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8 Days, 7 Nights
Sapporo
Sapporo
Trek Summary

Hokkaido, the northernmost of Japan’s main islands, is known for its volcanoes, natural hot springs (onsen) and ski areas. Rugged Daisetsuzan National Park is home to steaming, volcanic Mount Asahi.

Hokkaido’s area of over 83,000 square metre, makes it ‘the big island’, making up 22% of the total land area of Japan. Four distinctive seasons provide a range of characteristics, various scenery, activities and food. The nature here is majestic, and attracts visitors from all over the world.

The Okhotsk coast of Hokkaido is the only place in Japan where drift ice can be seen. It is also the southernmost point in the northern hemisphere that drift ice reaches. Drift ice consists of gigantic pieces of ice covering the sea. Fresh water enters the sea from rivers and lowers the salt concentration in the water, causing it to freeze. If we are lucky enough to be in Hokkaido in February or March, we can see the ice which brings with it phytoplankton that supports its own eco-system, including the feeding of seals, seabirds, white-tailed eagles, salmon.

Visiting Hokkaido provides the opportunity to learn about the Ainu, the indigenous people of Japan who reside predominantly in Hokkaido. While the current size of the Ainu population is not large, their art and culture have a profound influence on Hokkaido residents. Japan is currently passing legislation to officially recognise the Ainu people of Hokkaido.

With Japanese being the most often taught language in Australian schools, our Hokkaido excursions provide a unique opportunity to meld outdoor activity and all the benefits that provides, in an area of magnificent natural surrounds, with a language and cultural immersion experience.

We have developed a range of outdoor activities to suit a variety of outcomes. All excursions are designed to suit you, your students and your required outcomes.

Below you will find some sample itineraries to get you started.

Departure & Return Location

Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan (Google Map)

Price Includes

  • 8x nights in Tent/Bivvy/Guesthouse-style Accommodation during Trek
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner during Trek, prepared Fresh Daily
  • 2x nights in a Standard Twin Room^ at the 5-star Stanley Hotel & Suites, Port Moresby incl. Buffet Breakfast
  • Return Airport Transfers on Arrival & Departure
  • Commercial flight from Girua Airport, Popondetta > Jackson’s International Airport
  • Expert Australian Tour Leader/s, Wilderness First Aid – Guaranteed
  • Professionally Trained and Highly Experienced Local Ground Crew
  • FREE Getaway Trekking quick-dry Walking Shirt

Price Excludes

  • International and Australian Domestic Airfares & Airport Departure Tax
  • All costs associated with obtaining a Passport
  • All costs associated with obtaining a PNG VISA
  • Travel Insurance [mandatory]
  • Vaccinations and Anti-Malarial Medicines

FREE!

  • Getaway Trekking quick-dry Walking Shirt
  • Getaway Trekking Certificate of Completion
  • Training Walks in Victoria, Queensland, South Australia & Tasmania
What to Expect

Papua New Guinea is one of the world’s most naturally beautiful countries. Soaring mountain peaks, unspoiled beaches, lush rainforests, unique flora and fauna and the cultural richness of the people combine to make Papua New Guinea an increasingly popular destination for tourists, not to mention the renowned and fabled ‘Kokoda Track’, home to many life-changing Kokoda Tours.

  • Traverse the world-renowned Kokoda Track with a leading culturally and ecologically sensitive trek operator
  • Trek South to North in the direction of the Australian Advance
  • Experience and participate in moving memorial services at Isurava Battlefield and Brigade Hill
  • Take in the beauty of the Papua New Guinea, one of the world's least explored countries
  • Stay at the brand new 5-star Stanley Hotel & Suites whilst in Port Moresby incl. Buffet Breakfast
  • Form lasting bonds and friendships with your fellow trekkers
Curriculum Benefits

Cross Curriculum Priorities

Asia and Australia’s Engagement with Asia
Sustainability

General Capabilities

Critical & Creative Thinking
Identify issues and develop strategies to assist with preparation and the experience itself, including
fitess, teamwork & group dynamic. cultural expectations etc.
Intercultural Understanding
Appreciation and respect of a different culture and recognition of evolution of cultural groups and
identities, including Ainu, the indigenous people of Japan.
Ethical Understanding
Exploring concepts including sustainable living and the disconnection of indigenous peoples.
Personal & Social Capability
Managing a range of emotions resulting from physical & mental load, developing empathy for others,
building relationships, developing self-worth and self-awareness

