Abashiri, a City of Drift Ice
Winter Trip and Winter Activities Special Feature
ABASHIRI Winter Trip

The content may change depending on the status of measures against COVID-19 in the future.
Please check upon each contact.

Abashiri Winter Events

The 12th Lake Abashiri Pond Smelt Fishing Championship(Cancellation of the event)

January 22, 2022 / 13:00 – 15:00
January 23, 2022 / 10:00 – 12:00

Venue: Lake Abashiri Special Venue
Participation Deadline: December 19, 2021
Fixed number : 1 group consisting of 3 persons and 50 groups (if the number exceeds 50 groups, it is decided by lottery)
Participation fee : 10,000 yen * It includes the fee for the recreational fishing, fishing rod, hook rig and fishing bait for 3 people.
Prize money : Winner 100,000 yen, 2nd place 50,000 yen, 3rd place 30,000 yen
Contact TEL.+81-152-44-5849 (Abashiri Tourism Association)

Lake Abashiri Pond Smelt Fishing

January 5 – March 21, 2022
Lake Abashiri special venue : 8:30 – 16:00

●Fishing fee : Junior high school students or older / 800 yen, Elementary school students / 400 yen, Elementary school students or younger / Free Rental tents : Hours 8:30 – 15:30 For 2 People / 2,000 yen, For 3 People / 3,000 yen, For 4 People / 4,000 yen Tempura set : 1,000 yen (including cooking utensils) Other: Rental Rod / 200 yen, Bait / 200 yen, Hook rig / 300 yen, Drilling Fee / 300 yen, Rental Chair / 100 yen
ContactTEL.+81-152-44-5849(Abashiri Tourism Association)
* Please contact the Lake Abashiri special venue during business hours.≫TEL.+81-152-48-2289

The 20th Okhotsk Yatai Mura Festival(Cancellation of the event)

February 11 – 13, 2022
Special venue in Abashiri Central Shopping District (apt. 4)

Contact TEL.+81-152-44-6111 Okhotsk Yatai Mura Executive Committee (Secretariat : Abashiri City Hall, Commerce, Industry and Labor Division)

The 57th Abarashiri Okhotsk Drift Ice Festival(Cancellation of the event)

February 11 – 13, 2022
Special venue in RARUATO, Abashiri 4-jo Street (apt. 4)

Contact TEL.+81-152-44-6111
Abashiri Okohtsk Drift Ice Festival Executive Committee (Secretariat : Abashiri City Hall Tourism Division)

 Lake Abashiri Pond Smelt Fishing

Lake Abashiri Pond
Smelt Fishing

Rental is OK! You can enjoy fishing pond smelt in Lake Abashiri even if you come empty-handed.

January 5 – March 21, 2022

Place: : National land, 823-2 Yobito, Abashiri-shi, Hokkaido
Hours : 8:30 – 16:00

Set Price : Adults / 1,800 yen Elementary school students / 1,400 yen
[Set Contents] Fishing Fee, Fishing Rod, Hook rig, Bait, Hole Drilling Fee, Fishing Chair

Fishing fee : Adults / 800 yen, Elementary school students / 400 yen, Fishing rod 200 yen, Hook rig 300 yen, Bait 200 yen, Drilling fee 300 yen, Fishing chair 100 yen
* Reservation is not necessary.
* Please return the rental goods by 15:30.
* The date of the event will change depending on the condition of the Lake Abashiri.

Access : 20 minutes by bus from Memambetsu Airport. 10 minutes by bus from Abashiri Station. (Take the Abashiri Kanko Hotel-mae bus stop and walk 300 meters. It is along Route 39.)

Contact Abashiri Tourist Association TEL.+81-152-44-5849 FAX.+81-152-44-5844
Pond Smelt Fishing Site (only during the festival period) TEL.+81-152-48-2289

Contact Abashiri Tourist Association
TEL.+81-152-44-5849
FAX.+81-152-44-5844

Pond Smelt Fishing Site (only during the festival period)
TEL.+81-152-48-2289

With “Awesome power!” as a memory

Ice Falls Snow Adventure

Ice Falls Snow Adventure

January 15 – March 6, 2022
*The schedule may be changed depending on the freezing condition of the lake.

