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Welcome to KUSHIRO

HOKKAIDO

Limited time offer 

A relaxing ride on Kushiro Shitsugen Norokko Train with a panoramic view of Kushiro Marsh

KUSHIRO

HOKKAIDO

Eastern Hokkaido Adventure with a panoramic train ride on Kushiro Shitsugen Norokko train ride 3 days 2 nights

JPY31,900 per person for all departure dates!!

(The rate for 2 adults per room)

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Kushiro Marsh is Japan's largest wetland, stretching inland from the Pacific Ocean to the eastern side of Hokkaido. Countless plants, wild animals, and wild insects live in this magnificent unspoiled nature, and the red-crowned crane which is designated as a special natural monument of the country also migrates here. You can enjoy such a magnificent nature on the Kushiro Shitsugen Norokko train during this 3 days tour. Forget about your daily life and enjoy a fun time of being surrounded by nature!

Activities of your choice (choose 1)

 

ACCOMMODATION

THE GEEK

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This guesthouse surrounded by nature is limited to use for a maximum of four groups a day. The word "geek" means someone who is interested in a subject that they love. It is a place where every kind of nerds gather; with wide ranging interests such as trains, canoeing, horse trekking, camping, fishing, bird watching etc. It is located on top of a hill overlooking the local station the Toro station. Toro station is where Kushiro Shitsugen Norokko train runs, and on the other side of the railroad tracks you can see the infinite Kushiro Marshland. THE GEEK is such an irreplaceable place where you can appreciate the great nature. You could see the magnificent Kushiro Marsh over the local train tracks from your room window. Admire the great nature from the moment you wake up in the morning.

Facilities

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The lounge space is warm all year round with floor heating, and there is a comfortable sofa area where you could have a seat. Here in this space you can enjoy a cup of coffee while reading your favorite book, or get some work done on your laptop. The sunroom overlooking the marshland is also available for use at any time. A simple room with a view of the Kushiro Marsh will make your morning an extraordinary experience.

■ Room facilities

1 semi-double bed1 single bed

  • Maximum 3 adults can stay in a room (2 adults and 2 children are acceptable).

  • Each room is equipped with a wash basin, however the bathroom is shared with other guest.

■ Amenities

Bath towel, face towel, shampoo, conditioner

  • Please bring your own toothbrush set and nightwear

Sauna

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This train themed sauna offers a panoramic view of Kushiro Marsh. It has chainsaw cypress benches, chic black armor covered exterior walls, and a front room covered with burned cedar. There is a water bath dripping with white birch, and an outdoor air bath where you could listen to the sound of the trains and watch the wild animals. The doorknobs at the entrance of the sauna are made from old doorknobs which were used on trains and SLs.

■ Time (by reservation only)

1st round: 10:00-12:00

2nd round: 13:00-15:00

3rd round: 16:00-18:00

4th round: 19:00-21:00

■ Price

2 hours per session / JPY2,000 per person

Charter JPY10,000

Capacity: 8 people (Currently limited to 5 people due to COVID-19)

■ How to take a sauna

  • Change into a sauna suit (bathing suit, poncho, towel rental available) in your room.

  • Get into the sauna. (10 seconds walk)

  • Store your poncho and other belongings at a storage space before entering the sauna.

  • Cold water bath can be used even in rainy weather.

  • After using the sauna, please use the shower rooms in the guesthouse (2 locations).

Dining

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Dinner on the day of arrival and daily breakfast is made by the owner. Enjoy your meals at the shared living room while chatting with the owner as he explains how to enjoy the local activities.
For an additional fee, you can also enjoy a BBQ plan with Japanese Wagyu beef "Shibecha Hoshizora no Kuroushi" which is grown in Shibecha town, and local vegetables to make the most of the eastern part of the Hokkaido island. Be sure to try out the charcoal grilled hamburger steak made from black cattle beef!

Additional charge for the eastern Hokkaido BBQ plan
①Change from the regular menu on the day of arrival 
 Adult: JPY4,000 per person
 Child: JPY2,000 per person (under elementary school age)
②2nd night additional request
 Adult: JPY5,000 per person
 Child: JPY3,000 per person (under elementary school age)

  • Reservation is required at least 3 days prior to your stay.

  • Price includes one can of beer, one can of chu-hai or one glass of wine per person.

  • You will be able to pay with the Go To Travel regional coupons.

 

Itinerary

Day 1

From various locations to Kushiro
Move to Toro by yourself.
Access to the site is here>>.

Arrive at Toro THE GEEK. 

Dinner at THE GEEK
Dinner is prepared by the owner with the menu changing each day. 
Warm food is served in the lounge space.
*An eastern Hokkaido BBQ plan could be requested at an additional fee (up to 6 people).

【 Meals: Breakfast ✗ | Lunch ✗ | Dinner ✓ 】

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Day 2:

Enjoy Kushiro Marsh through some nature activities of Eastern Hokkaido

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Choice of Activity ① 

Horse trekking in the nature of East Hokkaido (see note)

08:00 Drive from THE GEEK to Megere Farm by rental car (65km/1h 15min).

09:30 Horse trekking at Megere Farm (approximately 90 minutes).

This activity allows you to connect and communicate with the horses by taking care of the horse you will be riding.

It is a long trekking course which takes you around the farm and many other places nearby such as the lakeside and the forest.

If your child's height is below 90cm, they can ride with an adult. Instead of the horse trekking program, we recommend a shorter program which takes you through the forest and down to the lakeside (approximately 60 minutes).

 

11:00 Drive back to THE GEEK (65km/1 hour 15 minutes).

12:30 Arrival at THE GEEK.

Note :

  • This activity is available only for guests with a car or a rental car. Car rental fee is not included in the tour price, so please make your own arrangements.

