Aurora Drift Ice Sightseeing Cruise


Sail through the frozen mass of Okhotsk Sea this winter

  • Conditional Cancelation*
  • Show Mobile or Printed Voucher
  • 14 Hrs Duration
  • Japanese
  • Join In Group
  • Meet Up With Guide
  • Get the rare chance to sail through drift ice for a limited period in February
  • Board Aurora, the world's first ice drift cruise taking passengers
  • Feel the power of plowing through solid ice as Aurora crushes it with her weight
  • Have lunch at Irimaru, a local seafood resturant that serves delicious donburi and sushi
  • Enjoy pick ups from Sapporo Tokyu Inn or ANA Hotel Sapporo, and drop offs at Sapporo Tokyu Inn or JR Sapporo Station
  • Glimpse wild seals basking in the sun on floating ice sheets or red foxes chasing prey on land
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What To Expect

With pick ups from Sapporo Tokyu Inn and ANA Hotel Sapporo, you will be taken to Abashiri, where you will board Aurora, the world's first drift ice sightseeing cruise. You will pass by two service stations where you can take breaks to purchase refreshments, and stop by to have lunch at Irimaru. Depending on your choice of lunch, you will enjoy either a delicious queen crab meal with rice, a seafood donburi rice bowl, or a sushi set that includes sushi, scallop and soup. Rest assured that all lunches are prepared with quality ingredients and the freshest seafood. After lunch, you will continue on your bus ride to Abashiri and board Aurora, ready to take to the seas. Spend an hour crushing through drift ice and if you're lucky, catching a glimpse at wild animals at sea. After your cruise tour, you will be driven back to Sapporo where you can choose to be dropped off at Sapporo Tokyu Inn or JR Sapporo Station.

aurora drift ice sightseeing cruise
Enjoy a day on board Aurora and get a chance to see Hokkaido's frozen seas and wintry wildlife up close
drift ice on aurora cruise
Watch as the ship crushes through drift ice as you plow into the Okhotsk Sea
Winter traveling in Hokkaido
The clear icy water and crystal blue skies make Hokkaido one of the most popular vacation destinations in winter
Don't miss out on the chance to explore the Okhotsk Sea with this seasonal activity
Activity Information


  • You will receive confirmation of your booking's availability within 1 business day. Once confirmed, we will send you the voucher via email
  • In the event that you do not receive an email from us, please check your Spam folder or notify us via email
Inclusive Of

Inclusive Of:

  • Roundtrip transportation fee
  • Icebreaking ship cruise
  • Lunch (your choice of 3 options)
Package Options

Package Options:

  • Queen Crab Rice
  • Seafood Donburi (rice bowl dish)
  • Sushi Set (including 8 servings of sushi, grilled scallop, an appetizer, and a miso soup)
Please Note:
  • Cruise itinerary applies to all packages, please choose your package options according to your lunch preference


  • 6:45am pick up at Sapporo Tokyu Inn
  • 7:00am pick up at ANA Hotel Sapporo
  • 10:30am rest at two service stations
  • 2:50pm lunch at Irimaru
  • 3:40pm board Aurora at Abashiri
  • 4:40pm rest at two service stations
  • 8:50pm drop off at Sapporo Tokyu Inn
  • 9:00pm drop off at JR Sapporo Station, North Exit
Additional Information

Additional Information:

  • Infant ticket: Age 0-2
  • Child ticket: Age 3-12
  • In case of sail suspensions due to natural disasters or abnormal weather, you will receive a partial refund (JYP 2300 for adults, JYP 1000 for children, none for infants) and be taken to visit the Okhotsk Ryu-hyo Museum
How To Use
  • You can present either a printed or a mobile voucher for this activity
  • The lead traveler must present a valid passport to join the tour

Pick Up Time and Location:

  • 6:35am Sapporo Tokyu Inn
  • 6:50am ANA Hotel Sapporo
Cancelation Policy
  • Any cancelations or changes to the reservation must be made at least 7 days prior to the activity. We will charge you a JPY300 handling fee per order and you will be refunded the remaining amount
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