The ice horizon is a large expanse of ice that spreads out as far as the horizon. It can be seen from the Notsuke Peninsula in north-eastern Hokkaido, a long and thin headland stretched out over 26 km (16.2 miles). From January to March, when temperatures are at their coldest, the area of sea enclosed by the peninsula freezes over to form a flat mass of pure-white ice. The Ice Field Walk is a guided tour where you don snowshoes to safely explore the breathtaking scenery and take awesome forced-perspective photos with a 360° panoramic backdrop. A sled tour pulled by a snowmobile is also available.
Season: Mid-January–early March (depending on the condition of the ice each year)
Times: From 9:30 am and 12:30 pm
Lasts around 2 hours (roughly 3 km [1.9 miles] on foot)
Adults: JPY 3,500 (snowshoes included)*
6–12 years old: JPY 1,750, Children under 6: Free (please bear in mind that the walk is around 3 km [1.9 miles] on foot)
Note: Reservations required: by telephone only if booking less than 4 days in advance.
Address: Notsuke Peninsula, Notsuke, Betsukai-cho, Notsuke-gun, Hokkaido
Airport: Kushiro Airport
+81-0153-82-1270 (Notsuke Penninsula Nature Center)
Approx. 2 hours, 30 minutes by car from Kushiro Airport
Bookings and Inquiries:
+81-0153-82-1270 (Notsuke Penninsula Nature Center, opening hours: 9:00 am–4:00 pm)