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Hokkaido: Asahiyama Zoo, Furano, Beiei Blue Pond 1-Day Tour

1. Hokkaido: Asahiyama Zoo, Furano, Beiei Blue Pond 1-Day Tour

Explore the region of Hokkaido in the winter on this adventurous day trip from Sapporo. Marvel at the internet-famous trees of Biei, visit the magical Furano's Ningle Terrace, and, depending on the season, see the roaring Shirahige Falls. Begin your day tour by meeting your driver in Sapporo. Head to Asahiyama Zoo and spend about 1.5 hours exploring and eating lunch. Renowned Asahiyama Zoo, Japan's northernmost zoo and a must-visit in winter. Unlike many other zoos, here the animals don't hide away during the cold season See adorable penguins take a walk in the snow (from December to March), clumsy raccoons crawl on top of their heads to make faces, curious seals play up and down in the glass column, and monkeys snuggle with each other to keep warm.On days when the zoo is closed, visit other attractions instead. Internet-famous trees of Biei and Four seasons color Hill of Furano area(Dec.1th to Mar.31th) Biei Blue Pond and Shirahige Falls (Apr.1th to Nov.30th) Between April 1 and November 30, your next stop is Biei Aoike. Spend around 30 minutes exploring this pond formed to intercept volcanic magma. Take a picture of the stunning blue water and compare it to the famous default Macbook photo. Next, continue to the Furano area,visit the roaring Shirahige Falls. It is 600 meters above sea level, located in the white gold hot spring town of Miei Town. It is named "White Beard Falls" because of the white whisker-like water that pours down from the crevasses in the rocks. Water gushing from the ground, lapping against the rocks, created a blue glow of spray. Here the mountains are green in summer and the snow is white in winter, and you can enjoy the contrast between the two seasons. If you're traveling between December 1 and March 31, 2024, marvel at the internet-famous trees of Biei instead. See the Ken & Merry Tree. Then visit Four Seasons Hill (approx. 40 minutes),When the winter is covered with snow, this time the four seasons color hill becomes a snow paradise, there are snowmobiles, sledding and other entertainment, even novice can enjoy the snow and nature. Finish your tour with a visit to the iconic Ningle Terrace in Furano. Explore this workshop built by a character in the novels of Japanese writer Satoshi Kuramoto. Stroll through the chalets and small shops and buy a handmade souvenir to remember your Hokkaido adventure. After finding your perfect souvenir, return to Sapporo.

Japan: eSim Mobile Data Plan

2. Japan: eSim Mobile Data Plan

Make your trip to Japan hassle-free with your convenient eSIM. Stay connected on your travels with high-speed coverage in Japan. Purchase and install your eSIM anytime and anywhere, and choose from a variety of data packages, validity options, and coverage in additional countries. Simply scan the eSIM QR code to access all your essential apps on your trip. Avoid the trouble of managing multiple SIMs with this zero-waste solution. Get one eSIM per device and top up by simply buying and activating additional eSIM plans as you go. Once activated, your coverage will begin according to your selected duration. Most devices released after 2019 are compatible with eSIM (e.g. iPhone XR, XS of models beyond, Google Pixel 4 and beyond). If you are unsure, please check the compatibility guideline photo to confirm eligibility. If you cannot connect to the internet after install this eSIM, please follow the Self Help Troubleshooting Guide in your GYG voucher. Carriers to use: Docomo/Softbank/KDDI

Hokkaido:Asahiyama Zoo, Shirahige Falls & Biei Pond Day Tour

3. Hokkaido:Asahiyama Zoo, Shirahige Falls & Biei Pond Day Tour

Explore the region of Hokkaido in winter on this adventurous day trip from Sapporo. Marvel at the lively Asahiyam Zoo, picture the internet-famous trees of Biei, visit the magical Shirahige Falls, and Biei Blue Pond. If your tour falls on one of the dates the Asahiyam Zoo is closed, take comfort in the white gold hot spring as an alternative. Begin your day by meeting your driver in Sapporo and heading straight to Asahiyama Zoo, Japan's northernmost zoo and a must-visit in winter, by bus. Explore the zoo and eat lunch at your own pace. Unlike many other zoos, the animals don't hide away during the cold season, so you can see them up close and personal. Marvel at penguins taking a walk in the snow (from December to March), clumsy raccoons making faces, curious seals playing up and down the glass column, and monkeys snuggling with each other to keep warm. Then, head to the fashionable Biei Christmas tree. Regardless of seasons and time, this tree is remarkable and well-known in Hokkaido. Take your time snapping photos of this internet icon. Your next stop is Biei Blue Pond. Explore the pond, formed to intercept volcanic magma, marvelling at its striking blue colour. Interestingly, the color of the water changes with its environment. Next, continue to the Furano area and visit the roaring Shirahige Falls. Based 600 meters above sea level, located in the white gold hot spring town of Miei Town, the falls are named the "White Beard Falls" because of the white whisker-like water that pours down from the crevasses in the rocks. Head back to Sapporo having had your fill of stunning nature in Hokkaido.

