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Hakodate

Facing out on two bays, Hakodate is a 19th-century port town, with clapboard buildings on sloping streets, a dockside tourist zone, streetcars, and fresh fish on every menu. In the downtown historic quarter, a mountain rises 1,100 feet above the city on the southern point of the narrow peninsula. Russians, Americans, Chinese, and Europeans have all left their mark; this was one of the first three Japanese ports the Meiji government opened up to international trade in 1859. The main sights around the foot of Mt. View more

Hakodate can be done in a day, but the city is best appreciated with an overnight stay for the illumination in the historic area, the night views from either the mountain or the fort tower, and the fish market at dawn. City transport is easy to navigate and English information is readily available. Evening departure trains from Tokyo arrive here at dawn—perfect for fish-market breakfasts.

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Discover the local lifestyle, culture and history of Hakodate during this scenic, half-day orientation tour of the city.


Goryokaku Park and Tower

Depart the pier for the brief drive to Goryokaku Park. The park is home to the remaining walls of Japan's first Western-style fort. The fort is named Goryokaku, or 'Pentagon Fort' due to its star shape. Nothing is left of the citadel, which was constructed by the Togukawa Shogunate to defend Japan against the threats from the north. During your visit, you can ride the elevator up to the Observation Deck of the 351-foot-tall (107-metre-tall) tower at the park entrance, and take in splendid views of the park, fort, Mt. Hakodate and the downtown area.


Hakodate Morning Market

Next, re-board your coach and drive to the Hakodate Morning Market. Upon arrival, take a guided stroll through this bustling market, which is engulfed by cars and people from the time the 400 stalls open at 5 a.m. Discover an abundance of fresh fish and seafood, including squid, salmon eggs, sea urchins and the hairy crabs for which Hokkaido is famous. The market also offers fresh, locally-grown vegetables, along with flowers and household goods.


Mount Hakodate

Leaving Hakodate Morning Market, your drive proceeds up to the Mount Hakodate Overlook, or 'Hakodateyama'. Upon arrival, take one way only the Hakodate Ropeway (cable car) up to the all-weather observatory at the 1,100-foot (335-metre) summit, which offers panoramic views over the surrounding area (weather permitting).


Following your visit, re-board your coach for the approximate 40-minute drive back to the pier.

Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking for approximately 1 mile (1.6 kilometres), with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach, 20 steps at the aerial cable car on Mt. Hakodate and up to 40 steps at the Goryokaku Tower. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear lightweight, comfortable clothing, and carry a sweater or windbreaker for the visit at Mt. Hakodate; you need one if you opt to walk around outside the observatory. Sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses are also recommended. Japanese Yen is required for any purchases. The view from Goryokaku Tower and the Mt, Hakodate observatory is weather permitting.

Explore the picturesque beauty and landmarks of Hakodate during this full-day sightseeing excursion to the city and its environs.


Goryokaku Park and Hakodate Magistrate's Office

Depart the pier for the brief drive to the Goryokaku Park. The park is home to the remaining walls of Japan's first Western-style fort. The fort is named Goryokaku or 'Pentagon Fort' due to its star shape. Nothing is left of the citadel, which was constructed by the Togukawa Shogunate to defend Japan and the Magistrate's office against the threats from the north. At Goryokaku Tower, guests will ride the elevator up to the Observation Deck of the 351 foot tall (107 metre tall) tower at the park entrance, and take in splendid views of the park, fort, Mt. Hakodate and the downtown area. Enjoy a stroll through the park to the Hakodate Magistrate's Office, which provides a stunning example of traditional Samurai (Edo) architecture.


Hakodate Morning Market and Lunch

Next, re-board your coach and drive to the Hakodate Morning Market. Upon arrival, take a guided stroll through this bustling market, which is engulfed by cars and people from the time the 400 stalls open at 5 a.m. Discover an abundance of fresh fish and seafood, including squid, salmon eggs, sea urchins and the hairy crabs for which Hokkaido is famous. The garden also offers fresh, locally-grown vegetables, along with flowers and household goods. Lunch at the local hotel (Western style set menu).


After lunch, re-board your coach and drive to the Mount Hakodate Overlook, or 'Hakodateyama'.


Mount Hakodate Overlook

Your tour continues with a drive to the Mount Hakodate Overlook or 'Hakodateyama'. Upon arrival, take one way only the Hakodate Ropeway (cable car) up to the all-weather observatory at the 1,100-foot (335-metre) summit, which offers panoramic views over the surrounding area (weather permits).


