|Area||Nakashibetsu, Betsukai, Nemuro, Hamanaka, Kushiro|
|Price||JPY159,000-JPY381,000 per person|
|Season||February - March|
|Activities||Snowshoeing, birdwatching, fishing-related activities|
|Meeting point||Nakashibetsu Airport|
|Price includes||3 nights’ accommodation 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners All transport as described in the itinerary All activities as described in the itinerary Guides|
|Clothing||Winter hat Gloves and other warm clothing (skiwear, etc.) Scarf and other items to keep you warm Warm shoes (high-cut shoes are recommended)|
|Items to bring||Change of clothes (items that are quick-drying and easy to layer) Backpack Water bottle Sunscreen Snacks for during activities (can be purchased during the tour) Pocket warmers|
Ge t a panoramic view of the whole area from a hilltop in anticipation of the next day’s adventures.
Notsuke Peninsula is listed as a Wetland of International Importance under the Ramsar Convention and is the largest sand spit in Japan. In winter, the calm waters of the bay inside the peninsula freeze over, creating a pure white horizon of snow and ice. The contrast between this unbroken white horizon and the blue sky is a unique, mesmerizing sight. The pure white ice is a blank canvas that lets you play with perspective and create photos featuring incredible optical illusions.
After some with photography, we will strap on some snowshoes and head out to explore the remains of the peninsula’s iconic withered oak trees . As we walk among the desolate landscape and decaying vegetation, the sight of birds resting in the trees and hordes of deer gathering to feed on wild grass creates a striking contrast between the static and the dynamic.
In the morning, we will head to a local fishing spot on the frozen surface of Lake Furen and witness the wonder of human activity and nature coming together.
The under-ice fishing that takes place here is performed using fixed nets, a method of fishing that is seldom seen in Japan . Learn more about this rare practice as you see it in action, and watch the large birds of prey, including white-tailed eagles and Stellar’s sea eagles, swoop in to grab any leftovers after the work is done. The impressive sight of these birds flocking to feed on the fish on the ice can only be experienced during the ice fishing season.
We will spend the night at an inn run by a former fisherman, and enjoy talking to the owner about the history and conservation of the vast wetlands that surround you.
We will round off your visit to Hokkaido with a trip to a local fish market to try Kushiro’s famous kattedon. To make your own kattedon, simply purchase a bowl of rice, then select some fresh sashimi from the market’s merchants to create a unique rice bowl with all of your favorite seafood.