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Lake Shinotsu Smelt Ice Fishing and Hot Spring Bus Tour from Sapporo


Enjoy the winter experience in Hokkaido of smelt fishing. After learning how to catch fish, warm up and soak your cares away in the waters of a relaxing hot spring.

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Experience the fun and excitement of ice fishing as the cold and snowy winter descends upon Hokkaido. Lake Shinotsu offers some of the finest ice fishing in all of Japan. You will be nice and cozy inside a wooden shack kept perfectly warm with a piping hot stove. Reel in fish after fish and a chef on site will cook them up for you.

If you are in need of a break from fishing, just a quick minute walk away is the Shinshinotsu Hot Spring. The combination of the hot mineral waters and cool winter breeze is an experience not to be missed!

Tour Duration: 7 hours and 5 minutes
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You can book a maximum of 45.
Adult (Age 12 & over)
USD 61.35
USD 61.35
Child (Age 6-11)
USD 41.53
USD 41.53
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Adult (Age 12 & over)
USD 61.35
USD 61.35
Child (Age 6-11)
USD 41.53
USD 41.53
Children under 6 who do not require seats ride free (1 Child x 1 Adult)
  • Available: Weekday
  • Pick-up: Not available
  • Inclusion: Lunch / Fishing equipment / Japanese-speaking guide / Fee for smelt fishing / Fee for smelt cooking / Fee for Shinshinotsu Hot Spring
Package detail / Schedule
Schedule & Location
  • Schedule
  • Check-in
    Time & Location
  • Drop-off
    Time & Location

  • 07:55 Check-in at Sapporo Station Bus Terminal
  • 08:10 Departure from Sapporo Station Bus Terminal
  • 09:35 Shinokotsu Lake Ice Fishing
    20141106025236_1094147502_3375_0 The fishing instructor will show you the ropes, and with a bit of practice, you will find it easy to get tasty local wakasagi (smelt)!
  • Lunch and Bathing at Shinshinokotsu Hot Springs
    stsg_wnt_q_4 Chilly? Sink into the steaming hot springs to warm up. The contrast between the hot water and snowy scenery is delightful.

    Enjoy a yummy set lunch afterward. The chef can even fry up the fish you caught as a special treat!

    Lunch is from 12:15 to 13:15.
  • Fishing Available Until 13:50
  • 14:00 Departure to Sapporo
  • 15:05 Sapporo Factory (drop-off point)
  • 15:10 Sapporo Clock Tower (drop-off point)
  • 15:15 Tour Ends at Sapporo Station Bus Terminal
    • Please arrive at the check in counter with your printed VELTRA voucher at least 15 minutes before the tour departure time.
    • For children under the age of 6 who require a seat, please book as 'Child 6-11'.
Requirement(s) - Others
    • While the tents are heated and there will be board to protect your feet from the ice, please do wear warm clothing.
Additional Note(s)
    • About smelt fishing:
      - You will be provided with a tent and the fishing hole will be opened prior to your arrival.
      - After fishing, you can have your fish cooked at Shinsinotsu Hot Spring for lunch.
      - Show your caught fish to a staff member to receive a memo to assure the number of fish you caught. Your fish will be deep fried and served at lunch.
      - You may catch other types of fish besides smelt, i.e. carp, but they may not be eaten.
    • - Red worms will be used as bait and you will need to bait your own hooks.
      - Catching smelt is not guaranteed.
      - Each tent accommodates between three (3) to six (6) guests. You may share the tent with others.
      - If you would like to take the fish you caught home with you, you will need to provide a container.
      - Please take lunch between 12:15-13:15.
    • The starting date for this tour will be postponed if the weather is not cold enough and the lake does not freeze sufficiently.
    • The time spent at each stop may be altered due to traffic or the size of the group.
    • Due to holidays or other closures the tour may be cut short.
    • Depending on traffic or bad weather, the return bus to Sapporo Station may be delayed. Please allow enough time to make connecting transfers.
    • Tours may be cancelled due to bad weather or road closures. Please contact the tour operator to reconfirm the operation in the event of inclement weather.
    • At the Shinshinotsu Hot Springs there will be bathrooms and rooms for you to rest in. Towels will not be provided, so please bring your own. Small towels are available for purchase for JPY 200 and bath towels for JPY 500.
    • In case of heavy snow, snow conditions at the location of the activity, or in case the bus cannot reach the destination due to road conditions, the tour may be cancelled. There is a chance that the tour may have to turn back after departure, for your own safety.
    • In the case you do not catch any smelt, pre-fished smelt will be served as a tempura. Depending on the seasonal catch, smelt may not always be served.
    • This tour will be held only in Japanese.
Booking Requirements (# of participants, vehicles, hours, etc.)
    • You can book a maximum of 45.
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Payment/Cancellation policy
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Cancellation Policy
  • Any cancellations made between the booking confirmation date to 2 hours prior to the activity start time will be subject to a charge of JPY 100 per participant.
  • Any cancellations made after 2 hours prior to the activity start time will be subject to a charge of 100% of the total amount.

After your booking is confirmed, be sure to print your voucher and bring it with you on the day of your activity.

USD 61.35
USD 61.35

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Language Japanese
Pick-up Not available
Availability Weekday
Meal Lunch
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