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Primary Forest Trekking Tour

World Natural Heritage Site Shiretoko National Park

Primary Forest Trekking Tour

Trek in the secluded forest of Shiretoko only made possible with a certified professional guide on a special private tour offering access to secluded areas off the beaten path.

Season:May through September

Eastern Hokkaido Fishing

Eastern Hokkaido

Eastern Hokkaido Fishing

Travel down the Kushiro River, one of Japan's most well-known crystal clear streams that originates from Lake Kussharo, slowly by canoe. Experiencing wetlands from the same water level offers guests a unique perspective on the surrounding natural environment. The tour also offers great opportunities to see wildlife.

Season:April through late October (wintertime tours also available)

Eastern Hokkaido Fishing

Eastern Hokkaido

Eastern Hokkaido Fishing

Any river or lake located in eastern Hokkaido makes for one of Japan's best trout fishing spots. The tour takes guests to the best seasonal fishing spots or customizes the itinerary to meet guest requests.

Season:April through December

Salmon Fishing

Okhotsk

Salmon Fishing

Offering pink salmon and salmon fishing along the coastline of the Okhotsk Sea using lures and flies, the tour provides guests with the excitement of reeling in the powerful salmon.

Season:Mid-August through early December

Smelt Ice Fishing

Lake Akan and Lake Abashiri

Smelt Ice Fishing

Experience a winter tradition in Hokkaido, smelt fishing through lake ice, by using a specialized drill to open a hole for easy access. As it's rather easy to catch fish, this tour is popular among first time anglers.

Season:January through March

Special Protected<br>Area Trekking Tour

Kushiro Wetlands National Park
Cape Kirakotan

Special Protected
Area Trekking Tour

This licensed trekking tour takes guests around rich ecosystems which are normally restricted from the general public. The mesmerizing dark green color of the vast wetland and endlessly flowing river are sure to take your breath away.

Season:Year round (need to confirm accessibility be-tween January and March)

Canoe Tour under the Starry Sky

Kushiro Wetlands National Park
and Akan National Park

Canoe Tour under the Starry Sky

Discover the unimaginable experience and feeling of gently paddling a canoe in a wetland and on a lake surrounded by a forest of absolute tranquility.

Season:April through October

Sports Fishing

Okhotsk

Sports Fishing

Only the top local professional guides are used to ensure guests are able to enjoy the best possible fishing spots and activities. As each fishing spot is subject to different regulations, the expert guide gives guests an added peace of mind.

Season:April through December

Bird Watching Tour

Eastern Hokkaido

Bird Watching Tour

Diverse bird species live in the natural surroundings of eastern Hokkaido, including Japanese cranes, black woodpeckers, Steller's sea eagles, among others. The professional guide takes guests to the most suitable sites according to season or customizes the itinerary based on guest requests.

Season:Year round (tours unavailable during certain periods depending on the bird species)

Canoe Tour in the Forest of Black Woodpeckers

Eastern Hokkaido

Canoe Tour in the Forest of
Black Woodpeckers

The beautiful, deep forest where the black woodpeckers live is reflected mystically in the nearby lake. A quiet canoe ride takes guests on a tour into the tranquil forest, where guests are surrounded by the healing melodies of birds and water.

Season:April through October

Boat Fishing

Guided by a Swarovski
Optik Professional Guide

Boat Fishing

The tour brings guests to various scenic locations of natural beauty in eastern Hokkaido by power boat, drift boat or canoe.

Season:April through December

Snow Shoe Adventure Tour

Akan National Park

Snow Shoe Adventure Tour

Walk in snow shoes in the wilderness of primordial forests. Immerse yourself in the snowy winter scenery as well as beautiful soft rime and enjoy nature's gifts bestowed in the beautiful winter wonderland of eastern Hokkaido.

Season:January through March

Whale Watching Cruises

Shiretoko Peninsula

Whale Watching Cruises

The waters around the Rausu area of Shiretoko Peninsula are ideal for whale watching and provide ample opportunity to see sperm whales, minke whales or killer whales. The area is also home to countless sea birds that are a must-see for birdwatchers.

Season:May through October

Guided Walking Tour of a Wild<br>Flower Garden

Eastern Hokkaido

Guided Walking Tour of a Wild
Flower Garden

Eastern Hokkaido, known as a land of beautiful wild flowers, has a number of wildflower gardens. The guided tour helps guests gain a deeper appreciation for the natural wildflower gardens beyond their beautiful appearance. Guests may also find they cross path with wild birds as well.

Season:Early June through early July

Drift Ice Diving

Okhotsk

Drift Ice Diving

Diving in an ocean covered in ice is an experience that can only be found in Hokkaido. Do not pass up the opportunity to see the magical world under the winter ice of the Okhotsk Sea.

Season:February through early March

Ski and Snowboard Lessons

Akan Lakeside National Ski Area

Ski and Snowboard Lessons

Expert instructors provide guests with detailed instructions and guidance on how to snowboard at the Akan Lakeside National Ski Area. Ski wear and snowboard rentals are available.

Season:Early December through March

Bear Watching Cruises

Shiretoko Peninsula

Bear Watching Cruises

The cruise is popular as it features the dynamic scenery of the Shiretoko Peninsula, spectacular ocean views, and the chance to see brown bears in the wild. In addition, guests may also encounter a number of other wildlife.

Season:May through October

Horse Trekking

Okhotsk

Horse Trekking

Okhotsk's picturesque rolling hills, forests, mountains, and ocean that change with each season can be savored through the tour's off-range horseback riding adventure. The tour is beginner-friendly, and open to all skill levels.

Season:Year round

Drift Ice Cruise

Steller's Sea Eagle and
White-Tailed Eagle Watching

Drift Ice Cruise

Much wildlife accompanies the ice flows from Siberia in the winter time. Get up close with and experience the majestic presence of Steller's sea eagle, white-tailed eagle, as well as adorable seals.

Season:February through early March

Traditional Craft Making

The Ainu People

Traditional Craft Making

A cultural program that allows guests to try making Mukkuri, a traditional instrument used by the Ainu people who lived in harmony with the natural environment, play the instrument, and practice embroidering in Ainu patterns.

Season:Year round

Bringing Inspiration together with the Nature of the North Private Guided Tours

Bringing Inspiration together with the Nature of the NorthPrivate Guided Tours

Reservations Required

Each plan features a professional guide
Enjoy a private guided tour while staying at the Wilderness Lodge Hickory Wind managed by noted nature guide, Makoto Ando.

  • ●Outdoor wear provided
  • ●Binocular (Swarovski) rentals available
  • ●Professional commentary of the Ainu culture and history,
    environmental education, plants and trees.
Bringing Inspiration together with the Nature of the North Private Guided Tours

Wilderness Lodge Hickory Wind is an inn that proudly provides nature guides, canoe tours, local and traditional cuisine, music and good bourbon. Meet people from all walks of life and be inspired by nature.

Items marked with “” are tours led by Makoto Ando.
Contact the Tsuruga Group for more details.