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Shiretoko a World Heritage Site of untouched primeval scenery Take in the splendor of nature on a voyage on the leisurely Shiretoko sightseeing ship.
Experience Hokkaido's drift ice viewing from the drift ice sightseeing icebreaking ship Aurora. Enjoy Winter Hokkaido and Okhotsk.

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Shiretoko Sightseeing Ship Aurora



107 Utorohigashi Shari-cho, Shari-gun, Hokkaido
TEL: +81-152-24-2147
Period of Operation: Apr. 28, 2017-Oct. 25, 2017
Open: 7:30a.m.-6:00p.m.
Sailing Time:
■ Mount Io (Sulfur mountain) route
 [Apr. 28-Oct. 25]

 8:15a.m. 10:30a.m. 0:30p.m. 2:30p.m.
 4:30p.m. (Apr. 28-Aug. 31)
 4:15p.m. (Sep. 1-Sep. 10)
…April 28th to May 31st 12:30, extra service departing 16:30.Operating only when there is a group reservation.

■ Shiretokomisaki (Shiretoko Cape) route
 [Jun. 1-Sep.30]

 10:00a.m.
 2:15p.m. (Jul. 1-Aug. 31)
※ Sailing may be cancelled in times of bad weather.

Aurora and Aurora2

Shiretoko Peninsula Steep Cliff

Shiretoko Peninsula Steep Cliff

Shiretoko Mountain Range

Shiretoko Mountain Range

Kamuiwakka Falls

Kamuiwakka Falls

Shiretoko Peninsula Steep Cliff

Shiretoko Peninsula Steep Cliff

the Strangely Shaped 'Kunne-poru' Rocks

the Strangely Shaped 'Kunne-poru' Rocks

Snow-Capped Shiretoko Mountains

Snow-Capped Shiretoko Mountains

Kashuni Falls

Kashuni Falls

Takoiwa (Octopus Rock)

Takoiwa (Octopus Rock)

Welcome

Shiretoko a World Heritage Site of untouched primeval scenery Take in the splendor of nature on a voyage on the leisurely Shiretoko sightseeing ship.
Period of Operation: Apr. 28, 2017-Oct. 25, 2017

■ Shiretoko Sightseeing Ship
  Aurora/Aurora 2
400 passenger capacity, onboard kiosk, coffee shop, toilets, interior air conditioning
※ The ship runs as a drift ice sightseeing icebreaker at Abashiri during the winter season (January 20th to April 2nd)

The Shiretoko Peninsula appears beautifully magnificent from aboard the ship.
Be sure to enjoy this Shiretoko landscape that cannot be seen from ashore on the Shiretoko sightseeing ship Aurora.
We look forward to having you onboard.



Recommended Points

Mount Io (Sulfur mountain) route (90 minute course 3100yen)

The Mount Io (Sulfur mountain) route is a standard course offering a condensed viewing of Shiretoko World Heritage Site.
including Kamuiwakka Falls, this course takes you to many spots where you can see a variety of strangely shaped rocks created by the erosion of the sea.


Shiretokomisaki (Shiretoko Cape) route (225 minute course 6500yen)

The Shiretokomisaki (Shiretoko Cape) route heads to Shiretoko Cape beyond the Mount Io route, this premium course allows you to fully take in the Shiretoko Peninsula.


Taking a leisurely stroll onboard, and gazing at the landscape from various view points are truly enjoyable. You can also enjoy some food or drink from the kiosk onboard.


RouteServiceDepaturePeriod of OperationRequired Time
Mount Io (Sulfur mountain) route301 Ship8:15a.m.Apr. 28-Oct. 251hour and 30minutes
302 Ship10:30a.m.
303 Ship0:30p.m.
304 Ship2:30p.m.
305 Ship4:30p.m.Apr. 28-Aug. 31
3055 Ship4:15p.m.Sep. 1-Sep. 10
Shiretokomisaki (Shiretoko Cape) route202 Ship10:00a.m.Jun. 1-Sep. 303hour and 45minutes
203 Ship2:15p.m.Jul. 1-Aug. 31

…April 28th to May 31st 12:30, extra service departing 16:30.
  Operating only when there is a group reservation.
※ Please complete boarding procedures 15 minutes before departure time.

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Map & Access

Shiretoko Sightseeing Ship Aurora

107 Utorohigashi Shari-cho, Shari-gun, Hokkaido TEL: +81-152-24-2147


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Access

【Airplane】
  • Approximately 1 hour and 50 minutes from Haneda Airport to Memanbetsu Airport
  • Approximately 45 minutes from New Chitose Airport to Memanbetsu Airport
  • Approximately 50 minutes from Okadama Airport to Memanbetsu Airport
    →From arrival at Memanbetsu Airport
     Approximately 2 hours by Shiretoko Airport Liner

【JR】
  • Approximately 5hour and 30minutes from Sapporo to Abashiri Station
  • Approximately 3hour and 50minutes from Asahikawa to Abashiri Station
  • Approximately 3hours from Kushiro to Abashiri Station
    →Approximately 30minutes from Abashiri to Shari Station
    →Approximately 40 minutes by car from Shiretoko Shari Station


Laguage Service

BrochureJapanese, English
StaffJapanese, English



Questions about travel to Hokkaido

We accept questions about Hokkaido trips.
Please let us help you preparing for your individual trips,
small-group trips, observation tours, etc.

Please use the inquiry form.

