Japanese Smelt Ice Fishing Tour (With Transfers)


Enjoy Hokkaido's winter the way locals do by going ice fishing!

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  • Meet Up At Location
  • Try smelt ice fishing, a popular activity in Hokkaido that can only be done during the wintertime
  • Visit Lake Shinotsu, a beautiful lake shaped like a half-moon that's become a popular smelt fishing spot
  • Unwind as you spend a couple of hours fishing in total calmness, catching as much as you can!
  • Choose to have your caught smelt fried up to enjoy a delicious freshly-prepared lunch and a buffet
  • Soak in the "Tappu-no-yu," an all-natural hot spring bath near the lake
  • Convenient round trip bus transfers are included in the ice fishing tour
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  • 4 Oct 2018
    It was a unique experience! We enjoyed the fishing and the fine snow all around the area...

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What To Expect

Experience a popular wintertime activity in Hokkaido by going smelt ice fishing at the stunning Lake Shinotsu, shaped like a half-moon and surrounded by a magnificent winter scenery. Meet up with your tour group at the Sapporo Station Bus Terminal, then head off to the lake, admiring the sight of the fresh, powdery snow piled up on the ground. Once you arrive at the lake, you'll head inside the warmed heating tent and begin fishing for smelts while standing on the wooden boards that cover the thick layer of ice. Try to catch as many fish as you can with the help of the fishing guide, because you'll be able to taste the smelt for lunch or even bring them back home once the tour ends! Enjoy a freshly-prepared tempura lunch meal at Shinshinotsu Onsen Tappu-no-yu, before you spend the rest of the tour relaxing in the calm waters of the hot spring. The tour ends with a drop off back at the bus station, where you'll be free to explore the surrounding area for the rest of the day.

smelt ice fishing hokkaido japan
Try smelt ice fishing, a popular wintertime activity in Hokkaido
smelt ice fishing hokkaido japan
Spend a couple of hours inside the heated tent, trying to catch as much fish as possible
smelt ice fishing hokkaido japan
Master the art by following instructions from your fishing guide
Activity Information


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  • 7:55am meet up at Sapporo Station Bus Terminal
  • Check in at the regular sightseeing bus window, 2nd floor of JR Sapporo Station Bus Terminal
  • 8:10am departure from bus terminal
  • 9:35am smelt fishing
  • 12:15pm-1:00pm lunch
  • 1:00pm-1:50pm hot spring and relaxation time
  • 3:15pm drop off at JR Sapporo Station Bus Terminal + tour ends
Insider Tips

Insider Tips:

  • The tent is heated, and there are boards covering the ice to walk on, but please wear warm winter clothing
Additional Information

Additional Information:

  • Child ticket: Age 6-11
  • 1 child aged 0-5 may join the tour for free if they come with a paying adult (aged 12+.) However, no lunch or bus seat will be provided
  • Tour may be delayed or canceled in advance/on the day of departure if Lake Shinotsu is not frozen
  • Smelt fishing is conducted through a hole opened beforehand in the ice in an wind breaking tent
  • The fish caught by participants can be prepared at Shinshinotsu Onsen Tappu-no-yu for lunch, and the cooking method will be tempura only
  • Each participant may serve themselves based on the number of smelt they caught. In case you are unable to catch any fish, tempura will be prepared from the facility's stock of smelt
  • Fish other than smelt may be caught. But please note that only the smelt can be cooked on site
  • You may bring home the fish you've caught, but no containers will be provided. Kindly bring your own if necessary
  • The tour may be canceled in case of a disaster or abnormal weather, so please contact the following number about the tour status in such cases: Chuo Bus: 011-231-0500 (Japanese only)
How To Use
  • You must present a printed voucher for this activity
  • Simply showing the confirmation on a mobile device screen will not be accepted
  • The voucher is valid only on the specified date and time

Pick Up Location:

  • Chuo Bus Sapporo Terminal
  • Address: 1-3 Odori-higashi, Chuo-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido
  • Meet up time: 7:55am (departure at 8:10am)
  • Please check in at the regular sightseeing bus window, 2nd floor of JR Sapporo Station Bus Terminal, at least 15 minutes before the scheduled departure time
Cancelation Policy
  • Full refunds will be issued for cancelations made at least 48 hours prior to the activity
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Reviews (14) 4.6
  • rosita 4 Oct 2018
    It was a unique experience! We enjoyed the fishing and the fine snow all around the area...
  • Jia Wen 17 Aug 2018
    Very interesting experience. The guide will explain and introduce attractions along the way to the lake, but only in Japanese. The area is very nice
  • Jia Wen 17 Aug 2018
    Very interested activity. There is heater in the tent, so you may take off coat before fishing. My tent was fully occupied then. After fishing, they will fry the fishes you caught, and you can to consume together with lunch.
  • wai sum 14 Feb 2018
    the whole tent of us cannot catch any fish. Lunch is so-so. But overall, the trip is OK.
  • Mitsunaga 5 Feb 2018
    It is a bit hard to find the sightseeing bus terminal in the explanation of web site. Better to shown or define it clearly. The fishing place is really beautiful and peaceful, covering white snow. This is a value package includes the lunch and Onsen onsite. Overall experience is better than expected. Recommend to everyone.
  • Huifang 27 Jan 2018
    Easy to find the sightseeing tour counter at the bus terminal if you follow instructions. Tour in Japanese but the friendliness of the guide made up for it. The fishing site itself is really beautiful and peaceful (save some noisy kids), and the serenity of the area makes it a nice getaway from the city. Onsen experience was awesome, they have indoor and outdoor onsen onsite. Lunch was a carefully prepared and pretty lavish Japanese meal of sashimi, oden, steamed eggs, tempura & glutinous rice.
  • Eugene 20 Jan 2018
    It abit hard to find the sight seeing bus terminal. Overall good experience and friendly staff arount there to help out.
  • chun chu 12 May 2018
    The fish caught will turn into fried food and add lunch. It tastes good and some will be released. This ice fishing experience is very good and the environment is very beautiful!!!
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  • CIAO-WUN 10 Mar 2018
    The event was very interesting and the accompanying meal was very delicious. It was a Japanese box lunch! However, it was a pity that my family and I only caught two small male fish.
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  • Shuk Lai Beth 22 Feb 2018
    Very beautiful environment, the vast white sea, love! Very friendly staff, lunch and spa time a bit nervous, as can be more time is more ideal. Overall satisfaction, we recommend everyone to participate.
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