2023 Hokkaido’s Great Northern Summer Tour, including Rebun and Rishiri Islands

July 20-30, 2023. Starting from: $5,280 per person double/triple occupancy
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July 20 – 30, 2023 (9 nights/11 days) escorted from Honolulu
Otaru – Furano – Biei – Asahikawa – Nayoro – Wakkanai – Rebun – Rishiri – Sapporo
From: $5,280 per person double/triple occupancy; $5,959 single occupancy 

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J.D. Bisignani has written that “Hokkaido is the adopted child of modern Japan.” For 1,300 years, it was a mysterious orphan called Ezo, “alien people of the North”. Nobody knew much about it and few cared. Today, Hokkaido is the “go to” destination when you are “templed-out” and need a break from the crowds of Japan’s larger cities. 

Our tour begins in Otaru, a romantic port town steeped in a rich history that dates from its glory days as a major herring center. From there, the tour moves to Furano and Biei, picturesque towns in the center of Hokkaido. 

We then explore Hokkaido’s second largest city, Asahikawa, home to a wealth of touring spots and some of the best rice in Japan. In addition to sampling fine sake, your tours will visit the “Fields of Dreams”, rice paddy art among the rice fields. Here villagers create their own dramatic scenes and attract scores of visitors each summer. 

Then we journey to Dohoku, Hokkaido’s Great North and explore Hokkaido’s northernmost city, Wakkanai. We will also visit Rebun Island, nicknamed “the floating island of flowers” due to its unique ecosystem, and Rishiri Island, a round-shaped island floating in the Sea of Japan with Mt. Rishiri at its center. 

Our trip concludes with two nights in Sapporo, Hokkaido’s capital and a dynamic urban center that offers everything you would want from a Japanese city: a thriving food scene, stylish cafes, neon-lit nightlife, shopping galore – and then some. 

Besides daily sightseeing of Hokkaido’s treasures, the tour includes viewing fields of lavender and sunflower, cherry picking, visits to a winery and a sake brewery, four natural hot springs ryokans, ferry rides, ice cream making, uni opening and tasting experience, a crab dinner, the best omiyage shopping spots, and a free day to explore on your own in Sapporo. 

Your 2023 Hokkaido’s Great Northern Summer Tour, including Rebun and Rishiri Islands includes: 

  • Round trip airfare via Hawaiian Airlines from Honolulu.
  • One way airfare via All Nippon Airways from Rishiri Island to New Chitose Airport.
  • Note: Airline baggage fees are additional and paid directly to the carrier.
  • 9 nights’ accommodations in centrally located hotels.
  • All sightseeing with local English-speaking guide throughout the tour.
  • Admission fees included based on itinerary.
  • Inflight meals, breakfast daily at your hotel, 5 lunches and 5 dinners.
  • All transportation via private charter bus.
  • All tour related taxes included in the price.
  • Panda Travel® escorts throughout your tour.
  • Reserve with $75 per person deposit, refundable by April 29, 2023
  • Final payment due by May 11, 2023. Package is non-refundable after this date.
  • Special Assistance: You must inform us of any disability/impairment that requires special attention at the time of your making the reservation. We reserve the right to cancel the reservation(s) if the disability/impairment is unsuitable for the tour. You are also responsible for any costs and/or accommodations related to your disability/impairment, such as providing your own travel companion.

Not included in the tour: 

  • Gratuities for local English-speaking guide
  • Additional baggage fee charges from the airlines.
  • Alcohol and soft drinks with meals

Please note: 

  • A minimum of 16 participants is required for the tour to operate.
  • A valid passport is required of all U.S. citizens & must be valid at least 6 months from the return tour date. Non-U.S. passport holders must check with the Japanese Consulate to see if a visa is required.
  • Land tour costs are based on current currency conversion rates, which are subject to change.
  • Air ticket fare is guaranteed, but taxes, fees and fuel surcharges are subject to change until tickets are issued, approximately 45 days out.
  • We highly recommend the purchase of trip insurance. Please ask our representatives for more information.
  • Land Tour Operator is Nippon Travel Agency.

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From $5,280 per person double/triple occupancy 
From $5,959 per person single occupancy 
Space is Limited! 

Flight Schedule 
07/20/23 – Depart Honolulu on Hawaiian Airlines flight 441 at 2:20 pm and arrives in Chitose at 5:50 pm, 07/21/23 
07/30/23 – Depart Chitose on Hawaiian Airlines flight 442 at 7:50 pm and arrive in Honolulu at 8:25 am (same day). 

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