Japan & Taiwan
- Price: $4,039
- AGE RANGE: 40 to 80 year olds
- ACCOMMODATION: Hotel
- MAX GROUP SIZE: 32
- TRANSPORTATION: Train & Rail, Coach / Bus, Boat, Local Transport, Plane
- TRAVEL STYLE: Discovery, In-depth Cultural, Historical
Start in Taipei and end in Sapporo! With the discovery tour Formosa and Sapporo Surrounds Tour, you have a 11 day tour package taking you through Taipei, Taiwan and 3 other destinations in Asia. Formosa and Sapporo Surrounds Tour is a small group tour that includes accommodation as well as an expert guide, meals and more.
During this fantastic tour you will explore the highlights of Taiwan and northern Japan. Once known as Formosa, which literally translates to beautiful island, Taiwan is a magical country bursting with picturesque scenery, a rich traditional culture, and a unique history that is sure to educate and enchant. You will enjoy a wide variety of natural landscapes, the greatest landmarks, and delicious traditional cuisine. Your journey will continue in Japan, where you will see beautiful flowers, waterfalls, gorges, hot springs, and sulphurous streams. Travel in comfort, staying in luxurious 4 star accommodation, with English speaking guides during your day tours.
Day 1: Arrive Taipei
In and around Taipei
Upon arrival at Taipei Taoyuan International Airport, make your way to the nearby airport hotel and check-in. The remainder of the day is free for you to explore the city at your own pace using local transport.
Day 2: Taoyuan – Nantou
Today we will visit one of the most popular spots in Taiwan, Sun Moon Lake Scenic Area. Enjoy a lake cruise and the beautiful mountain views during your cable car experience before enjoying a Aboriginal Cuisine for lunch. From here, proceed to Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village where you will see a combination of Taiwanese recreation, tourism and education. Enjoy a Shaoxing banquet for dinner.
Day 3: Nantou – Zhanghua – Taichung
In and around Taichung
After breakfast visit Chung Tai Zen Centre Portal, a place of spiritual cultivation and refuge. Afterwards, proceed to Lugang Town, Tianhou Temple, Ding Ancient House and Nine Turn Lane. Enjoy Taiwanese cuisine for lunch before visiting Taichung Opera House and the famous Fengjia Night Market.
Day 4: Taichung – Taipei
After breakfast, enjoy the Pearl Exhibition Centre enroute to Yehliu Geopark where you will learn about the development process of mushroom rocks and more. After, proceed to Jiufen Mountain Town before visiting the beautiful Shihfen Waterfall. Your journey today continues to Shihfen Old Street famous for its shopping and sky lanterns. Enjoy the renowned Champion Beef Noodles for dinner.
Day 5: Taipei
Travel to National Palace Museum this morning to view the collection of ancient Chinese artifacts. Afterwards visit Martyr’s Shrine, Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall before your tour concludes at Taipei 101. It is currently the ninth tallest building in the world, take the fast elevator to the observation deck to overlook the panoramic views of Taipei!
Day 6: Taipei – Sapporo
This morning transfer to Taipei Airport and fly to Japan (flight not included). Upon arrival to Sapporo New Chitose Airport, you will be picked up at the airport and be transferred to the hotel with your tour guide. Check-in and the remainder of the afternoon is at your leisure.
Day 7: Sapporo – Biei – Sounkyo
Start your day with a colourful Hokkaido Tour. Begin your journey to Furano and visit the Tomita Farm showcasing more than 150 species of flowers! After head to Biei-cho where you will enjoy lunch with a view and in the afternoon explore the breathtaking scenery of the “Blue Pond Lake”. We will then drive back to Sounkyo in the evening.
Day 8: Sounkyo – Abashiri – Gun – Akankohan
After breakfast, start your tour to visit Sounkyo Valley, Ginga Falls, Ryusei-no-taki and the beautiful Dakan Valley in Sounkyo gorges. En-route to Okhotsk Ryu-hyo Museum visit Abashiri before learning about the icy sea creature “Clione limacina”. This afternoon visit the crystal clear lakes before transferring to your hotel.
Day 9: Akankohan – Tokachi-Gawa
After breakfast, enjoy a cruise on Lake Akan before continuing your journey to visit the hometown of Chlorella. Afterwards, visit the “Kushiro City Red-crowned Crane Natural Park”. Then, transfer to Tokachi River where your hot spring hotel is located. This evening taste exquisite Japanese cuisine made from Hokkaido beef and seasonal vegetables grown from the local farms.
Day 10: Tokachi-Gawa – Toyako – Jozankei
Today visit Jigokudani also known as Hell Valley. It offers a spectacular display of hot steam vents, sulphurous streams, and other volcanic activity. To finish the day, visit the Bear Park and enjoy the Usuzan ropeway to view the panoramic views of Lake Toya.
Day 11: Jozankei – Otaru – Depart Sapporo
This morning travel to Otaru and enjoy a leisurely stroll beside the Otaru canal. Afterwards, visit the Kitaichi Glass shop where you can appreciate the beautiful pieces of glass art. Transfer to the airport at midday to start your journey home.
Professional English speaking guide
Daily breakfast, 7 x Lunch, 7 x Dinner
- Additional Services
-Transportation, daily tours and admission fees as mentioned
-Tipping for guide and driver
- Additional Services
-Compulsory tour package $450 per person, to be paid upon arrival.
-Travel insurance (Mandatory)
-Visa fees and requirements
-Meals/beverages not stated in the itinerary
-International & Domestic Flights
No additional cancellation fees! You can cancel the tour up to 65 days prior to the departure date and you will not need to pay the full amount of $4039 for Formosa and Sapporo Surrounds Tour.
These are only indications, so please visit your doctor before you travel to be 100% sure.
Recommended for Taiwan. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
- HEPATITIS A
Recommended for Taiwan and Japan. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
Recommended for Taiwan. Ideally 3 months before travel.
- HEPATITIS B
Recommended for Taiwan and Japan. Ideally 2 months before travel.
- YELLOW FEVER
Certificate of vaccination required if arriving from an area with a risk of yellow fever transmission for Taiwan. Ideally 10 days before travel.
- JAPANESE B ENCEPHALITIS
Recommended for Taiwan and Japan. Ideally 1 month before travel.
Covering a total distance of approx 2,999 km.
- Taipei (Taiwan): 152 km
- Sun Moon Lake (Taiwan): 41 km
- Taichung (Taiwan): 2,806 km
- Sapporo (Japan)