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Adventure Travel in Hokkaido: The Land of Wild Animals and Magnificent Nature

Embark on a thrilling Hokkaido adventure. Book hassle-free vacation packages, explore untouched nature, and capture unforgettable moments with expert guides.
Adventure Travel in Hokkaido: The Land of Wild Animals and Magnificent Nature
Photo by Makoto Ando

Uncover your spirit of adventure in Hokkaido's untamed natural beauty — a land of wild wonders waiting to be explored.

JAL Vacations Hokkaido Adventure Package

Destination: Hokkaido

Highlights: Nature and wildlife    

Length: 1 day

Travel style: Local optional activities 

Type of experience: Outdoor activities

English-speaking assistance: Available

The recommended season for this vacation product: Year-round

Discover adventure in Hokkaido

Discover adventure in Hokkaido

In Japan's Hokkaido Prefecture, adventure takes on a whole new meaning. Here, you'll discover activities like no other in the most enchanting landscapes.

Hokkaido is a leading destination for the increasingly popular worldwide trend of adventure travel. Its magnificent natural features include diverse wildlife in national parks and the awe-inspiring Shiretoko Peninsula, a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Japan's northernmost island is the widest prefecture and a year-round playground for explorers. In the cool and comfortable summers, indulge in activities like hiking, canoeing, biking, sea kayaking, and rafting in Japan — all while surrounded by local wildlife in breathtaking landscapes. Also, you can unleash your inner winter sports enthusiast when winter paints the land with snow. Hokkaido provides some of Japan's most incredible spots for snowboarding and skiing.

Beyond its natural allure, Hokkaido beckons with cultural treasures. You can delve into the unique culture of the indigenous Ainu people. Alternatively, savor the diverse food — the local cuisine has been intricately shaped by its climate and history. 

As you traverse this captivating island, keep an eye out for its wild inhabitants. You may have the pleasure of a rare encounter with the majestic red-crowned crane, vibrant red squirrels, or even the elusive northern foxes.

If you're dreaming of an adventure in one of Japan's most beautiful places, you need to plan a trip to Hokkaido. Hokkaido is the place to escape the stress of everyday life and reconnect with nature. Embrace the wonders that await in this extraordinary corner of Japan, where adventure travel finds its true essence.

Hokkaido - Adventure travel experiences for every traveler

There's plenty to do in Hokkaido, and unforgettable experiences await every adventurous soul who travels to the island. Prepare to be captivated by the untamed allure of Hokkaido. Here, you'll discover some exhilarating adventure travel experiences that can't be missed.

Canoeing in the wetlands and bird watching take center stage in this picturesque region. These tours allow you to explore nature's hidden gems up close and personal.

A local's guide to life in the untouched nature of Hokkaido Japan

A local's guide to life in the untouched nature of Hokkaido Japan
Photo by Makoto Ando

Makoto Ando is your expert local guide to life in the untouched nature of Hokkaido, Japan. Residing in the picturesque area of Higashi Hokkaido, Makoto runs the Hickory Wind Lodge in Tsurui Village. The area is also known for being home to the majestic "Red-crowned Crane," a symbol of Japan's beauty. 

As an outdoor master guide and photographer, he draws in adventurers from around the globe seeking a special and immersive adventure travel experience. In 2014, 2016, 2018, 2019 and 2020, he won the World Photography Competition "Nature's Best Photography Asia" and won the Grand Prix. In 2020, he became the third Japanese to win the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 56th prize in the Mammal category at the Wildlife Photography Competition sponsored by the Natural History Museum and BBC in London, UK. With Makoto as world-class photographers by your side, you'll capture breathtaking moments across the region. From cranes dancing in the wild to their quiet grooming rituals.

After a day of exploring and being physically active in nature, treat yourself to the ultimate relaxation in superb hot spring waters. Indulge in dishes made with local cheeses and potatoes, perfectly complemented by the rich aroma of famous Hokkaido whisky, boasting over 500 varieties. 

The allure of Hokkaido lies in the chance to embrace real nature, guided by the warmth and expertise of Makoto, making every moment truly exceptional. 

So, if you want to go all in on an adventure holiday in Hokkaido, Japan, then this is the package for you. Not only do you get to enjoy first-hand knowledge and guidance from a local, but you also get to fully experience all the elements that make Japan special.

Hokkaido’s best adventure travel activities

There are many other wonderful guides waiting for you all in Hokkaido. Through a partnership with Kammui, Inc. , Japan Airlines collaborates with guides from all over Hokkaido, providing you with valuable opportunities that will bring you cherished memories of a lifetime. The following carefully curated tours offer a glimpse into Hokkaido's extraordinary biodiversity. Providing you with an opportunity to immerse yourself in its unique ecosystems.

Canoeing Lake Toro and the Kushiro River's unexplored marshlands

Canoeing Lake Toro and the Kushiro River's unexplored marshlands
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Have you ever considered canoeing in Japan? Well, it offers the perfect way to get a real look at Hokkaido's natural beauty and wildlife. On this tour, you'll paddle through the unexplored marshlands of Lake Toro and the Kushiro River.

This captivating 2-hour canoeing experience takes you on a journey deep into the heart of Hokkaido. Drift along serene waterways surrounded by lush vegetation and breathtaking landscapes. Your expert guide will lead you through these pristine wetlands safely while allowing you to immerse yourself in the tranquil atmosphere.