Asahikawa Airport to/from Furano Private Transfer

4. Asahikawa Airport to/from Furano Private Transfer

Enjoy a safe and reliable private airport transfer with a 24-hour service between Asahikawa Airport and your accommodation in Furano city center.  Be greeted by your driver who will be waiting for you at the arrival hall with a sign displaying your name. No need to worry in case of a flight delay — your driver will track your flight. Save yourself having to carry heavy bags and navigating the public transportation system, and take comfort knowing that all vehicles are regularly maintained to high-quality standards.

Hokkaido:Icebreaker Cruise-Ⅲ IMERU, Asahiyama Zoo 1-Day Tour

5. Hokkaido:Icebreaker Cruise-Ⅲ IMERU, Asahiyama Zoo 1-Day Tour

After assembling at the designated location in the morning, embark on a full-day Hokkaido Icebreaker Cruise adventure. First Stop: Head to Asahiyama Zoo and spend about 1.5 hours exploring and eating lunch. Renowned Asahiyama Zoo, Japan's northernmost zoo and a must-visit in winter. Unlike many other zoos, here the animals don't hide away during the cold season. See adorable penguins take a walk in the snow (from December to March), clumsy raccoons crawl on top of their heads to make faces, curious seals play up and down in the glass column, and monkeys snuggle with each other to keep warm. Next, the highlight of today's itinerary awaits, at around 4:00 PM. Board the Icebreaker Sightseeing Ship GARINKO III IMERU, named after the Ainu word for "light." This enhanced vessel, weighing 370 tons and stretching 45 meters in length, reaches speeds of approximately 30 kilometers per hour, allowing it to cover more distance in the same amount of time, enabling you to see more ice flows! IMERU III is distinguished by its large drilling head, which proves its worth in seasons with heavier ice. Watch the impressive spectacle of the ship's bow boldly breaking through the ice from the ship's front cabin located on the first floor. Marvel at the breathtaking ice flow under the striking play of colors. Riding the Icebreaker Sightseeing Ship "IMERU" offers an unforgettable experience. Join us to witness the vast expanse of ice flows on the sea! Finally, return to Sapporo city center, with an estimated arrival and dispersal time of 10:00 PM - 10:30 PM (estimated arrival time, subject to change based on daily weather and road conditions; your understanding is appreciated). (Drop off location is different from the pick-up location.)

Hokkaido: Asahikawa Airport Mobile WiFi Rental

6. Hokkaido: Asahikawa Airport Mobile WiFi Rental

Access the internet anytime, anywhere with 4G LTE mobile WiFi provided by NINJA WiFi. No longer will you have to worry about finding your way without access to maps or missing important updates from friends and family. We have everything covered with our secure, easy to use WiFi routers. You can connect up to 5 devices at once to each router. Whether you are coming to Japan for business and you need to connect multiple phones, computers and/or tablets, to the internet, or are travelling for pleasure with a group of friends or family who all want internet access, we have you covered. Pick up your mobile WiFi router in Asahikawa Airport to start using WiFi immediately. We also offer many ways to return your device, whether it be by dropping it off at any of our counters in major Japanese airports, at our counter in Shinjuku, Tokyo, or shipping it to us from anywhere in Japan. *If you wish to have a different return location than your pick-up location, please contact info@ninjawifi.com as soon as possible. Mobile WiFi is a 21st century necessity that makes travelling much more fun and easy. We offer flexible plans from 5 days to 30 days, so you can choose what suits you best. Add Full Insurance, a Mobile Battery, or a Pocketalk mobile translator to your order once you've put the device in your cart.

