Winter Festival in Hokkaido with Icebreaker 9D6N



Winter Scenery:
Lake Akan Smelt Fishing, Drift Ice Walk or Snow Shoe Walk, Drift Ice Cruise, Waku-Waku Snowland, Sapporo Snow Festival **, Lake Shikotsu Ice Festival **

Unique experiences:
Akan International Crane Centre, Asahiyama Zoo, Otaru Yukobo (DIY Music Box Experience), Shiroi Koibito Park (Cookie Decoration), 01-night stay at ski resort

Sightseeing & Shopping Experiences:
Lake Mashu, Mt, Io, Abashiri Prison Museum, Sounkyo Ginga Ryusei Waterfalls, Asahikawa Ramen Village, Outlet Mall Chitose or Kitahiroshima, Sakaimatchi Street

Special Gourmet Delights:
Sumptuous Japanese multi-course dinner Japanese Kaiseki or buffet in Ryokans/Hotels, local delights at the restaurant

Hotel / Ryokan Stays:
03 nights of authentic Japanese Onsen experience in Shiretoko, Onneyu Onsen & Furano. 03 nights of centrally located hotels in Kushiro & Sapporo


Departure date
21, 23, 29 Jan, 04, 13 Feb 2020
Tour length
9 days 6 nights
Kushiro, Teshikaga, Shiretoko, Abashiri, Onneyu, Sounkyo, Asahikawa, Furano, Sapporo
Tour guide
Experienced Trilingual Guide
From S$ 3,888*

Our WOW! Promises

Right group size for Quality Travel (<= 30 passengers)

Experienced Trilingual Guide (English, Mandarin, Japanese) Accompanying the entire tour

Premium Selection of Hotels & Ryokan (with onsen)

Organized & Well-paced itinerary

Comfortable big coaches

Authentic Japanese gourmet food & Cultural experiences

Day 1 ---

Assemble at Changi Airport for Check in

JL036  SIN-HND   2225-0555+1
JL541  HND-KUH 0800-0935

Day 2 On boardLD

Kushiro 釧路
ANA Crown Plaza Kushiro or similar / Western room

Upon arrival at Kushiro Airport, coach transfer to Lake Akan, visit Akan International Crane Centre (阿寒国際鶴センター) where you can see Red-crowned Crane or Tancho, one of the symbolic birds in Japan. This is a great joy for locals to see as they only show up in winter seasons. After that, transfer to a local restaurant for lunch [Japanese Set Meal]. After lunch, you will be transferred to enjoy Smelt Fishing (ワカサギ釣り) on the Ice Lake which is a special activity only available during winter time. Fish you catch will be fried for you in tempura batter on the spot and the delicious freshly-fried fish. Finally, transfer to Kushiro for hotel check in and enjoy dinner [Kaiseki] at a local restaurant.

Day 2. Smelt Fishing Experience

Day 3 BLD

Kushiro – Teshikaga – Shiretoko 釧路 - 弟子屈 - 知床
Shiretoko Daiichi Hotel or similar / Japanese or Japanese Western room ♨

This morning, head to Teshikaga area (弟子屈町) to see beautiful nature. You will visit Lake Mashu (摩周湖), which is one of the world’s clearest, most transparent lakes. Pass by Mt Io (硫黄山), an active 500 meters high volcano, where acid smokes and solid sulphur can be observed. Lunch [Grilled Fish Meal] will be served in a local restaurant during sightseeing. After that, you will transfer to Shiretoko for the Drift Ice Walk (in Feb) or Snow Shoe Walk (in Jan) Experience. Drifting across the Sea of Okhotsk from northeastern Russia. The end of the day, transfer to hotel for check-in and enjoy your dinner [Buffet] at the hotel restaurant.
Notes: ** If drift ice walk is not available, snow shoe walk is arranged.

Day 4 BLD

Shiretoko – Abashiri – Onneyu 知床 - 網走 - 温根湯
Onneyu Onsen Shiki Heian no Yakata or similar / Japanese room ♨

After breakfast, transfer to Abashiri (網走). Take a ride on Drift Ice Cruise (流氷観光船おーろら). This cruise can break ice up to one meter thick on the frozen Sea of Okhotsk.  A variety of wild animals can be seen during the drift ice season. Next, transfer to a local restaurant for lunch [Scallop Meal]. After lunch, visit Abashiri Prison Museum (網走監獄博物館). Abashiri Prison was built in the 1890s to house inmates who were forced to labor on the construction of the central road in this area. Thereafter, transfer to hotel for check in and enjoy [Hairy Crab Meal] dinner at the hotel restaurant.
Notes: ** Drift Ice Museum is arranged when the cruise gets cancelled.