As you glide through the marshes, keep your eyes peeled for an array of unique bird species — specifically, the iconic red-crowned crane. This tour, which takes place during the summer months of June to October, offers a rare glimpse into the region's rich biodiversity. Plus, it promises special moments that you won't soon forget.

The price of this tour includes gear such as a life jacket, boots, and a waterproof boot. Make sure to wear waterproof rain gear or a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen, depending on the weather. The tour starts at Motomura House Paru, about a 20-minute walk from JR Toro Station.

Whether you are a seasoned paddler or a first-time canoeist, this expedition guarantees an unforgettable experience in Hokkaido's wild and untouched nature.

Winter canoeing through a wild bird paradise on the Bibi River

Winter canoeing through a wild bird paradise on the Bibi River

Ever wondered what Hokkaido, Japan, is known for? It's an unspoiled natural landscape and wildlife, of course. You can enjoy both during a 2-hour winter canoeing and bird-watching tour. Hokkaido is spectacular year-round, but there is something genuinely magical about its pristine winter landscapes. If skiing in Japan feels too extreme, this activity is the right winter adventure for you.

Experience the magic of winter canoeing in a wild bird paradise in Hokkaido. This tour takes place only a 10-minute drive from New Chitose Airport, making it easily accessible to all. The adventure starts at Bibigawa Tap Koppu Water Park, but soon you'll find yourself gliding through icy waters, surrounded by breathtaking scenery and serene silence. 

With expert guidance, you'll explore the hidden wonders of this frozen wonderland. One where flocks of migratory birds make their home. Marvel at the graceful flight of red-crowned cranes and the vibrant plumage of other bird species against the icy backdrop. 

This unforgettable adventure immerses you in the heart of nature's spectacle, offering a unique perspective on Hokkaido's wild beauty. Ideal for anyone from the seasoned paddler to the eager beginner. Enjoy the tranquility of winter's embrace, and let the avian symphony be your soundtrack.

Take a bird-watching hike along sacred Lake Utonai

Take a bird-watching hike along sacred Lake Utonai
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If canoeing is not for you, but you still want a glimpse of the local bird life, then you need to go hiking in Japan on a trek along the shores of Hokkaido's sacred Lake Utonai. It's one of the best hikes in Japan. The area is the most famous bird-watching spot in Hokkaido and is home to numerous sacred wild birds.

Step into a birdwatcher's paradise with this peaceful 5-hour tour around sacred Lake Utonai. Here, you'll witness an avian spectacle like no other. Enjoy a relaxing hike through nature as you traverse this lake's lush wetlands and pristine shores. 

Guided by experts, you'll have the chance to spot a wide array of bird species in their natural habitats. From the elegant red-crowned cranes to colorful waterfowl. Enjoy the serenity of the tranquil surroundings and the melodious calls of the local birds in this unique destination.

The observation spot is approximately a 120-minute drive from central Sapporo. Therefore, the group will meet at Sapporo Station, or you can get picked up directly from your accommodation.

During this tour, you'll get a glimpse into Hokkaido's rich biodiversity and the sacred bond between its nature and native birdlife. Whether you're an avid birder or just a curious enthusiast, it's the perfect activity. Let Lake Utonai's charm and the harmonious chorus of its inhabitants captivate your soul on this remarkable journey.

How to get to adventure travel destination Hokkaido

How to get to adventure travel destination Hokkaido

Getting to Hokkaido is easy and convenient from both Tokyo and Osaka. 

If you're arriving in Tokyo, you can fly with JAL Japan Explorer Pass, and in just 1 hour and 30 minutes, you'll reach Chitose Airport. Alternatively, Asahikawa Airport is only 1 hour and 35 minutes away. Kushiro Airport and Memanbetsu Airport are short 1-hour 40-minute and 1-hour 45-minute flights away, respectively. 

If you're coming from Osaka, Chitose Airport is accessible with just a 1-hour 50-minute flight using JAL Japan Explorer Pass. If your final destination lies in central Hokkaido or the eastern region, simply transfer to Haneda Airport. 

So, with excellent flight options, you can easily reach Hokkaido and dive straight into your adventures.

Why you need to book a Hokkaido JAL vacation package

Booking your Hokkaido adventure travel vacation packages through Japan Airlines JAL is a breeze. With JAL Vacations, the process is easy and hassle-free. 

You can conveniently purchase both JAL international and domestic tickets bundled with your choice of hotels and thrilling adventure travel activities. So, there's no need to juggle multiple bookings or worry about logistics. Everything is seamlessly integrated, giving you more time to focus on the excitement of your upcoming adventure. 

Let JAL take care of the details, and get ready for an unforgettable journey through the untamed nature of Hokkaido.

Take off on a Japanese adventure

Take off on a Japanese adventure

If you have a spirit of adventure and are called to immerse yourself in nature, then you need to visit Hokkaido, Japan. Upon arrival, it's easy to see why this northern island is known as one of the most beautiful natural destinations in Japan. Whether you want to explore by foot on a trekking adventure, by water on a canoeing tour, or from above with a skiing or snowboarding trip, you'll find what you're seeking in Hokkaido. Book your Japanese adventure through JAL Vacations today!

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