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Unique Culture of Northern Peoples and Amazing Power of Drift Ice in Abashiri, Hokkaido


Shiretoko / Abashiri
7 hours
up to 4 people
English ( License )
Private tour (only you and your guide)
Walking / Public Transportation Tour
( Contact guide for other options )

Visit to the local museums which specialize in the culture of Northern Peoples and drift ice. Abashiri, a small town located in the eastern part of Hokkaido island, has some unique musuems which give you opportunities to learn about the culture of the Northern Peoples and drift ice, which covers Okhotsk Sea every winter.

Itinerary

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  • Hokkaido Museum of Northern Peoples gives you opportunities to learn about a lot about northern minorities.
  • Okhotsk Drift Ice Museum, where you can really touch some drift ice in the special exhibition room.
  • Moyoro Shell Mound Museum is located at the mouth of Abashiri River and you can learn a lot about the Moyoro People, who lived in this area long time ago.

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What to Expect

Hokkaido Museum of Northern Peoples is the only museum which specializes in the culture of Northern Peoples and you can see many interesting exhbits such as colorful clothes, wooden ritual masks, musical instruments, wood carvings,etc. You can enjoy some hands-on activities such as making toys of Northern peoples, leather cell phone straps, etc. Audio guide is available to get more information.
Okhotsk Drift Ice Museum offers you experience to actually touch some real drift ice in the special exhibition room with -15℃. Also you can see some cute marine creatures such as cliones, known as drift ice angels and balloon lumpfish. You can see panoramic view of Okhotsk Sea and Shiretoko National Park, which is designated as World Natural Heritage Site from the observation terrace.

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Departure & Return

Starting time 09:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Meeting Point At your hotel in Abashiri.
Ending Point At your hotel in Abashiri.

Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

guide fee, hotel pick-up at the hotel in Abashiri.

What‘s not included

transportation fee ( you and guide) such as taxi fares or rent-a-car fee, ( taxi fares will be about 7000 JPY in total and renting a car will be about 8000 JPY a day plus gas , which varies depending on the size of the car ), lunch, dinner, entrance fee

Important

I can help you visit the places around Abashiri, where I live and go hiking in our area. There isn't frequent transportation service here and I think you need to take a taxi or rent a car. We basically begin our tours from Abashiri and return to this city. If you plan to start your tour from different cities, let me know about your plan. In that case, you might need to pay for my transportation expenses and accomodation fees. There might be some cases that I have to drive a long way ( more than 3 or 4 hours for one way) and stay at a hotel on the day before meeting you.

Hokkaido Museum of Northern Peoples is closed on Mondays and there are some sepcial exhibitions at some certain time of the year.
There is no place to eat here. Open hours are from 9:30 a.m to 4:30 p.m (July - September 9:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m)
The observation terrace of Okhotsk Drift Ice Museum is sometimes closed when it is very windy. There are cafe and restaurant on the 2nd floor. Open hours are 8:30 a.m to 6:00 p.m (May - October), 9:00 a.m to 4:30 p.m (November - April)

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation - 30 days prior to meeting date
  • 50% Refund - 15 to 29 days prior to meeting date
  • No Refund - Within 14 day(s) prior to meeting date

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make changes after I book?

Yes! If you need to make changes such as removing or adding someone to your booking or changing the date or time of your tour, contact us by phone or email

Starting and ending points of the tour.

After you secure your booking, the starting and ending points of your tour can be customized to your convenience (ex.: your hotel, nearby stations, etc.). Don't worry, we will take care of you! Some tours may have an extra fee for this service, make sure to check the tour page.

What happens after I book a tour?

After booking a tour, the guide will accept (or decline) your booking within 24 hours. Then you will be noticed by email from Triplelights.

Is the price per person or per group?

The price is charged per group. Which means that you make a one-time payment for your entire group and the price will not change if it is less or more people.

Can I add more people to my booking?

Some guides accept extra people (more than the specified number) for an extra charge. Please check for the extras on the tour or booking page, or contact your guide directly to clarify.

Will there be other tourists in my tour?

No. Your tour is private, only for you and your family or friends, there will be no other group of tourists together in your tour.

Can the guide pickup me at the airport?

Yes, but there will be additional charge for that and it is not by car. The guide will go pick you up using public transportations. For further details, please contact your guide directly.

I'm travelling alone. Can I book this tour?

Yes, you can and you may be able to get a discount if you are traveling alone. Price depends on which guide you choose.

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Sandy Sandy United States ( Friends )
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2 weeks ago

“ Outstanding experience with local guide ”

Our group from Seattle Washington spent two days with Hiroshi in Eastern Hokkaido - one day touring the Abashiri area and the second hiking in Lake Akan. We had a great experience with him and highly recommend him. In planning the trip, Hiroshi was a pleasure to work with. We were interested in hiking and seeing some of the natural wonders of Eastern Hokkaido. He answered all our e-mails promptly with excellent ideas and information, and was very flexible in developing a trip that met the needs of our schedule and group interests. On our arrival to Japan, Hiroshi went out of his way to make two trips to the airport as some of our group was delayed. Upon meeting him, we bonded quickly. His written and spoken English is excellent - not surprising as he is a former English teach... read more

Hiroshi:

Hi Sandy Thank you so much for your message. I had a GREAT time spending two days with you, too. It was also a hppy and pleasure time for me. Unfortunately, we didn't have the best weatherfor the hike at Mt.Meakan but as I told you during our hike, that was a kind of the notice that we should hike again. So I'd like you all to come again to Mt. Meakandake to enjoy its spectacular views in the near future !! I was really glad to know you had a good luck to be able to see beautiful views of Lake Mashu, a small pond called 'Kaminoko-ike',or God's Child Pond in English and rare birds including cranes during the rest of your tour. Please let me know anytime when you need some information about eaastern Hokkaido. I'm looking forward to hearing from you !! Thanks again for your kind words... read more

Craig Craig United States ( Solo )
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9 months ago

“ Custom tour of Abashiri ”

Hiroshi is an excellent and knowledgeable guide around the Abashiri area. He’s very communicative and worked with me to research and schedule a tour to fit my interests so don’t feel limited by the tour description on Triplelights. He was a gracious host. We ate the best oysters I have ever tasted near Lake Saroma. His English is very good, both written and spoken

Hiroshi:

Thank you for your kind comments, Craig. I'm happy to know you really enjoyed your stay in Abashiri. December is not the best time to visit Abashiri, but we did have a great time visiting scenic spots, water birds observation and drift ice museum. Especially, having delicious oysters WAS a high-light for me, too. Please come and visit Abashiri again and have more memorable experiences with me. Thanks again for visiting Abashiri. Hiroshi.

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