Ice Fishing is Hokkaido’s winter specialty. Enjoy empty-handed ice fishing and cooking Tempura on a frozen lake, just like locals do. From kids to adults, this half-day trip will be an exceptional winter experience for visitors.

In Hokkaido, wakasagi smelt ice fishing is a popular winter activity. Everyone from kids to adults can enjoy ice fishing together in a comfortable tent. There are comprehensive ice fishing programs for total beginners providing all fishing equipment, Tempura meals and full pick up/drop off service from Sapporo Station.

You will soon find yourself on the great white expanse of frozen Barato river within an hour. First, the guides will drill a hole through the ice, then bait a hook and you are ready to fish.  If the timing when fish start taking the bait is right, you can fish wakasagi one right after the other so that you even forget about the cold. Now, let’s taste that fresh wakasagi fish tempura you just caught on site.  The freshly deep-fried fish in vast nature sure does taste good!

Most tours provide all fishing equipment, including snow pants and boots (sizes are limited). It costs from 5000 yen to 8000 yen, depending on the tour schedule. Some tours includes local hot spring experience and lunch at a local restaurant. Ice fishing will make your winter holiday a truly unforgettable one in Sapporo.