Per person : 5,000 yen
Child : 3,500 yen

Lake Abashiri Pond Smelt fishing experience with tempura

January 15 – March 21, 2022
*The schedule may be changed depending on the freezing condition of the lake.

Per person : 4,500 yen
Child : 3,500 yen

Contact Okhotsk Jinendo  TEL.+81-152-46-2777

Contact Okhotsk Jinendo
TEL.+81-152-46-2777

Choose from! Abashiri Winter Activities

Choose from!
Abashiri Winter Activities

If you show your driver’s license to the people of Abashiri-City, you will get 500 yen off the following menu items!

Floating Ice Fatbike (reservation required)

Floating Ice Fatbike

January 22 – February 27, 2022
*Only on weekends and holidays

Adult : 6,000 yen (8,000 yen if 1 person participates)
Elementary and Junior High School Students : 4,000 yen

Snowshoe

January 5 – February 27, 2022

●Yobito Peninsula Walking Course (reservation required)
Adults : 5,000 yen (7,000 yen if 1 person participates)
Elementary and junior high school students or under : 4,000 yen
●Cape Notoro Hyobaku Course (reservation required)
1 person (if 2 or more people participate) 6,000 yen
1 person (if 1 person participates) 8,000 yen

Pond Smelt fishing

January 5 – February 27, 2022

●Empty-handed Pond Smelt fishing (reservation required)
1 person (if 2 or more people participate) 6,000 yen
1 person (if 1 person participates) 8,000 yen

Pond Smelt Ice Viewing Tour (reservation required)

Pond Smelt Ice Viewing Tour

January 5 – February 27, 2022
*Reservation is required, so please contact us

9:00 – 11:30

Adults : 5,000 yen (8,000 yen if 1 person participates)
Elementary school students or younger : 3,500 yen

Inquiries and applications for each experience Connectrip TEL.+81-50-1099-3708

Inquiries and applications for each experience
 Connectriop
TEL.+81-50-1099-3708

Warm Gourmet Meals in Winter

Delicious City Abashiri

You can enjoy both fresh seafood and natural agricultural products! If you come to Abashiri, you will surely get hooked on the charm of its cuisine!

If you want to take a walk around Abashiri, Gnome MAP is convenient.
Check it on your smartphone!

Abashiri Moyoro Hotpot

This new local hot pot features a rich variety of seafood from the Sea of Okhotsk including Okhotsk Salmon, and minced fish from Abashiri, and boiled in a special pot that is similar to Okhotsk earthenware. Whitebait soy sauce is added to a salty soup using Okhotsk salt, and shellfish and vegetables produced in Abashiri are boiled in the soup. This hot pot is based on an image of the Moyoro people, the northern people who abruptly disappeared about 1,000 years ago.

Seasonal Delicacies and Sake Sawa

Address : 1-11-12 Omagari, Abashiri-shi, Hokkaido
Tel : +81-152-44-2117
Price : 1,300 yen per person (limited quantity)

Tatsuzushi

Address : 7-8-11 Shiomi, Abashiri-shi, Hokkaido
Tel : +81-152-44-6967
Price : 1,500 yen per person, order from 2 people or more

Restaurant Aurora

Address : Abashiri Royal Hotel, Kita 6-jo Nishi 7-chome, Abashiri-shi, Hokkaido
Tel : +81-152-43-1888
Price : 1,800 yen per person (set)

Sakanatei Kihachi

Address : Minami 4-jo Nishi 3-chome, Abashiri-shi, Hokkaido
Phone : +81-152-43-8108
Price : 1,500 yen per person, order with 2 or more people

Abashiri Champon

Abashiri City and Unzen City, Nagasaki Prefecture started cultural exchanges after the battle for the “longest grilled chikuwa in Japan” between the two cities. One day someone thought of an idea, “What if Obama Chanpon, a famous dish of Unzen City, was cooked with the use of locally produced food of Abashiri? Wouldn’t it be delicious?” In September 2011, a group of Unzen citizens visited Abashiri and experimentally cooked Chanpon using ingredients from Abashiri. This was the birth of Abashiri Chanpon.

