If you want to get the real Hokkaido winter experience, you’ve got to try your hand at ice fishing for smelt. And your first challenge is drilling a hole in the ice, with a guide of course. Once you get a bite, you’ll pull your smelt out of the crystal-clear water and drop it straight into a deep fryer so you can enjoy your catch at its freshest. If you’ve never been fishing before, your guide will teach you everything you need to know. Being out on the frozen lake in a specially designed ice-fishing tent is an experience unlike any other.
Shimizuyama, Furano, Hokkaido