Garinko II Drift Ice Sightseeing Cruise


Crush through ice of the frozen Okhotsk Sea on this winter only tour

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  • Show Mobile or Printed Voucher
  • 13 Hrs Duration
  • Japanese
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  • Meet Up With Guide
  • See drift ice for a limited period from the end of January to the end of March
  • Board Garinko II, one of the most powerful drift ice cruises known for its professional crew and ability to break apart large blocks of ice with a giant drill
  • Stop by Okhotsk Tokkari Center and Okhotsk Tower, Monbetsu's top attraction sites
  • Choose a lunch package and savor your choice of famous Hokkaido crab legs, fancy seafood hot pot or the special 'Drift Ice Donburi'
  • Enjoy convenient roundtrip transfers from ANA Hotel in Sapporo or JR Sapporo Station
  • Get the chance to catch glimpses of wildlife such as seals and the white-tailed eagles

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    3.2 (6 reviews)

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What To Expect

You will be picked up by a shuttle bus transfer at either ANA Hotel in Sapporo, or JR Sapporo Station, Kita-Mirai Square and be taken to Monbetsu, where your Hokkaido dirft ice cruise awaits. On the way to the port, you will stop by Sunagawa Service Area and Takinoue Service Area for a brief stop and to purchase refreshments for your journey. After approximately a four hour journey, you will board Garinko II, one of the better recognized drift ice cruises. You will then be taken to Okhotsk Tokkari Center where you can purchase admission to touch and mingle with seals up close. After that, you will visit Okhotsk Tower, a deck overlooking magnificant thick ice sheets across the land. If you booked lunch, you will enjoy your meal at local restaurant, Marukaichi Suisan, renowned for its incredibly fresh and delicious seafood. Later in the afternoon, free snacks will be handed out to everyone to keep you going until your bus trip back to JR Sapporo Station or ANA Hotel.

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Experience the power of a drift ice cruise as it takes you through ice sheets on the Okhotsk Sea
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Get up close to drift ice from the observatory deck of Garinko II
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Get up close and personal with the animals native to Hokkaido aboard the Garinko II
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Get the rare chance to see wild animals chilling on floating ice sheets as you sail by
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Get close to trained seals by purchasing admission to the Okhotsk Tokkari Center
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 or JR Sapporo Station
  • Drift ice cruise
  • Lunch (if you book a lunch package)
Not Inclusive Of

Not Inclusive Of:

  • Okhotsk Tower admission fee
  • Okhotsk Tokkari Center admission fee
Package Options

Package Options:

  • No Lunch (lunch fee not included)
  • Crab and Cod Roe Donburi
  • Seafood Hot Pot
  • Drift Ice Donburi (rice with yam and scallops)
  • Luxurious Seafood Hot Pot
  • Crab Legs Hot Pot

Please Note:

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


  • 6:45am pick up at ANA Hotel Sapporo
  • 7:00am pick up at JR Sapporo Station, Kita-Mirai Square
  • 8:35am take a rest at Sunagawa Service Area (15 minutes)
  • 10:55am take a rest at Takinoue Service Area (15 minutes)
  • 11:35am board GARINKO II at Monbetsu
  • 12:35pm visit Okhotsk Tokkari Center and Okhotsk Tower (60 minutes)
  • 1:40pm have lunch at Marukaichi Suisan (90 minutes)
  • 3:10pm enjoy complimentary refreshments (20 minutes)
  • 7:15pm drop off at JR Sapporo Station, North Exit
  • 7:30pm drop off at ANA Hotel Sapporo
Additional Information

Additional Information

  • Infant ticket: Age 0-2
  • Child ticket: Age 3-12
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 at ANA Hotel Sapporo
  • 6:50am at JR Sapporo Station, Kita-Mirai Square
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
  • In the event of a lack of drift ice, you will receive souvenirs of Okhotsk candy and a Garinko pen as a token of apology
  • In case of sail suspensions after the shuttle bus has arrived at Monbetsu, you will receive the souvenirs mentioned above, a partial refund (JYP 1700 for adults, JYP 800 for children, none for infants), and will be taken to visit the Okhotsk Sea Ice Museum of Hokkaido GIZA
  • In case of sail suspensions and failure for bus to arrive at Monbetsu, you will receive the souvenirs mentioned above, a partial refund (JYP 2700 for adults, JYP 1350 for children, none for infants), and will be taken to visit the Sounkyo Ice Fall Festival
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Reviews (6) 3.2
  • YuShun 15 Mar 2017
    Did not follow the scheduled itinerary. Had an hour at his own expense, after asking the team leader, actually said no time to cancel.
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  • Lai Chuen Kevin 10 Feb 2017
    The itinerary is not complete. The level of food is not up to the level of Japan. But if the purpose is mainly sitting icebreaker, the goal is to complete.
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  • Suk Bing Penny 10 Feb 2017
    Very satisfied, plenty of time, the scene of ice is shocking, will introduce friends to participate!
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  • SZE YU IVAN 9 Feb 2017
    The journey from Sapporo is too long and 8 hours a day on the road. Another food quality, not worth the price
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  • Man Kit Jackie 6 Feb 2017
    Morning collection time and place a bit unclear, no instructions to contact the local team leader, the rest is still good, the journey time is very good.
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  • Wai Yan 30 Jan 2017
    Because too much snow, so that the return journey is so slow, and finally to 9:00 before returning to Chase, in addition, lunch is very general, although the choice of more expensive meal, but really, not ideal, though, but the whole I was satisfied
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