Super Value Tours - Hokkaido & Tohoku- 10 Days_Sapporo, Otaru, Hakodate, Aomori, Morioka, Kakunodate, Hiraizumi, Matsushima

Hokkaido & Tohoku- 10 Days

2019 Limited Departures

Land Only from US $3649 - $4099


Sapporo, Otaru, Hakodate, Aomori, Morioka, Kakunodate, Hiraizumi, Matsushima

May 25, 30, July 4, 13, Oct 10 & 19

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A BETTER WAY TO TOUR: To us, 'value' means making a better way to tour. We love to surprise our guests with unique experiences, top-notch service, hidden local delights, & memories of a lifetime. Our tours are designed to balance sightseeing & free time while avoiding crowds and tourist traps.



  • Stroll Otaru's beautiful canal and browse handicrafts in quaint local shops. Take in the natural wonder of Jigokudani or "Hell Valley."See Hokkaido’s geological treasures: Lake Toya, Onuma National Park, and Mt. Showa Shinzan.Ride a cable car to see the "Million Dollar" night view of Hakodate.Enjoy a remarkable view of the Tsugaru Straight while bathing in a relaxing onsen.


  • Travel on the Seikan Underwater Train. Hike Hachimantai National Park to Oirase Keiryu Falls. Explore Morioka Handicraft Village and see the traditions of Tohoku.Visit the Bukeyashiki Samurai residences. Tour Matsushima Bay by car, boat, and on foot for the complete experience.

Luxury Accommodations

  • Sapporo: Sapporo Grand Hotel – Walking distance from quaint shops and restaurants.
  • Noboribetsu: Dai-ichi Takimotokan – Hot spring ryokan in traditional Japanese style.
  • Hakodate: Yunokawa Prince Hotel Nagisatei –  Oceanfront ryokan with private spa in all rooms.
  • Lake Towada: Oirase Keiryu (Creekside) – 2 nights in the only hotel next to Oirase Stream; breathe in fresh forest aromas and enjoy the fall foliage up close.
  • Tsunagi: Shion Hotel – Secluded hot spring ryokan overlooking vast scenery.

Culinary Experiences  

  • Arranging great culinary experiences is a specialty we are very proud of. Our development team samples each meal before presenting them to our guests. On this trip, you will have a chance to taste Hokkaido delicacies including shabu shabu, crab feast, Koshetei kaiseki banquet and more famous seafood.  

Super Value Standard

  • Local, friendly, and knowledgeable, our exceptional tour guide is your friend in Japan.
  • A comprehensive travel insurance plan for you to travel with a peace of mind.
  • High-quality headset to enjoy the tour guide presentation.
  • Porterage service provided (Not available in all hotels due to limited staff).




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Depart from your home airport, have a great flight!


Arrive in Sapporo

  • “Yokoso" or "Welcome" to Japan! A Super Value Tours Representative will meet you at the arrivals gate and escort you to the hotel. Take today to rest up or explore the city of Sapporo on your own before official plans begin. 
  • Airport pickup is available for flights arriving New Chitose Airport (CTS) from 12:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • If your flight arrival is after 7:00 pm, we will refund 3,000 JPY per person to cover the cost of dinner. Please arrange to have dinner on your own

DinnerLocal Specialty HotelSapporo Grand Hotel or JR Tower Hotel Nikko Sapporo


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  • Otaru Walk along the charming Otaru Canal, the symbol of the city.
  • Sakaimachi Explore Otaru's local specialties. Visit one of the largest museum shops at the Music Box Museum and the famous glass blowing factory, Kitaichi Garasukan. 
  • Sapporo City Tour Explore Hokkaido’s largest city including Hokkaido University, Old City Hall, Tokeidai, and Odori Park.
  • Tanukikoji Stroll through one of Sapporo's oldest shopping districts dating back from the late 1800s for local delicacies and souvenirs. 


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BreakfastWestern & Japanese Buffet LunchSushi & Udon Lunch DinnerCrab Feast HotelSapporo Grand Hotel or JR Tower Hotel Nikko Sapporo


Sapporo (56 miles, 1.5 hrs) Shiraoi (18 miles, 35 mins) Noboribetsu Onsen

  • Hokkaido Shrine A profoundly spiritual place, also famous as one of the best cherry blossom viewing spots. 
  • Okurayama Explore the site of the 1972 Olympics including the Sapporo Winter Sports Museum. Ride the chairlift to the top of the Okurayama Observatory for a spectacular view of Sapporo. 
  • Noboribetsu Ryokan Enjoy a complete Hot Spring cultural experience. Relax with a soak in the baths, delicious dinner and traditional tatami-floored guest rooms.

