Explore the wild and beautiful flora of Kiritappu Wetland
Visit the mysterious and desolate landscape of Todowara
See brown bears on a cruise along the Shiretoko peninsula
Explore Mt. Meakan, the forests of Kawayu Onsen, and meet the Ainu people
Hike around the base of Mt Asahidake amongst ponds and wild flowers
Curated by Kieran
Day 1 Arrival Kushiro
Upon arrival you’ll be met by your guide and escorted by private car to your accommodation.
Immerse yourself in your new surroundings with lunch at Washo market, where you can make your own Seafood Bowl called "Katte Don".
Time permitting, you can enjoy canoeing, bird watching with a local guide, or discover plant life at Onnenai Boardwalk.
Day 2 Kiritappu Wetland
Spend time exploring the Kiritappu Wetland, also known as the ‘wetland of flowers’. Over 400 kinds of the flowers such as the Cottongrass, the Yezo-licorice and the Yezo-gentian can be found here from June to August.
Day 3 Todowara
Today you’ll visit Todowara, a haunting and mysterious landscape made up of withered fir debris and wetlands.
You’ll also have the chance to visit the woods of Mizunara and Narawara which were formed by trees that have been withered by strong winds.
Day 6 Rausu - Kawayu
Today you’ll visit Shiretoko Five Lakes, a set of five lakes formed by the eruption of nearby Mount Io.
Here you can enjoy a relaxing stroll along the boardwalk, taking in the views of the five lakes and the mountains, the Sea of Okhotsk and the surrounding wilderness.
Day 7 Lake Akan
Head to Mt.Meakan, the main peak of the Akan Volcanic Complex, on the southwest shore of Lake Akan.
Several trails are on offer, and you’ll also have the chance to explore the visitor centre and forest of nearby Kawayu Onsen.
Kawayu Onsen is also the home of the Ainu people who you’ll get to meet and hear about their traditions, customs and daily life.
Day 8 Lake Onneto trekking
Enjoy a trek around the Akan area which was created solely from volcanic activity.
Witness some of the world’s most impressive caldera, where eruptions of Mt. Oakan, Mt. Fuppushi, and Mt. Meakan have taken place over thousands of years, spot local flora, and learn about spherical algae.
Day 9 Shikaoi
Today you’ll be driven to Shikaoi.
Here you can enjoy rural life and get back to basics picking vegetables, riding farm tractors and milking cows. Try canoeing in Lake Shikaribetsu, hiking, dog sledding, or treat yourself to a hot-air balloon ride.
In the evening, experience Banei Horse Racing – an important part of Hokkaido history and the only horse racing in the world with plodding workhorses pulling weights.
Day 11 Asahidake Nature Walking
Embark on a hike at the base of Mt Asahidake - Hokkaido’s highest mountain – amongst ponds, steaming fumaroles, and wild flowers.
You’ll get the chance to visit Asahiyama Zoo, learn about the ancient art of sake brewing at Otokoyama Brewery, and sample the local ramen noodles.