Day 4. Abashiri Prison Museum


Day 5 B-D

Onneyu – Souunkyo – Asahikawa – Furano 温根湯 - 層雲峡 - 旭川 - 富良野
New Furano Prince or similar / Western room ♨

After breakfast, transfer to Sounkyo. Visit the Ginga Ryusei Falls (銀河流星の滝), also known as “Husband and Wife falls”. These are the most beautiful waterfalls in the Valley of Sounkyo and you get to witness iced waterfall which only happens in Winter Season. This afternoon, lunch at Asahikawa Ramen Village (旭川 ラーメン村), where 8 of Asahikawa’s most well-known ramen shops are in one location (own expenses). After lunch, continue your journey to Asahiyama Zoo (旭山動物園), one of the most visited zoo by locals and has special enclosures designed for both the animal and visitor to get closer. Finally, transfer to Furano for hotel check-in and dinner will be served at the hotel restaurant.

Asahikawa Ramen Village (Image Only)

Asahikawa Ramen Village (Image Only)

Day 6 B-D

Furano - Sapporo 富良野 - 札幌
Hotel Clubby Sapporo or similar / Western room

This morning, free at your leisure until afternoon.
** You can enjoy Waku Waku Snowland in New Furano Prince Hotel.
** Lunch is at your own expense.
After lunch, proceed to Outlet Mall Chitose or Kitahiroshima for Shopping. You can enjoy a variety of fashion, food and entertainment options here. Thereafter, transfer to Sapporo city for dinner [Crab Meal] and hotel check in.

Day 7 B--

Sapporo – Otaru – Sapporo 札幌 - 小樽 - 札幌
Hotel Clubby Sapporo or similar / Western room

After breakfast, transfer to Otaru. Pass by Otaru Canal (小樽運河). Visit Otaru Yukobo (小樽遊工房) and have a DIY Music Box Experience. After that, visit Sakaimachi Street (堺町通り散策). Here, you’ll find many western-style buildings that currently house many restaurants, cafes, boutiques and museum. Lunch is on your own expense during free & easy time at Otaru. After that, transfer back to Sapporo city and visit
Shiroi Koibito Park
where the well-known Hokkaido confectionery, Shiroi Koibito Cookie, is produced. From here, you can experience Cookie Decorating with your own designs. Thereafter, enjoy your own free & easy time and dinner at Sapporo city.
* The famous Sapporo Snow Festival is held from 04-11 Feb 2020
** Only available for GRP 3 & 4.

Day 7. Otaru Canal

Day 8 B--

Chitose – Singapore 千歳 - 新加坡

JL526 CTS-HND 2000-2140
JL035 HND-SIN 0005-0645
After breakfast, free at your own leisure until afternoon.

Before depart to the Chitose Airport, visit Lake Shikotsu Ice Festival. Here, you can enjoy watching illuminated ice sculptures made by clear water and joining some special events.
*Lights are on from 16:30~
**The Lake Shikotsu Ice Festival is held from 24JAN-16FEB2020. Hence, GRP 5 is not available. For GRP 5, last day will be your own free time until departure.

Bid farewell to Hokkaido this morning as we depart for Singapore. We hope that you have enjoyed this vacation with JTB and we look forward to helping you create your next perfect moments, always!

Day 9 ---


Arrive Singapore

*All the photos are for illustration purposes only
* The itinerary is subject to change due to weather condition
* Meals indicated are for reference only and are subject to change
* Flight schedule is subject to change

21,23 Jan, 13 Feb 2020
From S$ 3,888*
29 Jan, 04 Feb 2020
From S$ 4,088*

Tax & Fuel Surcharge: $S 220* (Subject to changes)  

This tour package is subject to change without prior notice.
Minimum 15 persons are required to form a group. A Tour Manager will be with the group for the entire tour.
Triple-sharing rooms’ size might be similar to Twin rooms’ (Twin bed + 1 extra bed).
Accommodation is based on twin-sharing basis.
Activities available are subject to weather conditions.
Package price does not include the associated taxes and surcharges, estimated at $150, subject to change.
Guide and driver service fee of JPY800 per day (adult / child) is applicable.
Please approach our travel consultants for more details and other terms and conditions.

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