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

by Hiroshi
8h $ 216 Price up to 4 people


  • Hokkaido Museum of Northern Peoples
  • Okhotsk Drift Ice Museum
  • Moyoro Shell Mound Museum

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216.00 USD

Price up to 4 people
FREE cancellation 14 days prior


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, ritual wooden masks, musical instruments, wood carvings. You can enjoy some hands-on activities such as making toys of Northern peoples, leather cell phone straps and so on. 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 views of Okhotsk Sea and The Shiretoko National Park, which is designated as World Natural Heritage Site from the observation terrace.

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  • Hokkaido Museum of Northern Peoples
  • Okhotsk Drift Ice Museum
  • Moyoro Shell Mound Museum


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 transport expenses 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)

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 renting a car, ( taxi fares will be about 7000 JPY in total and renting a car will be about 6000 JPY a day, which varies depend on the size of the car ), lunch, dinner, entrance fee
Meeting Point
At your hotel in Abashiri.
Ending Point
At your hotel in Abashiri.
8 hours
Starting time
09:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Number of people
up to 4 people

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.

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Is the price per person or per group?

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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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Cancellation Policy

  • If you cancel at least 14 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 100% refund.
  • If you cancel between 2 and 13 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 20% charge.
  • If you cancel within 1 day prior to the meeting date, there is a 40% charge.
  • If you cancel on the meeting date, there is no refund.