After arriving in Sapporo, you will travel to Sounkyo Onsen where you will have your first opportunity to experience traditional outdoor onsens in the winter. You will also have the opportunity to attend the Sounkyo Ice Waterfall Festival which features large, multi-story ice and snow structures. We will then travel to Akanko, a destination offering an abundance of winter sports and entertainment including snowmobiling, skiing, snowshoeing, ice fishing, and the cultural experience of the Ainu Village. After visiting the International Crane Center in Akanko, you will go to the northeastern coast of Japan and visit Abashiri. Here you will be able to board an Ice Flow Cruise before going on to the quiet town of Utoro Onsen, gateway to Shiretoko. A snowshoe tour of Shiretoko Goko will help you experience the tranquility and serenity of the area in winter before departing back to Sapporo where the tour will end.