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Abashiri drift ice sightseeing icebreaking ship Aurora


2016 Winter Season Service has Finished.


Minami 3, Higashi 4-5-1, Abashiri city, Hokkaido
TEL:+81-152-43-6000
Operation Period:
 from January 20th 2017 to April 2nd 2017
Operating Hours:8:00a.m.~5:00p.m.
Departure Tim:
【Jan. 20 - 31】
 9:00a.m. 11:00a.m. 1:00p.m. 3:00p.m.
【Feb. 1 - 28】
 9:30a.m. 11:00a.m. 0:30p.m. 2:00p.m. 3:30p.m.
【Mar. 1 - 31】
 9:30a.m. 11:30a.m. 1:30p.m. 3:30p.m.
 ※Sunset Cruise is available only on Friday,
 Saturday and Sunday between February 10th
 and March 12th. 4:30p.m.
【Apr. 1 - 2】11:30a.m. 1:30p.m.
※May be cancelled depending on weather conditions.

Aurora and Aurora 2

Aurora and Aurora 2

Aurora and Aurora 2

the Aurora ship passing through the ice

the Aurora ship passing through the ice

Aurora 2 with a Steller's sea eagle

Aurora 2 with a Steller's sea eagle

A seal is on drift ice

A seal is on drift ice

Looking down on drift ice from the ship

Looking down on drift ice from the ship

Shiretoko mountain range with Aurora 2

Shiretoko mountain range with Aurora 2

Aurora with Abashiri Port

Aurora with Abashiri Port

Sunset and icebreaker

Sunset and icebreaker

Welcome

Winter Hokkaido Okhotsk Sea is covered in white drift ice.
The drift ice is only seen in Winter. Have a moving and spectacular experience seeing drift ice with the Abashiri drift ice sightseeing icebreaking ship.
Operation Period: from January 20th 2017 to April 2nd 2017

■Icebreaking Ship Terminal
Abashiri Roadside StopThe Icebreaking Ship Terminal inside
Ticket Sales, Ticket Gate, Waiting Room, Shops, Toilets, Free Parking Available
(Abashiri roadside stop is used as a rest area for road travelers, as well as a information center for local people and road travelers)

■Aurora and Aurora 2
Maximum Capacity: 400 people, facilitated with heating, shops, and toilets.

Person in Charge: Toshikazu Ooki

The drift ice sightseeing season is from January to March.
From early February to mid-March there is a higher opportunity to see drift ice (68% visibility in these 5 years.) . It is not guaranteed that you can see the drift ice everyday, because of unpredictable wind directions and water current.

It takes a little luck to witness drift ice.
We hope everyone viewing this site can experience drift ice while aboard the ice breaking ship. We look forward to seeing you.



Points of Interest

Once you get out to sea,

We recommend you come out on deck.
You can overlook drift ice from the observation deck, and you may be lucky to spot animals in the wild resting on the drift ice (Steller's sea eagles, white-tailed eagles, seals and more). From the side deck, you get to see the spectacular drift ice right before your very eyes.


When you're feeling cold during drift ice viewing,

Warm yourself up with hot beverages like coffee from the shop, sit down, relax and enjoy the drift ice from inside the cabin.
If you prefer, we have drift ice draft beer, local Abashiri beer. It can be a great memory to experience the weather with a cold drink.

 Jan. 20 - 31Feb. 1 - 28Mar. 1 - 31Apr. 1 - 2
1st Departure9:00a.m.9:30a.m.9:30a.m.11:00a.m.
2nd Departure11:00a.m.11:00a.m.11:30a.m.1:30p.m.
3rd Departure1:00p.m.0:30p.m.1:30p.m. 
4th Departure3:00p.m.2:00p.m.3:30p.m. 
5th Departure 3:30p.m.  
Sunset Cruise 4:30p.m.
※Sunset Cruise is available only on Friday, Saturday and Sunday between February 12th and March 13th.
 

Required Time: 1 hour Fares: Adults 3,300 yen Children 1,650 yen
※Please complete your boarding procedures 15 minutes prior to departure.
※From March the 15th, in the event that the number of passenger reservations is 15 or lower,
 service may be suspended.
 Service running time may be up to 1 hour and 30 minutes depending on drift ice conditions.

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Map & Access

Abashiri drift ice sightseeing icebreaking ship Aurora

Minami 3, Higashi 4-5-1, Abashiri city, Hokkaido  TEL:+81-152-43-6000

Access

【Airplane】
  • Haneda Airport to Memanbetsu Airport approximately 1 hour and 50 minutes
  • Shin-Chitose Airport to Memanbetsu Airport approximately 45 minutes
  • Okadama Airport to Memanbetsu Airport approximately 50 minutes
    →from Memanbetsu Airport to Abashiri Station approximately 30 minutes by direct bus
    →from Abashiri Station to the Aurora ship Boarding Site approximately 10 minutes by direct bus
【JR】
  • Sapporo - Abashiri approximately 5 hour and 30 minutes
  • Asahikawa - Abashiri approximately 3 hour and 50 minutes
  • Kushiro - Abashiri approximately 3 hour
    →from Abashiri Station to the Aurora ship Boarding Site approximately 10 minutes by direct bus


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Language Service

BrochureJapanese, English, Chinese
StaffJapanese


Questions about travel to Hokkaido

We accept questions about Hokkaido trips.
Please let us help you preparing for your individual trips,
small-group trips, observation tours, etc.

Please use the inquiry form.

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