Hokkaido Icebreaker Ship Experience: Aurora Cruise & Kitakobushi Shiretoko Hotel & Resort


Hokkaido Fukkouwari Tour The Japanese government has subsidized JPY3,000 for this tour. Fukkouwari (post-earthquake discounts) is a campaign to help Hokkaido's tourism industry bounce back quickly following the devastating 2018 Hokkaido Eastern Iburi earthquake. The “We are GENKI Hokkaido/ Welcome! HOKKAIDO, JAPAN Campaign” is designed to reassure Japanese and overseas visitors that the locals are recovering well and that the region is open for business. To help with the process, the national and local governments are subsidizing local businesses and services so they can offer tourists incentives to come and visit. This tour is being sold at a discounted price to support this campaign. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Tour Features 1. Climb aboard the Aurora icebreaker ship and feel the vibrations as the ship crunches its way through the ice! 2. Stay at the luxurious Kitakobushi Shiretoko Hotel & Resort given 5 stars by the Kanko Keizai Shimbun newspaper. Enjoy a spectacular buffet for dinner featuring the best of Shiretoko produce. 3. A drift ice walking experience is available for an additional JPY5,000 for those interested. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- [Additional Information] *Tour inclusions: Transportation, accommodation, meal(s), admission fee(s) specified in the itinerary and taxes. None of these expenses will be refunded even if the participant does not use them for whatever reason. *Tour exclusions: Any expenses not specified in the itinerary (e.g. personal expenses, optional tours.) *Items included in Infant Price (3-5 years old): bus seat only. (No meals or bedding) *Baby (0-2 years old): A JPY2,700 charge for using the hotel facilities will have to be paid at the hotel. *Drift ice season (source: Abashiri Local Meteorological Office) 2017: January 31 (first day), February 2 (first day approaching shore) and April 24 (last day) 2018: January 28 (first day), February 2 (first day approaching shore) and March 31 (last day) *Drift ice season (source: Monbetsu Tourism Exchange Promotion Office) 2017: January 26 (first day), February 2 (first day approaching shore) and April 11 (last day) 2018: February 1 (first day), February 5 (first day approaching shore) and March 28 (last day) *Drift ice Walk - For those interested, a drift ice walking experience is available early in the morning. - Number of places are limited so please either express your interest when booking or fill in the inquiry form early to avoid disappointment. - Should the maximum capacity be reached, people will be placed on a waiting list. Co-ordinating the list could take quite a while and you may not know if you can participate or not as late as the morning of the trip. - Fee: JPY5,000 (Adult); JPY2,500 (Child) *Pre-schoolers cannot participate. - Time: Meet at hotel at 8:30; return around 10:30. *Travel by bus. Meeting time depends on the number of participants. - Capacity: 10 people - You must be in good physical shape - Attire: dry suits, gloves and hats will be provided. Please wear appropriate clothing (i.e. no skirts, shorts etc.) - This trip will not run if there is bad weather around or no drift ice. *Optional Bento lunch on Day 1 A. Higuma no zeitaku onigiri Bento: JPY680 (no tea) ・Three assorted onigiri rice balls: crab, salmon & scallop B. Shiretoko Torimeshi: JPY900 (no tea) ・Teriyaki chicken on a bed of rice cooked in chicken broth with simmered vegetables. - If interested, please mention so in the 'Additional Information' section of the reservation form when booking or fill in the request form at least 3 business days before departure. - The bento will be served on the bus. - If you are not interested in this option, then please bring your own lunch as there will be no time during the tour to stop off and buy lunch. - Please pay the tour conductor in cash on the day. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- [Attention] Fukkouwari Campaign ・This tour is being sold at a discounted price to support this campaign. ・This campaign will end once the budget has been used up. ・The subsidies are strictly used to boost tourism within Hokkaido. The money cannot be used for other business purposes. Amendments/Cancellations ・The subsidy allocated for the trip cannot be refunded. Furthermore, the subsidy cannot be used for application fees or cancellation fees. ・The subsidy will be lost at the same time when the booking is cancelled. ・If the customer cancels once a travel agreement is established, the standard cancellation fee will apply based on the discounted price. ・This right to receiving subsidies cannot be transferred or sold to someone else. Know before you go *Depending on the road conditions on the day, the order of the itinerary may change. *This tour is operated with a mix of Japanese and foreign guests. *Meals: please be aware that some ingredients, especially seafood, may change depending on the catch and stock availability. Drift ice boat cruise *There is no guarantee that you will be able to see the drift ice on the day (strong currents, high winds etc.) *Please note that the operation of the icebreaker ships is not dependent on the presence or absence of drift ice. *The cruise will be cancelled in adverse weather/rough sea conditions. In that case, the group boarding fare (JPY2,970 for adults/JPY1,490 for children) will be returned to you on the day. Attire *Please wrap up warm for the outdoor activities and wear comfortable shoes. Other *We will not be responsible for any delays, shortenings or omissions made to the itinerary due to circumstances beyond our control (traffic, weather etc.) *A decision on whether to cancel the tour will be decided by 3pm Japan Standard Time one day before the tour date. We will inform you by e-mail. *The tour end point may be different from the meeting point. Ask the tour conductor on the day. *The amended Act on the Protection of Personal Information came into effect on 30 May 2017. Customer information (name, age, gender etc.) may be forwarded to the hotels or necessary entities for the purpose of making tour arrangements. This condition shall be deemed to have been accepted by the customer upon completion of the reservation.


Day 1
  • Breakfast: 0
  • Lunch: 0
  • Dinner: 1
  • Light meal: 0
  • Sapporo North Exit (Meet 7:50) -- Kamikawa (Rest/20 mins) -- Irimaru Suisan, Abashiri (Specialist seafood shop/20 mins) -- Oshinkoshin Falls (Famous waterfall in Shiretoko/20 mins) -- Utoro Onsen (Overnight. Schedule 17:00) *Enjoy a spectacular buffet for dinner.

Day 2
  • Breakfast: 1
  • Lunch: 0
  • Dinner: 0
  • Light meal: 0
  • Utoro Onsen (Depart 10:00/*Drift ice walking tour for some participants) -- Abashiri Port (Aurora drift ice cruise/60 mins) -- Sapporo North Exit (Schedule 19:30)

location Sapporo


Departure place


Meeting Time

07:50 AM



  • English

Language Support

A tour conductor or staff of your preferred language will accompany the tour from the designated meeting place (at a designated airport in case of a tour with airplanes) and provides the participant with basic information necessary for the tour (such as meeting place and time at each stop etc) in your preferred language. Information on sightseeing in the areas of tour destinations will not be provided. However, brochures in your preferred language will be provided.

Minimum number of participants for operation

25 Person(s)

*When the participants does not reach the number above, the tour will not be operated. If this is the case, those who have made a reservation will be informed of the matter by 14 days prior to the scheduled departure date (by 4 days prior to the departure in case of a Day-tour).

Minimum number of participants for booking

1 Person(s)

Cancellation policy Tour Condition