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  • Abashiri Prison Museum
    751 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hokkaido Abashirishi Yobito 1-1
    This historic museum has preserved the former Abashiri Prison barracks as an outdoor museum. It was completely renovated in 2010. The virtual prison movie titled ''Forests Where Inmates in a Red Prison Uniform Worked'' is a must-see digital stereophonic theater experience focusing on the harsh working conditions of the erstwhile prisoners captured with the latest technology. One can explore the facility on a Guided Prison Tour, or actually eat the food the prisoners were given with the Experience Prison Food encounter. Two of the structures, 8 wards, transferred here are treasured as Japan's Important Cultural Properties.

    With jpy100 we bought a little stamp booklet for our kids to do tracking and collecting stamps. A well organised museum with interesting demonstration with those wax figures. They look so real in the...

  • Okhotsk Ryu-hyo Museum
    371 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hokkaido Abashirishi Tentozan 244-3
    Okhotsk Ryu-hyo Museum, which is located on Tentozan in Abashiri City, is a tourist facility based on drift ice and the creatures who live in the Sea of Okhotsk. Okhotsk Ryu-hyo Museum has the biggest projection mapping in Hokkaido and displays the mysterious creatures such as the clione which live in the Sea of Okhotsk. The high-definition five-screen theater which includes a 300-inch screen is also impressive. One very popular experience is freezing a wet towel when touching the ice directly on the drift ice simulation terrace. At the highest observation terrace, 360-degree panoramic views are an amazing sight and have been designated as a Place of Scenic Beauty since 1938.

    The museum is on top of a hill which provides a good vantage point to look at the surrounding mountains and lakes. It is located in a modern-looking building. The first thing upon entrance is to...

  • Yakiniku Abashiri Beer Kan
    94 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Hokkaido Abashirishi Minaminijounishi 4-1-2
    You can enjoy Wagyu beef and local beer at Yakiniku Abashiri Beer Kan, which is located seven minutes' walk from Abashiri Station. The New York style table seating is on the first floor while the Japanese style sunken kotatsu (a low table over a hole in the floor) seating is on the second floor, and it is a luxurious location to have dinner next to the Abashiri River lit up by the street lights. You can enjoy Abashiri Wagyu beef, the best in Hokkaido, together with Ryu-hyo Draft, which is Okhotsk Blue low-malt beer made with water from Okhotsk drift ice, and Abashiri Premium Beer.

    Made a reservation through the hotel, and the service which I read in previous reviews made me a little hesitate, but to my surprise, the staff was really friendly. Ordering is easy with their iPad...

