Icebreaking Ship Garinko II Experience


1. Experience midwinter Hokkaido on this thrilling cruise on the icebreaking ship "Garinko II" which drills through the ice blocks creating vibrations on board! 2. Traveling with a tour bus is easier than by yourself, especially in the winter season of Hokkaido. 3. "Makunouchi Bento” (boxed lunch) is included in the tour and a "Kani-mayo-ball" (crab ball) at Dezuka Suisan is offered as a snack! -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Let us know when booking in the 'Additional Information' of the booking form 1. Choose your departure place ・ANA Crowne Plaza Hotel Sapporo --------- Departure 6:40 ・Sapporo View Hotel Oodori Kouen --------- Departure 6:50 ・Sapporo Excel Hotel Tokyu ----------------- Departure 7:00 2. Mobile phone number which can be used in Japan, if you have one. Otherwise, let us know your hotel name, check in date and the name of the person who booked the hotel. *This plan provides a tour conductor who speaks Japanese only. *Drift ice season (source: Monbetsu Tourism Exchange Promotion Office) 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) [Additional information] *Necessary documents for the tour will be attached to an email and sent to you at least 1 week prior to the tour departure day. Please print them out and bring them to the tour, or prepare to show them on your phone during the tour. *Items included – Bus tour fee, cruise fare for Garinko II and Makunouchi Bento box lunch. None of these expenses will be refunded even if the participant does not use them for whatever reason. *Items included in Infant price - Same contents as Adult. *0-2 years old: JPY4,000 (*as cover for a seat on the bus; lunch not included.) Although the price displayed on the screen shows JPY0, JPY4,000 will be added to the total when we process your card payment once the booking is confirmed. *Items not included – Any expenses not specified in the itinerary (e.g. personal expenses, optional tours). [Attention] *This tour is accompanied by a tour conductor who speaks Japanese only. If you need language support, the 24-hour translation service is always available. About 1 day bus tour for "Garinko II" cruise. - The tour is operated by Hokkaido Access Network Co.,Ltd. - Meet: Hotel front desk, 10 mins before departure time (for ANA Crowne Plaza Hotel Sapporo: Cloakroom, 1st floor.) A bus staff member greets you when it is time and the tour bus departs on schedule. If you are late, you are no longer able to join the tour at any point and no refund can be made, so please be on time. *According to the traffic or other circumstances on the tour day, the tour route may be changed or delayed. *If you cancel the tour on the tour day because of bad traffic or weather conditions, no refund can be made. *This tour bus is shared with other passengers from the different tour courses or different tour agents as well as Japanese tourists. Depending on the number of passengers, the tour may use a small or mid-sized bus or you may need to transfer to a different bus at Monbetsu. Seats are non-reserved and non-smoking. A passenger whom you do not know may sit next to you. *Please set your mobile phone to silent mode and refrain from talking on the phone. *This tour is conducted and organized by Kinki Nippon Tourist Hokkaido Co., Ltd. *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.


Day 1
  • Breakfast: 0
  • Lunch: 1
  • Dinner: 0
  • Light meal: 0
  • ANA Crowne Plaza Hotel Sapporo (Departure 6:40) Sapporo View Hotel Oodori Kouen (Departure 6:50) Sapporo Excel Hotel Tokyu (Departure 7:00) Sunagawa SA (Rest/approx. 15 mins) Roadside station, Takinoue (Rest/approx. 15 mins) Icebreaking ship "Garinko II", Monbetsu (Cruise/approx. 60 mins) Okhotsk Tower, Okhotsk Tokkari Center (Visit/approx. 60 mins) *Please pay for entrance fees by yourself. Marukaichi Suisan (Visit/approx. 20 mins) Dezuka Suisan (Visit/approx. 20 mins) (Rest at 2 places / approx. 15 mins each) ANA Crowne Plaza Hotel Sapporo (Arrival 19:30) Sapporo View Hotel Oodori Kouen Sapporo Excel Hotel Tokyu (Arrival 20:00)


Departure place

Designated place (Hokkaido)

Meeting Time




  • English

  • Chinese

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