Kanamori Red Brick Warehouse

Following your visit at Mt. Hakodate, re-board your coach and drive down to the Kanamori Red Brick Warehouse area. Remodelled in 1988 as part of the redevelopment of Hakodate's waterfront, this area's old, red-brick warehouses have been converted into bars and restaurants.


Your tour concludes with an approximate 30-minute drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking, with approximately 1.5 miles (2.4 kilometres), with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach, 20 steps at the aerial cable car on Mt. Hakodate and up to 40 steps at the Goryokaku Tower. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear lightweight, comfortable clothing, and carry a sweater or windbreaker for the visit at Mt. Hakodate; you will need one if you opt to walk around outside the observatory. Sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses are also recommended. Japanese Yen is required for any purchases. The view from Goryokaku Tower and the Mt. Hakodate is dependent upon weather conditions. Guests wishing to enter the Magistrate's office are required to remove their shoes, therefore guests must be wearing socks to experience this portion of the tour.

Hakodate Museum and Mount Hakodate

Take a journey through Northern Japan's epic past during this scenic and informative half-day museum tour of Hakodate, with a visit to Mount Hakodate and the waterfront red brick warehouse district.


Hakodate City Museum of Northern Peoples

Depart the pier for the morning drive into Hakodate and the Hakodate City Museum of Northern Peoples, which is located in an old bank building on the Motoi-zaka slope leading away from the consulate. During your visit, you view exhibits of valuable tools and ethnological materials that were collected over many years by Professors Osamu Baba and Sakuzaemon Kodama, and used by the Ainu people in their daily life. Learn about the people across Eastern Siberia and the Alaskan Islands.


Mount Hakodate

Next, your drive proceeds up to the Mount Hakodate Overlook, or 'Hakodateyama'. Reaching the summit with the Hakodate Ropeway(cable car), arrive at the observatory at 1,100 feet (335 metres) for panoramic views over the surrounding area. After admiring the vista, drive back to downtown Hakodate to the Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse district.


Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse Area

This waterfront area was once the site of shipyards and foreign settlements and since about 1879, it prospered as a warehouse zone. The original buildings were destroyed by fire but were rebuilt in 1909. The Kanemori logo on these buildings once symbolized the trade-port of Hakodate. Re-modeled in 1988 as part of a waterfront area redevelopment with a theme of 'the old and the new', these buildings house shops, restaurants, galleries and meeting areas, while still offering a glimpse into Hakodate's golden age of shipping.


Following some free time to explore, re-board your coach for the return drive to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate to extensive amount of walking with 40 steps at the aerial cable car on Mt. Hakodate and up to 70 steps at the top of the mountain as well as 40 steps at the museum. This tour is suitable for guests who utilise a wheelchair but must be able to embark and disembark the coach on their own. Guests are advised to wear lightweight, comfortable clothing, and bring a sweater or jacket as it may be cool at the summit. Japanese Yen is required for any purchases. The view from Goryokaku Tower and the Mt. Hakodate is dependent upon the weather conditions. At Hakodate City Museum of Northern Peoples, no flash photography or food is permitted inside.

Indulge your senses with the pristine natural beauty of Hakodate during this invigorating walking tour at Onuma National Park.


Onuma National Park

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximate one-hour drive to Onuma National Park, which is renowned for its picturesque, island-dotted lakes and dormant volcano, Mount Komaga-take. At approximately 3,937 feet (about1,200 metres), Mount Komaga-take is a prominent feature of the landscape in this part of southern Hokkaido.


Thanks to a temperate climate and a combination of heavy rainfall and melting snow, the area is a paradise for bird-life and boasts an abundance of diverse vegetation. The park's most attractive area is located between the two lakes, Onuma and Konuma (large and small lakes), which are explored on foot during your 1.5-2-hour guided nature walking tour.


The walking trails meander between the lakes' peninsulas and islands, several of which are connected by small bridges. Your guide serves as a translator for the Japanese-speaking nature guide.


