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Hokkaido Autumn Adventure Tour.
An epic Hokkaido getaway showcasing the
Niseko Food Festival
This family friendly 4 night/3 full day tour was the first offering from Niseko Military Leave and is still one of our most popular introductions to the Niseko area and Hokkaido. We will be chartering a bus exclusively for this tour and taking you all over amazing Hokkaido.
Plus we have timed this trip to line up with the Niseko Autumn Food Festival that will take place from Thursday September 16 to Sunday September 19.
If you are SOFA status and seeking nature and adventure in Japan this trip is for you.
For a detailed itinerary of what each day encompasses, see the Trip Outline tab on the right. In a nutshell though, we spend three full days exploring the sites within a few hours drive of Niseko. The trip includes a mix of group travel and also going your separate ways on day 2 the designated ‘Adventure Day’ and then you can sample the best food Niseko has to offer in the evenings.
About fifteen of Niseko’s most famous restaurants and bars will showcase their special dishes for the festival using the freshest autumn harvest produce. Different live performances every day make your stay this September more lively, no pun intended.
This trip has been designed so you can explore Hokkaido in the day and then settle in and enjoy the food and drinks at the 2021 Niseko Food Festival in the late afternoons/early evenings. Kids will love running around and hopefully the jumping castle will make a comeback this year.
Day 1 is arrival at your Holiday Niseko Accommodation in Hirafu, the main tourist town in the Niseko area located at the base of the ski lifts.
Day 2 is a trip out to Lake Toya and a ferry ride across to the island with a lunch provided on us. Next we do a tour of the volcanic museum that depicts the eruption of Mount Usu an active volcano that last erupted in March 31, 2001.
It’s hard to capture the deep clear blues of Lake Toya with either photo or language but perhaps the easiest option is just to see it for yourself. Formed out of the remnants of an old volcano and surrounded by one that’s still a little active, you quickly realise you are in a very special space.
The water here can be very cold with the lake having average depths of 117 metres with its deepest point being 180 metres, but many brave Hokkaido locals still see it as a great chance to cool off the summers.
Day 3 is ‘Adventure Day’ where you have the option of:
- An adventure hike over the volcanic range above Niseko with a summit of Iwarunpuri.
- A guided 18 hole golf day tour at the famous Hanzono course with optional club rental
- Fly fishing with Hugo from Niseko Fly Fishing (limit first three enrolments)
- No adventure: Do your own thing.
Please note, these options are not included in the base price and do incur an extra charge.
Day 4 Is a breathtaking coastal drive up to to Shakotan Peninsula
Added to this is a tour of the Nikka Whiskey Distillery where you can learn about the art of Japanese whiskey making and how Nikka managed to win the “worlds best blended malt whiskey” for four years running, as well as many other awards .
You can also sample some of the fine whiskeys yourself made right here in Yochi.
Day 5 Day 5 is a stunning drive back to New Chitose Airport, where you’ll see the summit of mount Yotei, Resutsu and Lake shikotsu before our tour concludes.
For this trip we will be using alpine condos managed by Holiday Niseko, which thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic we have been able to book at record low prices.
These apartments are all located right in the heart of Hirafu which is a short stroll to many restaurants and cafes, as well as the site of the 2021 Niseko Food Festival.
We have elected to supply 2 accommodation offerings for our Autumn trip
- Standard Condo (5000 yen per person per night: Approx. 45 US dollars per night) An example of Standard Condo is shown here https://holidayniseko.com/avalon
- Premium Condo (7500 yen per person per night: Approx 63 US dollars per night)
An example of a Premium Condo is shown here https://holidayniseko.com/shiki-and-koyuki
Both the above options are fully furnished apartments the difference being the amount of luxury and square meterage on offer. Some are 2 bedroom, some 3 and some 4 bedroom and require a minimum number of guests.
We feel your best option would be to team up with some friends and try and rent out the the larger apartments as they usually come with a higher level of luxury.
If you are travelling with group we suggest you complete the process under one booking, or if you would like to book and pay separately, please send us an email with your plans and we will do our best to meet the needs of your group.
If you are travelling individually we can assist you with your sharing accommodation preferences.
