2 days
Activity Level

Two-day tour of Okhotsk culture and Japan’s first “Kiyosato Potato Shochu” factory

This tour will take you to the origins of the Okhotsk area, which has a unique history and culture different from that of mainland Japan and Hokkaido, and to the shochu factory in Kiyosato Town, where Japan's first shochu made from potatoes, a major agricultural product, was produced in 1975. The rural landscape is a mirror that reflects the climate, climate, and history of the region. After visiting the Northern Museum of Ethnology to learn about the "Okhotsk Culture" that flourished in this area during the Nara and Heian Periods in mainland Japan, we will go on a small adventure by kayak on Lake Abashiri, which is a brackish lake where fresh water and sea water mix and has its roots in the means of transportation of indigenous people.


Abashiri city, Kiyosato town, Koshimizu town

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No. EST003 Two-day tour of Okhotsk culture and Japan’s first “Kiyosato Potato Shochu” factory

Area Abashiri city, Kiyosato town, Koshimizu town
Length 2 days
Price From JPY 249,500 per person
Season June - September
Group size Minimum: 4 Maximum: 8
Activity level 3*★★★☆☆
Meeting point In front of the ticket gate at the west exit of Sapporo Station
Price includes Accommodation, meals (as listed in the itinerary), guide fee, activity fee, entrance fee, transportation fee.
Clothing Wear sneakers or trekking shoes (low-cut shoes are acceptable), hat, long pants, long-sleeved shirt, mask, windbreaker.
Items to bring Warm clothes (fleece, etc.), sunglasses, gloves, food, neck warmer. Sunscreen, etc., towel, rain gear (separate top and bottom). Rainwear (not umbrellas), tissue paper, water bottles.
Notes <Cancellation Policy>
●7 days to 2 days before...20%
●One day before...40%
●On the day of the trip...50%
●Cancellation after the start of the tour or no-show...100%

Traveler’s Digest


Behind the European-style brewery of the Kiyosato Shochu Brewery, the cool and refreshing waters of the Shari River, voted the clearest river in Japan, flow, and in the distance, Shari-dake (1,547 meters above sea level), one of Japan’s top 100 mountains, towers majestically over the town. We will experience the cycle of how shochu, brewed from the clear water that springs from the foot of Mt. Shari and potatoes grown by the fertile land that survives the extremely cold climate, contributes to the revitalization of the region.


北At the Museum of Northern Peoples, we will learn that the period of the Okhotsk Culture (approximately 500 years from the 6th to 11th centuries, equivalent to the Kofun to Heian periods in mainland Japan), which is unique in Japanese archaeological history, preceded the Ainu Culture period. We will also hear about the connection between the Okhotsk culture and the northern peoples, and what “sake” was like for the indigenous peoples of the world.