Hokkaido holiday in Japan
Description of Hokkaido holiday in Japan
The high mountains, crystal lakes and wide open spaces of Hokkaido Island set it far apart from the hustle and bustle of southern Japan. During this trip keep an eye out for Kokkaido red foxes, as well as bears in Shiretoko and possible dolphin sightings on a Shiretoko cape cruise.
This is Japanís last wilderness region, boasting the nationís greatest concentration of national parks, re-known for its Volcanoes and geo thermal springs and brimming with a wonderful abundance of flora and fauna. A particular highlight for many is watching the Red-Crested Crane mating rituals in Kushiro.
As Tokyo swelters through long summer days Hokkaido savours warm, temperate weather ideal for hiking in the high peaks of Daisetsu-zan or relaxing by the crystal-clear waters of the islandís many caldera lakes. In winter arctic air from Siberia is drawn across Hokkaido, ensuring the plentiful snowfall that makes this area a popular winter sports destination and providing the raw materials for the fantastic annual Sapporo Snow Festival.
Western Hokkaido is readily accessed by public transport, but for those wishing to explore in more depth Hokkaidoís wide, empty roads make driving a delight. Self-drive itineraries of all lengths can be arranged to suit your interests and schedules.
PlanetThis itinerary shows the visitor to Japan a slower paced way of life and offers the opportunity to explore an area which is often overlooked among the tourist rush from city to city. Clients will have the chance to get out into the countryside and experience older, more traditional towns .The itinerary has a strong emphasis on experiencing the outdoors in an area of outstanding natural beauty with plenty of opportunity for walking.
Responsible Travel doesn't mean having to compromise on the enjoyment of your trip or the quality of your accommodation. We feel strongly that we should directly benefit the communities we visit whenever possible through sustainable travel, environmental protection and social projects, without sacrificing comfort or character.
Whilst we recognise that a vital element of any holiday is relaxation, we do try to encourage our clients to be aware of the impact they have on their destinations. For each booking, we provide notes on cultural sensitivities and our local guides brief our clients upon their arrival about environmental concerns and what they can do. We hope this will help to ensure the sustainability of our destinations and improve the quality of our clients' overall experience.
We ask that guests respect the environment throughout the trip to make sure they do not cause detrimental harm to the environment.
Ethical considerations are also part of our research and development process and we encourage feedback on our practices. Clients are asked to comment and make suggestions on our responsible practices when completing their post-trip questionnaire. In addition to this, as well as visiting destination-based initiatives whilst on their educational trips, our country specialists are encouraged to help continually improve our responsible travel initiatives.
PeopleAccommodation will be in small local hotels and traditional inns, helping to support local communities and allowing you to try the famous Japanese hospitality and local food.
Through client-specific notes in our tailor-made itineraries, we continue to actively recommend restaurants, shops and other local businesses so that the community is directly benefited. Most of these have been discovered by our country specialists.
We promote environmentally friendly tours and accommodation in a number of destinations. We prefer, where possible, to use smaller, locally owned ground agents. Not only does this ensure that it is the host community who are managing and benefiting from the local tourist industry, but we also believe that our clients will have a better trip as local agents have a much more intimate knowledge of the region.
We favour ground agents who have an awareness of responsible tourism policies and strong environmental commitment. Responsible practice is one of the principle criteria during the selection of new suppliers, and ethical initiatives form a fundamental element in our ground arrangements. Where available we recommend our clients stay in ethically responsible accommodation that aim to preserve the beauty of natural surroundings.