  • Abashiri Drift Ice Sightseeing & Icebreaker Ship Aurora and Aurora 2
    Travel / Tourism
    Hokkaido Abashirishi Minamisanjouhigashi 4-5-1 Road Station Ice Rink Road Abashiri
    The icebreaking ship Aurora/Aurora 2 are large sightseeing vessels that in seasonal service break the drift ice of Okhotsk. In addition to enjoying the sound and impact of breaking ice from the observation deck, you might also be able to catch sight of wild animals such as seals if you are lucky. You can also watch and relax from the first or second floor where there is good heating. The ships’ schedule is decided depending on the drift ice so it is recommended that you check the official site before you go. Shuttle buses are available from Memanbetsu Airport and JR Abashiri Station.
  • Koshimizu Primeval Flower Garden
    Travel / Tourism
    Hokkaido Sharigunkoshimizuchou Hamakoshimizu
    A native flower garden spreading along a slender dune sandwiched between the Sea of ​​Okhotsk and Lake Tofutsu, along National Route 244. From June to August, you can enjoy an array of about 40 different flowers, and in July the typical flowers of the town such as siberian lilies, beach roses and hemerocallis yezoensi, will be at their best. The most recommended season to visit is from mid-June to late-July when the area is full of colorful flowers.
  • Kamuiwakka Hot Falls
    Travel / Tourism
    Hokkaido Shari-gun, Shari-cho Iwaobetsu Shiretoko National Park
    A waterfall that flows into the river from the active volcano Mt. Shiretoko Io, warms the river like a hot spring. Currently it is possible to walk to the first waterfall but beyond that is closed to the public. The area cannot be accessed by train, so visitors must come by shuttle bus or car. However, there are times when private cars are not allowed access, so be sure to check in advance. Every year there are accidents of people slipping and falling at the waterfall, so please take care and come prepared.
  • Mt. Rausu
    Travel / Tourism
    Hokkaido Menashigunrausuchou - Shari-gun, Shari-cho
    Mt. Rausu is located around the middle of the Shiretoko Peninsula in Hokkaido, where it is the highest volcano with an elevation of 1,660 meters. In 1964, it was designated as the Shiretoko National Park. And then in 2005, the whole area of the Shiretoko Peninsula including this mountain area was formally listed as World Heritage. Mt. Rausu is one of the Nihon Hyaku Meizan (the most famous 100 mountains in Japan), Hana no Hyaku Meizan (the most famous 100 mountains which have beautiful flowers growing upon it) and Shin (new) Hana no Hyaku Meizan. The starting point of the mountain ascent can be from either the Mt. Shari or the Mt. Rausu side. The Mt. Rausu side is the shorter climb. The best season for climbing is from the middle of June to the end of September.
  • Shiretoko National Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Shari-cho, Shari-gun, Hokkaido, Rausu-cho, Megashi-gun
    This national park in which untouched nature remains has also been registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site (Natural Heritage) and is located in Shiretoko Peninsula, Hokkaido. It is worth seeing the Shiretoko Goko Lakes lying in the virgin forest and the view from the peak of Rausu Mountain overlooking the Shiretoko Peninsula. There are several visitor centers, field houses, and museums in the area, providing information on the rules and manners in the heritage area and the attractions of the Shiretoko National Park. Rausu Visitor Center lends (for a fee) gum boots and bear spray.
  • Shiretoko Shari-cho Tourist Association
    Travel / Tourism
    Shari-cho, Shari-gun, Hokkaido Utoro west 186-8
    "This tourist association is located inside Shari-cho Industry Hall. Besides introducing popular tourist attractions including the eight main sightseeing spots (Shiretoko Hakkei) on its official website, it also has a lot of information about lodging facilities, restaurants and souvenir shops. It releases the latest news of information such as drift ice and winter road conditions. You can also download guide maps. In addition, it also organizes the Shiretoko Snow Wall Walk held every April, and has stalls for trekking bear character ""Toko-san"" goods."
  • Bihoro Museum
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hokkaido Abashirigumbihorochou Midori 253-4
    A museum located in the Bihoro Midori no Mura forest park situated along Prefectural Route 122 in Midori, Bihoro Town, Abashiri County, Hokkaido Prefecture. The museum's standing exhibition consists of three rooms which look at rivers, farming and familiar nature, and coming in contact with art, and the museum displays works of art related to the area and has exhibits on farming and the wildlife of Bihoro, Ainu culture, and the history and pioneering of the region. In addition to special exhibitions, the museum also holds events such as lectures on nature, history, and culture.
  • Okhotsk Sky Tower (Oyama Park)
    28 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Hokkaido Mombetsushi Oyamachou 4-25-2
    A park and overlook facility located in 4-Chome Oyama-cho, Mombetsu City. The top of 334 meter high Mt. Monbetsu is maintained as a park, and facilities include nature walking paths and cottages. From the elevator-equipped, 31-meter-tall lookout, visitors can get a sweeping view of Mombetsu and the Sea of Okhotsk.

    This is wonderful place, from this place you can see wonderful view, panorama view, full 360 degrees. well you can see a sea, city from top high place, that was so wonderful. ありがとう

  • Okhotsk Sea Ice Museum of Hokkaido GIZA
    83 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hokkaido Mombetsushi Motomombetsu 11
    A museum dedicated to drift ice located in Okhotsku-Monbetsu Roadside Station, situated along Prefectural Route 304 in Motomonbetsu, Mombetsu City. The museum contains exhibits on how floe ice is formed. There's also a giant screen playing videos of the natural beauty of the Okhotsk area, and a room where you can experience what minus 20 degrees below zero Celsius feels like.

    The drift ice museum consists of some exhibits, live sea creatures as well as movie theatre. But the most memorable was the ice room. Mimicking the temperature on the drift ice of - 15 degrees, you...