We will be taking rail transportation on Day 6 and Day 10 where luggage space is extremely limited. We will be shipping your large luggage (1 piece per person) tomorrow directly to Narita airport, your final destination upon conclusion of the tour. If you are extending your stay in Japan, your luggage will be shipped to your desired location within Japan. This evening, please prepare a small carry-on with personal items that you will need for the rest of the tour. We apologize for the inconveniences. 

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BreakfastWestern & Japanese Buffe LunchLamb Shabu Shabu (Hot Pot) DinnerKaiseki Banquet Dinner HotelDai-ichi Takimotokan


Noboribetsu Onsen (45 miles, 2 hrs) Lake Toya (4 miles, 18 mins) Hakodate (3.5 miles) Yunokawa Onsen

  • Jigokudani "Hell Valley" See the sulfuric smoke rising out of the natural earth during free time. 
  • Lake Toya Sights: Cruise along the stunning lake setting before riding the Usuzan Cable Car for impressive lake views and Mt. Showa-shinzan. 
  • Onuma Semi-National Park See Hokkaido’s geological treasures. 
  • Hakodate Cable Car Take in aerial views of Hakodate’s unique nightscape.
  • Yunokawa Prince Hotel Nagisatei Our oceanfront hotel features breathtaking views of Hakodate City and Tsugaru Strait as well as in room Japanese spas.  


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BreakfastWestern & Japanese Buffet LunchHamburger Lunch Set DinnerSeafood Buffet HotelYunokawa Prince Hotel: Nagisatei (Oceanfront rooms with open-air bath)


Yunokawa Onsen (108 miles, 2hrs) Aomori (47miles, 1.5hrs) Lake Towada

  • Hakodate Morning Market Browse fresh produce and chat with friendly shopkeepers. Goryokaku Tower: Ascend to 300ft to see the star-shaped Goryukaku Fort, Mt. Hakodate, and Hakodate city at your feet.
  • Seikan Underwater Train Board the Seikan Underwater train and whiz through Tsugaru Strait in one of the most impressive engineering feats of the 20th century.
  • Towada-Hachimantai National Park Hike through this famous national park, best known as one of the spots to view fall foliage and the breathtaking Oirase Keiryu Falls.
  • Jogakura Bridge To get the best sense of one of Japan's longest arch bridges, it's best to visit on foot and take in the beauty of the valley below.
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BreakfastWestern & Japanese Buffet LunchReceive 2,000JPY for Lunch at a Local Eatery of Your Choice (Recommendations Provided) DinnerHotel Buffet HotelOirase Keiryu Hotel or Towada Hotel or Towada Princess Hotel


Lake Towada 

Oirase Stream

  • The Oirase-gawa River starts from Lake Towada-ko, and the most beautiful section is called the Oirase Mountain Stream, known as one of the most picturesque locations in all of Japan. The stream is famous for its forest scenery and rushing waterfalls, some featuring names such as "white silk" or "twin dragons" evocative of their individual character.
  • The Oirase Keiryu hotel is the only one in the area; our stay here gives you special access to nature and allows you to comfortably enjoy the beauty; take ample time to enjoy the falls, rocks, ponds, and views up close without rushing through. 


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BreakfastWestern & Japanese Buffet LunchJapanese Lunch Set DinnerHotel Buffet HotelOirase Keiryu Hotel (next to Oirase Keiryu) or Towada Hotel or Towada Princess Hotel


Towada Onsen (83 miles, 2 hrs) Morioka  (29 miles, 1 hr) Lake Tazawa-ko (13 miles) Kakunodate (45 miles, 1.5 hrs) Tsunagi Onsen 

  • Lake Towada Onsen Soak in the mineral rich waters.
  • Morioka Handicraft Village Explore traditional Tohoku handicrafts.
  • Lake Tazawa-ko Take in the splendor of the sapphire blue waters of Japan’s deepest lake.
  • Kakunodate Town Relive the lives of the Samurai at the Bukeyashiki Samurai residence. 
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BreakfastWestern & Japanese Buffet LunchJapanese Curry Lunch Set DinnerKaiseki Banquet Dinner HotelShion Hotel - Lakeside Ryokan


