4.5 hours
Activity Level

Smelt Ice Fishing and Japanese Tempura Tasting from Sapporo

  • Cook the smelt you caught yourself and taste the delicious flavors of smelt (wakasagi) tempura

  • Spend your morning relaxing, surrounded by the stunning wintertime beauty of the river

  • Get handy fishing tips from your guide, who'll show you all the basics to smelt ice fishing

  • Fish and enjoy your freshly-cooked smelt tempura inside a tent that protects you from the cold

  • Convenient round trip transfers to/from JR Sapporo Station available

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 bustle of Sapporo located only a half-hour drive away.
Meet up with your tour group at JR Sapporo Station Bell, 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 meal before you leave the river and head back to JR Sapporo Station.


Sapporo city

No. e000023 Smelt Ice Fishing and Japanese Tempura Tasting from Sapporo

Area Central Hokkaido, Sapporo city
Length 4.5 hours
Price Adult:¥ 12,000、Child(6-11):¥ 11,000、Infant(4-5):¥ 9,000
* Children aged 4-11 must be accompanied by a paying adult
* Pregnant women and children aged 0-3 are not allowed to join this activity
Season From February 1 to 29
* The period may be subject to change depending on icing conditions.
Group size Minimum: 1 / Maximum: 40
* If the number of participants does not reach 6 or more at least 5 days before the tour date, the tour will be cancelled.
Activity level 1*★☆☆☆☆
Activities ・09:05:
 Meet at Sapporo Station North Exit
・09:15: Depart from Sapporo Station
・Around 09:45:
 Arrival at Barato river and preparation. Boots and warm over trousers will be lent to those who wish. Move to the fishing spot.
 Smelt Ice Fishing and Japanese Tempura Tasting. Demonstration and tips on how to fish will be given by a professional fishing guide.
 After changing clothes, have a steak lunch (beef steak, salad, rice, miso soup) at a restaurant.
  Arrive at Sapporo Station North Exit.

* The above course time is approximate.
* Please note that the times are subject to change depending on the weather and road conditions on the day of the tour.
Meeting point JR Sapporo Station North Exit
Price includes ・Fishing tackle rental (fishing rod, fishing reel, and bait)
・Guide fee
・Fishing tent, stool
・Smelt Fish Tempura
・Lunch (Beef Steak with Rice and Miso Soup)
・Round trip transfers to and from JR Sapporo Station (by bus or by taxi)
・Fishing tackle rental (fishing rod, fishing reel, and bait)

[Not included in the price]
・Other personal expenses
Clothing Please wear appropriate winter wear, such as a winter cap that covers your ears, winter gloves, a muffler, sun glasses, sun screen, pocket warmer, and warm socks (two layers recommended). Kindly bring some wet wipes as well
Items to bring Please bring your own winter clothes, as rental snow pants and snow boots are available only in limited quantities
Notes ・The staff at the facility will use only basic English to assist you and your group.

・Kindly understand that there is a possibility of not catching any fish, which varies depending on certain conditions.

・Tempura cooking may be canceled because of bad weather.

・The fishing tent is flammable, so please keep live fire away from the tent.

・Tours will also be cancelled if the river surface is not in good freezing condition. We check the condition of the river surface early in the morning every day to determine if the tour will go ahead.


・You'll get confirmation within 48 hours. If you don't receive a confirmation email, reach out to our customer support.

[Cancellation policy]

・You'll get a full refund if you cancel at least 7 day(s) before the activity starts.

・The activity may be canceled in cases of bad weather. The operator will inform you at around 7:50-8:00 on the day of your activity.