Winter Hokkaido in 3 Days: Sapporo Snow Festival & Drift Ice!

Highlights

A tour that combines two popular winter activities in Hokkaido: Sapporo Snow Festival and watching drift ice. A 91.0% satisfaction rate from customers last year! Moreover, departures are all guaranteed! 1. Three days of experiencing a true winter in Hokkaido. Icebreaker ship: ・A cruise on the Sea of Okhotsk covered in drift ice! Feel the vibrations as the ship crunches through the thick ice. ・Board the Garinko ship at Monbetsu or the Aurora ship at Memanbetsu or Kushiro. Asahiyama Zoo: ・Watch the penguin march only possible in the winter season plus polar bear and other creatures! Sapporo Snow Festival: ・Huge event in the Hokkaido calendar celebrating its 70th anniversary this year. ・Enjoy the huge ice and snow sculptures at Sapporo Odori Park. Sounkyo Ice Waterfall Festival ・See various man-made ice sculptures alongside the naturally frozen Ishikari River and falls. 2. Stay in a famous hot spring resort hotel with multiple sources and 16 different types of baths Day 1 - Oehonke, Onneyu Onsen: ・Enjoy the water at this hot spring known for its skin beautifying properties. ・Dinner is a celebration of Hokkaido seafood including scallop grilled in its shell and hotpot. Day 2 - APA Hotel and Resort Sapporo ・Equipped with 16 different types of baths both indoor and outdoor! [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: Flights, domestic flight facility usage fees and bus seat. Meals and bedding are not included. *For customers on the February 10-11 departures: ・The 2019 Sapporo Snow Festival at Odori Park and Susukino is open from February 4 ~ 11 (Monday/Sub. Holiday). In order to accommodate the festival, the itinerary will be done in reverse order. ・Furthermore, for the February 11 departure, the morning of Day 2 will see the dismantling of the snow sculptures. You will not be allowed into the site for safety reasons. Depending on the situation on the day and time, we may not be able to see the dismantling. Day 3 travel to New Chitose Airport: ・Customers are responsible to make it to the airport themselves and pay for expenses (for those on the reverse itinerary, please travel to the Day 1 hotel.) ・APA Hotel & Resort Sapporo~New Chitose Airport (Direct bus/Hokuto Kotsu) - One-way: JPY1,030 (Adult)/JPY520 (Child) - Approximately every 30 minutes (Required time: 70 mins) - Could be late due to traffic. - Please contact the hotel for details ・[JR] Sapporo Station~New Chitose Airport (Rapid Airport) - One-way: JPY1,070 (Adult)/JPY540 (Child) - Approximately every 15 minutes (Required time: 37 mins) Drift ice viewing: Abashiri 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) Monbetsu 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) [Attention] Drift ice *Since drift ice is a naturally occurring phenomenon, it is not guaranteed that you will see them on the day due to a range of factors such as tide and wind etc. *The ship may not operate if conditions are poor (weather, ice has not approached the shore etc.) *Please be aware that if you decide to cancel or change your trip based on the above, the standard cancellation fee will be charged from the date of cancellation. *The cruise will become a sightseeing trip on the Sea of Okhotsk if there is no drift ice for 45 minutes. The price difference will be refunded. Possible changes to the itinerary *The itinerary may be conducted in reverse due to adjustments in hotels and flights. *Please be aware that there is a possibility of a connected flight from New Chitose Airport. *The itinerary is subject to change and even activities cancelled should the weather be significantly bad. Furthermore, in the unlikely event that flights and other transportation are significantly delayed, suspended etc., any additional expenses incurred (accommodation, travel, food etc.) will be at your own expense. *Please be aware that some ingredients, especially seafood, may change depending on the catch and stock availability. Accommodation *In Sapporo, in the case of 3~5 persons sharing a room, an extra bed (or sofa bed) will be provided in a twin room or two separate rooms could be used. Tour bus *This tour is operated with a mix of Japanese and foreign guests. *A Japanese-speaking guide is included. Although the tour conductor can speak English or Chinese, they are not an interpreter for the guide. Attire *Please wear comfortable clothing and walking shoes. Flights *The meeting time on the departure day is 50 minutes before boarding the scheduled flight. Any costs for the accommodation around the airport a night before the tour day or for the transportation to the airport are covered by customers. (Detailed information about meeting place and time will be informed at least 7 days prior to the tour departure day.) *When allocating plane seats, due to seating arrangements, you may be separated even if you booked as a group. Even customers who booked for two may not be seated next to each other or sat on the same row. *To change customers (name change), a confirmation from the airline is necessary. When the flight is fully booked, a name change is not possible. When a name change is possible, a handling fee will be charged. 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.

Itinerary

Day 1
  • Breakfast: 0
  • Lunch: 0
  • Dinner: 1
  • Light meal: 0
  • Haneda Airport (Depart 7:45~12:30) Monbetsu or Memanbetsu or Kushiro Airport Monbetsu or Abashiri Airport (Climb onboard the icebreaker ship/60mins. *Outbound Monbetsu journey: Board the Garinko at Monbetsu OR Outbound Memanbetsu or Kushiro journey: Board the Aurora at Abashiri.) Onneyu Onsen (Overnight)  *Enjoy the baths and seafood dinner.

Day 2
  • Breakfast: 1
  • Lunch: 0
  • Dinner: 0
  • Light meal: 0
  • Onneyu Onsen Sounkyo (Sounkyo Ice Waterfall Festival) Asahiyama Zoo (View animals in the snowy environment) Sapporo Snow Festival (See impressive snow and ice sculptures) Sapporo (Overnight)

Day 3
  • Breakfast: 1
  • Lunch: 0
  • Dinner: 0
  • Light meal: 0
  • Sapporo (Free time on final day; enjoy the festival and/or city sightseeing in Sapporo. Make your own way to the airport) New Chitose Airport Haneda Airport (Arrive 16:40~21:40)



location Haneda Airport

Detail

Departure place

Haneda Airport

Meeting Time

-

Destination

Hokkaido

Language
  • 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

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)

Cancellation policy Tour Condition