Tsunagi Onsen (60 miles, 1 hr) Hiraizumi (60 miles, 1hr) Matsushima Bay

  • Chuson-Ji Temple Explore Hiraizumi history and the Golden Hall of this beautiful temple. 
  • Matsushima Bay Feed seagulls while you cruise the famous Matsushima Bay.
  • Matsushima Freely explores Matsushima attractions such as the Godaido Hall, seafood market, and Zuigan-Ji Temple. Visit the Kanrantei style Tea House and try various tea at your leisure.
  • Hotel Taikanso Our bay front hotel provides impressive rooms with views of Matsushima Bay, famously ranked as one of Japan’s three best views for centuries. 


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BreakfastWestern & Japanese Buffet LunchTofu Pot & Grilled Teppanyaki Set DinnerBuffet with Performance HotelHotel Taikanso (Ryokan Overlooking Matsushima Bay)


Matsushima (18 miles) Sendai (220 miles, 2hrs) Tokyo (40 miles) Narita (NRT)  Board Flight  After 4:30 PM to Your Next Destination  (Breakfast & Lunch)

  • Board the Shinkansen Bullet Train from Sendai to Tokyo Station. 
  • Tokyo: Tour ends in Tokyo for guests with post-tour extensions. 
  • Transfer from Tokyo to Narita Airport. 
  • Airport sendoff is available for flights departing Narita Airport (NRT) from 4:30 PM - 8:30 PM, be sure to book your flight after 4:30 PM.
  • "Sayonara!" or "Goodbye!" Our journey has come to an end; we hope to you see again soon! 


BreakfastBreakfast LunchReceive 2,000 JPY for lunch at the airport.


Otaru is a charming town just outside of Sapporo. In the late 1800s, the port town thrived as a major fishing and trade port. Many old western style buildings add character to the town which is now known for its seafood, historic buildings, canal way, and shops.

Otaru Canal

During the first half of the 20th century, the canal was a chief part of the city’s port. Large ships unloaded goods into smaller ships which then delivered the goods to local shops along the canal. Today the canal is one of the most well-known areas in Otaru and invites visitors to stroll along its walkway. 


Just a short walk from Otaru’s canal area, Sakaimachi Street is a lively street in downtown Otaru. The street is lined with 19th-century buildings that have been converted to museums, cafes,  and shops.

Otaru Music Box

Located at the south end of Sakaimachi Street, the music box museum spans several buildings. The largest and most distinct building houses the vast collection of creative and unique music boxes. 


The city of Sapporo is the capital of Hokkaido and the fifth largest city in Japan. Sapporo is also one of Japan’s youngest major cities as is seen by its western style grid layout. The city is known for ramen, beer and hosting the Snow Festival each February. 

Odori Park

The central park of Sapporo, Odori Park separates the city into north and south.  The park stretches over 12 city blocks and allows for a pleasant natural setting in the middle of the city. 

Mount Okura (Okurayama) Ski Jump Arena

Constructed in 1931, the Okurayama Ski Jump Stadium has been a host to a many winter sports events including the 1972 Winter Olympics.  

Sapporo Winter Sports Museum

Relive the history of the 1972 Winter Olympics and partake in the simulation games including ski jump, speed skating, and hockey. 

Old Shiraoi Ainu Village

This open air, village like museums is one of the best representations of life for the indigenous Ainu people. The village consists of five thatched houses near Lake Poroto. Each home showcases different aspects of the Ainu lifestyle, offering unique glimpses into the vanishing Ainu culture. 

Noboribetsu Onsen

This resort is one of Hokkaido’s best known hot spring resorts surrounded by forests. The onsen offers nine different water types, each offering a high quality and unique minerals. 

Noboribetsu Hell Valley (Jigokudani)

The most impressive feature of Shikotsu-Toya National Park is Jigokudani or “Hell Valley.” Yellow and gray volcanic gases seep from the surface of the rocks, making the air smelled strongly of sulfur. This is a true natural wonder and must see for anyone visiting Hokkaido. 

Lake Toya (Toyako)

Also belonging to the Shikotsu-Toya National Park, Lake Toya sits at the base of Mount Usu. Due to the active volcanic status of the area; the lake never freezes, offering picturesque beauty all year long. 