Following your walking tour, re-board your coach for the approximate one-hour drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking for approximately 4.5 miles, (7.2 kilometres) at times over uneven ground, for 2 hours. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear lightweight, comfortable clothing with closed-toe walking shoes, and bring sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, a camera, and bottled water from the ship. Japanese Yen is required for any purchases. Operation of this tour is subject to favourable weather conditions. Space on this tour is limited; we suggest you book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Panoramic Mt. Hakodate & Sushi

Embrace the picturesque beauty and flavours of the 'Gateway to Hokkaido' during this half-day excursion to Mount Hakodate with a traditional sushi lunch.


Mount Hakodate

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximate 30-minute drive up to the Mount Hakodate Overlook, or 'Hakodateyama'. Upon arrival, take the Hakodate Ropeway (cable car) up to the all-weather observatory at the 1,100-foot (335-metre) summit, which offers panoramic views over the surrounding area (weather permits). Following your visit, drive back to downtown Hakodate and visit a Kaiten Zushi restaurant.


Tuna Demonstration and Sushi Lunch

A 'kaiten-zushi' restaurant offers sushi dishes to its diners on a conveyor belt. Guests can freely pick the dishes they like as they pass in front of them, or order dishes that are not available on the conveyor belt. Usually, the number of plates is counted to determine the cost at the end of the meal. These are the way how the Kaiten-zushi restaurant works. For this special arrangement, you are offered to pick up (or order) any dishes as much as you want. Also, you will observe a demonstration of how fresh tuna is 'broken up' and sit down to a sushi lunch. This freshly 'broken up' tuna is also available for you to order.


After lunch, re-board your coach for the approximate 30-minute drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 0.4 miles (600 metres), with 20 steps to negotiate at the aerial cable car on Mt. Hakodate. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair; the coach cannot accommodate electric scooters. Guests are advised to wear lightweight, comfortable clothing, and carry a sweater or windbreaker for the visit at Mt. Hakodate; you will need one if you opt to walk around outside the observatory. Sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses are also recommended. The fish which will be broken up and served is generally tuna; however this is subject to availability and other fish may be substituted. Japanese Yen is required for any purchases. Space on this tour is limited; we suggest you to book in advance to avoid disappointment. The view from the Mt, Hakodate observatory is dependent upon the weather conditions.

Motomachi District on Foot

Discover the beauty, culture and charm of Hakodate on-foot during this delightful, half-day walking tour through this historic city.


Hakodate Morning Market

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 30-minute transfer to Hakodate Station. Upon arrival, take a guided stroll through the bustling Hakodate Morning Market, which is engulfed by cars and people from the time the 400 stalls open at 5 a.m. Discover an abundance of fresh fish and seafood, including squid, salmon eggs, sea urchins and the hairy crabs for which Hokkaido is famous. The garden also offers fresh, locally-grown vegetables, along with flowers and household goods.


Motomachi District and Churches

Next, board a tram at the Hakodate-ekimae Tram Station for the short ride to Jujigai Station. Upon arrival, walk up the inclined streets of the Motomachi District. Along the way, see historic churches such as the Gothic-style Motomachi Roman Catholic Church, famous for the altar presented to it by Pope Benedict XV. The view from atop the hill is stunning, and reflects the contrast between the hill, churches and shoreline.


Mount Hakodate and Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse

Your tour continues with a Hakodate Ropeway cable car-ride up to the all-weather observatory at the 1,100-foot (335-metre) summit, which offers spectacular panoramic vistas over the surrounding area (weather permitting). Afterward the cable car down, your walking tour continues on-foot to the Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse. Remodelled in 1988 as part of the redevelopment of Hakodate's waterfront, this area's old, red-brick warehouses have been converted into bars and restaurants. Some free time is made available here for shopping and exploration before returning to the Jujigai Station for the tram-ride to the Hakodate-mae Station. Upon arrival, commence the approximately 30-minute shuttle transfer back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking for approximately 4 miles (about 6.4 kilometres), with inclines in the Motomachi District, a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach, 40 steps at the cable car station and 70 steps at the top of Mt. Hakodate. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes, and bring sun protection and a light sweater or jacket from the ship. Proper attire is required to enter the cathedral; shorts and bare shoulders are not permitted. Loud talking is not permitted inside the church. On Sunday mornings, church holidays and during weddings, tour groups are not allowed inside churches during services; guests may have a chance to visit the church independently. Japanese Yen is required for any purchases. The view from the Mt, Hakodate observatory is dependent upon weather conditions. An escort is provided for 10 or more participants. Changes in shuttle bus departure times may shorten or increase the total tour duration. Space on this tour is very limited; we suggest you to book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Car & Guide (Half Day)

