One might think that having small children would make traveling to a foreign land challenging. Yet, we know the truth is there is so much that can be experienced only through the eyes of a child. Find wonder in the small things you see together and let us make this winter vacation a memory of a lifetime.
Welcome to Hokkaido, Japan's Winter Wonderland!
On your first day in snowy Hokkaido, you and your family can focus on getting to know your personal driver and curing your jet lag. After your long flight just have a rest or enjoy the soothing winter scenery from the car window.
On the way, you can stop and warm up with some Japanese food like ramen noodles or “soup curry”, a real Hokkaido specialty. In the evening you can perhaps pay a visit to the cozy arts and crafts village “Ningle Terrace” and stroll among the gleaming winter lights.
Fun winter vegetable harvesting for the whole family
Good morning Hokkaido! After a good night’s sleep, you and your family can dive deep into the local culture with a unique and educational winter activity.
Did you know that there are vegetables that can not only survive, but actually flourish under the protective cover of snow? Today you will get to explore a local Hokkaido farm, play in the snow and take part in sweet winter cabbage harvesting! After drumming up an appetite enjoying the powdery snow with the locals, you can prepare a nice, warm lunch with some sausages and the winter vegetables you just harvested.
Snowshoe trekking at a blue waterfall
Biei, a town loved by photographers all around the world, is famous for its stunning countryside landscapes. In addition to enjoying the view of snowy agricultural hills, you can also enter the deep forests of Daisetsuzan National Park from here.
In winter, the world-famous Biei Blue Pond will be sleeping under a cover of snow, but it is possible to head off for a snowshoe adventure to see the mysterious Shirahige waterfall. Make your way in the silent snowy forest among evergreen Christmas trees until you arrive at the waterfall with its vibrant blue shade much like that of the Blue Pond. “Shirahige” is Japanese for “White Beard” and when you reach this frozen waterfall, you will understand the reason behind the name.
Snowmobile adventure to meet snow monsters
Let’s have a day trip! You will head deeper into the north, all the way to the city of Nayoro. This city located in a basin surrounded by mountains has large differences in temperature around the year. This makes the area an excellent location for cultivating super sweet winter spinach and the ultimate Japanese comfort food: rice.
After warming yourself up with some sweet spinach hot pot, and “onigiri” rice balls made of local rice, it is time for an adventure! Ride to the top of a mountain with the locals to enjoy the truly breathtaking scenery. The trees here are so heavy with snow, that they look almost like living creatures. The locals call them “snow monsters”! Nayoro is an inland city, but if the sky is clear, you can see all the way to Rishiri island in the northern sea.
Snow angels at Hokkaido's highest mountain
How about playing in the world-famous Hokkaido powder snow surrounded by untouched nature? Mount Asahidake in Daisetsuzan National Park is the highest mountain in Japan’s northernmost island Hokkaido, which also makes it often the very first place in all of Japan to have snow.
Our trusted expert guide will take you to the mountain where you can delve into some cool family-friendly winter activities, from riding a snow plough to making snow angels. Keep your eyes open: you have a good chance of seeing some wild animals like squirrels and rabbits fluffy with their winter fur.
– 2291 meters (7516 feet) high, Mount Asahidake is the highest mountain in Hokkaido.
– This active volcano is located in Daisetsuzan National Park (established in 1934).
– The mountain is popular among hikers in summer and skiers in winter.
– Being the highest point of Japan’s northernmost island, Mount Asahidake is usually the first place in the whole country to have autumn leaves and snowfall.
– Unlike in other parts of Japan or southern Hokkaido, evergreens like spruce are common in the national park.
Awesome day at a snow activity park
This day we have prepared you some winter fun of a different type: Enjoy an action-packed day in a snow activity park in Bibai, complete with a vast selection of intriguing winter activities from speedy snow rafting and snow buggies to the curious snow golf or treasure hunt.
If you and the kids start to feel it is time to head indoors, there is still plenty to do. Try unleashing your creative side and challenging yourself by carving a glass out of ice.
In the evening you can share your stories of today’s adventures by a bonfire and at the end of the day you can dip into the hot springs to warm up after the fun day playing in snow.
Learn Ninja skills in historic Otaru city
Before reaching Hokkaido’s largest city Sapporo, why not enjoy a fun day in the charming city of Otaru. This seaside city is famous for its historical canal and merchants’ street full of delightful glass and music box shops. Today you will get your share of some interesting Japanese culture.
In Otaru you can have fun with some cool indoor activities the kids are sure to enjoy, like learning cool Ninja skills at a local temple or trying out glass blowing in this city renowned for its glassware. As it gets darker, you can stroll around and appreciate the atmospheric winter illuminations along Otaru Canal.
Winter illumination displays and the annual German Christmas Market in Sapporo
In December romantic winter illuminations fill Hokkaido’s capital city Sapporo. Today you can appreciate the city of light, shopping and sightseeing at your leisure.
Until Christmas Day, you can pay a visit to the buzzing German Christmas Market, an annual event held in Sapporo’s central Odori Park. Here you can find cute little Christmas presents or taste some seasonal delicacies with a rich flavor, such as hot wine and chocolate almonds. And if you are lucky you may even meet Santa Claus!
At this point the kids would most likely want to stay here for good, but unfortunately today is the last day of your private Hokkaido tour full of unique winter activities and family fun. There will be a private transfer to the airport, where you may shop for some last-minute souvenirs before heading home. There will be so many neat winter adventures to share with those waiting at home!
8 Nights Accommodation
8 Breakfasts / 2 Lunches / 3 Dinners
8 Days Toyota Alphard with Local English speaking Driver
*2-3pax Toyota Alphard with Local English speaking Driver
Parking, Fuel and Highway Fees
Taxes (10% Consumption Tax)
*Prices are in JPY（Japanese yen）, per person, based on double occupancy.