Breakfast at the hotel.
Depart for Lake Shikotsu with an English Speaking Guide (ESG) by chartered bus.
First stop at shoe store for snow shoes.
Visit Chitose Shikotsuko Hyoto Matsuri (Lake Shikotsu Ice Festival). The ice sculptures that are created out of the lake water here have distinctive clear blue color that it is called the "Shikotsu-ko Blue." You will be fascinated by the various ice figures that rise and stand in front of you.
*2016 Schedule has yet to be announced.
Proceed to Shiraoi Town.
Lunch at Kani Goten, salmon chan chan yaki will be served.
Visit Ainu Village in Shiraoi.
Include 1 hour museum tour by a curator who is also Ainu. With his guidance, we will learn about their way of like: living in harmony with nature and their struggles in real life. There will be dance and song performances inside the traditional Ainu house.
Proceed to Sapporo City.
Drive around city center land mark: Nijo Fish Market, Clock Tower & Odori Park.
This mini city tour will help to familiarize yourself with the city center during your free time.
Arrive at the hotel.
Enjoy Sapporo Snow Festival after check-in
After checking in at the hotel, our escort will take you to the Snow Festival site. There, you can find places to eat and enjoy your favorite food before you head back to the hotel.
Accommodations: Century Royal Hotel or similar