IronMan Hokkaido & Japan Cultural Journey - 2015 by Mandarin Journeys

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  1. 1. STAY IMMERSE INDULGE SAVOR August 19 - 31 , 2015 Despite its longhistoryandprominentposition ontheglobal stageJapanremainsatantalizingmysterytomostoftheworld. BoastingatrulyuniqueculturalheritageandrichinscenicwondersJapanoffersallthe ingredientsforamemorableandinvigoratingholiday intheFarEast. Japan | Iron Man & Beyond
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  3. 3. 2/16/2015 Mandarin Journeys Asia 3 *(Dear Dana, all hotel rooms are based on two travelers in one room. For families who wish to have three travelers in one room, there may be a slight surcharge associated with the addition of an extra bed, the booking of a triple category room, or the booking of a separate double room if neither of the first two options are available.) Welcome to the pristine and beautiful Hokkaido! Upon your arrival from New Chitose Airport, you will be greeted by your VIP Guide at the arrival gate and transfer you to Sapporo via private car (a chartered bus for your group, this vehicle type is standard for all legs of your trip), to your hotel. Along the way, please ask your guide any questions you have on activities or Hokkaido. After your group has had a moment to check into your accommodations, your guide is at your service. We will take you to explore some of Sapporos most beautiful public parks, most interesting shopping areas and its incredibly unique underground city where we can shop, explore or simply enjoy this modern testament to civil engineering. In the evening your group will dine at Ramen Alley for a true taste of Sapporo! This incredible section of restaurants is a network of Ramen (noodle) restaurants, Izakayas (small gastropubs) and Pachinko parlors (a pinball-like game). Afterwards we will return you to your hotel. Overnight in Sapporo International Arrival in Sapporo | 19 August 2015 HOTEL NIKKO SAPPORO JR Tower, Deluxe Room Check-in 19-Aug-2015 Check-out 22-Aug-2015 The Meal Plan for Today Lunch is on your own Dinner is at Ramen Alley
  4. 4. 2/16/2015 Mandarin Journeys Asia 4 *(Dana please note this will be the farthest journey for your time in Hokkaido at roughly 4 hours round-trip flight (roughly 45 minutes) for your visit to Kushiro at a small surcharge.) In the morning after breakfast, we will take you out for a day of trying to find Japans most You will first arrive at Kushiro Marsh. Kushiro Marsh stretches out to the north of Kushiro in overall area of 183 square kilometers, and is a prime viewing spot for some of the rare flora and Hokkaido. You will travel through slowly, to give you the best chance of spotting wildlife. Our crane. If we are unsuccessful here, we will take you to the little-known Tsurui Village where a and feeding cranes for over 50 years, for another attempt to see this stunning and graceful of Hokkaidos famed Izakayas or charming family restaurants. (Kushiro is known for having Afterwards, we will return you Sapporo so you can rest and freshen up. In the evening, dinner restaurant : Mikuni stands out as the best French-style restaurants in the city. Managed by Kiyomi Mikuni, a dining experiences offered within the city. The style of Mikuni can be described as French fusion of traditional French cuisine, re-invented by the chef who makes a point of using only the freshest recipes, combined with an excellent wine list, impeccable service and a jaw-dropping view from create one of the best high-end dining experiences in Sapporo. * *(Please pay locally for your dinner at this fine dining establishment, as we cannot predict what Overnight in Sapporo Sapporo - Kushiro - Sapporo | 20 August 2015 HOTEL NIKKO SAPPORO JR Tower, Deluxe Room The Meal Plan for Today Breakfast at the hotel Lunch is on your own Dinner is at Mikuni
