Garinko II Drift Ice Cruise + Asahiyama Zoo

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  • 14 Hrs 30 Min Duration
  • Japanese
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  • Meet Up With Guide
  • Spend 2 hours at Asahiyama Zoo, a zoological garden outside of central Asahikawa City
  • Ride the glass tunnel at the zoo through a penguin pool and get up close to wildlife, including seals, polar bears, wolves, and big cats
  • Cruise through drift ice for a limited period between 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
  • Enjoy convenient round transfers from major hotels in Sapporo and arrive at your destination in 4 hours
Most Recent Review

  • 23 Mar 2018
    The penguins were super cute!!! Unforgettable experience!!! On route to the ice cruise there was a small local snow festival and we were able to spend some time there. The drift ice though very interesting it was a little long for us but it was still worth going. Definitely needed a sweetcorn soup or two to keep us warm.

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  • Drift Ice Sightseeing Cruise + Asahiyama Zoo

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    Inclusive Of:

    • Roundtrip transfers from ANA Hotel, Sapporo view hotel or Sapporo Excel Hotel Tokyu
    • Garinko II drift ice cruise
    • Asahiyama Zoo admission
    • Meals

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    • Personal expenses

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    • Roundtrip transfers from ANA Hotel, Sapporo view hotel or Sapporo Excel Hotel Tokyu
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What To Expect

After a convenient Sapporo pick up from major hotels in Sapporo, you will head in the direction of Monbetsu where your cruise will depart. Break up the journey with a visit to Asahiyama Zoo, the acclaimed zoo in Hokkaido known for its penguin walks and wildlife displays. You will spend 2 hours at the zoo before continuing to Monbetsu to board GARINKO II for a drift ice sightseeing adventure, one of the best renowned drift ice cruises in Hokkaido. Watch as the cruise effortlessly crushes through the frozen sea and keep your eyes pealed for seals and other winter wildlife. The trip from the zoo to Monbetsu is approximately 4 hours with breaks at the Takinoue Service Area. After your ice drift sightseeing adventure, you will be taken back to the city and be dropped off at your preferred hotel location.

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Break through Hokkaido's drift ice onboard Garinko II
asahiyama zoo
Get up close and personal with wildlife, including wolves, polar bears, and seals
asahiyama zoo penguins
Visit Asahiyama Zoo for its famous penguin walks and glass tunnel
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Explore the ocean in an experience like never before, only available from January to March
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  • You will receive confirmation of your booking's availability within 2 business days. Once confirmed, we will send you the voucher via email
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Itinerary

Itinerary:

  • 8:00am pick up at ANA Hotel Sapporo
  • 8:10am pick up at Sapporo View Hotel
  • 8:20am pick up at Sapporo Excel Hotel Tokyu
  • Rest stop at Sunagawa Service Area (20 minutes)
  • 10:30am Asahiyama Zoo (120 minutes)
  • Rest stop at Takinoue Service Area (15 minutes)
  • 4:10pm board GARINKO II at Monbetsu (60 minutes)
  • 10:10pm drop off at Sapporo Excel Hotel Tokyu
  • 10:20pm drop off at Sapporo view hotel
  • 10:30pm drop off at ANA Hotel Sapporo
Additional Information

Additional Information:

  • Infant ticket: Age 0-2
  • Child ticket: Age 3-12
  • Infants aged 0-2 will occupy a bus seat, however, no lunch will be provided. Please purchase child tickets instead if they will be requiring lunch
  • Lunch is Japanese sandwich and bento; vegetarian/allergy friendly menu cannot be provided
  • In case sail suspensions occur due to inclement weather conditions, you will receive a partial refund on site of JYP1,700 for adults, JYP800 for children, and none for infants. You'll be taken to visit the Okhotsk Ryu-hyo Museum as an alternative
  • In case the bus won't be able to arrive at Monbetsu due to weather or road conditions, you will receive a partial refund on site of JYP2,700 for adults, JYP1,350 for children, and none for infants. You'll be taken to visit Sounkyo Ice Waterfall Festival as an alternative
  • Please note that the drift ice is a constantly moving natural occurrence, therefore, there is no guarantee that you will see drift ice during the cruise. In case of such event, the tour will change to a sightseeing cruise only and the operator will provide you a free souvenir
  • Please note: If you cannot show up due to force majeure/unforeseeable circumstances, please provide relevant certificate for full refund or rescheduling
  • Emergency contact in Japan: +081-011-215-0828
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 Information:

  • Please arrive at the pick up point at least 15 minutes prior to the departure time, no refund will be issued for being late or no show
ANA Hotel Sapporo
Sapporo View Hotel
Sapporo Excel Hotel Tokyu
Cancelation Policy
  • Full refunds will be issued for cancelations made at least 14 days prior to the activity
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Reviews (15) 3.9
  • Un Kei 23 Mar 2018
    The penguins were super cute!!! Unforgettable experience!!! On route to the ice cruise there was a small local snow festival and we were able to spend some time there. The drift ice though very interesting it was a little long for us but it was still worth going. Definitely needed a sweetcorn soup or two to keep us warm.
  • Chiao yen 1 Mar 2017
    Nice experience but the language is only Japanese a little bit upset although the tour leader had tried her best to communicate with us . And the trip to the destination is really far . It took almost 4hrs to there u better prepare for it Hahahaha
  • Supatcha 19 Feb 2017
    The guide even cannot speak English but try her best to service. If this course go by private will be so expensive but for group bus very save !!
  • HEI LO CAROL 3 Feb 2017
    It was a pleasant trip except that the tour speaks no English or Chinese. It would be helpful if some translation is prepared in advance. We arrived the zoo late though we met the last part of the penguin parade.
  • San Li 3 Feb 2017
    everything is fine will Recommand to my Friend to come
  • CHINJU 12 Mar 2017
    Although the wind blowing because it did not see the ice, but the whole trip is worth remembering.
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  • JU-JUNG 11 Mar 2017
    The meeting place is conveniently located with a box of sandwich breakfast, and the tour guide is very kind and kind, even if the next encounter will greet, but the whole process of Japanese. 2 hours in the Asahikawa zoo to stay, including eating Chinese food, a little time to catch, it is recommended to return to the tour bus to eat their own food. Afternoon due to climatic factors (early March), so break the ice boat almost did not see the ice, but there will be a small gift to compensate everyone. Overall, do not worry about traffic problems, get off to see animals, sitting on icebreakers, but also in the car to sleep full, this event is very suitable for long-term self-help tourists to relax, to eliminate the days of tired a good time, worth recommending! The
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  • KUNG POK 8 Mar 2017
    A little regret to participate in the event, first, the tour guide did not wear uniforms and placards, people do not know whether to set the wrong place, when the set time ten minutes, my mind can not describe the anxious, when I asked people asked around A man who took the suit to take the briefcase is the tour guide of this event, he does not understand simple English, it is very helpless, late on the car after the car consciously make the whole trip to the heart feel very uncomfortable. No less than 11 o'clock in the penguin parade. 2 hours is not enough time to the second station icebreaker and no ice, the return takes 6 hours, the event 14 hours, nearly 10 hours in the car, but narrow Uncomfortable, basically suffering
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  • Oi Yi Jennifer 7 Mar 2017
    The same day can not see the ice, but the entire trip arrangements are also good, the Japanese team can only speak Japanese, but also take care of Japanese tourists and the performance of courtesy
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  • SHIH YUAN 5 Mar 2017
    It is good to have breakfast and breakfast is very attentive Asahiyama zoo is very worth visiting because unfortunately the weather factor is not arranged for the overall arrangement of ice is not worth the recommended day trip
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