Natural beauty, gourmet food and famous attractions await on this Hokkaido day trip which focuses on the stunning Shakotan area. The tour visits the Yoichi Nikka Whiskey Distillery, Cape Kamui, Shimamui Coast and Bikuni Port to board the glass bottomed boat ... More info ›
Natural beauty, gourmet food and famous attractions await on this Hokkaido day trip which focuses on the stunning Shakotan area. The tour visits the Yoichi Nikka Whiskey Distillery, Cape Kamui, Shimamui Coast and Bikuni Port to board the glass bottomed boat. Also enjoy a delicious seafood rice bowl lunch featuring lots of sea urchin, the local delicacy.
After meeting with your tour conductor, head to the first location Yoichi Nikka Whiskey Distillery, an old distillery built in 1934, which produces some of the finest whiskey in the world. Experience the impressive architectures of Still House and study the changes in color and aroma of whiskey overtime while walking around the main buildings and tasting samples.
After an hour at the distillery (and feeling a little light-headed from the early morning whiskey tasting), getting some fresh air and appreciating the breathtaking natural scenery is just the answer as the tour heads to Cape Kamui. Spend 50 minute taking in the wonderful views of Shakotan and you will find out exactly why the sea around Shakotan is nicknamed 'Shakotan Blue'. Take a stroll to the tip of Cape Kamui and enjoy the fabulous combination of the blue sky, the blue sea, wild flowers and the grandiosity of steep cliffs.
The morning activities are likely to have worked up a hunger, so enjoy a 45 minute lunch at Ushio, a restaurant with excellent view of the sea. The menu is a sea urchin rice bowl lunch, a local delicacy of Shakotan.
A perfect way to digest your meal is to contemplate the spectacular views of the Shimamui Coast, one of the 100 most beautiful coasts of Japan. The impressive azure sea on one side, together with colorful flowers on the cliffs on the other, is stunning.
After about 30 minutes, head to the last destination of the tour Bikuni Port to ride the glass-bottomed boat for 40 minutes to see the 'Shakotan Blue' sea up close. A chance to spot wildlife is also highly likely such as sea-eagles, seals, sea-lions and other marine creatures. Relaxing on a bat with nothing but nature is a perfect way to conclude the tour!
Then the tour bus will head back to Sapporo, Otaru and Oyachi area. The approximate arrival time is between 16:20 and 18:00.