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.
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.
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)
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 6000 JPY a day plus gas , which varies depending on the size of the car ), lunch, dinner, entrance fee
At your hotel in Abashiri.
At your hotel in Abashiri.
09:00 AM ( recommended ) Flexible
Number of people
up to 4 people