  • For bookings made from 28 May to 15 July and from 20 September to 9 October (except 11 June, 26-28 September, and 8 October), this activity will be held in the morning of the third day.

  • Please check the time of your return flight beforehand as it takes approximately 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours travel time from Megere Farm to Kushiro Airport.

 
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Choice of Activity ② 

Kushiro Marsh Private Canoe Tour

09:30 Walk from THE GEEK to Family Canoe Toro.

This 9km course starts from Lake Toro, the largest lake in the marshland, and goes down to the Kushiro River mainstream via the narrow tributary Alekinai River to the end of Hosooka.

You can enjoy canoeing along three different lakes, tributary and main stream in one tour.

You can also spot seasonal plants and have a rare chance at bird watching some rare species such as the Japanese cranes and white-tailed eagles!

11:30 Return to THE GEEK.

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Take a ride on the Kushiro Shitsugen Norokko train,

a limited season sightseeing train that takes you on a relaxing ride through the nature

Board the train at Toro Station, located in front of THE GEEK.

①Boarding dates: 01 to 16 July, 21 September to 10 October (except 27 September to 29 September and 9 October)  

12:17 Depart from Toro / 13:05 Arrive at Kushiro

②Boarding days: 9 October  

16:21 Depart from Toro / 17:30 Arrive at Kushiro

 

③Boarding days: 17 July to 14 September (except 14/15/21/22/28/29 August and 4/5/11/12 September)  

14:50 Depart from Toro / 15:38 Arrive at Kushiro

 

④Boarding days: 14/15/21/22/28/29 August, 4/5/11/12/18/19/20/27/28/29 September

16:42 Depart from Toro / 17:30 Arrive at Kushiro

  • Not available on 21-23 June and 15-17 September

After arrival, enjoy a stroll in Kushiro.

Kushiro is the birthplace of robatayaki (fireside cooking). Enjoy not only fresh seafood but also sweet vegetables grown in Hokkaido. Take the train back to Toro.

【 Meals: Breakfast ✓ | Lunch ✗ | Dinner ✗ 】

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Day 3

After check-out, proceed to Kushiro Airport on your own.

【Meals: Breakfast ✓ | Lunch ✗ | Dinner ✗ 】

Note for Activity ①: 

  • For bookings made from 28 May to 15 July and from 20 September to 9 October (except 11 June, 26-28 September, and 8 October), this activity will be held in the morning of the third day.

  • Please check the time of your return flight beforehand as it takes approximately 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours travel time from Megere Farm to Kushiro Airport.

 

Access

<By car>
It takes approximately 60 minutes from Kushiro Airport and approximately 30 minutes from Kushiro city.
The shortest route from Kushiro Airport: Take the Akan Exit on the Hokkaido Expressway, Route 38 towards Obihiro, Route 391 via Kushiro Outer Ring Road.
・If you can't see "THE GEEK" in your car navigation system, please enter "Toro station" (Touroeki). You will be guided from the station.
・There have been many deer-vehicle collision. Please be careful especially when driving in the morning and evening which is the time when the animals are eating.

<By train>
It is approximately 1 minute or 100m walk from Toro Station. Toro station is approximately 30 minutes from Kushiro station on the JR Senmou Line.
・JR Senmou Line is a local line with infrequent departures. Please check the timetable carefully.

<By flight>
A car rental store is located right in front of Kushiro Airport. It takes approxiately 50 minutes by car from Kushiro Airport.
Take the airport bus to Kushiro station (approximately 90 minutes), then change to the train to Toro station.
・There are only 7 round-trip train services a day, so please be careful to adjust your connecting time.

 

Tour fee

Adult (elementary school students and older)

1 person per room: JPY 52,900 per person

2 persons per room: JPY 31,900 per person

3 persons per room: JPY 26,900 per person

Elementary school student

①Canoe: JPY 25,900 per person

②Horse riding (height below 90cm): JPY21,900 per person

③Horse riding (height over 90cm): Same price as adult

Pre-schooler

Meals included (1 dinner, 2 breakfasts): JPY4,000 per person

If a seat on the Kushiro Marshland Norokko train is required: JPY1,000 per person

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<Departure dates>

30 June (Wed) - 13 September (Mon)

17 September (Fri) - 9 October (Sat)

Additional fee for the Eastern Hokkaido BBQ plan ①Change from the regular menu on the day of arrival   

Adult: JPY4,000 per person  

Child: JPY2,000 per person (below elementary school age)

②2nd night additional request  

Adult: JPY5,000 per person  

Child: JPY3,000 per person (below elementary school age)

  • Reservation is required at least 3 days prior to your stay

  • Price includes one can of beer, one can of chu-hai or one glass of wine per person.

  • If there are less than 3 people, you may be sharing with other guests.

 

Reservation

Please read the following before you proceed to the reservation.

<Additional information>

  • The rates do not include the transportation fee between the accommodation and your residence.

  • The Kushiro Shitsugen Norokko Train goes on sale at one month prior to the departure. If your booking date is on an advanced date, the official reply for the train booking will be given after it has been confirmed.

  • Check-in time is at 15:00, and check-out time is at 12:00.

  • Dinner service is between 18:00 and 20:00, breakfast service is between 07:00 and 08:00.

  • Your booking confirmation will be sent within 1-2 business days.

  • We will ask you to complete the payment after the booking has been confirmed.

  • You may be asked to present your residence card as proof of identification upon check-in.

  • Please be sure to check "the Go to Travel compliance policy" in advance.

<Cancellation policy>
・From 7 to 4 business days prior to the reserved date: 50% of the total amount
・From 3 business days prior to the reserved date : 100% of the total amount