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.
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At your hotel in Abashiri.
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.
At your hotel in Abashiri.
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.
guide fee, hotel pick-up at the hotel in Abashiri.
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
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)
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 teacher. He is a charming, funny and delightful individual, a Hokkaido native full of local knowledge and lots of energy. He had prepared extensively for our trip, coming with maps, brochures, and a wide range of specific ideas. He drove us for two days in a rental car, including in some challenging weather conditions. He is an experienced and cautious driver who made us feel very comfortable. On our hike to Meakandake at Lake Akan, he arrived fully prepared with extra gear, maps, even fresh home made bread and hot coffee for the trail! He was very careful to track our progress and mindful of how the group was doing at all times as the weather and conditions changed during the hike. Even after our tour with him and during the rest of our time in Hokkaido, he stayed in touch frequently, providing additional ideas as to where to go, including many excellent spots that were not found in local guides. Overall, our experience with Hiroshi was great and I would recommend him without reservation.
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 and say hi to David and Cezanne for me. Hiroshi
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
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.