Mount Usu and Mount Showa Shinzan

Mount Usu is an active volcano sitting at the south end of Lake Toya. Meaning “Showa new mountain,” Mount Showa Shinzan is a volcanic lava dome that was created between 1944 and 1945. The Mount Usu Ropeway takes visitors to the top of Mount Usu in six minutes and provides panoramic views of the area.

Onuma National Park

Just minutes outside Hakodate, Onuma Park is best known for its island dotted lakes and magnificent dormant volcano, Mount Komagatake. The great walking trails allow visitors to easily explore the park entirely on foot. 


Hakodate is the third largest city in Hokkaido located at the southern tip of the island. Hakodate is known for its fresh, mouth watering seafood and for incredible views from Mount Hakodate. 

Yunokawa Onsen

Located at the mouth of the Matsukura-gawa River flowing into the Tsugaru Strait, the Yunokawa-Onsen Hot Spring is a popular destination near Hakodate. 

Hakodate Morning Market

The morning market is an exciting place to meet and talk with local people. This authentic experience also allows visitors to browse fresh seafood, locally grown vegetables, and handmade crafts. 

Seikan Underwater Tunnel

The Seikan Underwater Train takes you through the longest underwater tunnel in the world. The tunnel is a major engineering feat as it is completely submerged under the Tsungai strait, connecting Hakodate and Honshu. 

Towada Hachimantai National Park

 Located in the mountainous region of Tohoku, this national park is home to an abundance of natural forests, hiking trails, and hot springs. The most popular highlights include Jogakura Bridge, mighty Oirase Keiryu Falls, and Lake Towada. 

Lake Tazawa-ko

This sapphire blue lake is the deepest lake in Japan, evoking a mysterious atmosphere. The lake waters change from jade green to dark blue, depending on the season. A statue of the mythical princess Tatsuko sits on the western shore of the lake. According to the legend, the princess was turned into a dragon after wishing for eternal beauty. A red torii gate and Goza-no-Ishi Shrine sit on the northern shore, further adding to the lake’s ambiance. 


Known for its refined and graceful atmosphere, the small town of Kakunodate has been coined the “Little Kyoto of Michinoku.” Kakunodate is also very well known for its many samurai houses, making the city an excellent example of a Japanese castle town. 

Buke Tashiki Samurai Residences

The Buke Yashiki was the primary residence of the region’s highest ranked samurai along with his family, employees, and servants. The compound is quite large and includes gardens, guest rooms, a tea house and rice mill. Mannequins are also placed throughout the rooms depicting daily life and historical events.


A city that once rivaled Kyoto, Hiraizumi has now been proclaimed a UNESCO World Heritage site for its untouched land and many idyllic temples including Chuson-Ji Temple and its famous Golden Hall. 

Matsushima Bay

Famously ranked as one of Japan’s Three Great Views, Matsushima Bay, the bay is dotted with over 200 pine tree covered islands. 

Godaido Hall

Built in 807 on a small island next to the pier, Godaido Hall has become a symbol of Matsushima Bay.  The hall’s observation deck provides excellent views of the bay.  

Kanrantei Teahouse

This Momoyama style tea house’s name “Kanrantei” means “"place to view ripples on water." The tea room houses stunning artwork and also includes a museum. The views of Matsushima Bay offer a tranquil atmosphere while sipping tea.  

Sapporo: Sapporo Grand Hotel

Centrally-located in the City of Sapporo, within walking distance from great shopping and restaurants.

Noboribetsu: Noboribetsu Grand Hotel

Decorated in Japanese style, this is a luxurious hot spring hotel with traditional rooms surrounded by the magnificent natural beauty of Hokkaido.

Hakodate: Yunokawa Prince Hotel Nagisatei

This oceanfront ryokan features the best view overlooking Hakodate City and Tsugaru Strait. Unwind with a private Japanese spa available in your room.

Oirase Keiryu Hotel

Oirase Keiryu Hotel is one of the only hotels located in Towada. WIth its special location, our stay here gives us the best opportunity to enjoy the magnificent Oirase mountain stream trails, often cited as the most picturesque location in Japan.

Towada Hotel

Opened in 1939, Towada Hotel is situated on a wooded hill overlooking Lake Towada. Constructed with Akita cedar that shines beautifully, the main building of the hotel is sure to impress any visitor. 

Tsunagi: Shion Hotel

The Shion hotel is a relaxing and rewarding getaway where we can enjoy traditional ryokan living with relaxing hot springs.

