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Enjoy hot springs and mysterious Marimo observation at Akan lake

by Yuichi
(12) Reviews
3 days $ 855 Price up to 6 people


  • Visit Japanese crane sanctuary in Akan
  • Ride a sight seeing boat in Akan lake and visit Marimo algae observation center
  • Enjoy shopping at Ainu Kotan ( Ainu village )
  • Enjoy one night stay at Akan lake hot spring resort hotel
  • Enjoy watching Ainu Dance at Icoro theater
  • Enjoy morning short walking tour around lake with your guide
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855.00 USD

Price up to 6 people
FREE cancellation 14 days prior


Marimo, round shaped algae grown under the lake of Lake Akan is so unique all over the world.
This tour focus on seeing Marimo at Lake Akan hot spring resort.
It is far from Sapporo but worth a visit.

What to Expect

There are many nice place to visit around Kushiro city. Akan lake national park is one of those. Akan lake is a kardera lake and the third biggest lake in Hokkaido.
You can enjoy sight seeing boat at lake and visit mysterious Marimo algae ( Ball shaped unique algae grown under the lake ). There are many great hot spring resort hotel in Akan lake. You can stay at lake resort and enjoy open air hot springs. ( I will arrange your hotel upon your request )
There is also nice place to visit in Akan lake national park. You can visit Ainu Kotan ( Traditional Ainu village ) and enjoy seeing old Ainu style buildings and shopping.
On the way to Akan lake ( One the way back to Kushiro city ), you can also enjoy visiting Japanese crane sanctuary.

Model itinerary is as follows.

Day 1
Depart at Sapporo
Arrive at Lake Akan
Enjoy sightseeing boat
Hotel check in
After dinner enjoy Ainu ( indigenous people in Hokkaido ) traditional songs and dances at Icolo Ainu theater
Stay at Lake Akan hot spring resort

Day 2
Go to Kushiro
Enjoy sightseeing in Kushiro
( Kushiro marsh land, Japanese red crowned crane sanctuary etc. )
Go to Lake Kussharo and see a great view
Go to Lake Mashu and see a nice view of the lake
Go to Kitami
Stay at Kitami

Day 3
Go to Asahikawa
Visit Sake brewery and Asahiyama zoo
Go to Sapporo

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Organized by Yuichi

Licensed Guide
(12) Reviews


  • Visit Japanese crane sanctuary in Akan
  • Ride a sight seeing boat in Akan lake and visit Marimo algae observation center
  • Enjoy shopping at Ainu Kotan ( Ainu village )
  • Enjoy one night stay at Akan lake hot spring resort hotel
  • Enjoy watching Ainu Dance at Icoro theater
  • Enjoy morning short walking tour around lake with your guide


If you can pay me my transportation fee from Sapporo to Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya or other airport I can attend you everywhere in Japan. ( Flight Ticket fee will be around 20,000 JPY for return ticket )
I can guide all of Hokkaido area and Tokyo.
As for other area I attend you as a tour coordinator and itinerary control manager.
I have a lot of experience working as an itinerary control manager for Japanese group and travel all over Japan so I have basic skill of guiding any area of Japan.

Hokkaido is a big island and touristic places are spread all over Hokkaido.
Public transportation is not enough for tourists to visit sightseeing spots spread all over Hokkaido so you need to hire your private car with professional driver.
You may use rental car service and drive by yourself.
It always takes long distance from your point to next destination ( Longest drive for this tour will be 5 hours )
You need to book your hotel by yourselves. ( Of course I will help you to choose )

What‘s included
・Guide fee
・Hotel pick up
・Driving fee
What‘s not included
・Transportation fee ( you and your guide )
・Accommodation fee ( you and your guide )
・Admission fee ( you and your guide )
・Private car fee ( basically around 15,000 JPY per a day )
# Fuel highway tolls are not included.
・Parking fee
・Lunch ( you and your guide )
・Dinner( you and your guide )
Meeting Point
At your hotel ( in Kushiro city or suburbs )
Ending Point
At your hotel ( in Kushiro city or suburbs )
3 days
Starting time
07:00 AM
Number of people
up to 6 people

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is not the charge for hotel fixed ?

