Barato River Smelt Ice Fishing Experience with Free Transfers from Sapporo, Sapporo Area tours & activities, fun things to do in Sapporo Area | VELTRA

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Barato River Smelt Ice Fishing Experience with Free Transfers from Sapporo


Enjoy ice fishing for tasty little wakasagi (smelt) just 30 minutes from Sapporo, and sample the freshest fish tempura with your lunch!

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Try this popular local pastime, ice fishing on the famous Barato River. No need for special equipment, as warm pants and thick boots are provided.

Experience drilling the ice, get fishing tips and guidance from the experienced instructor. On sunny days you can fish outside the tent too! There are clean bathrooms and a rest area available for guests.

After fishing, stop by a famous restaurant and store to sample some of Hokkaido's tastiest delicacies or have a warming lunch and fish tempura!
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Schedule & Location
  • Schedule
  • Pick-up/Check-in
    Time & Location
  • Drop-off/Check-out
    Time & Location

  • 09:00 Pick-up at Select Hotels or JR Sapporo Station North Exit (by Family Mart)
  • 09:40 Preparation
    IMG_4543 Take a drive out to Barato river from Sapporo and get prepared for your exciting fishing experience. Upon arrival, change into warm overalls and boots inside the tent.
  • 10:20 Wakasagi Fishing Experience
    20141212005405_420885125_10234_9 Make way to the tent and shield yourself from the frigid winds as you test your fishing skills. Your experienced guide will give you helpful tips to get your catch!
  • 12:20 End of Fishing
  • 13:00 Lunch
    20150118155628_147317280_10234_9 Your guide will take you to a famous local restaurant, where you can try famous local delicacies including smelt tempura!
    (Lunch price is not included in the tour fare.)
  • 15:00-15:30 Tour Ends on Site or Drop-off at JR Sapporo Station North Exit
    • Please note that pick-ups are limited to hotels in Sapporo only. Private residences and Airbnb's are not available.
    • Children aged 4 years old and below cannot participate nor join as an observer in this tour.
    • If less than 2 participants are booked, the activity may not operate.
    • Children 5 years old and above can participate in this activity.
    • Participants in middle school and below must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Required Items to Bring & Attire
    • Long pants
    • Warm hat or jacket with a hood
    • Warm winter jacket and comfortable clothing
Requirement(s) - Others
    • Rental Boots and Warm pants
      If you need rental boots and warm pants, please let us know the size in advance.
Additional Note(s)
    • The tour dates may be changed depending on ice conditions.
    • English guides may be available.
    • The tour may be cancelled in case of heavy snow or bad weather.
Booking Requirements (# of participants, vehicles, hours, etc.)
    • You can book a minimum of 2 and maximum of 12.
Activity provider
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Payment/Cancellation policy
Payment type
Credit card payment
Cancellation Policy
  • Any cancellations made between 23:59 local time, 2 business days to 23:59 local time, 1 business days prior to the activity will be subject to a charge of 50% of the total amount.
  • Any cancellations made after 23:59 local time, 1 business days prior to the activity will be subject to a charge of 100% of the total amount.


(4.88/5.00) 4.88 / 5
(26 reviews)

Language English, Japanese
Pick-up Available
Duration incl. transportation 6 - 6.5 hour(s)


by: Hua & Tin
Jim-san & Masahiko-san gave my mom and a memorable smelt Fishing experience! They kindly fetched us at an agreed time, took great care of our wellbeing and safety throughout the day. Thought us with p...more
Everyone had a great time!! Both the guys made it very easy and extremely enjoyable. Was definitely a highlight of the trip for everyone and will 100% consider doing again next time we come. Thanks a ...more
by: Gavab
Junjiro and Jin were our tour guides. They were very friendly and they set everything up for you! Prompt pick up, and they drop you off too. They also drive you to a small but great mom and pop restau...more