Matsushima: Hotel Taikanso

This hotel’s quiet location is remarkable for its stunning scenery of the famous Matsushima Bay. Enjoy the best sights of the famous bay from the comfort of your room.

  • Hokkaido Grilled Seafood

  • Shabu Shabu (Japanese Hotpot)

  • Japanese Style Curry Set

  • Tofu Pot & Grilled Teppanyaki

  • Koshutei Kaiseki Banquet Cuisine

  • Shion - Kaiseki Banquet

  • Hokkaido Crab Feast

  • Seafood Buffet

Al( Jul 30, 2018 )

This tour you provided was one of the best. The tour director was great and meals were outstanding. We are planning our next trip with you.

Minako B.( May 31, 2015 )


We did 3 previous Japan tours with other companies.  They were okay to not very good.  They made us want to see more of Japan with better tour companies.

Our first Super Value tour was the 10-Day TAIWAN Island with Andrew Pai.  Very good tour and Andrew was excellent.  I decided to try Super Value Tours for Japan.

October 2014, we did the HOKKAIDO tour covering southern Hokkaido and Tohoku (northern Honshu).  Excellent tour with two of Super Value's best tour guides--Akira and Maiko.  Both Western and Japanese-style lodging and food were excellent.

April 6, 2015, we did the WEST JAPAN tour--best Japan tour ever!  We stayed at 4 incredible onsen hotels with 4 kaiseki banquet dinners--a huge draw for us.  All Lodging was excellent as well as the multi-course meals.

Super Value Tours is the ONLY one I will use for Japan and Asia as their high standards are very consistent with all tours.

Andrew S.( Jun 11, 2014 )


My wife and I just returned from a tour of Northern Japan - Hokkaido and Tohoku.  Our excellent guide Maiko advised us on the first day that this would be a grand gastronomic tour, and she was not wrong.  The food was incredible.  I never knew that Hokkaido was famous for, among other things, its seafood, fresh vegetables and fruits, milk and (my favorite) yogurt.

The crab dinner in Sapporo on the first night was unlike anything I had previously experienced - fresh crab served five (or was it six) different ways. The Japanese buffets and banquet dinners were never short of an amazing medley of tastes and textures.

After five nights in Onsen (hot spring bath) hotels I wondered how I could survive without a Japanese bath every morning and evening.  Sitting in a bath outdoors and contemplating a mountain, or a lake, or the sea (from our private tub in Hakodate) is an experience I would highly recommend.

Our small group of eight people enjoyed a full but unhurried and well thought out itinerary that covered mountains, lakes, volcanoes, cable-cars, boats, bays, shrines, samurai villages and the Sapporo Olympic ski jump.

This part of Northern Japan is green and stunningly beautiful in May - with azaleas and some late-blooming cherry blossoms to add color.  The roads and hotels were uncrowded and our guide was a veritable font of information - and answered our every need or request.

This was an eye-opening and truly memorable experience for my wife and myself. The trip and Supervalue Tours are both highly recommended.

Janet P.( Oct 31, 2010 )


All I can say is everything Patti G. said in her review.  Everything was perfect.  We also took the 9 day tour but in Hokkaido/Northern Japan.  Great memories all the way around and the tour company was fabulous.  We had Maiko as our guide--she was the best.  Wish they had more variety in their add'l tours and we want to use them again but have gone to the places they offer.

Don't hesitate to use this company.

Sandy W.( June 24, 2018 )

(From direct email)

Right after the Hokkaido/Tohoku tour, we spent about 10 more days on our own enjoying a few major spots in Kyushu and then all the way back to familiarTokyo before returning home two weeks ago. We have just about dusted off the jet lag.


As regards the Hokkaido/Tohoku tour, we must say that it was very enjoyable with good food and accommodation and very well managed by Hui, despite the fact that my wife had injured her right foot due to the carelessness of the staff at the Sapporo ski lounge. This certainly dampened her holiday spirits and handicapped her enjoyment of the tour. Hui was instantly helpful on the spot and all thru the rest of the journey which undoubtedly alleviated the situation to a certain extent. She is very knowledgeable, works hard and well liked by all members and would give her A+ marks.


Overall, it was a good tour and our only concern is that the schedule is a bit too tight. Nonetheless, we like Hokkaido and a revisit is not impossible.