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Beginner-Friendly Japanese Smelt Ice Fishing Tour from Sapporo


Put on your warmest gear, let experienced staff assist you in drilling through the ice of Barato River and catch Japanese smelt. Get inside a surprisingly warm tent and comfortably reel in some fish then sample some delicious tempura. Fin-tastic!

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Once you arrive at the fishing spot, you will set up a tent and drill a hole in the ice, which you can try doing yourself if you wish. You can even fish outside the tent if the weather is nice. The local Hokkaido guide and expert will carefully teach you the important points of fishing, so beginners are more than welcome to try!
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Adult/Child (Age 6 & over)
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  • Duration (incl. transportation): 4 hour(s)
  • Available: Daily
  • Pick-up: Available
  • Inclusion: Insurance / Japanese-speaking guide / Fishing gear rental - manual ice auger (drill), tackle (rod, line, bait, hook, etc.), ice scoop, bowl, chair, boots, blanket / Ice fishing shelter tent / Tempura tasting
Package detail / Schedule
Schedule & Location
  • Schedule
  • Pick-up
    Time & Location
  • Drop-off
    Time & Location

Starting time: Morning Afternoon
Starting time: Morning Afternoon
  • 08:45 Meet at Select Hotels or Stations in Central Sapporo
  • 09:00 Depart from Sapporo
  • 09:30 Catch Some Winter Japanese Pond Smelt
    IMG_6225 Get kitted up in warm gear then head to your surprisingly warm tent on top of the frozen Barato River to try your hand at ice fishing!

    Note: Boots and blanket rental are included in the tour fare.
  • 10:00 Get Hooked on Ice Fishing
    IMG_6209 Get comfy and chill out as you try and catch fresh Japanese pond smelt (wakasagi) on the frozen Baratogawa river. Is your fishing experience not going swimmingly? No worries, you'll still get to try some delicious wakasagi tempura. Yum!
  • 12:30 Tour Ends at Sapporo Station North Exit
    • If less than 2 participants are booked, the activity may not operate.
    • Children 6 years old and above can participate in this activity.
Required Items to Bring & Attire
    • Snow apparel (warm headwear, gloves, synthetic/non-cotton inner layers or thermal wear, waterproof winter jacket, snow pants, thick socks, etc.) is a MUST.
    • Disposable kairo (pocket warmers)
    • Wet wipes/baby wipes
Additional Note(s)
    • There will be cases where we take a shorter course depending on the weather. In case of bad weather, we will decide whether to carry out the tour or not after talking with you. We will not charge a cancellation fee if the tour is cancelled due to bad weather.
    • We operate this tour with all participants enrolled in accident insurance for domestic travel with Sompo Japan. Please input your name, address, contact phone number and date of birth at the time of reservation.
    • Please abide by the instructions of the guide to enjoy the tour safely.
    • This tour operates in Japanese only.
Booking Requirements (# of participants, vehicles, hours, etc.)
    • You can book a maximum of 20.
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Payment/Cancellation policy
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Cancellation Policy
  • Any cancellations made between 17:00 local time, 2 business days to 17:00 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 17:00 local time, 1 business days prior to the activity will be subject to a charge of 100% of the total amount.
USD 79.39
USD 79.39

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Language Japanese
Pick-up Available
Duration incl. transportation 4 hour(s)
Availability Daily
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USD 79.39
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Beginner-Friendly Japanese Smelt Ice Fishing Tour from Sapporo