Enjoy a sightseeing tour from an Ice Breaker
Go on a Drift Ice Walking tour
Cruise around the coast of Shiretoko spotting birds and animals
Trek the walking trails around Akan National Park
Go dog sledding through the wintery landscape
Curated by Kieran
Day 1 Arrival Memanbetsu
Upon arrival you’ll be met by your guide and escorted by private car to your accommodation.
You’ll get straight into your holiday with a sightseeing journey on the Ice Breaker cruiser Aurora. Take in the landscape as your ship powers through the ice, allowing you to see the likes of Steller’s eagles and spotted seals.
Day 3 Shiretoko Nature Cruise
Spend your time off the coast of Shiretoko on a cruise.
See birds and animals from all over the world such as white-tailed sea eagles and Steller's sea eagles. The captain, a former fisherman, will acquaint you with local life, which includes cod-fishing.
Day 5 Lake Akan
Today you’ll visit Mt. Meakan, the main peak of the Akan Volcanic Complex, on the southwest shore of Lake Akan.
Several trails offer walking around the mountain, and you can also 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 to learn about their traditions, customs and daily life.
Day 6 Lake Akan
Today will be spent at your leisure enjoying the activities available such as snow sledding, tubing, riding on a snowmobile or snowshoeing.
Your Lightfoot Travel Designer will discuss options that best suit your needs prior to your departure.
Day 7 Tokachingawa Onsen
This morning you’ll be privately escorted to Tokachigawa.
After settling into your accommodation, you’ll enjoy a Japanese cooking class learning how to prepare soba, udon, sweets, and sushi with seasonal ingredients. Your chef will talk to you about local ingredients and culture as you go.
Depending on when you travel, you'll have time to enjoy Sairinka, a festival that takes place at the end of January each year based on the theme of the more than 1,000 white swans that fly to Tokachigawa Onsen. Various attractions take place, such as a laser show and a fantastical forest of light bulbs and LEDs.
Day 10 Lake Shikotsu - Otaru - Sapporo
This morning you’ll be driven to Otaru for some sightseeing.
You’ll get to see Otaru Canal which was a central part of the city's busy port in the first half of the 20th century. Today it bustles with artists, shops and restaurants, and serves as the main site of the town's Snow Light Path Festival.
In the late afternoon you’ll be driven to Sapporo.
Day 12 Departure
Today you’ll be escorted to the airport for your onward journey.