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Explore Yoichi & Shakotan Blue
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Explore Yoichi & Shakotan Blue

By Travel Hokkaido
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Ages 0-90, max of 2 per group
Duration: 8h
Start time: Check availability
Mobile ticket
Live guide: Chinese, Japanese, English
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  • Local taxes
  • Lunch
  • Driver/guide
  • Round-trip shared transfer
  • Entry/Admission - Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery
What's not included
  • Food and drinks, unless specified


Start:
  • Sapporo Station, 3 Chome-4 Chome Kita 6 Jonishi, Kita Ward, Sapporo, Hokkaido 060-0806, Japan
    Departure Point: Sapporo Station North Exit (bus car park) Directions: When you are in the main JR Train Station, please use the North Exit on the East ticket gate side. You will then see the bus stops, and our guide will be waiting with a Travel Hokkaido sign.
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Infant seats available
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 104599P10

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
    • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
    • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Most travelers can participate
    • Please inform us immediately if you will need infant seats
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 2 travelers

    • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

    Which attractions will I visit with Explore Yoichi & Shakotan Blue?
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    How much is Explore Yoichi & Shakotan Blue?
    Explore Yoichi & Shakotan Blue price starts from $78.80. Discover and book Explore Yoichi & Shakotan Blue on Tripadvisor
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    Explore Yoichi & Shakotan Blue cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book Explore Yoichi & Shakotan Blue on Tripadvisor
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    If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 104599P10

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    VICENTE BRAVO
    9 contributions
    Jul 2020
    We were only the 2 of us (due to Covid limited trip bokings) so we felt really personal and intimate.
    Beautiful scenery around Yoichi & Shakotan Blue enhanced by the explanations of the guide. The guide (Yama-san) has a very good English understanding so the communication was easy. It was very nice from him of taking pictures of us on the different locations.
    Being an all day tour, we had plenty of time at each stop to enjoy all there was to see and do (the guide adapted very well to our more "adventurer" personal expectations).

    Overall, a really nice and memorable experience. Highly recommended.
    Written August 3, 2020
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    Thank you again :) Yama san also had a fantastic day with you both. Hope to see you again.
    Written August 4, 2020
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    Dale
    1 contribution
    Oct 2019
    We were very pleased with the tour and especially our guide Sam. He was pasionate about the area. Nature, food & whisky all in one!
    Written October 5, 2019
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    Thanks so much Dale! We were so glad to share Shakotan area with you and I’m so happy to hear your positive feedback. Hope to see you again in Hokkaido :)
    Written October 7, 2019
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    Ryan G
    1 contribution
    Jul 2019 • Couples
    My girlfriend and I visited Shakotan in Summer when the waters were blue and crystal clear. The place was beautiful and there weren't too many tourists. If you decide to go down to the rocky coastline and do a bit of searching, you may find some cute critters like different species of starfish and urchins. The whiskey distillery was interesting too, though we weren't the drinking type. Probably the best part of our trip was our fantastic guides, Sam and Ruby (I think this is how her name is spelt). I usually don't like guided tours because I like to experience the place without listening to a stranger, but Sam and Ruby were such great people to chat with. They are the main reason why I would recommend this tour over other Shakotan tours.
    Written July 10, 2019
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    Thank you so much for your kind feedback. I know Sam and Ruby had the best time with you too. We hope to see you in Hokkaido again one day :)
    Written July 10, 2019
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    Product Overview: Explore Yoichi & Shakotan Blue

    Prices From

    $79

    Number of Reviews

    3

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    1

    Duration

    480 minutes