Japan's Far East 9 Day Wildlife & Adventure Tour Tour Information

A red crowned crane sits in damp green grass and is surrounded by a jumble of branches. It is looking to the right.

What Is Included?#

Included in the Tour

  • 8 nights accommodation on a twin share basis

  • 8 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 8 dinners

  • Guided canoeing tour on the Kiritappu Wetland

  • Marine wildlife watching cruise in Rausu

  • Brown Bear watching cruise in Rausu

  • Admission to Shiretoko Five Lakes

  • Guided canoeing tour on Kushiro River

  • Guided walking & Ainu culture tour at Lake Akan

  • Evening Ainu cultural show at Lake Akan Ainu settlement

  • All transport as described in the itinerary

  • English speaking local guide(s)

Not Included in the Tour

  • Airfare

  • 3 Lunches

  • Travel insurance

  • Personal expenses

  • Drinks with included meals


Packing list#


  • Waterproof jacket and pants

  • Adequate footwear for hiking

  • Footwear that you don’t mind getting wet for canoeing

  • Fleece or down jacket (even in the summer the temperature can drop below 10℃ )

  • Thermal layers top & bottom

  • Base layers top & bottom

  • Gloves, beanie, and items to keep you warm

  • Sun hat, sunscreen, and sunglasses

  • Water bottle or hydration system of more than 1L

  • Quick-dry hand towel

  • Toiletries

  • Personal medications

  • Rain cover for backpack

  • Backpack between 20 and 30 litres 

  • Eco-friendly shopping bag and any other item to reduce single-use plastic waste

  • Passport

    • It is a requirement for accommodation providers to take a photocopy of the passport of international visitors.

  • Cash in Japanese yen

    • Small restaurants and shops in rural parts of Japan do not accept credit cards. Lunch in general costs ¥1,000-1,500 and dinner ¥2,000-3,000. You can withdraw cash from an ATM at a post office and 7-eleven convenience stores.


  • Walking poles

  • Binoculars

  • Dry bag

  • Motion sickness pills for the boat ride (available to purchase locally)

  • Insect repellent

  • Cellphone power bank

  • Travel SIM

  • Familiar snacks to eat during activities

  • Camera

What We Provide

  • First aid kit

  • Safety equipment

How much luggage is too much?#

We estimate that a medium-sized suitcase should be sufficient to hold everything on the packing list and still leave you with some space for souvenirs!

Large or oversized suitcases are not recommended on our tours. There are many reasons for this - first, we often change accommodation every night and It can be tricky to pack and unpack large suitcases everyday. Large luggage can also have trouble fitting into tour vehicles and you may struggle to get them on board Japan’s compact public transport. Additionally, some accommodations that we use do not have elevators.

If you are looking for ways to reduce your luggage load, we would suggest sticking to the packing list we provide and leaving anything not listed at home. Many of the accommodations we stay at have laundry facilities, so you can wash and re-use the same clothes on tour. If a large amount of luggage is unavoidable for whatever reason, let us know at the time of booking. We can advise you on luggage-holding services or how to use Japan’s luggage-forwarding system.

Tour Area & Access#

How do I get to the start of the tour?#

We will meet at either Kushiro Station or Kushiro Airport (KUH) between 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm on the first day.  We recommend that you arrive in Kushiro the day before departure to easily meet your group on the tour’s first day.

If you are flying into Kushiro Airport (KUH) from Tokyo on the first day, please make sure you reserve an early morning flight that arrives at KUH before 12:30 pm, which will allow us to pick you up from the airport on the day. If you are arriving earlier, there is an airport shuttle bus for downtown Kushiro scheduled to connect with all incoming flights, departing within 10 to 25 mins of arrival. The bus costs 950 yen per person, and it takes 45 mins to Kushiro Station.

An alternative to flying is to travel by train (Japan Railway, abbr. JR). There are trains 6 times a day between Sapporo and Kushiro. The best connecting train to join this tour is the 8:51am Sapporo departure, arriving at Kushiro at 1:20pm. . The cost is 9,990 yen for a reserved seat.  Upon booking, please let us know your travel plans, and we will confirm in detail where and what time we will meet on the first day. 

You can search train timetables in English on Japan Transit Planner website .

Booking & Payment#

Can you book pre-tour / post-tour nights for me?#

In the case of tours where the meeting point or end point is different to the first or last night’s accommodation (for example, meeting in Asahikawa but staying in Asahidake Onsen, staying in Tsurui but disbanding in Kushiro), it is best that you make any pre or post-tour night arrangements by yourself. Once booked, please inform us of where you will be staying so that we can pass the information on to your guides.

However, if the tour’s meeting point or disbanding point is the same as the first or last night’s accommodation, we can simply extend your stay so please let us know in this instance!

If you are struggling to make a pre or post-tour hotel booking, please let us know and we will see what we can do to help.

How do I book this tour?#

We will send you a link to our online sign up form, where we ask for the travel information of all the members travelling with you. 

Once we receive this, we will send you an invoice for your tour deposit, which is JPY 50,000 per person. We will confirm your booking upon receipt of your deposit payment.

The deposit is treated as a part of the tour price. Payment of the balance will be reminded by email, which is generally 5 weeks prior to the tour departure date.

We can accept payment via wire-transfer from local banks in a number of countries including but not limited to the US, UK, Australia, and Singapore. Payment will be made in your own currency via Wise (Wise’s transaction fees will apply).

