TOUR PROGRAMS

Tree Sap Tapping Tour in the Snowy Forest

In this tour, you’ll go on a snowshoe trek into the depths of “Odoroki-no-Mori”, a 20-hectare secluded forest in Shiranuka Town. This forest is owned and managed by Yoshinori Yokota, a local producer and tour guide. Yokota-san will guide you into the snow-covered forest and tell you all about its flora and fauna. You’ll also get to try tapping sap from maple or walnut trees, which Yokota-san makes into syrup. After the snowshoe trek, you can enjoy a homemade lunch that includes pizza and a maple syrup fondue.

When you arrive at the Odoroki-no-Mori Labo forest house, you’ll put on your snowshoes to prepare for the trek. Make sure to wear warm winter clothing and waterproof hiking boots or long rubber boots.

Yokota-san will guide you into the quiet, snow-covered forest, and tell you all about its trees and wildlife. You can feel the great nature with all your senses.

After selecting a suitable maple or walnut tree, you can try drilling a hole into its trunk. If you’re lucky, you’ll immediately see the sap flow out from the hole. You’ll also see how Yokota-san collects the sap into a container.

After the snowshoe trek, you’ll go back to the forest house, where you’ll enjoy a delicious homemade lunch that includes coffee made with sap water, a maple syrup fondue, and pizza freshly baked in a stone oven.

Note: All images are for illustration purposes only. Your actual experience may vary.

Schedule

10:00 Meetup at Odoroki-no-Mori Labo
10:30 Snowshoe trek into the forest, tree sap tapping experience
11:30 Lunch at Odoroki-no-Mori Labo
13:00 Tour finish
Tour name Tree Sap Tapping Tour in the Snowy Forest
Area KUSHIRO / AKAN
Category NATURE FOOD SNOW / ICE
Season WINTER
Available period 27 February 2019 to 24 March 2019 (Wednesdays and Sundays only)
Time 10:00-13:00 (3 hours)
Participants Minimum 2 persons, maximum 20 persons
Fee ¥4,600 per person
Optional
Services
Included
Services
Guide and activity fee, lunch, tour insurance
Not included ・Transportation to and from the venue
・Souvenir purchases
Things to bring Warm winter clothing, long rubber boots or waterproof hiking boots
Meetup Location

Odoroki-no-Mori Labo
Address: Kamicharo Nishi 1-sen 67-1, Shiranuka-cho, Shiranuka-gun, Hokkaido
Access: From the Doto Expressway, exit at Shiranuka IC then drive northward along National Route 392 for around 7 km.
Notes Cancellation Fee:
・2 or more days before the tour date: full refund
・1 day before the tour date: 40% of the tour fare
・On the day of the tour prior to the start time: 50% of the tour fare
・No show: 100% of the tour fare