Aurora Drift Ice Cruise + Sounkyo Festival


Sail through drift ice and see Hokkaido's ice fall festival in one day

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  • 17 Hrs Duration
  • Japanese
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  • Meet Up With Guide
  • Stop by Sounkyo Ice Fall Festival, one of the three largest ice festivals in Hokkaido to experience ice sculptures, pubs, shrines, and even sit on ice thrones
  • Witness the beauty of vibrant lights passing through carefully sculpted ice architecture
  • Board Aurora, the world's first sightseeing ice drift cruise that plows through thick ice sheets using its own weight
  • Get the chance to catch glimpses of wildlife such as seals and white-tailed eagles
  • Enjoy convenient round transfers from ANA Hotel Sapporo, Sapporo Excel Hotel Tokyu, or Tokyo-Dome Hotel Sapporo

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What To Expect

You will be picked up at either Sapporo Excel Hotel Tokyu, Tokyo-Dome Hotel Sapporo, or ANA Hotel Sapporo and be whisked off to a port located in Abashiri, where you will board Aurora, the world's first ice drift cruise taking passengers. On the journey to Abashiri, there will be a couple of rest stops as well as lunch at Sushiyasu, a local restaurant known for serving delicious donburi (Japanese rice bowl meal topped with fish or meat). Onboard Aurora, you will get up close and personal to drift ice as the cruise crushes it beneath your feet. If you are lucky, you might even get to see wild seals chilling on floating ice! For the second half of your Hokkaido adventure, you will be taken to the Sounkyo Ice Fall Festival, a popular winter festival in Hokkaido. Spend 30 minutes enjoying the magnificant ice sculptures and lights then visit ice shrines or relax with a drink at one of the ice bars. After 30 minutes of exploring one of Hokkaido's largest ice events, you'll be driven back to your hotel in Sapporo.

sounkyo ice fall festival
Visit Sounkyo Ice Fall Festival, one of Hokkaido's three largest ice festivals
aurora cruise
Come aboard Aurora, the world's first drift ice sightseeing cruise to take on passengers
Hokkaido Ice festival
Enjoy the Ice Fall festival with exciting celebrating performance in Sounkyo
Hokkaido Ice festival
See the beauty of vibrant lights reflected against the ice sculptures come to life before you as you sail by
drift ice on aurora cruise
Watch as the ship crushes through drift ice as you plow into the Okhotsk Sea
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 transfers from ANA Hotel Sapporo, Sapporo Excel Hotel Tokyu, or Tokyo-Dome Hotel Sapporo
  • Drift ice cruise
  • Lunch
Package Options

Package Options:

  • Crab Donburi (rice bowl)
  • Seafood Donburi (rice bowl)

Please Note:

  • Itinerary applies to all packages, please choose your package options according to your lunch preference


  • 6:15am pick up at Sapporo Excel Hotel Tokyu
  • 6:25am pick up at Tokyo-Dome Hotel Sapporo
  • 7:00am pick up at ANA Hotel Sapporo
  • 10:00am rest stops at two service stations
  • 12:00pm lunch at ‘Sushiyasu’
  • 1:00pm board Aurora at Abashiri
  • 5:00pm Sounkyo Ice Fall Festival (30 minutes)
  • 5:30pm rest stop at a service station
  • 10:30pm drop off at ANA Hotel Sapporo
  • 10:40pm drop off at Tokyo-Dome Hotel Sapporo
  • 11:00pm drop off at Sapporo Excel Hotel Tokyu
Additional Information

Please Note:

  • Infant ticket: age 0-2
  • Child ticket: age 3-12
  • The sailing might be canceled due to natural disaster and abnormal weather. If the sailing is canceled, you will be brought to visit Okhotsk Ryu-hyo Museum and part of the tour fee will be reimbursed in cash on the spot (JPY2300 for adults; JPY1000 for children; no refunds for infants)
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

Meet Up Time and Location:

  • 6:10am Sapporo Excel Hotel Tokyu
  • 6:20am Tokyo-Dome Hotel Sapporo
  • 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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Reviews (1) 4.0
  • Yan Yan 1 Mar 2017
    (Y300), from 0630-2000 in the morning, point to point, to facilitate non-self-driving people, a few cost-effective, the cost of the bus,
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