Primeval Forest Snowshoe & Wildlife Watching Tour

This tour explores the primeval forests of Shiretoko using snowshoes, and takes you beyond the usual paths.
When the sea ice arrives at the coast, a vast field of ice appears covering the Sea of Okhotsk and creates a breathtaking landscape along with the Shiretoko Mountains tapped by silver-white snows. This tour often sees wildlife such as Ezo Sika Deer and Ezo Red Foxes.

Booking (Morning)
Booking (Afternoon)
We have already received many reservations for weekends and holidays.
We kindly ask you to consider making a weekday reservation.

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From December 1, 2023 to March 31, 2024

We have already received many reservations for weekends and holidays.
We kindly ask you to consider making a weekday reservation.

Morning tour; 8:30 am - 12:00 noon (-3.5 hours).

Afternoon tour; The tour time will change depends on the date.
〈12/1-1/9〉 12:30 noon- 4:00 pm (-3.5 hours).
〈1/10-3/31〉 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm (-3.5 hours).

Adults (13 years old or older) – 6,500 JPY
Children (4 to12 years old) – 3,500 JPY

6years or older.

Meeting place
We will pick you up at the lobby of your accommodation. (Utoro area only)

Pick up time
The meeting time is different depends on the meeting place you requested.
For detailed meeting time, please confirm below.

Detailed Meeting Time

-People who chose "Your Accommodation"-

*Yuhino Ataru Ie ONSEN HOSTEL/KIKI Shiretoko Natural Resort/Shiretoko Dai-ichi Hotel/Hotel Shiretoko/
20min before the starting time of the tour

*Shiretoko Village/Shiretoko Hostel Hanare/ Bon's Home/ Shiretoko Pereke/ Kiraku / Shiretoko Lantern/ Ishiyama/ Iruka Hotel/ Shiretoko Noble Hotel/ Shyutyo no Ie/
15min before the starting time of the tour

*Kitakobushi Shiretoko Hotel& Resort/Hotel Kifuu club Shiretoko/
10min before the starting time of the tour

-People who chose "Drive Resting Area, Utoro-Shirietoku"-
15min before the starting time of the tour

*We might be late due to other guests' situations.
*Please come to the agreed place on time. If late, you might be cancelled.

Notes for snowshoe tours
If there is not enough snow, we will use Rubber boots instead of using snowshoe in the tour.
*Especially during December and end of March.
In that case, the tour will be the same tour as spring/summer tour
and the tour fee is change to 5,100yen(Adult) and 2600yen(Children).

Please book by 6:30 am of the tour day.

Book now (Morning)
Book now (Afternoon)

Woolen hat, neck-warmer

Waterproof jacket (or ski jacket), fleece jacket, sweater and long sleeve shirts.

Waterproof overtrousers (or ski trousers). It is strongly recommended to wear thick fabric trousers or tights underneath.

Warm winter boots

Sunglasses or goggles are useful.
Bottle of water

Free rental items
Waterproof gloves, woolen hat, neck-warmer, rain boots, ski wear (jackets and trousers).
*These items are available on a first come, first serve basis. You can reserve items in advance if necessary.

  • Please note that encounters with wildlife are not 100% guaranteed.
  • Depending on natural conditions, the end time may vary slightly. Please join our tours with time to spare.
  • There is no restroom available in the field. Please keep this in mind before starting the tour.
  • It can be -20 degree Celsius in mid-winter. Please prepare warm clothing beforehand.
  • As the field conditions can change, (please be aware that) we cannot be fully responsible for and prevent nature-caused incidents. (Please be aware of your own responsibility to protect yourself.) Also please be responsible for your own body condition. If you do not feel good, please consider cancelling the tour.
  • Please come to the agreed place on time. If you are late on the day, we might cancel you so that the other guests can go on tour.
  • Cancellation is free up to 2days before the tour. After 2days a cancellation fee of 20% of the tour cost will be charged if you cancel 2days before the tour, 50% if you cancel the day before and the full tour cost if you cancel on the day of the tour.

For more information please refer to “Frequently Asked Questions”.