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25 amazing adventures to try at least once
in wintertime Eastern Hokkaido
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With a tent to provide shelter, fishing on ice is surprisingly warmer than it sounds. Even if you have never fished before, you'll be just fine with the help of a guide. Even children can enjoy this activity safely. Furthermore, you don't have to bring any equipment at all. With these pluses, the services offered for wakasagi smelt fishing have become really excellent in recent years. Hurdles to enjoying this activity keep getting lower.
A great example is the "Lake Abashiri wakasagi smelt fishing activity" offered by Jinendo. It is a full service activity. Participants get to try drilling a hole in the ice, attaching bait to the fishing line, and even enjoying the fish they catch on the spot as tempura. And a guide provides first-rate instruction for all of this. Lake Abashiri wakasagi smelt fishing boasts the number one guide achievement for number of tour participants.
Lake Abashiri is home to the annual "Lake Abashiri Wakasagi Smelt Fishing Championship Competition." The lake boasts the largest fishing haul of wakasagi smelt in Hokkaido, and more than qualifies as the "wakasagi smelt ice fishing holy land." If you love eating and looking at wakasagi smelt, you'll definitely love drilling a hole into the ice and pulling them up from the lake.
Lake Abashiri wakasagi smelt fishing and tempura
Activity location: Lake Abashiri (Abashiri, Hokkaido)
Starting location: Free transport to and from lodging establishments within Abashiri, the JR Abashiri Station, and the road stop Aurora boarding area
Time: Twice per day (1) 8:20 (2) 14:30
Activity window: January 5 – March 20, 2017
*Subject to change due to lake freezing conditions
Activity length: Approx. 2 hr 10 min
*Includes moving to and from location (time spent on the lake is approx. 100 min)
About 25 minutes from Memanbetsu Airport by car
*Transport to and from the nearest bus stop available
Fee: 4,000 yen per participant (3,000 yen for elementary school children)
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