Okhotsk Drift Ice Museum

This is a facility where you can learn about drift ice in the Sea of Okhotsk in depth.

The southernmost drift ice in the northern hemisphere. (2023) by Okhotsk Drift Ice MuseumAbashiri City

The southernmost drift ice in the northern hemisphere

The southernmost place in the northern hemisphere where drift ice can be seen. That is the coast of the Sea of Okhotsk in Hokkaido

Drift Ice in Abashiri City (2023) by Okhotsk Drift Ice MuseumAbashiri City

Drift Ice in Abashiri City

In winter, sea water frozen in the northern part of the Sea of Okhotsk flows to the Abashiri coast.

The Formative Beauty of Drift Ice (2023) by Okhotsk Drift Ice MuseumAbashiri City

The Formative Beauty of Drift Ice

The drift ice washes up on the shore, overlaps, changes its shape, and shows us various expressions.

Icebreaker on the Sea of Floating Ice (2023) by Okhotsk Drift Ice MuseumAbashiri City

Drift Ice as a Tourism Resource

The magnificence and beauty of drift ice attracts people.

Drift ice covering the Abashiri coast (2023) by Okhotsk Drift Ice MuseumAbashiri City

Drift ice used to be a nuisance.

In the past, ice floes were considered a nuisance by fishermen because they covered the shipping lanes with ice.

Drift Ice to be Protected (2023) by Okhotsk Drift Ice MuseumAbashiri City

Drift Ice to be Protected

However, we found that the mechanism by which drift ice is generated is a factor in the richness of the ecosystem.

Mt. Tento (2023) by Okhotsk Drift Ice MuseumAbashiri City

Mt. Tento

The Okhotsk Drift Ice Museum is located in Abashiri City with a great view.

Learn about drift ice (2023) by Okhotsk Drift Ice MuseumAbashiri City

Learn about drift ice

At the Okhotsk Drift Ice Museum, you can learn the secrets of the birth of drift ice and the benefits it brings.

Five-screen Theater (2023) by Okhotsk Drift Ice MuseumAbashiri City

Five-screen Theater

The front, top, bottom, left and right screens allow visitors to view images of drift ice and the beautiful winter scenery of Abashiri.

Drift Ice Underwater Images (2023) by Okhotsk Drift Ice MuseumAbashiri City

Drift Ice Underwater Images

Visitors can enjoy undersea images of drift ice with 360-degree camera footage.

Experiencing Drift Ic (2023) by Okhotsk Drift Ice MuseumAbashiri City

Experiencing Drift Ice

At the drift ice experience terrace, where the temperature is minus 15 degrees Celsius, actual drift ice is preserved and displayed, allowing visitors to experience drift ice all year round.

Clione, Angels on the drift ice (2023) by Okhotsk Drift Ice MuseumAbashiri City

Clione, Angels on the drift ice

In addition to clione, other creatures from the Sea of Okhotsk, such as the fusiliers, are kept and exhibited in a tank.

Drift ice in the Sea of Okhotsk and Shiretoko mountain range (2023) by Okhotsk Drift Ice MuseumAbashiri City

A view like being in the heavenly city

There is an observatory on the rooftop that offers a panoramic view of the Sea of Okhotsk as the drift ice arrives.

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