Hokkaido: Abashiri Drift Ice Cruise on Icebreaker Ship Aurora


1. Cruise around on the Icebreaker ship Aurora on this day trip to Abashiri from Sapporo. View the drift ice and winter scenery at the Sea of Okhotsk. This is a must-do activity at least once! 2. Lunch is a specialty of Abashiri called 'Okhotsk Abashiri Zangi Don' consisting of Okhotsk pink salmon marinated in natural Shirauo soy sauce and then deep-fried with the 'zangi' placed on top of rice. This is an extremely popular tour and places run out fast! [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. *Items not included: 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 (i.e. no meals) Drift ice season (source: Abashiri Local Meteorological Observatory) 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) Information: Aurora Check it out our famous tour: Monbetsu Garinko II Drift Ice Meal Options 1. Lunch upgrade Okhotsk Seafood Rice Bowl: JPY1,300 (inc. tax) - Sushi rice topped with seafood including crab, shrimp, salmon roe, salmon and scallops. 2. Dinner Bento Crab Rice Bento (no tea): JPY1,200 (inc. tax) *If interested in either of these options, please mention so in the 'Additional Information' section when booking or fill in the inquiry form at least 7 business days before departure. *Please pay a member of staff on the day in cash. [Attention] *Please come in warm clothing (jumper, gloves, scarves, hats etc.) *Since drift ice is a naturally occurring phenomenon, you are not guaranteed to see them on the tour day especially if the tide or wind is strong. Please note that the operation of the icebreaker ship is not dependent on the presence or absence of the drift ice. Furthermore, the ship will be suspended if there is inclement weather or sea conditions are deemed dangerous. In that case, the tour conductor will refund the group boarding fare (Aurora: JPY2,970 for adults and JPY1,490 for children.) *Depending on the road conditions, the order of the itinerary may change. The return to Sapporo Station North Exit may also be later than scheduled. *This tour is operated with a mix of Japanese and foreign guests. *Please wear comfortable clothing and walking shoes. *Please be aware that some ingredients, especially seafood, may change depending on the catch and stock availability. *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: 1
  • Dinner: 0
  • Light meal: 0
  • Sapporo North Exit Kane-no-Hiroba (Meet 7:50) -- Roadside Station Maruseppu (Shopping/20 mins) -- Okhotsk Bazaar, Abashiri (Okhotsk Abashiri Zangi Don lunch / 60mins. A slightly late time of 13:30) -- Aurora Icebreaker Ship boarding point , Roadside Station Ryuho Kaido Abashiri (Board the ship/60 mins) -- Roadside Station Maruseppu (Rest/20 mins) -- Sapporo North Exit (Schedule 22:30)

location Sapporo


Departure place


Meeting Time

07:50 AM



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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

1 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)

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