Hokkaido Drift Ice Experience: 7 Drift Ice Activities / Accommodation at a Luxury Hotel

Highlights

1. A very popular tour last year with a 95.5 satisfaction rate! All departures guaranteed this year as well! 2. Stay two nights in top quality accommodation! The second night is 5 stars! 【Day-1】La Vista Kushirogawa, Kushiro ・Scheduled arrival time is around 17:00. After arriving to the hotel, have a dinner at one of the restaurants in Kushiro city featuring scallops with shell, Akkeshi grilled oysters and other local specialties cooked in Robatayaki style. ・See "pancake ice" from Nusamai Bridge early in the morning before the departure by yourself. 【Day-2】Shiretoko Daiichi Hotel, Shiretoko Utoro Onsen ・Stay in one of only two 5 star hotels in the Shiretoko Utoro Onsen resort. ・Enjoy seeing the drift ice from the lobby and open-air bath. ・Relish a buffet dinner of about 80 kinds of dishes including snow crab legs and sushi made right in front of you. 3. Seven drift ice activities that you can only experience in Hokkaido! Enjoy the views from the cruise, train and land! ・Rausu Port, Shiretoko: Enjoy a boat cruise that pushes its way through the drift ice and look out for wildlife passing the winter here. Chances of seeing Steller's Sea Eagle and White-tailed Eagle are 99%! ・Abashiri Port: Board the Icebreaker ship Aurora and appreciate the dazzlingly bright drift ice up close! ・Okhotsk train ride: See the icy landscape aboard a local train. [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: Plane seats, domestic flight facility usage fees and bus seat. Meals and bedding are not included. [Attention] Notes for itinerary ※Okhotsk Ryuhyo Train and "Ryuhyo Monogatari" Train has no reserved seats. You may have to stand during the ride, if it is crowded. The section of your ride, stations, traveling date, train type are subject to change. For "Ryuhyo Monogatari" train, you might ride a car without special wrapping. *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. *If the drift ice cruise will be cancelled due to the bad weather conditions, the ride may be replaced with a different sightseeing place nearby. *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. *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. *A Japanese-speaking guide is included. Although the tour conductor can speak English or Chinese, they are not an interpreter for the guide. 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 the 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 spot or the refund will be provided. Accommodation *In the case of 3~4 persons sharing a room, an extra bed (or sofa bed) will be provided in a twin room or two separate rooms could be used. Flights *Please be aware that there is a possibility of a connected flight at New Chitose Airport. *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.) *The itinerary is subject to considerable change should our flight be delayed, diverted to another airport etc. due to inclement weather or unavoidable circumstances. Any additional expenses incurred (accommodation, travel, food etc.) will be at your own expense. *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 11:00~13:00) -- Kushiro Airport -- Hokuto Viewpoint, Kushiro Shitsugen Wetlands (View Japan's largest wetlands / approx. 15 mins) -- Tsurumidai Plain (Watch Tancho cranes / approx. 20 mins) -- Kushiro (Overnight) ※Arrive to the hotel around 17:00.

Day 2
  • Breakfast: 1
  • Lunch: 1
  • Dinner: 1
  • Light meal: 0
  • Kushiro (See "pancake ice" from Nusamai Bridge early in the morning before the departure by yourself) -- ①Shiretoko・Rausu Port (See Steller's sea eagles, white-tailed sea eagles closely from the drift ice cruise / approx. 60 mins) -- ②Rausu(7 kinds of seafood rice bowl lunch/ approx. 50 mins) -- Drift ice seaside drive -- Cape Puyuni[View from a bus window] -- ③Yuuhidai (Sunset) Point/b> (See the spectacular drift ice / approx. 15 mins) -- Shiretoko Utoro Onsen (Overnight) ※Arrive to the hotel around 17:00. Stay at the 5-star hotel.

Day 3
  • Breakfast: 1
  • Lunch: 0
  • Dinner: 0
  • Light meal: 0
  • Shiretoko Utoro Onsen -- ⑤Abashiri Port (Board the Icebreaker ship Aurora / approx. 60 mins) -- Abashiri Station -- ⑥Okhotsk drift ice train, non-reserved seat ※For Feb 2-28 departures, ride on “Ryuhyo Monogatari” train, limited time only! / approx. 20 mins) -- ⑦Kitahama Station (The closest station to the Okhotsk Sea with its drift ice / approx. 10 mins) -- Memanbetsu Airport or Kushiro Airport -- Haneda Airport (Arrive 16:25~22:10)



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.