Enjoy the nature and food while also experiencing the local traditional culture and history and interacting with the local people
- Experience a bridal procession in the snow set at a Heritage Site, starting with dressing as a bride and groom in costumes using cultural properties
- Commemorative photo on the Kaiyomaru, a large warship dating to the 1800s, and winter fireworks
- Watch a mochitsuki-bayashi performance and experience making rice cakes
- Enjoy winter: Memorial tree planting in the snow, May Queen potato harvest, snowball fight and playing in the snow
- Special local dinner using Hiyama’s produce and specialty products
- An “original croquette making” experience in the town famous for its jumbo croquette event
-- Experience the local area through traditional performing arts and projection mapping-like visuals that evoke Hiyama’s four seasons
Kushiro Wetland, the largest marshland in Japan and one of the world's great natural wonders, can be experienced through a tour that allows visitors to enjoy the marshland from multiple perspectives, including from the Ainu culture, which has strong roots in the region.
■ Experience the rare marriage of magnificent panoramic views and traditional culinary culture on an exclusively chartered train running through the Kushiro Wetland ■
・From the windows of a special chartered train that runs through the wetland, visitors experience the vastness of the marshland up close with panoramic views.
・A special lunch will be served on board the train, offering a glimpse of traditional Ainu culture through food.
■ Experience these marshlands and the wonders of nature from Takkobu Auto Camping Ground, located in a national park ■
・Private night canoeing experience on Lake Takkobu: Enjoy the extraordinary experience of being enveloped in the world of a full moon floating above the lake under a star-filled sky.
・An immersive, realistic experience in a marshland using drones: Enjoy pristine, unspoiled nature over the vast plains, including the meandering Kushiro River.
・The tour also offers a comprehensive Ainu cultural experience (cooking class under direct supervision of Ainu people, traditional dance performance, and hands-on experience with authentic Ainu musical instruments).
・Unique grand viewing experiences are ensured from the observatory points.
■ Enjoy the snow at a small ski resort with an exclusive private tours
Royal Valley Ski Resort, a small local ski resort, will be rented out exclusively for a limited period of time for a hands-on snow tour that goes beyond just skiing.
(1) Snow activities centered on experiencing Japanese snow culture
These activities allow visitors to enjoy snow to the fullest while experiencing Japanese snow culture such as Kamakura igloos, making snowmen, and sledding on the slopes. The Kamakura igloos will be lit up, with snacks and other Kushiro local specialties to be served inside. Enjoy Japanese snow culture alongside the mesmerizing beauty of the landscape!
(2) Enjoy Japanese drum bathing amid nature and snow
We have prepared drum baths to offer a liberating bathing experience very different from bathing in a natural, snow-covered hot spring.
(3) Experience robatayaki, an original cuisine of the Kushiro area
For dinner, we offer a robatayaki grilled foods, a special kind of grilling said to have originated in the city of Kushiro. Savor local specialties and enjoy seafood that are the pride of Kushiro!
A new snow playfield has opened in Bibai, one of the snowiest areas in Hokkaido, located only 35 minutes from Sapporo by limited express train! You can enjoy real snow activities in the vast snowfields.
Bibai Snow Land is filled with attractions that both adults and children can enjoy, including free attractions, snow rafting, ATVs, snowmobiles (including tours), and mini-snowmobiles (for ages 6+). The rooftop terrace overlooking Snow Land with a 360-degree view area create a space that offers an extraodinary one-of-a-kind experience. In addition to daytime snowmobile tours, we will also offer sunset and nighttime snowmobile tours.
Of all the snow activities in Hokkaido, only Bibai Snow Land offers such a wide range of activities.
Please come and experience one of the largest snow playfields in Japan.
Japan Fruits, a duty-free shop (Note 1) selling fresh, high-value Japanese fruits and cut fruit that can be eaten on the spot, will open in the special security-restricted area (the food and shopping area after passing through customs) of Terminal 3 of Tokyo International Airport for a limited time from early October 2023 until the end of January 2024.
Visitors can experience the full appeal of fruits, which can only be gained by visiting the store, including comparing the flavors of different fruits in season. Grapes and mandarin oranges are sold in October and November, mandarin oranges and strawberries in November and December, and strawberries in January; melons and apples are sold from October to the end of January. Please buy some as a souvenir for that special someone (Note 1). In addition, the store will also display information about tourist farms with fresh fruit harvesting experiences and other tourist attractions in the surrounding areas.