For credit card payment, we use Flywire, which will incur an additional transaction fee of 1.5%.

By paying for a deposit or full amount, you confirm that you have read, understand and agree to these Terms and Conditions .

What Is Your Cancellation Policy?#

Our general cancellation policy is shown as below.

  • Cancelled more than 21 days prior to departure: Zero fees

  • Cancelled between 20 days and 8 days prior to departure: 20% of the Tour Price

  • Cancelled between 7 days and 2 days prior to departure: 30% of the Tour Price

  • Cancelled 1 day prior to departure: 40% of the Tour Price

  • Cancelled on the day of departure: 50% of the Tour Price

  • No refunds will be given after the tour has commenced

In addition, refunds will be given if travel becomes impossible due to government-imposed restriction of movement.

For further details, we recommend you read our refund and cancellation policy in more detail on our  Terms and Conditions page . Feel free to contact us at  info@adventure-hokkaido.com  if you have any additional questions.

How far ahead should I book this tour?#

Japan remains a popular travel destination and it is not unusual for accommodation in peak seasons to be booked out up to a year in advance. So, the sooner the better! Generally speaking, we ask for you to book 10 - 12 months in advance if you are looking at a custom departure. For scheduled departures, we make our dates available from up to a year in advance. If we feel that your date is too close for us to realistically put a trip together to the standard we pride ourselves on, we will let you know at the time of enquiry and will do our best to suggest alternative travel dates.

What is the minimum group size for this tour?#

This is a mixed group tour and we accept bookings from one person up . However, our scheduled group tours require a minimum number of bookings for us to guarantee the departure of the tour, and to offer the tour at the price quoted. The minimum number of booked guests to guarantee the tour is four people .

If you book with less than four people, we will hold your place on the tour and wait for another group to join the tour. If the number of guests has not reached the minimum number by 30 days prior to departure, we will give you the option to cancel or to upgrade to a private departure. 

If you choose to cancel, we will refund the amount you have paid us. You’re welcome to check with us at any time about the status of bookings. 

Please be advised that we will not be liable to compensate for any inconvenience or incidental expenses that might have incurred to you, including airline tickets.

Can I book a single room?#

Our tours are priced on a twin share basis. Those travelling by themselves will need to pay an additional supplement for use of a single room. If you enter the number of guests in your group and rooms you need, the dates and prices form will calculate the price for your group.

I am a solo traveler, can I share a room with someone else?#

Our tours are priced on a twin share basis and those travelling by themselves will need to pay an additional supplement for use of a single room. If you are happy to share a room with another guest - of the same gender - then let us know at the time of booking. If we match you with another solo traveller then we can discount the single supplement for both of you.

Can you organise a custom departure for this tour?#

Custom departures based on one of our pre-arranged scheduled tours is something that we can arrange, provided that we have guides available for your travel dates. The earlier it's planned the higher chance we can secure guides and our favourite accommodations for you. Requests made at least 10-12 months prior have a good chance of being accepted successfully, while 6 months prior is too late for peak seasons like August or February.

On Tour#

What happens if the weather is bad during the tour?#

While we try to organise everything, mother nature is out of our control. If the weather is too bad to safely hike, such as a typhoon or sudden storm, we will travel to the next inn in our support vehicle. Along the way we will still stop at local restaurants and visit indoor facilities, so you can still experience the charm of the area while travelling safely and comfortably.

Can you cater to vegetarians / vegans on this tour?#

While vegetarianism and veganism are catching on in larger urban areas, across much of Japan it is still unheard of. Outside of main cities, there are very few pure vegetarian or vegan restaurants available and many Japanese do not have a clear understanding of what exactly qualifies a food as being truly vegan or vegetarian.

If you are travelling to Hokkaido as a vegan or vegetarian, you will have to accept that you may not be able to experience the full scope of Japanese food as your other travellers might. With advance notice and clear direction, some restaurants and accommodations are happy to cater to your requirements so please let us know your needs at the time of booking, but some facilities may choose to simply remove dishes from your meal instead of making a substitute. The main challenge is “dashi”, a meat or fish-based broth that is very commonly added to Japanese dishes. This can be hard to remove from Japanese cooking (it’s a bit like asking a European chef not to add salt and pepper!) as it is integral to a number of dishes.

See our Vegan & Vegetarian in Hokkaido blog to learn more.

Travel & Safety#

Do I need travel insurance?#

Absolutely! This is a must for all travellers joining our tours. Please make sure you have valid travel insurance, covering the kind of activities you are undertaking during our tour, cancellations, loss of personal belongings, and any unforeseen circumstances while travelling. We will require the details of your travel insurance provider such as the name, policy number and phone number prior to the commencement of the tour.

If you're a Japanese citizen and on Japan's national health insurance scheme, we can mitigate our insurance requirement, although we still strongly recommend that you have flight cancellations and related expenses covered by some kind of insurance. Often your credit card provider can offer this coverage.

Language & Culture#

Is tipping expected in on this tour?#

Tipping is not a part of Japanese culture and is not expected. Most jobs pay a high enough wage that workers can make a living without tips and service charges are often included as standard at restaurants, bars and so on (but this being Japan, you of course don’t pay a service charge and get nothing in return– you might get a little extra side dish called “otōshi” or some free bar snacks!) However, if you do wish to tip, feel free to do so. Nobody is going to mind the extra cash (even if you may have to reassure them several times that it’s okay to keep the money)!