【Free Plan by Sightseeing Bus】Asahiyama Zoo & Okhotsk Drift Ice Experience

Highlights

1. Departure guaranteed with minimum 1 person. It is perfect to avoid driving long distances on the snowy road and just enjoy the landscape peacefully. 2. Limited departure dates during the Drift Ice period. Board the Abashiri Icebreaker ship Aurora Cruise on the Sea of Okhotsk covered in drift ice! Feel the vibrations as the ship crunches through the thick ice. Along with drift ice, maybe you can see sea animals such as seals and birds? 3. Stay at Sounkyo Onsen Enjoy red and white hot springs that are effective for beautiful skin. During the Sounkyo Ice Waterfall 'Hyobaku' Festival period, visit it by yourself. 4. Stay at Shiretoko Utoro Onsen Relax in the hotel's public bath where you can feel the nature, especially in a garden open-air bath.♪ Relish a buffet of about 50 kinds of dishes for dinner in a main dining that was just opened in 2018!
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[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): Plane seats and bus seats only. Meals and bedding are not included. ※Please contact us in advance if you would like to participate with a baby 0-2 years old. [Attention] Tour details *Round-trip air tickets will be handed over from the staff at the airport on the day of departure or mailed in advance. *A tour conductor is not provided and no language support is available during the tour. (Language choice in the reservation form is the language for the contacting email, not for the language support on the tour.) However, while you are traveling by Eastern Hokkaido Sightseeing Bus, a Japanese-speaking guide will be provided. In case of emergency, language support is possible through the tablet device. *Sightseeing information will be delivered in Japanese. *Please be ready to board the bus 10 minutes before the departure time at all the bus stops. As this is a sightseeing bus on a schedule, it will not wait for you if you are late. If you happen to miss the bus, please make your own way to your intended destination paying for your own travel expenses. *This bus will be shared with passengers from other tour groups and the general public. Although you are free to sit where you like, when the bus is crowded, seats may be allocated for you and you may have to sit with someone you don't know. *Although the bus will do its best to stick to the schedule, should the bus be forced to change course due to road or weather conditions, time spent at sightseeing spots may have to be shortened or even left out of the itinerary. There will be no refund on these grounds. *Depending on the plan of other guests, there may be stops at Onneyu Onsen and Abashiri Kohan Onsen that are not on the itinerary for this tour. *If you cancel on the day, the tour fee and bus fare will not be refunded. *If any of the sightseeing locations are closed on the day, an alternative place will be visited. *Lunch and admission fees to the sightseeing facilities are covered by customers. 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. Different ship could be used if there is no drift ice around the shore. *Drift Ice Cruise fee on Day-2 is included in the tour fee. A boarding coupon will be provided with the final confirmation, so you exchange it with the real ticket at the counter. It is possible to ride a cruise during the daytime on Day-3, but you will have to buy tickets by yourself as the fee is not included. Please note that if you board a cruise, the lunch time will be quite short. 【Estimated boarding times】 Day-2: Board at 15:00~15:30 (Cruise time is approx. 60 mins / Visiting time is 14:40~16:40) Day-3: Board at 11:00~ (Cruise time is approx. 60 mins / Visiting time is 10:45~13:05) Flights *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. *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 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 10:35) -- Asahikawa Airport (Ride an Eastern Hokkaido Sightseeing Bus / Scheduled departure 13:20) -- Asahiyama Zoo East Gate (Tickets included! "Penguin Walk" is usually conducted from mid December to mid March. ※For March departures, you might not be able to see "Penguin Walk" due to the itinerary schedule. / Scheduled 14:00~15:30) - Otokoyama Sake Brewery (Visit / Sheduled 16:10~16:40) -- Sounkyo Onsen (Overnight.) ※Scheduled arrival is 17:40. Enjoy red and white hot springs that are effective for beautiful skin. During the Sounkyo Ice Waterfall 'Hyobaku' Festival period, visit it by yourself.

Day 2
  • Breakfast: 1
  • Lunch: 0
  • Dinner: 1
  • Light meal: 0
  • Sounkyo Onsen (Scheduled departure 7:40) -- Ginga and Ryusei Waterfalls (Visit famous waterfalls in Sounkyo / Scheduled 8:00~8:15) -- Roadside Rest Area "Onneyu-Onsen” (Rest / Scheduled 9:30~10:00) -- Roadside Rest Area "Meruhen no Oka Memanbetsu” (Have lunch independently / Scheduled 11:50~12:35) -- Marchen Hill / view from a bus window -- Choose either ① or ②: ①Okhotsk Ryuhyo Museum [Separate cost 750 JPY] / Scheduled 13:10~14:20 ②Abashiri Prison Museum [Separate cost 1,080 JPY] / Scheduled 13:15~14:25 -- JR Abashiri Station (The vertical signboard with the station name is famous / view from a bus window) -- Roadside station・Ryuhyo Kaido Abashiri (Cruise on Icebreaker Ship Aurora / 14:40~16:40) -- Shiretoko Utoro Onsen (Overnight) ※Scheduled arrival is 18:30. Relilsh a buffet dinner of about 50 kinds of dishes. Enjoy a large public bath with a garden open-air bath. ※Visit Shiretoko Drift Ice Festival held from January 30 to February 29.

Day 3
  • Breakfast: 1
  • Lunch: 0
  • Dinner: 0
  • Light meal: 0
  • Shiretoko Utoro Onsen -- Roadside station・Ryuhyo Kaido Abashiri (Have lunch independently / Scheduled 10:45~13:05. ※It is possible to cruise on Icebreaker Ship Aurora (if you buy tickets by yourself, on your expenses) during the daytime. January/February - depart at 11:00, March - depart at 11:30. In such a case the lunch time will be quite short.) -- Marchen Hill / view from a bus window -- Roadside Rest Area "Meruhen no Oka Memanbetsu” (Scheduled 13:40~13:50) -- Memanbetsu Airport -- Haneda Airport (Arrive 17:00~18:40)



location Haneda Airport

Detail

Departure place

Haneda Airport

Meeting Time

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Destination

Hokkaido

Language
  • English

  • Chinese (Mandarin)

Language Support

This particular course is operated as a free plan tour, therefore there will not be any language support from a tour conductor. We will however, provide the final confirmation and itinerary in the preferred language of your choice.

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.