Smelt Ice Fishing Experience in Kushiro

Day Trips & Excursions in Kushiro

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Try your hand at ice fishing for smelt on this 4-hour guided tour from Koshiro. In a small group of no more than 15, enjoy fishing on Lake Takkobuko while taking in the surrounding landscape. If you catch any fish, your guide can also help you cook it in the Japanese tempura style (battered and deep fried) on the spot.
Your day begins with a pickup from your downtown Kushiro hotel between 8am and 9am. Greet your local driver-guide, settle in to the comfortable vehicle, and head for the frozen lake.Smelt fishing is a popular winter activity in Kushiro and your guide provides useful tips, taking into account the weather and lake ice conditions of the day. Relax in the knowledge that all necessary equipment is provided, including hand-spring rod, 4-hocks, and bait. Your guide first opens a hole in the ice for you, the thickness of which is at least 24 inches (60 centimeters). While ice fishing, enjoy the vast winter scenery of white ice fields and the sound of the shrinking ice echoing from under your feet.  If you catch any smelt, you can cook it and eat it on the spot. Feel free to bring rice balls or beer. At the end of the tour, you are transferred back to your hotel.

What’s included

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Driver/guide
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • All required equipment for ice fishing
  • GST (Goods and Services Tax)

What’s not included

  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities


  • Small group ensures personal service
  • All necessary equipment included
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city