Try your hand at a fun and popular wintertime activity in Hokkaido by going smelt ice fishing at Barato River, a stunning fishing escape from the buste of Sapporo located only a half hour drive away. Meet up with your tour group at JR Sapporo Station Bell Plaza, then proceed via bus or taxi to the river, where you'll get to see the colorful tents pitched on top of the powdery snow. Change into your winter gear at Barato Garden Restaurant then head off towards the fishing area to get ice fishing tips from a professional guide. Fish inside the tents that protect you from the cold, using the holes already drilled, and try to catch as many fish as you can! The staff of the facility will then cook your freshly-caught smelt fish, and you'll get to enjoy it served tempura-style. You'll then enjoy a hot Hokkaido meal (morning tour only,) before you leave the river and head back to JR Sapporo Station.