Hokkaido Winter Nature and Snowshoeing Tours
Every winter, plentiful snowfall transforms Hokkaido's landscape into a serene winter wonderland, the perfect stage for our winter adventure tours. While thrill-seekers ski through Hokkaido's deep snow, hikers strap on snowshoes so they can walk through the still forests and climb the white peaks. Spot Ezo Red Fox, Snow Hares and Sika Deer searching for food while Tancho Red-crested cranes, Blakiston's Fish Owls and Stellar's Sea Eagles swoop down from the snowy sky. Winters in Hokkaido, while cold, are full of life and adventure. Wrap up warm and experience Hokkaido's most unique season on a Hokkaido winter tour.
See our Hokkaido Winter ToursAll our tours are guided by licenced English speaking local guides and have a maximum group size of ten travellers. See more about our Hokkaido winter tours below, including day by day itineraries, what to bring, what gear we provide, accommodation and more.
What makes Hokkaido special in winter?
Every winter cold winds from Siberia pick up moisture as they cross the Sea of Japan before dropping it as snow on Hokkaido. The snow falls as big light snowflakes, the kind you see in the movies, blanketing the landscape in white. With the thick bush buried, we are free to explore the forests and mountains. Hike in the snow, and you feel like you are in a private snow globe; the sense of stillness and solitude is hard to describe.
While the Ezo brown bears are tucked away asleep, many other animals are active throughout winter. Snow Hares, Ezo Red Fox and Ezo Sika Deer leave a network of footprints behind as they search for food. Tancho cranes perform mating dances in the fields, and giant Stellar's Sea Eagles arrive from Siberia. Seeing the animals against a blank white background is a striking winter image.
Hot-springs & warm welcomes
It may be cold outside but step into one of Hokkaido's many cosy restaurants or lodges, and you are greeted with a warm local welcome. Tuck into a bowl of world-famous Hokkaido ramen or a local hot pot. Later, strip off and slip into a steaming hot-spring pool to rewarm your body and soothe your tired muscles. For a truly unique winter experience, brave the dash through the snow to the rotenburo outdoor pool.