Asahikawa Airport to/from Asahikawa City Private Transfer

7. Asahikawa Airport to/from Asahikawa City Private Transfer

Enjoy a safe and reliable private airport transfer with a 24-hour service between Asahikawa Aiport and your accommodation in Asahikawa city center. Be greeted by your driver who will be waiting for you at the arrival hall with a sign displaying your name. Your driver will track your flight so you won't have to worry in case of a flight delay. Save yourself having to carry heavy bags and navigating the public transportation system and take comfort knowing that all vehicles are regularly maintained to high-quality standards.

From Sapporo: 10-hour Customized Private Tour to Furano

8. From Sapporo: 10-hour Customized Private Tour to Furano

Explore the region of Hokkaido in the winter on this adventurous day trip from Sapporo. Marvel at the internet-famous trees of Biei, visit the magical Furano's Ningle Terrace, and, depending on the season, see the roaring Shirahige Falls. Begin your day tour by meeting your driver in Sapporo. Head to Asahiyama Zoo and spend about 1.5 hours exploring and eating lunch. Renowned Asahiyama Zoo, Japan's northernmost zoo and a must-visit in winter. Unlike many other zoos, where the animals don't hide away during the cold season See adorable penguins walk in the snow (from December to March), clumsy raccoons crawl on top of their heads to make faces, curious seals play up and down in the glass column, and monkeys snuggle with each other to keep warm. On days when the zoo is closed, visit other attractions instead. Internet-famous trees of Biei and Four Seasons Color Hill of Furano area(Dec. 1st to Mar.31th) Biei Blue Pond and Shirahige Falls (Apr. 1st to Nov.30th) Between April 1 and November 30, your next stop is Biei Aoike. Spend around 30 minutes exploring this pond formed to intercept volcanic magma. Please take a picture of the stunning blue water and compare it to the famous default Macbook photo. Next, continue to the Furano area, and visit the roaring Shirahige Falls. It is 600 meters above sea level, located in the white gold hot spring town of Miei Town. It is named "White Beard Falls" because of the white whisker-like water that pours down from the crevasses in the rocks. Water gushing from the ground, lapping against the rocks, created a blue spray glow. Here the mountains are green in summer and the snow is white in winter, and you can enjoy the contrast between the two seasons. If you're travelling between December 1 and March 31, 2024, marvel at the internet-famous trees of Biei instead. See the Ken & Merry Tree. Then visit Four Seasons Hill (approx. 40 minutes), When the winter is covered with snow, this time the Four Seasons colour Hill becomes a snow paradise, there are snowmobiles, sledging and other entertainment, and even novices can enjoy the snow and nature. Finish your tour with a visit to the iconic Ningle Terrace in Furano. Explore this workshop built by a character in the novels of Japanese writer Satoshi Kuramoto. Stroll through the chalets and small shops and buy a handmade souvenir to remember your Hokkaido adventure. After finding your perfect souvenir, return to Sapporo.

New-Chitose Airport to/form Rusutsu Village Private transfer

9. New-Chitose Airport to/form Rusutsu Village Private transfer

Enjoy a safe and reliable private airport transfer with a 24-hour service between Asahikawa Airport and your accommodation in Furano city center.  Be greeted by your driver who will be waiting for you at the arrival hall with a sign displaying your name. No need to worry in case of a flight delay — your driver will track your flight. Save yourself having to carry heavy bags and navigating the public transportation system, and take comfort knowing that all vehicles are regularly maintained to high-quality standards.

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What people are saying about Asahikawa

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 4 reviews

I’m glad I joined the snowmobile activity, it was the highlight of my Hokkaido trip. Rita made sure everybody was on their toes; she did an incredible job providing bits and pieces of info about the places, no information overload, just the practical ones. She was enthusiastic from the beginning to end. She even recommended lots of places to visit, shop and dine in Sapporo.

All was ok especially the guide name Rita was awesome! One disappointing factor would be, we didn't get to go Bei Bei Pond and it was written on the title of this tour we booked. Ken n Mary tree can skip out of the itinerary in future, nothing much to be honest.

Ms. Rita, our tour guide really speaks well and gives extra tips and information as well as the history of some places we have been. Also the driver, drives safely amidst heavy snowfall and slippery roads.

Excellent way to get outside of Sapporo and see a sampling of Hokkaido. Our guide, Rita, was outstanding, friendly, so helpful and accessible :)

The eSim card worked as soon as I arrived to Japan. I have been able to use the data plan with no issues.