Hokkaido Sights

Aurora Icebreakers (Ryuhyo Kanko Saihyosen O-rora-go Unko)

  • Minami 3 Nishi 4 Map It
  • Abashiri
  • Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

Published 12/10/2015

Fodor's Review

If you really want to break the ice in future conversations about Hokkaido and you're in Abashiri between late January and early April, take in some ryuhyo ocean drift icebergs (with some bird- and seal-watching). Weather permitting, icebreakers Aurora 1 and Aurora 2 sail from Aurora Terminal at the east end of Abashiri Port for ¥3,300, letting you inspect winter ryuhyo (drift ice) at close range. Drift ice is unpredictable, so check local conditions before you sail.

If that sounds too cold, try summer, when between late April and late October you can board the same boats from Utoro Port (50 miles away from Abashiri) for a sail around the uninhabited peninsula of Shiretoko National Park. Travel agencies in Tokyo and Sapporo offer package tours for both seasons.

Sight Information


Aurora Port, Minami 3 Nishi 4, Abashiri, 093-0032, Japan

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0152-24–2147-summer; 0152-43–6000-winter

Published 12/10/2015


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