  5. 5. 2/16/2015 Mandarin Journeys Asia 5 Sapporo - Hidaka - Sapporo | 21 August 2015 By private car we will transfer you to Hidaka and go for an exciting white-water rafting tour on one of the most adventurous rivers in Japan. Hidaka is located at the base of Hidaka Mountains (roughly 1.5 hours from Sapporo), which is a mountain range in southeastern Hokkaido. It runs 150 km from Mount Sahoro or Karikachi and runs into the sea at Cape Erimo. Please note that there are two course options available. The regularly course (GRADE 2 OR 3) with a minimum age requirement of 13 years of age or the Family course (GRADE 1) with a minimum age of 3 years old. For any travelers under these minimum ages there are no courses available and we will be unable to provide white-water rafting for these parties. For any families who are unable to partake in the white-water rafting listed above, we would recommend a visit to the stunning and incredibly Kawaii Asahiyama Zoo (roughly two hours away from Sapporo) to explore the animal exhibits, including the famous March of the Penguins. After exploring the Zoo we will return you to Sapporo to await the arrival of the other families. For either party we will be happy to provide lunch at one of Hokkaidos famed Izakayas or charming family restaurants. Afterwards, we will return you Sapporo so you can rest and freshen up. Dinner will be at the following restaurant : Sapporo Beer Garden is a history lovers dream. The restaurant is located in the Genghis Khan Hall, a beautiful government building built in the 23rd year of the Meiji Period. From the exterior, with its beautiful red brick walls covered in ivy, to the interior with a giant brass cauldron from the Taisho period, Sapporo Beer Garden excels in creating the perfect atmosphere to accompany a great meal. The menu offers a solid variety of meats but what truly stands out is the Genghis Khan, a local specialty that consists of (all-you-can-eat) barbecued mutton or lamb best served with an ice-cold Sapporo beer on the side. HOTEL NIKKO SAPPORO JR Tower, Deluxe Room
  6. 6. 2/16/2015 Mandarin Journeys Asia 6 The menu offers a solid variety of meats but what truly stands out is the Genghis Khan, a local specialty that consists of (all-you-can-eat) barbecued mutton or lamb best served with an ice-cold Sapporo beer on the side. Overnight in Sapporo The Meal Plan for Today Breakfast at the hotel Lunch is on your own Dinner is Sapporo Beer Garden
  7. 7. 2/16/2015 Mandarin Journeys Asia 7 Arrival in Lake Toya | 22 August 2015 Today we will split into two groups, one for the fathers or mothers participating in the Ironman challenge (this group will scout the race site) The other group will explore the areas in and around Lake Toya with both groups meeting up afterwards for an onsen rest and dinner. For the non-racers, from Sapporo, pass by Tomakomai, Shiraoi and you will arrive at Noboribetsu. Noboribetsu is one of Hokkaidos major locus of hot springs. After a few minutes walk from the hot spring town, check out the rising steam and puddles of bubbling water that hiss and gurgle before you. After exploring, you can all enjoy a soak in the hot springs and we will set up lunch for you at a local eatery. Leaving Noboribetsu, you will encounter the panoramic sight of Orofure Pass while on your way towards Lake Toya. You can reach the pass in about 30 minutes and from the observation deck, you will be enchanted by an unobstructed view of the Pacific Ocean. We will continue onto Lake Toya, which lies about 1 hours drive from Orofure Pass. You will be enjoying this lake with the surrounding Showa Shinzan, Mount Usu and Mount Yotei Afterwards, both groups will meet up at their hotel to check in and enjoy an Onsen session if they wish. In the evening, please dine locally at the hotel with your friends and family members. Overnight in Lake Toya The Meal Plan for Today Breakfast at the hotel Lunch is on your own Dinner is at the hotel Check-in 22-Aug-2015 Check-out 24-Aug-2015 WINDSOR HOTEL TOYA Deluxe Room
  8. 8. 2/16/2015 Mandarin Journeys Asia 8 Lake Toya - Race Day! | 23 August 2015 In the morning, your guide will meet your families and take you to The IRONMAN sites to watch the race. Your guides will be there to assist should you need anything as youre cheering the racers on! Afterwards, return with your champions to your hotel to rest, please dine locally at your hotel. Overnight in Lake Toya The Meal Plan for Today Breakfast at the hotel Lunch is on your own Dinner is on your