Abashiri is a major tourist destination in winter. Its shores by the Okhotsk sea are the southernmost point where the ocean freezes.
Hokkaido Sightseeing by Ice Breaker Boat
Be astounded by the sight of drift ice stretching across the ocean horizon and see the ice shift and churn while being greeted by sea birds and seals. Recommended for all nature and scenery lovers.
How to Ride the Ice Breaker in Hokkaido
The 491-ton, 3,000-horsepower ship usually operates from late January to March. Hope for fine weather as the ships do not sail when the weather is bad.
Address: Minami 3, Higashi 4-5-1, Abashiri city, Hokkaido
Fare: 4,000 JPY (Adults), 2,000 JPY (Children)