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Snowshoeing to the “cave of the ice stalagmites” in Otaki, Japan (Hokkaido)

ice stalagmites

Join one of our certified guides on this fun snowshoeing trip to the "cave of the ice stalagmites" in Otaki, Japan. Experience Japanese winter in full swing!

Private and Group

1/2 Day

Jan, Feb, Mar

Open to everyone

All Levels


  • See the beautiful ice stalagmites of varied size.
  • Enjoy walking through a forest on snow-blanked paths with your snow shoes.
  • Well-suited for children.


Come see the famous “cave of the ice stalagmites” on this fun snowshoeing trip in Otaki with us! Located in south-west Hokkaido in Japan, this cave is home to numerous sharp, translucent pillars. 

The trip promises an exceptional half-a-day where you will walk leisurely through the forest in your snowshoes. It is an excellent way to experience Japanese winter. As you’ll slide down natural snow slopes, you’ll hear delightful bird-songs and sound of gushing streams.

The tour runs from mid-January to late March, depending upon the climate. The whole activity takes about 3 hours, so, you will have ample time to enjoy. You’ll walk on snow-blanketed paths to reach the cave, where your feet will go quite deep into powder snow. Once you reach there, it will be fun to see all these sharp crystal stalagmites and stalactites of varied heights cropping from the base and the ceiling.

It will be freezing out there, so make sure you wear long boots and several layers of warm clothes. It is best to bring your own equipment, but in case you don’t have one, we’ll provide you with free rental equipment.

Otaki is relatively unexplored and is strikingly beautiful. An easy two-hour drive from the big airport of Sapporo New Chitose brings you to this spectacular place.

There are over 5000 stalagmites here, so make sure you do not miss this one. Get in touch now to reserve your seat on this incredible snowshoeing trip in Otaki in Japan. We also guide this half-day kayaking tour to Lake Shikotsu, so check it out.

Price includes

- Guiding fee

Price details

Price per person. Minimum of 2 people required. Price for children aged 12 years and below: JYP 5000. Includes: Accident Insurance, Taxes, Snacks & Tea.


More info

Tour Timings:

Group 1: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 Group 2: 13:30 - 16:30

Suitable for children ages 8 years and above.

Please don't forget to carry along: Warm clothes Gloves( Ski Wear) Hat Sunglasses Long winter boots

*Free rental equipment available.

Meeting point

Ootaki Town Planning and Tourism Association, 113, Yutoku-Cho Ootaki-Ku, Date-shi, Hokkaido

Equipment you will need to bring


Watter bottle

About the guide

We are a team of guides specialised in Kayaking and Caving, based in Hokkaido. We are JSCA and JCU certified. Our group of guides emphasizes risk management for all outdoor activities and fully implements safety measures.

We can take you on fan kayaking tours, or you can also join us on a snowshoeing tour to a cave! Take a look at the tours we offer and join us for a fun adventure!


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