Press Release

Hokkaido Winter Tour from Toursgallery

Hokkaido in far northern Japan offers a wide choice of attractions in winter.

Take a steam train ride, cruise on an icebreaker, see spectacular bird life and visit five Japanese winter festivals, all in 12 days. Australia based small group tour operator Toursgallery has an all inclusive, escorted tour including all these attraction in February every year.

"For the past 16 years we have been taking our guests beyond Sapporo Snow Festival, to some of the most unusual and photogenic winter attractions in Japan." said Ken Osetroff , director of Toursgallery.

"Each destination has been chosen so that our guests will see the biggest variety of winter scenes." according to Mr Osetroff, "On Japan`s northern island of Hokkaido our tours include Asahikawa International Ice Sculpture Festival, Sounkyo Ice Fall Festival, Abashiri Drift Ice Festival and Utoro Winter Festival."

An Ice Breaker cruise amongst the drift ice along Shiretoko Peninsula, one of Japan's World Heritage Listed sites, is just one more highlight of this tour.

Here visitors see numerous White-tailed Eagles, Northern Fur Seals and Steller's Sea Eagles on the floating bergs of pack ice drifting down from the Arctic into the Sea of Okhotsk.

This is a perfect opportunity for some great photos that nobody else back home will have.

See real ice igloos illuminated from inside at night, frozen lakes, beautiful forests, mountains and marshlands covered in snow.

A steam train ride across the snow covered fields of Kushiro Marsh is also included.

February is the best month for bird watchers to take close up photos of Japanese Red-crowned Cranes.

Deluxe accommodation in hot spa resorts, gourmet dinners, a private charter coach and an English speaking Japanese guide, make this tour ideal for the discerning traveller looking for an exotic but very comfortable adventure.

Priced at $5,388 this tour commences on 8 February.

A photo gallery of winter scenes in Japan can be found on the internet at

Phone Toll Free 1300 307 317 for details about escorted tours to Japan or send an email to

Media Contact : Ken Osetroff

Phone: (07) 3359 6651 ; Fax: (07) 3359 1263 ; Toll free: 1300 307 317


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