 min journey.) <For your information> *Access from Sounkyo Onsen to Asahikawa station: Dohoku Bus "Sounkyo-Kamikawa" route. (No reservation needed. approx. 110 mins., JPY2,100/person for single way) Please check the details on their official website. http://www.dohokubus.com/index.html     



Detail

Departure place

Designated place (Hokkaido)

Meeting Time

-

Destination

Hokkaido

Language
  • English

  • Chinese

Language Support

This particular course is operated as a free plan tour, therefore there will not be any language support from a tour conductor. We will however, provide the final confirmation and itinerary in the preferred language of your choice.

Minimum number of participants for operation

1 Person(s)

*When the participants does not reach the number above, the tour will not be operated. If this is the case, those who have made a reservation will be informed of the matter by 14 days prior to the scheduled departure date (by 4 days prior to the departure in case of a Day-tour).

Minimum number of participants for booking

1 Person(s)

Cancellation policy Tour Condition