Winter Hokkaido: Icebreaker Ship Experience, Sapporo & Otaru


Hokkaido Fukkouwari Tour The Japanese government has subsidized JPY 6,000 for this tour. This tour is being sold at a discounted price to support the Fukkouwari (post-earthquake discounts) campaign. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- A 3 day trip seeing drift ice and visiting the cities of Sapporo and Otaru! 1. Board an icebreaker ship and see naturally-formed drift ice only available during the winter months at the Sea of Okhotsk. You may even be able to see animals resting on the ice! 2. Explore the cities of Sapporo and Otaru and then make the easy journey to New Chitose Airport. Please include in the Additional Information section of the booking page at the time of booking 1. A working mobile phone number in Japan (if you have one.) 2. Flight dates (arrival and departure) and flight numbers regardless of whether it's an international or domestic flight. *Since this is an independent plan, a tour conductor will not accompany the trip (except for Day 2.) We will provide the tour coupons so that customers can deal with the admin on their own during the trip. *Drift ice season (source: Abashiri Local Meteorological Office) 2017: January 31 (first day), February 2 (first day approaching shore) and April 24 (last day) 2018: January 28 (first day), February 2 (first day approaching shore) and March 31 (last day) --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- [Additional Information] *All necessary documents for the trip will be sent to you in an attached e-mail at least one week before the tour departure date. Please print out hard copies and bring them with you or have it ready to show on your smartphone. *Tour inclusions: Bus fares for Days 2 & 3, accommodation (2 nights and 2 breakfasts), boarding fee for ther Aurora Icebreaker ship, lunch on Day 2 (snow crab legs x4 & mini seafood rice bowl) 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 and Child Price: same as above *Baby (0-2 years old) ・Babies travel for free but there will be a JPY4,000 payment required as cover for the bus seat on Day 2. While the booking screen will show JPY0, the JPY4,000 will be added to the total amount when we process the credit card payment after the booking is completed. ・Lunch is not included ・If you need a bus seat for your baby on Days 2 and/or 3, then please apply under Infant (3-5 years old.) In that case, the tour inclusions will be the same as all other age categories. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- [Attention] 【Fukkouwari Campaign】 *The subsidy allocated for the trip cannot be refunded. Furthermore, the subsidy cannot be used for application fees or cancellation fees. ・The subsidy will be lost at the same time when the booking is cancelled. ・If the customer cancels once a travel agreement is established, the standard cancellation fee will apply based on the discounted price. ・This right to receiving subsidies cannot be transferred or sold to someone else. Tour contents *A tour conductor will be on board the bus on Day 2 but only speaks Japanese. *There will be no tour conductor or bus guide on Day 3. *Any expenses (travel, personal etc.) not expressly stated in the itinerary will be paid for by the customer. *The tour could be delayed and/or the route changed due to road, weather conditions etc. In that situation, we will not refund the trip if the customer decides to cancel on the day. *If the Aurora icebreaker ship is suspended due to poor weather, the tour conductor will return the boarding fee money to you on the day (Adult JPY2300 / Chilld/Infant JPY1000). The tour will then visit the Okhotsk Drift Ice Museum instead where customers must pay the entrance fee themselves. *Seeing drift ice is not guaranteed. Even if you cannot see ice but the ship still operates, a refund will not be provided. *Please be aware that the Aurora cruise and lunch will switch places in the itinerary for March departures. *Shiroi Koibito Park is currently undergoing renewal work until the end of May 2019. During this period, the "Factory tour course" is the only area of the park prohibited from entry. *About the bus - Operating company is Hokkaido Access Network. - Please arrive at least 15 minutes before the departure time in front of the cloakroom on the first floor of the hotel. A member of staff will call for you to gather when it's time. The bus will leave as scheduled. You cannot join the tour if you are late and miss the bus. A refund is also not available so please make sure you are on time. - This sightseeing bus will be shared with customers from other courses (including Japanese) and those who booked with other tour companies. Depending on numbers, the bus could be a large, medium or small sized vehicle or could even be a taxi or jumbo taxi. - While bus seats are not reserved, depending on numbers, we may allocate seats for you and you may have to sit next to someone you do not know. - The bus is non-smoking. - Please put your phones into silent mode and refrain from speaking on them. *Return flight - From the estimated bus arrival time to the airport, please allow at least 1 hour for domestic flights and 2 hours for international flights prior to the departure time. 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.


Day 1
  • Breakfast: 0
  • Lunch: 0
  • Dinner: 0
  • Light meal: 0
  • Your starting point -- (Travel) -- Sapporo city (Overnight)

Day 2
  • Breakfast: 1
  • Lunch: 1
  • Dinner: 0
  • Light meal: 0
  • Hotel (Depart 6:50) -- Sunagawa Service Area (Rest/15 mins) -- Roadside Station Maruseppu (Rest/15 mins) -- Icebreaker ship Aurora cruise, Abashiri (Board/60 mins) *Enjoy the icebreaker experience! -- Hamakko Ichiba (Lunch/50 mins) -- (Rest stops x2) -- Sapporo city (Overnight. Arrive 21:30)

Day 3
  • Breakfast: 1
  • Lunch: 0
  • Dinner: 0
  • Light meal: 0
  • Hotel (Depart 9:20) -- Sapporo Central Wholesale Market Curb Market (Visit/35 mins) -- Shiroi Koibito Park (Visit/45 mins) -- Sakaimachi Street area, Otaru (Visit & your own lunch/2hr) -- New Chitose Airport (Arrive 15:40)    


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Designated place (Hokkaido)

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  • 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