“Kotan” means “Village” and these two mysterious villages will only appear in the winter of Hokkaido.
One appears on Lake Shikaribetsu, the highest lake in Hokkaido. There are a lot of ice buildings in the Kotan, such as an ice bar, ice concert hall, ice chapel, and lots to see. Though it sounds crazy, the most famous attraction there is the Ice Hot Spring on the frozen lake! (Please take your own towel for the hot spring.)
We also love the ice village surrounded by forest in Tomamu. There you can find an ice café, ice bar, ice slide, and there is also an ice skating rink! Indoor activities such as ice glass workshops are also provided.
*For people who would like to ski in Tomamu only, we could offer you transportation. All the details could be negotiable.
Join Chikako, your warm and welcoming host for a lovely lunch in her home kitchen. An avid traveler herself, Chikako enjoys entertaining guests from all over the world. Learn to prepare traditional Japanese dishes such as takoyaki (octopus balls), gyoza (filled dumplings), sushi, and marinated vegetables. After the lesson, enjoy the fresh, homemade meal together.
Get to know the city through the eyes of a passionate local. With no set itinerary, you can customize the tour or leave it up to the local for an insightful introduction to the city. Make travel about the people you meet not just the places you see.
First-time visitors to Sapporo can get a quick orientation to city landmarks on this personalized 3-hour walking tour. You’re accompanied by a local host who shares tips on the best places to visit and where to eat, including Sapporo’s hidden gems and better-known highlights. Choose a specific area you’d like to explore in Sapporo and kickstart your sightseeing.
Get the most out of your time in Sapporo by booking a local host to take you on an adventure around the city. You’ll save hours researching top sites, and instead, have a personalized itinerary tailored to your needs. Your host will help you see Sapporo through the eyes of a local, and you’ll discover secret spots that you wouldn’t find alone. It’s a great way to see a combination of iconic attractions and hidden gems in a day.
Sapporo Central Market is a treasure trove for first-rate seafood and fresh fruits and vegetables. If you love food and want to see the market in action, get a birds-eye experience on this tour. Your guide explains the trade as you witness the exciting fish auctions. See the specialty knife stores where seafood professionals get their knives, and the large amount of produce that comes in and out of the market each day. Enjoy breakfast in one of the market restaurants, which source their seafood directly from the market.
From where I knead Japanese buckwheat noodles, I will experience it all the way to the point where I cut it. Buckwheat uses buckwheat flour from Horokanai Hokkaido! Also, sake sake maker can compare three types of limited sake in Hokkaido. In Japan, when eating soba there is a custom of drinking sake. Buckwheat and sake are highly compatible.
Recommended for good trip memories. We accept from reservations of 2 people or more.
Get out of Hokkaido’s capital city for a completely authentic winter experience: Smelt ice fishing. This small group tour takes you on an excursion to Lake Takkobuko to enjoy the winter landscape, learn the sport of ice fishing, and cook any fish you catch. Transportation and supplies are provided; all you have to do is fish.
Here at KATANA NISEKO you have the chance to learn about Japanese history and discover more about your mind and trying by TAMESHIGIRI (traditional “test cutting” with Japanese swords).
The experience is held in the main hall of a traditional Japanese temple, which is usually off limits to the general public.
Learn to cook a menu of Japanese foods at a private cooking class in Hokkaido that’s held in a local home. You’ll prepare super-fresh dishes using ingredients from the Hokkaido area, and practice basic Japanese cooking techniques from chopping to marinades and frying. The menu changes with the season, but dishes might include ‘shabu-shabu,’ or Japanese hot pot, rice bowls with fresh salmon, tofu, and more.