Explore Hakodate at your leisure during your half-day (4-hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 5 days prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Guide is English-speaking. Participation is limited to 2 guests per car. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary. Due to the limited availability of qualified English-speaking guides in this region, this service is in very limited supply and at a premium.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Car & Guide (Full Day)

Explore Hakodate at your leisure during your full-day (8-hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 5 days prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Guide is English-speaking. Participation is limited to 2 guests per car. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary. Due to the limited availability of qualified English-speaking guides in this region, this service is in very limited supply and at a premium.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Van & Guide (Half Day)

Explore Hakodate at your leisure during your half-day (4-hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 5 days prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Guide is English-speaking. Participation is limited to up to 5 guests per van. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this programme. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary. Due to the limited availability of qualified English-speaking guides in this region, this service is in very limited supply and at a premium.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Van & Guide (Full Day)

Explore Hakodate at your leisure during your full-day (8-hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.

Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.

Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 5 days prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Guide is English-speaking. Participation is limited to up to 5 guests per van. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this programme. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary. Due to the limited availability of qualified English-speaking guides in this region, this service is in very limited supply and at a premium.

Landprogramme in Hakodate

3NT PRE-CRUSIE: FACES OF HOKKAIDO

Immerse yourself into the natural wonders of Hokkaido, northernmost Island of Japan. Known for its place of pristine wilderness, the clear lakes, gentle hills, vast marshland, dense forests and hotsprings will show you an unexpected side to Japan. In this tour, you can see various aspects of Hokkaido. Take a walk in Onuma National Park in the shadow of a majestic dormant volcano. Taste the distinctive flavours of the region and visit a spectacular 1920's villa.



Please check with your travel professional for details regarding visa requirements for Japan. It is the responsibility of the guest to obtain appropriate visa documents before your cruise.


Please note this program begins at the New Chitose Airport in Saporro, Japan


DAY 1 - NEW CHITOSE AIRPORT (SAPORRO) / OTARU

A Silversea representative meets you as you exit from the luggage hall. The drive to Otaru is approximately 1 hour. Once there, check in to your hotel and enjoy the rest of the day to relax or explore the town on your own. With a charming canal and a lively city center a nice walk around the area will refresh you. All meals are on your own account.


Overnight at the Grand Park Otaru - Otaru, Japan


DAY 2 - OTARU / LAKE TOYA

Following breakfast at the hotel this morning, begin a full day of sightseeing with a stop at the Aoyama Villa, which dates from 1922. The sliding doors contain works by prominent artists and writers from that time. No expense was spared in its construction and the large building is filled with traditional calligraphy, Japanese paintings, intricate woodwork and handcrafted roof tiles uncommon to the area.


The next stop is not what many visitors to Japan expect to find - a whiskey distillery! The Nikka Yoichi distillery has consistently won awards from the SMWS (Scotch Malt Whiskey Society) and the ISC (International Spirits Challenge). Naturally you'll have time to sample 'a wee dram' before continuing on your way to a local restaurant for lunch.


A leisurely drive after lunch will allow you to relax as you make your way towards Mount Usu. A cable car ride takes you up to the observatory from where you can see evidence of volcanic activity as well as a panorama over Lake Toya. From here, continue onward to Mount Showashinzan. Once a farm, the volcano erupted in 1944 and this mountain is the result of that event. Another cable car ride provides you with spectacular panoramic views.


Proceed north to Lake Toya, where your overnight accommodations are waiting. The Windsor Hotel Toya was the host of the G8 Summit that took place here in 2008. Their hotsprings are quite famous and you are more than welcome to enjoy them.


Overnight at the Windsor Hotel Toya - Lake Toya, Japan



Day 3 - LAKE TOYA / HAKODATE

Following breakfast at the hotel, start today with a lengthy (2 hr.) drive to visit to Onuma Quasi National Park. This picturesque spot has a unique view of the local scenery, including Mount Komagatake, a majestic dormant volcano. Stroll along the lake and revel in the flora and fauna that was so much a part of the Ainu peoples lives.


Lunch is served at a local restaurant after which you will have a short introduction to this region. Stop at the Hakodate City Museum, where an exhibit of the local indigenous people will certainly bring to mind some of the beautiful sights you've seen in the last couple of days. Then a short walking tour in the historic area of Hakodate will present even more of the history of this region.