If you have a specific request about your accommodation needs we would suggest having a chat to the friendly English-speaking (well, New Zealand anyway) staff at holiday Niseko.
Tel: +81 136 21 6221 firstname.lastname@example.org
List of some examples of Standard Condo’s
List of some Premium Condos
This trip features an ‘Adventure Day’ on day 2 of the trip. The activity depends on the season as the river is not always flowing to adventure rafting standards and downhill mountain biking is only available during operation of the Niseko Gondala, which may not be opening this season due to Covid.
For this trip you get the choice of 4 options
1. Golf day with the lads from Holiday Niseko
To see more about golf in Niseko with Holiday Niseko check out:
2. Adventure hike up Iwarunpuri.
This is an extinct volcano that is one of the highest peaks in the Niseko area and offers 360 views of the area and also views of some amazing natural onsens. A great introduction to the summits of the Niseko area and whilst a little steep, is still accessible by those with moderate fitness and won’t leave you hurting for days like it’s big brother, Yotei.
You can choose which adventure activity suits you best when you complete the enrolment and the cost of these are included in your package price.
3. Fly fishing with Hugo from Niseko Flyfishing
We are blessed with amazing fishing around Niseko and in our opinion fly fishing is fishing to its finest! Hokkaido has some of the best freshwater sport fishing in the world.
With crystal clear rivers fed by alpine snow melt, this is an experience to remember. This half day tour is led by Niseko’s grandmaster of fly fishing, Hugo Tremolo.
Hugo is the founder of Niseko Flyfishing and Tenkara. His love of the outdoors and travels brought him to Niseko a few years ago and he has loved every second of it and he has spent quite a few seasons here finding the best secret spots.
Come try your luck, discover a new sport or improve the skills you already have. From beginner to expert, we will adapt to your skills and will try our best to make you live the highlight of your summer!
Please note that Hugo wishes to provide full attention to his clients and also not overload the rivers so we have limited this option to the first three enrolments only, so if fishing is your thing get in fast!
4. No adventure option
If you would like just to do your own thing around Kutchan or Niseko or even do a day trip shopping to Sapporro city select this option and make your day!
If you have something else on your mind please slip us an email and we may be able to line it up for you under your package.
- Seat on charter bus for 5 days that picks up group from the airport to hotel, showcases the best of hokkaido then returns you to airport
- Lunch at Lake Toya
- Beer bingo on the bus
- Recycled jokes
- Entry to Nikka Distillery and whiskey tasting
- Ferry ticket to the island on Toya
All other entry for tours such ferry ride, onsen entry, whiskey tasting tour etc (excluding your ‘Adventure Day’ tour).
To enrol in this tour and select your options click the ‘book now’ icon at the top of this page.
Partial Payment Option
If you would like to secure your spot with a just a 10% partial payment, please select partial payment on the payment gateway located at the end of the payment process. A remainder payment of 90% is due 4 weeks prior to the event.
Should you wish to change your mind anytime before the 4 week period, a full refund will be provided.
As with all Niseko Military Leave trips you are also covered by our Covid Guarantee – so if your command changes your Hokkaido leave privileges, a full refund will always be provided.
We aim to make this trip as affordable as possible for families and have substantially discounted the price for kids for both the Standard and Premium Condo packages. For further information please check the “Child” ticket on the checkout page.
Hokkaido adventure tour
Itinerary and detailed info
2 hour Trip from New Chitose Airport to evening check in at Condo in Niseko
Discovery Lake Toya
9:30am- 10:30am depart Niseko Accomodation
Get bus to lake toya ( 1 hour )
10:30-11:30 get the ferry across to the island
11:30-2pm picnic lunch on the island. Optional swim in lake or short hike up trail
11:30-2pm picnic lunch on the island. Optional swim in lake or short hike up trail
2:30pm-3:00pm Short drive to Volcano science museum
3:00pm-4:00pm tour museum and ruins
4:00-5:00pm return to Niseko to experience the Niseko food festival
Bus will depart your Niseko accommodation around 9am for optional adventure activity day.
Return by 4pm so you can sample the delights of the Niseko food festival.
