Winter Hokkaido in 3 Days: Sapporo Snow Festival & Drift Icebreaker Ship Aurora / Departure Guaranteed!

Highlights

All departures dates are confirmed! 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. Asahiyama Zoo: ・See wonderful animals at the famous Asahiyama Zoo. Lots of highlights worth seeing in winter! Sapporo Snow Festival: ・Huge event in the Hokkaido calendar celebrating its 71th 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. The “Onneyu Onsenkyo Fuyu Monogatari” (hot springs winter tale) Festival: ・Held during the limited season with about 10,000 light bulbs illuminating the area. Kushiro, Tsurumidai ・See red-crowned crane designated as a national natural monument. 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. Day 2 - APA Hotel and Resort Sapporo ・Equipped with 16 different types of baths both indoor and outdoor! [Additional Information] What's included 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. What's not included Any expenses not specified in the itinerary (e.g. personal expenses, optional tours.) What's included in Infant Price (3-5 years old) Bus seats, plane seats, passenger facility charges, only (meals and bedding not included) [Attention] For customers on 2 & 11 February departures: *The 2020 Sapporo Snow Festival at Odori Park and Susukino is open from February 4 ~ 11 (Tuesday/Sub. Holiday). In order to accommodate the festival, the itinerary will be as follows: ・On 2 February - the itinerary order will be changed and you will visit Sapporo Snow Festival on Day-3 for approx. 180 mins. ・On 11 February the itinerary will be done in reverse order and you will visit Sapporo Snow Festival on Day-1 for approx. 180 mins. ※On other departure dates, due to the flight reservations, itinerary/accommodation order change, etc. this tour may be operated in reverse order, too. Tour contents *Due to reasons beyond our control, the itinerary may be altered or completed in reverse order. Furthermore, the order of the sightseeing spots may be changed as well as the airports used. *The events could be changed or cancelled due to bad weather or unavoidable reasons of the organizer. *As the penguin walk at Asahiyama Zoo depends on snow conditions, you may not be able to see it. You may also not be able to view the penguin walk due to a decision from the zoo to cancel the event, bad weather or our late arrival to the zoo. *There is no guarantee that you will encounter wild animals. *Please be aware that some ingredients, especially seafood, may change depending on the catch and stock availability. *Due to the poor visibility or depending on the weather, you might not enjoy the views fully. *A Japanese-speaking guide is included. Although the tour conductor can speak English or Chinese, they are not an interpreter for the guide. *Please wear comfortable warm clothing and walking shoes. *Depending on the road conditions on the day, the order of the itinerary may change. *This tour is operated with a mixture of Japanese and foreign guests. However a staff member will give you the basic information, such as meeting place and time at each stop in English or Chinese, although they won’t give you detailed information on the places visited. Drift Ice *Drift ice is a natural phenomenon. You are not guaranteed to see the drift ice during your trip as ice is susceptible to strong tides and winds. The icebreaker ship cruise could be cancelled if there is no drift ice around the shore. Even when the cruise goes ahead, there is no guarantee that you will see any drift ice. *Please note that should you wish to cancel or change your booking due to the reasons above, the standard cancellation fee will be charged from the day of your cancellation. *If there is no drift ice for Aurora cruise, it will be replaced with a sightseeing trip on the Sea of Okhotsk (45 mins). The price difference will be refunded. This cruise may also be cancelled due to the bad weather. In such case you will visit another sightseeing sot or the refund will be provided. Accommodation *If there are 3~4 guests booked for one room, an extra bed (or sofa bed) will be provided in the twin room or 2 separate rooms might be provided. Flights *Please be aware that there is a possibility of a connected flight at New Chitose Airport. *The meeting time on the departure dates is 50 minutes before the scheduled flight. If customers cannot make it to the meeting point on time, they will have to bear the costs of the previous night's hotel and other fees like the taxi fare. Details on the meeting point (time, location etc.) will be revealed a week before the departure. *When allocating plane seats, even if you booked as a group, you may be separated. 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. *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. 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 7:30~10:00) -- Kushiro Airport -- Kushiro, Tsurumidai Plane (View Japanese cranes / approx. 15 mins) -- Marchen Hill (Winter landscape and 7 larch trees / approx. 10 mins) -- Kitahama Station (The closest station to the drift ice / approx. 10 mins) -- Abashiri Port ((Icebreaker Ship Aurora cruise / approx. 60 mins) -- Onneyu Onsen (Overnight.) ※Enjoy the water at this hot spring known for its skin beautifying properties. The “Onneyu Onsenkyo Fuyu Monogatari” (hot springs winter tale) Festival is held with about 10,000 light bulbs illuminating the area.

Day 2
  • Breakfast: 1
  • Lunch: 0
  • Dinner: 0
  • Light meal: 0
  • Onneyu Onsen -- Sounkyo Hyoubaku Festival (approx. 40 mins) -- Asahiyama Zoo (approx. 120 mins) -- Sapporo Snow Festival (See impressive snow and ice sculptures / approx. 120 mins) -- Sapporo suburbs (Overnight.)

Day 3
  • Breakfast: 1
  • Lunch: 0
  • Dinner: 0
  • Light meal: 0
  • Sapporo -- Sapporo Snow Festival (Enjoy the festival during the daytime too / approx. 60 mins) -- Otaru (See Otaru canal covered with snow / approx. 90 mins) -- New Chitose Airport -- Haneda Airport (Arrive 19:00~22:10)



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
The prices may vary depending on number of participants and other conditions.