Late afternoon check-in to your hotel and enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure. Dinner this evening is on your own.


Overnight at La Vista Hakodate - Hakodate, Japan

For rates and availability please contact Silversea Cruises


Program Inclusions:

One night stay at the Grand Park Otaru, Otaru - Ocean View Superior Room

One night stay at the Windsor Hotel Toya, Lake Toya - Standard Lake View Room

One night stay at La Vista Hakodate, Hakodate - Deluxe Room

Daily breakfast, two lunches and one dinner

All tours and admission fees as per itinerary

Transfers between airport, hotel and pier in air-conditioned vehicles (where appropriate)


Luggage Information:

All luggage will travel with you during this program. Please note that luggage limitations for domestic Japanese flights may differ from limitations for international flights. Any charges for luggage imposed by the airline are the responsibility of the guest.


Visa Information:

Please check with your travel professional for details regarding visa requirements for Japan. It is the responsibility of each guest to obtain all appropriate visas on a timely basis before cruising.


Accessibility:

The sights visited on this program are not well equipped for mobility-impaired guests; therefore we do not recommend this tour to those guests with limited mobility or those who rely upon a wheelchair.


Vaccinations:

Consult your physician for information regarding vaccinations or medications that may be appropriate for your state of health.


Please note:


All Land Programs require a minimum number of participants in order to operate as described. If this minimum number is not obtained, Silversea reserves the right to offer the program at a different rate based on private arrangements, or to cancel a specific departure.


This description is a general overview of the highlights of this program. The local Silversea representative will do everything possible to insure that all of the sites described here are visited, though the tour sequence and specific sites mentioned is subject to change. Closure of some sites due to local or national holiday observances, flight schedules, weather or other factors may affect the program, and the local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if necessary.


Gratuities to guides/drivers, meals and alcoholic drinks other than those noted in itinerary, and other personal expenses are not included in the price of this tour. This program is subject to a 100% penalty for any cancellation notices received 90 days or less prior to sailing.


All Land Adventure fares are subject to change and are not guaranteed until payment is received in full by Silversea. All Land Adventures are non-transferable and non-refundable for any reason, within 90 days of sailing and are recommended to guests 18 years or age and older. Our local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if local situations, including holidays and weather, require. Silversea shall have no obligation or liability of any kind to guests for the business practices, acts or omissions in connection with or arising out of arrangements with independent contractors, including but not limited to airline carriers, ground-tour operators, and hotels since they are neither agents for nor employees of Silversea Cruises. Silversea's liability does not extend beyond the vessel.

2NT POST-CRUISE: FACES OF HOKKAIDO

Immerse yourself into the natural wonders of Hokkaido, northernmost Island of Japan. Known for its place of pristine wilderness, the clear lakes, gentle hills, vast marshland, dense forests and hotsprings will show you an unexpected side to Japan. In this tour, you can see various aspects of Hokkaido. Take a walk in Onuma National Park in the shadow of a majestic dormant volcano. Taste the distinctive flavours of the region and visit a spectacular 1920's villa.



Please check with your travel professional for details regarding visa requirements for Japan. It is the responsibility of the guest to obtain appropriate visa documents before your cruise.


Please note this program concludes at the New Chitose Airport in Saporro, Japan


DAY 1 - HAKODATE / LAKE TOYA

A Silversea representative meets you as you disembark. Once luggage is collected, proceed to the city's Morning market to see the array of fish, seafood and vegetables on display. Continue on to a visit of the Museum of Northern Peoples where the life and culture of the indigenous "Ainu" people are presented.


Following a local lunch (Western set menu), enjoy a visit to Onuma Quasi National Park. This picturesque spot has a unique view of the local scenery, including Mount Komagatake, a majestic, dormant volcano. Stroll along the lake and revel in the flora and fauna that was so much a part of the Ainu peoples lives.


Proceed north to Lake Toya, where your overnight accommodations are waiting. The Windsor Hotel Toya was the host of the G8 Summit that took place here in 2008. Their hotsprings are quite famous and you are more than welcome to enjoy them.


Overnight at the Windsor Hotel Toya - Lake Toya, Japan


DAY 2 - LAKE TOYA / OTARU

Following breakfast this morning, check-out of the hotel and go for a drive around the area. Mount Showashinzan was once a farm. The volcano erupted in 1944 and this mountain is the result of that event. A cable car ride provides you with spectacular panoramic views.


