2018 Primetime Emmy
& James Beard Award Winner

Hokkaido, Japan

Hokkaido 
Wonderland

September 19-26, 2023

Welcome to Japan’s land of Milk and Honey. This will be a week of snowbound mountains, natural hot springs and volcanic lakes, and a unique cuisine shaped by Hokkaido’s cool climate. Volcanic islands. Cold waters teeming with red king crab and delicate uni. Some of Japan’s best dairy and a hearty meat culture. The perfect climate for making beer, whisky, and even wine. Your host is the irrepressible co-owner of Bar Gyu+ in Niseko, the skeleton key to all great things in the North.

Ioanna Morelli

Our Host

Owner, Bar Gyu+
Ioanna Morelli

Nathan Thornburgh

Trip Guide

R&K Co-founder
Nathan Thornburgh

R&K Trip Itinerary

September 19-26, 2023

Day 1

Sep 19 Tue

DAY 1 — LAND OF MILK AND HONEY

  • Raku Suisan
  • 119-1 Kabayama, Kutchan, Abuta District, Hokkaido 044-0078, Japan
  • +81136220520
  • Private transfer airport to Raku Suisan
  • Tea ceremony, light dinner
  • Private late-night whisky tasting by Ioanna of Bar Gyu+ at Raku Suisan

Day 2

Sep 20 Wed

Day 2 — A VOLCANIC START

  • Raku Suisan
  • 119-1 Kabayama, Kutchan, Abuta District, Hokkaido 044-0078, Japan
  • +81136220520
  • Raku Suisan ryokan breakfast
  • Cheese and tofu tasting at Takara
  • Hike to Half Moon Lake with light picnic of local cheese and meats
  • Udon at Hozuki
  • Rest back at the Ryokan
  • Private dinner at Bar Gyu Afterparty DJ set at Bar Gyu+

Day 3

Sep 21 Thu

Day 3‑THE ART OF FERMENTATION

  • Raku Suisan
  • 119-1 Kabayama, Kutchan, Abuta District, Hokkaido 044-0078, Japan
  • +81136220520
  • Miso workshop at Juri
  • Ice cream and dairy stop at Milk Kobo
  • Relax at Raku Suisan, happy hour
  • Niseko Shuzo Brewery & Sake tasting
  • Tori Matsu Izakaya for more sake tasting and a raucous bar dinner

Day 4

Sep 22 Fri

Day 4‑INTO THE WOODS

  • Raku Suisan
  • 119-1 Kabayama, Kutchan, Abuta District, Hokkaido 044-0078, Japan
  • +81136220520
  • Mushroom foraging with Fungido フンギ
  • Soba kaiseki at legendary Raku-ichi
  • Rest at ryokan
  • Private dining experience with Nakajima

Day 5

Sep 23 Sat

Day 5 — WINE AND WHISKEY

  • Yuen Sapporo Ryokan
  • Japan, 〒060-0001 Hokkaido, Sapporo, Chuo Ward, Kita 1 Jonishi, 7 Chome−6
  • +81112711126
  • Traditional breakfast at Raku Suisan
  • Private distillery tour of Yoichi with friends
  • Lunch at the Sagra Winery
  • Help out with the grape harvest
  • Transfer to Yuen Sapporo Ryokan, rest
  • Mushroom dinner with our haul with Fungido フンギ

Day 6

Sep 24 Sun

DAY 6 — ISLAND HOPPING

  • RIshiri Cabins
  • Rishiri District, Hokkaido, Japan
  • Fly to Rishiri Island, home of Japan’s best konbu
  • Morning sauna experience at the cabins by Sauna Mafia
  • Washoku Lunch by Sapporo soba masters MIMI
  • Rest at cabins
  • Island izakaya and karaoke

Day 7

Sep 25 Mon

DAY 7 — ISLAND LIFE

  • Yuen Sapporo Ryokan
  • Japan, 〒060-0001 Hokkaido, Sapporo, Chuo Ward, Kita 1 Jonishi, 7 Chome−6
  • +81112711126
  • Konbu cutting masterclass
  • Ramen lunch in Rishiri
  • Fly back to Sapporo
  • Sapporo lamb feast “gingiskan”
  • Late night bar crawl down ramen alley
  • Karaoke

Day 8

Sep 26 Tue

DAY 8 — SAYONARA

  • One last traditional Japanese breakfast
  • Private transfer to Sapporo airport (CTS)
  • Bittersweet goodbyes

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