Monbetsu Drift Ice Cruise Day Tour

Come aboard the Monbetsu Icebreaking ship Garinko II and see drift ice from up close. If you’re lucky, you may even see some spotted seals!


In Japan, drift ice can be seen floating across the Okhotsk Sea from January to March, with its peak in February. Get onboard the Garinko II Icebreaking ship at Monbetsu port and witness the winter phenomenon! The outdoors observation deck will give you a close view of the ice. If you are lucky, you may even spot animals from the far north, such as Steller’s sea eagles and cute spotted seals. En route to Monbetsu, the tour will also make stops at various famous local stores where you can shop and try local delicacies.



Depart from Sapporo North Exit, Kane no Hiroba at 06:50am

Kita-no-Mori Garden: Try Dorayaki (20 mins)

Dezuka Suisan: Popular Kamaboko shop (20 mins)

Board the Garinko II Icebreaker Ship (1 Hour)

Marukaichi Suisan: Shop for seafood products (20 mins)

Kita-no-Mori Garden: Rest stop (20 mins)

Tour ends at Sapporo North Exit at 8pm (estimated)


2 Working Days
Full Day
Location Pickup
Voucher Type
Present Voucher to Tour Operator
No Amendments
No Refunds

Operating Hours

06:50 hours  - 20:00 hours (GMT +9)

What You Get

Monbetsu Garinko II Drift Ice Cruise

Adult: Age 12 and above

Child: Age 6 to 11

Infant: Age 3 to 5



  • Transportation 
  • Lunch 
  • Cruise 
  • English-speaking tour conductor
  • Personal Expenses 
Additional Information 
  • Children age 2 and below are free of charge
  • Infant price includes bus seats only
  • Crab Rice Bento is available for dinner for an additional fee. If interested, please kindly send a request after making the booking. Please pay for for the bento on the day of tour 
  • The cruise lasts for around an hour, but this is subject to change depending on ice conditions on the day
  • If there is no drift ice on the route, then it will become a sightseeing cruise instead
  • Since drift ice is a naturally occurring phenomenon, you are not guaranteed to see them on the tour day especially if the tide or wind is strong. Please note that the operation of the icebreaker ship is not dependent on the presence or absence of the drift ice.
  • Please wear warm clothing and walking shoes to join this tour 
  • Please arrive at the meeting place at least 15 minutes before the departure time 
  • Depending on road conditions, the scheduled return time to Sapporo Station North Exit may be later than stated
  • Depending on the road conditions on the day, the order of the itinerary may change
  • Please be aware that some ingredients, especially seafood, may change depending on the catch and stock availability thus the ingredients in the meals provided may change
How to Use:
  • Present confirmation email to tour conductor on the day of tour 

Terms and Conditions

  • Changi Recommends and the appointed operator will not be responsible for any accidents, loss of property or damaged caused by individual negligence
  • The e-ticket/e-voucher cannot be exchanged for cash or used on more than one occasion
  • Any alteration(s) on the e-ticket/e-voucher will not be accepted by Changi Recommends and the appointed merchant
  • In the event of unforeseen circumstances that affects tour departure or ticket/voucher invalidity, customers will be notified and be advised accordingly

Cancellation Policy:

  • Tours/Experiences subject to cancellation without prior notice due to unforeseen circumstances, and (or) when there is an official request from the authorities
  • Refunds will be given to customers under these circumstances:

o   No refunds will be entertained for cancellation made 6 days or less prior the departure date

o   50% of the amount will be refunded to customers for cancellation made at least 7 days prior the departure date

o   80% of the amount will be refunded to customers for cancellation made at least 14 days prior the departure date

  • There will be no refunds even if included items are not utilised by the visitor
  • In the event of late comers/no show, it would be considered as cancellation and no refund will be given

Amendment Policy:

  • All amendments are subject to availability
  • Additional charges may apply for amendments

Upon purchase of the ticket, you will receive an email confirmation with e-ticket/e-voucher within two days. Tours and tickets are subjected to availability and are not confirmed until a second confirmation email is received.

How to Get There

Meeting Point: 

  • Sapporo North Exit Kane no Hiroba 
    • Meeting Time: 06:35am
    • Departure Time: 06:50am 
Item Price (SGD) Quantity
Age 12 and above
Age 6 to 11
Age 3 to 5

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