Charge for hotel depends on a day and season.
Your guide will try to choose the cheapest but good quality hotel on a moment-to-moment basis.
You and your guide basically stay at the same hotel, but if you don't need guide to stay at the same hotel, guide will stay cheaper hotel.

Is it allowed to go inside hot spring facilities with tattoos?

It is basically not allowed.
If it is small tattoo you can hide your tattoo by band-aid or special stickers.

Can I make changes after I book?

Yes! If you need to make changes such as removing or adding someone to your booking or changing the date or time of your tour, contact us by phone or email

Starting and ending points of the tour.

After you secure your booking, the starting and ending points of your tour can be customized to your convenience (ex.: your hotel, nearby stations, etc.). Don't worry, we will take care of you! Some tours may have an extra fee for this service, make sure to check the tour page.

What happens after I book a tour?

After booking a tour, the guide will accept (or decline) your booking within 24 hours. Then you will be noticed by email from Triplelights.

Is the price per person or per group?

The price is charged per group. Which means that you make a one-time payment for your entire group and the price will not change if it is less or more people.

Can I add more people to my booking?

Some guides accept extra people (more than the specified number) for an extra charge. Please check for the extras on the tour or booking page, or contact your guide directly to clarify.

Will there be other tourists in my tour?

No. Your tour is private, only for you and your family or friends, there will be no other group of tourists together in your tour.

Can the guide pickup me at the airport?

Yes, but there will be additional charge for that and it is not by car. The guide will go pick you up using public transportations. For further details, please contact your guide directly.

I'm travelling alone. Can I book this tour?

Yes, you can and you may be able to get a discount if you are traveling alone. Price depends on which guide you choose.

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Cancellation Policy

  • If you cancel at least 14 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 100% refund.
  • If you cancel between 2 and 13 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 20% charge.
  • If you cancel within 1 day prior to the meeting date, there is a 40% charge.
  • If you cancel on the meeting date, there is no refund.

About Yuichi

Licensed Guide

(12) Reviews

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Languages spoken
  • English ( License )

My name is Yuichi. My guests call me Ichi.
Ichi means No.1 so I hope it's easy for you to remember my name.
I am a licensed English speaking tour guide.
I was born and have lived most of my life in Hokkaido.
I have a lot of experience working as a travel agent and guide.
I am sure I can make you enjoy in Hokkaido!
MY career is below.

I I had been working as a travel agent and taken Japanese tourists to other countries.
I have visited more than 60 countries all over the world.
There,I was treated with kind consideration by local guides and people.
Owing my good memories in foreign countries I have been thinking that I want to treat foreign visitors same way that I was treated outside Japan.

I had been teaching English in high school and studied how difficult to teach and spread English to the Japanese teenagers.
Then I had still have a dream to be a English guide.

I have been working as a English speaking guide.
I moved to Tokyo and guided my guests in Tokyo.
(Mainly Tsukiji market & Asakusa)

I came back to Hokkaido and I am working at travel agency and also as a English speaking guide.
I had a lot of guests and they enjoyed my tour.
I would like to show you their great review for my guiding!

Please come to Hokkaido!
I look forward to seeing you in Hokkaido.