Please enjoy the delicious charm of Japan Fruits while reminiscing on your happy memories of Japan before getting on the plane.
(Note 1: Due to plant quarantine regulations, there are a limited number of countries and regions where Japanese fruits can be taken.)
Enjoy SUP in Taisetsu Dam, located in Daisetsuzan National Park and normally closed to the public🎵
In addition to viewing the autumn colors, there are plenty of new autumn tourist programs to experience this beautiful view from above the dam lake that usually cannot be seen.
There will also be a special program by Kenta Yamada, the rider and ambassador of the Japanese SUP manufacturer SAWARNA, who has also won the All Japan SUP Championship two years in a row.
At night, enjoy a night cruise on a SUP equipped with LED lights that is sure to shine on Instagram and a nighttime economy package tour that features local nature.
Multi-Day Tour by Helicopter for Wealthy Foreign Tourists, Featuring Michelin-Starred Restaurants and Luxury Traditional Japanese Inns/Hotels
The idea behind the tour is that the novelty and special nature of the event will attract this target demographic. TripAdvisor, the leading OTA overseas, offers a variety of tours, but no tours that utilize helicopters to take participants around accommodations and restaurants. Using a helicopter gives this tour a sense of novelty. The tour can also be marketed as a special experience, as it can be tailored to meet the specific preferences and needs of wealthy foreign tourists. For instance, some tourists tend to favor ostentatious, extravagant experiences, the interior of the helicopter could be decorated with gold balloons for such a tour group.
Additionally, ARILA Inc. conducts over 300 helicopter tours a year and would be able to form partnerships with many airports and helicopter operators. This collaboration between ARILA Inc. and Gurunavi—a company with strong ties to the restaurant industry—also allows us to offer dinners for these wealthy foreign tourists at restaurants where they would normally be unable to get a reservation. This event will also appeal to foreign tourists through the inherent attractiveness of the various sightseeing destinations in Kyoto and Kumamoto Prefectures.
Program to attract wealthy Thai tourists with a special experience-based plan to watch Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo home games
At Sapporo Dome, a dome stadium unlike any other, participants will enjoy a Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo match, whose roster includes Supachok, a member of the Thai national team.
Prior to the game, guests will be able to tour the players' lockers and experience penalty kicks on the pitch—something not permitted during normal games—and will be served meals prepared by Chef Nobu Shimokuni, one of Hokkaido’s leading chefs, using ingredients unique to Hokkaido.
After the game, guests will have the opportunity to interact with Supachok and take a private tour of Shiroi Koibito Park, one of Hokkaido's leading tourist facilities. A priceless experience is guaranteed.
*Content will vary depending on the course.
During the Lunar New Year period, when demand for inbound tourism increases, as our first initiative we will add value to highly special experience-based content at Lake Toya in Shikotsu-Toya National Park, which is almost like a living volcano museum.
Built around the idea of Japanese fireworks, which are known to be delicate and highly artistic, local efforts to spur tourism will include: (1) A "making replica fireworks" workshop taught by fireworks experts; (2) "Fireworks production facility tour & launch site tour" led by fireworks expert guides; (3) "Special fireworks viewing space & fireworks lighting ceremony experience" in an area generally off-limits to the public; (4) setting-up of a dedicated food section; (5) a "town-walking rally"; and more. Visitors are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to enjoy precious experiences that are rarely available.
■ There are many travelers who, despite wanting to enjoy the snow, have not yet had the opportunity to do so.
This is because most places in Japan that offer winter experiences are located in remote mountainous areas, away from major sightseeing and shopping areas. F Village Snow Park is the first facility in Japan where visitors can experience winter sports alongside urban sightseeing due to its location near New Chitose Airport and other major transportation networks. Equipped with a 50-meter snow escalator and artificial snow-making machines, this state-of-the-art facility allows visitors to enjoy winter activities from as early as November 1st. Skis, sleds, and snow gear are also available to rent.
■ Visitors who are encountering snow for the first time in the lives can have fun skiing or sledding with peace of mind as SnowPark staff guide them through every step.
*Foreign language-speaking staff available
*Ski lessons available for a fee (reservations required)