Shakotan and Nikka distillary
9:00 am-11:30am -Bus trip out through out through Iwani, out to Shakotan peninsula
11:30am- 2pm - Discover the Shakotan peninsula
2pm-3pm - Bus ride from Shakotan to Nika Whiskey distillery
3pm-4pm - Self guided trip of distillery and whiskey tasting
4pm-5pm - Return to accomodation
Airport transfer back to New Chitose Airport
7:00am sharp- 9am : Bus back to New chitose airport past the Majestic mount Yotei and Lake Shikostu for your flight back from New Chitose airport.
- Seat on charter bus for 5 days that picks up group from the aiport to hotel, showcases hokkaido then returns you to airport
- Breakfast for 3 mornings and a breakfast pack on early departure day
- Lunch at Lake Toya
- Beer bingo on the bus
- Recycled jokes
All other entry for tours such ferry ride, onsen entry, whiskey tasting tour etc ( excluding your ” adventure day tour ”
- Cost of your flights to New chitose
- Dinners and most lunches ( lunch is provided at Toya on one day )
- Cost of any additional tours not in the program such as the adventure day option
- Any damages to rooms or facilities
Should your access to Hokkaido be affected by your commands decision due to covid-19 Niseko ML offers a full refund.
This trip is a great introduction to the natural wonders of Hokkaido if you have a tight time and budget and also want a taste of adventure. If you are new to exploring Hokkaido this is a great place to start.
Yes. In fact most of our trips excluding the party night in Susukino are suitable for small children. We do carry one child seat that can take up to a 6 year old. If you are travelling with children please let us know via an email so we can cater to your needs better. We even have some childcare options with experienced qualified sitters.
With notice Niseko Military leave can call on some other experienced drivers and vehicles to help manage a larger group or even charter a 45 seater bus if required. Please contact us directly if you are managing a larger travelling group.
Breakfast is often supplied by our chosen hotel. If you do have some specific requirements please let us know in the notes section. Niseko is blessed with great convenience stores and many boutique restaurants so we are confident we can almost always find somewhere that suits your needs but if you do have particularly allergies or needs it may be wise to take a packed lunch or make contact with us ahead of time.
Japan does not have a culture of tipping. Neither the places we visit will be expecting tips and either will Niseko Military leave.
All we ask is if our service exceeded your expectations please tell your friends or leave a positive google review.
Specific Steps for this Trip
Step 1: Enroll on the bookings tab and select your preferred accommodation type. You also need to select your preferred adventure activity on adventure day. Once you get the payment gateway select partial payment to pay your small fully refundable deposit.
Step 2: Clear your leave with your Command and your spouse. ( We offer no position on who holds greater authority )
Step 3 : Purchase your flights. For this trip we recommend that you try to arrive at the New Chitose Airport well before our 7:30pm scheduled bus departure. If you purchasing Peach best the tickets that allow easy transfer or refund in this current Covid uncertainty.
For those flying from Okinawa don’t stress that our timetable is cutting it fine. We won’t leave without you. For those flying in from mainland, please try and beat the islanders to the bus stop.
Detailed flight information for those travelling from Okinawa
For those travelling from mainland please try and find a flight arriving at New Chitose before 6:00pm so a potential delay does not inconvenience the group.
For those traveling from Okinawa for our Hokkaido Autumn adventure we recommend booking the following Peach aviation flights once the status goes to Green light.
Okinawa to Sapporo Thursday the 16th of September
Sapporo to Okinawa Monday the 20th September
You can see the Peach aviation website in English here
For anybody wish to extend their time in Hokkaido it’s only an easy 40 minutes on an express train from the airport to the heart of Sapporro so one option you may wish to consider is return from Niseko with the group and then elect to continue on from the airport.
We will update more specific information about the bus terminal pickup once the trip goes greenlight.
Step 5: Jump on the chartered bus departing New Chitose airport ( Sapporro ) at 7:30pm on Thursday the 16th of September and let us take care of the rest of your Hokkaido adventure.
We will be returning the group to New Chitose Airport on Monday the 20th of September. Of your course your welcome to extend your time in Hokkaido if you wish !