Continue north from Lake Toya and stop at Niseko, another popular resort. Lunch will be served here. Then, surprising to many visitors, stop at the Nikka Yoichi distillery. Two products in particular -' Taketsuru' and 'Yoichi' have won a number of awards from the Scotch Malt Whisky Society, the ISC (International Spirits Challenge) and the World Whiskey Awards. Tour the distillery, and of course, enjoy what they call in Scotland a 'wee dram'.


End the day in Otaru. With a charming canal and a lively city center you'll enjoy some leisure time to walk about on your own. Dinner this evening is on your own account.


Overnight at the Hotel Nord - Otaru, Japan



Day 3 - OTARU / NEW CHITOSE AIRPORT (SAPORRO)

Following breakfast at the hotel, take a short tour of one of the popular sightseeing spots as you make your way to the airport in Saporro. The Aoyama Villa was built in 1922 by a prosperous local merchant. The sliding doors contain works by prominent artists and writers from that time. No expense was spared in its construction and the large building is filled with traditional calligraphy, Japanese paintings, intricate woodwork and handcrafted roof tiles uncommon to the area.


Continue on from here to the New Chitose Airport in Saporro where you say good-bye to your guide and start your journey homeward.


For rates and availability please contact Silversea Cruises


Program Inclusions:

One night stay at the Windsor Hotel Toya, Lake Toya - Standard Lake View Room

One night stay at the Hotel Nord, Otaru - Standard Room

Daily breakfast, two lunches and one dinner

All tours and admission fees as per itinerary

Transfers between airport, hotel and pier in air-conditioned vehicles (where appropriate)


Luggage Information:

All luggage will travel with you during this program. Please note that luggage limitations for domestic Japanese flights may differ from limitations for international flights. Any charges for luggage imposed by the airline are the responsibility of the guest.


Visa Information:

Please check with your travel professional for details regarding visa requirements for Japan. It is the responsibility of each guest to obtain all appropriate visas on a timely basis before cruising.


Accessibility:

The sights visited on this program are not well equipped for mobility-impaired guests; therefore we do not recommend this tour to those guests with limited mobility or those who rely upon a wheelchair.


Vaccinations:

Consult your physician for information regarding vaccinations or medications that may be appropriate for your state of health.


Please note:


All Land Programs require a minimum number of participants in order to operate as described. If this minimum number is not obtained, Silversea reserves the right to offer the program at a different rate based on private arrangements, or to cancel a specific departure.


This description is a general overview of the highlights of this program. The local Silversea representative will do everything possible to insure that all of the sites described here are visited, though the tour sequence and specific sites mentioned is subject to change. Closure of some sites due to local or national holiday observances, flight schedules, weather or other factors may affect the program, and the local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if necessary.


Gratuities to guides/drivers, meals and alcoholic drinks other than those noted in itinerary, and other personal expenses are not included in the price of this tour. This program is subject to a 100% penalty for any cancellation notices received 90 days or less prior to sailing.


All Land Adventure fares are subject to change and are not guaranteed until payment is received in full by Silversea. All Land Adventures are non-transferable and non-refundable for any reason, within 90 days of sailing and are recommended to guests 18 years or age and older. Our local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if local situations, including holidays and weather, require. Silversea shall have no obligation or liability of any kind to guests for the business practices, acts or omissions in connection with or arising out of arrangements with independent contractors, including but not limited to airline carriers, ground-tour operators, and hotels since they are neither agents for nor employees of Silversea Cruises. Silversea's liability does not extend beyond the vessel.

Hotels in Hakodate

PRE-CRUISE SIMPLY HOTEL: LA VISTA HAKODATE

La Vista Hakodate features natural hot-spring baths and a healing spa. The art deco rooms are inspired by the Taisho period. Dining options include a Japanese buffet breakfast, Spanish dining at Casa de Norte and seafood shabu-shabu at Kai Foo Rou.

POST-CRUISE SIMPLY HOTEL: LA VISTA HAKODATE

La Vista Hakodate features natural hot-spring baths and a healing spa. The art deco rooms are inspired by the Taisho period. Dining options include a Japanese buffet breakfast, Spanish dining at Casa de Norte and seafood shabu-shabu at Kai Foo Rou.