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Reviews ( 12 )

1 month ago |   by Sam

“ Great Time in Sapporo Enjoying Local Places ”

First, I have to say that Yuichi was a great guide. We booked his "night out on Sapporo" tour. We showed up to our hotel in Sapporo at 3:00pm. Yuichi had already contacted me and my wife while we were in transit between the airport and our hotel to verify that we had made it. He met us at our hotel at 4:45pm as agreed upon. I had asked him to show us to a local eatery that served the famous local Sapporo dish, "Genghis Khan", which is mutton (lamb meat) that you grill yourself. He took us to a great little place that was packed and very traditional. We all were packed into a small room where everyone sat very close and everyone was grilling their lamb. We had a great time. Yuichi also made sure to help us with any translations showed us how to prepare everything. Next, I asked him to take us to a bar that the locals go to. He took us to an awesome local bar. It was a nostalgic type bar that had the atmosphere of 40 years ago. The staff were full of energy and excitement. They had many different types of bar food and cheap beers/sake. The place was packed with local Japanese. It was a great time. While we were walking around Yuichi would also point out places of interest for us to see during the day time. He also would point out restaurants that he recommended for having the best of their specialty, ie: best ramen shop, best yakitori shop, etc. Yuichi was a great guide for our first night in Sapporo. I would definitely recommend him for anyone wanting to go out for an evening/night time trip. Thank you Yuichi for a great time.

2 months ago |   by Philip

“ More than my expectation ”

Very nice n knowledgeable of the area, he tried very hard to make sure we were enjoy our tour, I will request him to be my next trip in Sapporo

2 months ago |   by Alicia

“ Yuichi, you're a very Professional, Experienced, Insightful and Caring English Speaking Private Tour Guide ”

Among the past few private tour guides we had experienced during our trips in Tokyo and Hokkaido, Yuichi came out tops as being very professional and his conversational English was clear and understandable. He kept on providing commentaries of the places, food and unique quirks without us asking / prompting. His comments were also very insightful and interesting. During our toilet breaks while browsing at the tourist souvenir shops, he even continued to provide interesting commentaries on special / favourite food products and drinks which the other private guides did not do. He also made a point to note down all the participants names which the other private guides also did not do. And when my children wanted to play with snow by sliding down, he helped them with the sliding board. Thus he stands out among his peers and I would highly recommend him to be your English speaking private tour guide in Japan. Wished you had been our private tour guide for our past / previous tours in Tokyo and Eastern Hokkaido. Keep up with the great work.

4 months ago |   by Calvin

“ worth the cost ”

Yuichi-san did a great job being my guide for the day in Sapporo. We covered a lot of ground that I would not have been able to do on my own. Yuichi-san met at my hotel to start the tour. We had already communicated a few times before the date so that Yuichi could put together an itinerary of what I was interested in. My trip to Sapporo was in late October. So I wanted to see the Autumn Leaves Colors. So Yuichi-san suggested we go to Hokkaido University to see the spectacular yellow leaves there. It was AMAZING! Prior to going to Hokkaido University, We went on a short walking tour to Nojo Market and Tanuki Koji Street. I told Yuichi-san that I wanted to have beef and crab while in Sapporo. So he took me to a fantastic Teppanyaki restaurant for beef that I would never would have found on my own. After lunch it was off to Hokkaido Jingu Shrine. It was my lucky day as there was a traditional wedding going on. Was able to sneak in a few pics! Then we took the bus to the Sapporo Beer Museum to sample the Classic beer there. We concluded with dinner at an incredible crab restaurant. At the end of the day, I was amazed with how much we were able to accomplish. Great job Yuichi-san!!! Would definitely recommend Yuichi-san as your private tour guide for the day. Calvin San Francisco, California, USA

5 months ago |   by Katie

“ Seamless trip to Sapporo! ”

Yuichi was a great help in planning the perfect trip to Sapporo with my boyfriend. I already had a pretty solid idea of what I wanted to do in Sapporo but with my limited Japanese I was worried about making the appropriate bookings and reservations. I contacted Yuichi to get his help in creating an itinerary for a day trip to Jozankei and reserving restaurants around Sapporo for our meals. Yuichi was incredibly helpful and attentive. He provided recommendations for other places to go including a wonderful teppenyaki restaurant that I would never have known about without him. When I made an error in the dates I provided resulting in our reservations being made for the wrong day (my mistake, not Yuichi's), he had everything re-booked within an hour of me contacting him about my mistake. Thank you, Yuichi! We had an amazing trip that would not be possible without you!

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