Winter Hokkaido: Lake Shikaribetsu Kotan ('Phantom Ice Village') & Jewelry Ice [Sapporo Station → New Chitose Airport]

Highlights

Experience two unique winter Hokkaido events available for a limited time only. 1. Lake Shikaribetsu Kotan ('Phantom Ice Village') A winter event where an entire village (kotan is the Ainu word for 'village'. Ainu are the indigineous peoples of Hokkaido) is built with snow and ice on top of the frozen Lake Shikaribetsu. Since the village only appears in winter before melting away in the spring, it has the nickname of the 'Phantom Ice Village.' Features include an ice bar, ice chapel, ice hotel and even an open-air bath. 2. 'Jewelry Ice' 'Jewelry ice' are blocks of ice that are found along the Tokachi River. The water is so pure and with the waves of the river rounding off the edges of the ice, they resemble precious stones. When the sunlight hits the ice, they also sparkle like jewels! --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- *Please include in the 'Additional Information' section of the reservation form a working mobile phone number in Japan. If you don't have one, then please include details of the hotel you are staying in the day before the trip (hotel name, check-in date and the name of the person who booked the hotel.) If you will be joining the tour from New Chitose Airport, then please also include your flight details. *Since this is an independent plan, a tour conductor will not accompany the trip. We will provide all the necessary documents so that customers can deal with the admin. on their own during the trip. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- [Additional Information] *All necessary documents will be sent to you in an attached e-mail at least one week before the tour departure date. Please either print out a hard copy and bring with you or display them on a mobile device. *Tour price inclusions (Adult/Child/Infant): Bus fares for journeys indicated in the itinerary, accommodation (1 night, 2 meals at Shikaribetsu Kohan Onsen / 1 night with breakfast at Obihiro city), 'Jewelry ice' guided tour, taxes and travel arrangment fees. *'Baby (0-2)': JPY1,500 (As cover for accommodation on Day 1. Bus seats and meals are not included.) While the booking screen will show JPY0, the JPY1,500 fee will be added to the final amount when you pay for the trip by credit card. If you would like a bus seat for each journey stated in the itinerary for your 0-2 year old, then please apply for the tour under 'Infant (3-5)'. Tour inclusions will then be the same as above. *Any travel expenses not stated in the itinerary and personal expenses are not covered by the tour price. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- [Attention] *Although there will be members of staff on the bus journeys, all correspondence will be in Japanese. Lake Shikaribetsu Kotan village *The site could be closed to visitors on the day due to bad weather or could be forced to close early if local conditions are deemed dangerous. *Entry is free but please pay for any goods/services on the site such as drinks at the ice bar. 'Jewelry ice' guided tour *Please arrive at the reception of Hotel Nikko Northland Obihiro at least 10 minutes before departure. *The tour could be cancelled due to bad weather. In that case,the fees willl be refunded after the tour ends. *Even if the tour goes ahead, there is no guarantee that you will be able to see the 'jewelry ice' as it is a natural phenomenon. A refund will not be provided on this occasion. East Hokkaido Bus (Winter) *Operator: Club Tourism Co., Ltd. *Please gather at Sapporo Station, North Exit, Kane no Hiroba at least 10 minutes before departure. When it's time, a member of staff from the bus operator will come and get you. If you are getting on from New Chitose Airport, please allow 45 minutes or more for the connection time from the scheduled arrival time of the plane to the scheduled departure of the bus (or 90 minutes if it's an international flight.) Please come to the 'Hokkaido Resort Liner' domestic tour desk on the first floor of the Domestic Terminal. *The bus will leave as scheduled. You cannot join the tour if you are late and miss the bus. A refund is not available so please make sure you are on time. *On Day 3, if you will be taking a flight from New Chitose Airport, please allow at least an hour (domestic flight) or two hours (international flight) connecting time before your flight departure. *The buses will be shared with participants on other courses and those from other tour operators. Depending on numbers, a medium or small scale bus may be used. *The bus seats are non-reserved so you may have to sit with someone you don't know. *The bus is non-smoking. *If the tour cannot visit places stated in the itinerary (closed, repair work etc.), they will be replaced by alternative activities. Other *This tour is organized and conducted 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.

Itinerary

Day 1
  • Breakfast: 0
  • Lunch: 0
  • Dinner: 1
  • Light meal: 0
  • Sapporo Station, North Exit (Depart 11:10) [East Hokkaido Bus (Winter) Otaru/Sapporo - Tokachi route] -- New Chitose Airport (Depart 12:30) -- Shimukappu PA (Rest/15 mins) -- Shikaribetsu Kohan Onsen (Overnight. Arrive 15:40) -- Lake Shikaribetsu Kotan Village *The hotel is next to the village. After check-in, please enjoy yourself.

Day 2
  • Breakfast: 1
  • Lunch: 0
  • Dinner: 0
  • Light meal: 0
  • Hotel -- Make your own way to the meeting point*1 -- Central Obihiro, Hotel Nikko Northland Obihiro*2 (Depart 13:00) -- Pick-up -- 'Jewelry ice' guided tour*3 (Visit/approx 5 hours including travel time) -- Central Obihiro (Overnight. Arrive 18:00) *1: From Shikaribetsu Kohan Onsen, take the Hokkaido Takushoku bus 51/Lake Shikaribetsu Line leaving at 10:00 (arrive at Obihiro Bus Terminal at 11:42) 5 minutes on foot from the hotel to the bus stop (Advanced booking unnecessary. One-way adult ticket is JPY1,650) Website: https://www.takubus.com/ *2: Please gather at Hotel Nikko Northland Obihiro around 12:50. Since check-in is from 14:00, please leave any luggage you won't be needing for the 'Jewelry ice' trip with reception. Once the tour ends, please check-in by yourselves. *3: A Japanese-speaking tour guide will come an pick you up. Please have lunch before the trip.

Day 3
  • Breakfast: 1
  • Lunch: 0
  • Dinner: 0
  • Light meal: 0
  • Hotel (Depart 9:10) [East Hokkaido Bus (Winter) Tokachi - Sapporo/Otaru route] -- Ryugetsu Sweetpia Garden (Visit/30 mins) -- Shikaoi Roadside Station (Rest/20 mins) -- Nissho Pass Observatory (Visit & have lunch by your self/50 mins) -- New Chitose Airport (Arrive 14:15) -- Sapporo Station, North Exit (Arrive 15:25)



Detail

Departure place

Designated place (Hokkaido)

Meeting Time

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Destination

Hokkaido

Language
  • 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