  • Mamenbetsu Lakeshore
    Travel / Tourism
    Lake Amenashi Lake Amami-cho Hokkaido Abashiri-gun
    This lakeside area on the southern shore of Lake Abashiri in Ozora Town, Abashiri County is home to Japan's largest aquatic plant community. The Asian skunk cabbage and other flowering plants come into their peak viewing season in the spring. There is also a camping ground and visitors can enjoy sailing, canoeing, and digging for freshwater clams in the summer. In the winter, you can enjoy ice fishing for Japanese pond smelt on the frozen lake. The Japanese icefish caught in the lake in the fall are one the area's specialties. The Memanbetsu Sightseeing Summer Festival held in August features a number of events including a fireworks display over the lake.
  • Bihoro Forestry Museum Kiterasu
    Travel / Tourism
    Hokkaido Abashirigumbihorochou Shinmachi 3JR Mihoro Station 2F
    "This exhibition facility is located on the second floor of Bihoro Station in Shinmachi 3-Chome, Bihoro Town, Abashiri County. It opened in 1988 as an exhibition hall covering topics such as Japanese larch forests and wood. During a recent renovation, wooden play equipment such as a slide and tunnel was installed at the facility, which is now known by the nickname ""kiterasu,"" a portmanteau of ""ki"" (meaning wood or tree) and ""terrace."""
  • Okhotsk Tokkari Center (Azarashi Land)
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hokkaido Monbetsu-shi Kaiyokoen 2
    This marine mammal conservation facility is located in Kaiyo-koen, Mombetsu City. Over 20 animals from two types of seal (spotted and ringed seals) are raised here, and there are four outdoor ponds and ten indoor ones. The seals can be observed swimming in the underwater behavior observation room from a large window, and you can interact and feed them, and hear about their behavior in the seal plaza.
  • Yuhidai Observation Deck
    60 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Hokkaido Shari-gun Sharicho Utorokagawa
    Yuhi means sunset, so this observation deck is particularly famous for its beautiful sunset views at a corner of the National Shiretoko Campground. Counted as one of the eight main sightseeing spots of Shiretoko, the beautiful orange sunset over the Sea of Okhotsk is truly a sight to behold.

    Go early for a good spot! Space is limited if you want a front row space, so if you like taking pictures, definitely go early.

  • Cape Kimuaneppu
    27 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Hokkaido Tokoro-gun Saromacho Horoiwa
    Located on the southeastern side of Lake Saroma, it is a cape that stretches like a terrace. Many visitors visit Lake Saroma to view the sunset from one of the best sunset lookout points. In addition, you can see native plants such as common glasswort, Japanese rose, Siberian lupine and iris, as well as groups of swans flying to the lake in the winter.


  • Hokusho Suisan Direct Sales Store
    Hokkaido Tokoro-gun Saroma Cho Naniwa 52
    This seafood direct sales store is located in the Saroma-cho area of Tokoro County, Hokkaido Prefecture. The store offers seasonal seafood and prepared delicacies from the Sea of Okhotsk and Lake Saroma. In the store's food corner, you can find the popular and indulgent scallop burger made with scallops caught in the Sea of Okhotsk. You can eat freshly made food at the dine-in space. They also offer takeaway, so it is perfect when driving.
  • Mokotoyama Lookout Parking Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hokkaido Kawakami-gun Teshikagacho Kawayu
    Located in the middle of Mokotoyama, this park has a pavilion and parking area, and it is a spot with great views of Lake Kussharo, Wakoto Peninsula, Mt. Iouzan and other locations.
  • Lake Saroma Wakka Primeval Flower Garden (Ryugu Kaido)
    65 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Hokkaido Kitami-shi Tokorocho Sakaeura
    The name “Wakka” means “fresh water” in Ainu language and the name comes from the phrase “Wakka-O-I,” meaning “a place with fresh water.” It stems from the fact that there was a pond from which fresh water gushes forth near the center of the shoal of Lake Saroma. The road that leads for the shoal is called the Ryugyu Highway and has long been a beloved as a great place to see both the sea and the lake. More than 300 varieties of flowering plants in the area, which is a breeding ground for wild birds. The flowers reach peak bloom between late June and mid July most years.

    I dont necessarily look back at my 6 months in Kitami with regret (since I made some memorable acquaintances there), but to say the city is lacking in entertainment would be an all-time...

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