Subject Based

Geography
Environmental change and management
Geographies of human wellbeing
Health & Physical Education
Food & Nutrition (FN)Health Benefits of Physical Activity (HBPA)
Mental Health & Wellbeing (MH)Safety (S)Challenge & Adventure Activities (CA)
Language
In country experience with Japanese lessons & daily use
Civics & Citizenship
The key features and values of Australia’s system of government compared with at least ONE other
system of government in the Asia region
The challenges to and ways of sustaining a resilient democracy and cohesive society

Learning Outcomes

Students will receive tailor made Japanese language tuition designed according to their ability from
professional teachers, and become more confident using Japanese in daily life situations such as
meeting new people, shopping and restaurants
An understanding of the sustainability of Hokkaido communities, including the impact of environmental
change
Inter-cultural appreciation through meeting local people in various communities & an understanding of
the Ainu, indigenous peoples of Japan.
Concepts of human wellbeing from within a Japanese and Hokkaido context.
Observe and experience Hokkaido’s unique eco system, including wildlife, geography and seasonal
impacts.
Participation in physical activity to a high level, and the impacts on physical and mental health and
well-being.
Transferrable skills supporting development into active and informed citizens.
Increase in confidence through meeting challenges, team work and group work activities.

How does it work?

Step 1: Choose your main activity:

• Trekking
• Cycling

Step 2: Choose your supplementary activities:

• Kayaking / Canoeing
• Mountain biking
• Day hiking
• Snowshoeing
• Cross country skiing

Step 3: Choose your cultural activities:

• Ainu cultural experience – dance lessons, performances, seminar, craft experiences
• Culinary Activity – soba making, mochi making, miso making, farm visit
• Community interaction – spend time with a local community, supporting work with elderly, community
centre, music activities, snow clearing)
• Eco village experience – sustainability workshops, tiny house living, seminar sessions, fruit picking
• Culture Activity – tea ceremony, kimono, shrine visit, karate experience, ninja experience
• Onsen (hot springs)

Step 4: Choose the level of Japanese Language Immersion you require

• 1-2 lessons
• 3-4 lessons
• Full immersion – Activities conducted in Japanese

Itineraries

Language & CultureADVENTURE, LANGUAGE & JAPANESE CULTURE

Best time: May – October
December – March. Winter activities & camping
Duration: 7 nights / 8 days

Day 1 – New Chitose Airport – Sapporo (Japanese Language Introduction)
Day 2 – Sapporo – Lake Shikotsu Water Day (Kayak/Canoe Activity)
Day 3 – Lake Shikotsu – Makkari Camp Day (Mountain Biking Activity)
Day 4 – Makkari – Shakotan (Hiking Activity Day) – Otaru
Day 5 – Otaru – Tobetsu (Japanese Soba Making & Mochi Making Day)
Day 6 – Sapporo – Japanese Lesson and Ainu Culture Day
Day 7 – Local Hiking Day and Finale Party (Hiking Activity)
Day 8 – Sapporo – New Chitose Airport – New Chitose Airport – Sapporo (Japanese Language Introduction)

Cycle TrekkingEAST HOKKAIDO CYCLE EXPEDITION, LANGUAGE & JAPANESE CULTURE

Best time: June – September
Duration: 7 nights / 8 days

Day 1 – New Chitose Airport – Asahikawa (Japanese Lesson)
Day 2 – Bus to Start of 7 Day Cycle Abashiri – Shari
Day 3 – Day 2 Cycle Route Shari – Utoro
Day 4 – Day 3 Cycle Route Utoro Area
Day 5 – Day 4 Cycle Route Utoro – Rausu
Day 6 – Day 5 Cycle
Day 7 – Lake Akan – Sapporo (Finale Party)
Day 8 – Sapporo – New Chitose Airport

WINTER ADVENTURE

Best time: December – March
Duration: 7 nights / 8 days

Day 1 – New Chitose Airport – Asahikawa (Japanese Lesson)
Day 2 – Snowshow Mount Asahidake Volcanic Steam Vents (from top of the Ropway) – Drive to Kussharo
Day 3 – Mount Mokoto and Lake Kussharo Snowshoe
Day 4 – Mount Musa Cross Country Ski – Stay Shiretoko
Day 5 – Shiretoko Activities Day
Day 6 – Shiretoko – Lake Akan (Ainu Village)
Day 7 – Lake Akan – Sapporo (Finale Party)
Day 8 – Sapporo – New Chitose Airport

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