Food Court Kinema-kan

Address : Michi-no-Eki Ryuhyo-kaido Abashiri 2F, Minami 3-jo Higashi 4-chome, Abashiri-shi, Hokkaido
Tel : +81-152-44-0688
Price : 900 yen

YAKINIKU Abashiri Beer Hall

Address : Minami 2-jo Nishi 4-chome, Abashiri-shi, Hokkaido
Tel : +81-152-41-0008
Price : 896 yen

Kitadori

Address : Marronnier Building 1F, Minami 3-jo Nishi 1-chome, Abashiri-shi, Hokkaido
Tel : +81-152-44-8323
Price : 880 yen

GNOME cafe

Address : 7-4 Daimachi 3-chome, Abashiri-shi, Hokkaido
Tel : +81-70-1259-5779
Price : 800 yen
* Limited to about 2 meals a day

Abashiri Drift Ice Sightseeing
& Icebreaker Ship Aurora

Inquiries and Applications: Doto Kanko Kaihatsu Co., Ltd. TEL.+81-152-43-6000

Inquiries: Doto Kanko Kaihatsu Co., Ltd.
TEL.+81-152-43-6000

A Bus That Shows You the Winter Abashiri in One Day

Operation period : January 9 – March 28, 2022 (reservation required)

Each Facility Fees, lunch included
Per person9,980 yen for junior high school students and over
  8,620 yen for elementary school students (free for preschoolers)

A very luxurious and satisfying bus tour that goes around the sightseeing spots in Abashiri!
You can fully enjoy the attractive points of the Abashiri tour.

① You can watch the drift ice from the Abashiri Drift Ice Sightseeing and Icebreaker Ship Aurora
② You can learn about the history from the popular spots Abashiri Prison Museum and Okhotsk Ryu-Hyo Museum
③ You can enjoy the drift ice from the train window of a special train for a limited time.
④ You will also go to the very popular spot Cape Notoro!
⑤ For lunch, enjoy seafood at Okhotsk Sanchoku Ichiba, Kaniya.

<Infection Prevention Measures> Please understand and cooperate with us.

● Please wear a mask when boarding.  ● Please cooperate with body temperature measurement when boarding.  ● Please cooperate with alcohol disinfection of hands and fingers.  ● The inside of the vehicle is ventilated by the outside air introduction mode.  *Those who are sick or have a fever may be declined to ride.

Conditions / Precautions

● Minimum number of participants: 1  ● Application deadline: Until 17:00, 3 days prior to the departure date ● A guide will accompany you on this tour.  ● If your Abashiri Drift Ice Sightseeing and Icebreaker Ship is cancelled, you will be given a shopping coupon (1200 yen x2 tickets). *You can use it at the Michi-no-Eki, Ryuhyo-kaido Abashiri souvenir section. ● If JR Ryuhyo Monogatari Train is out of service, we will refund 340 yen for adults and 170 yen for children locally.  ● When the Abashiri Drift Ice Sightseeing and Icebreaker Ship and JR are out of service or in bad weather, the tour may be canceled or the course may be changed.  ● Since the Ryuhyo is a natural phenomenon, you may not be able to see it.  ● Lunch is available from a choice of 2 lunch menu items at Okhotsk Sanchoku Ichiba, Kaniya.

Main course

8:50 departure Abashiri Station ① Bus stop 

9:00 departure Abashiri Bus terminal 

60 min. Michi-no-Eki Ryuhyo-kaido Abashiri Boarding Aurora 

60 min. Abashiri Prison Museum 

45 min. Okhotsk Ryu-hyo Museum 

55 min. Sanchoku Ichiba Kaniya (lunch) 

10 min. Kitahama Station Ride on Ryuhyo Monogatari Train 

▼  JR Semmo Line

Arrival Abashiri Station 

15 min. Cape Notoro  

16:00 arrival Abashiri Station ① Bus stop 

16:05 arrival Abashiri Bus terminal 

16:10 Michi-no-Eki Ryuhyo-kaido Abashiri 

Inquiries and applications
Abashiri Bus Co., Ltd.
TEL.+81-152-43-4101

Introduction of sightseeing spots

Michi-no-Eki
Ryuhyo-kaido Abashiri

It is located at the mouth of the Abashiri River where fishing boats go. It provides tourism information and sells local agricultural and fishery products. It is also a base for the Abashiri Drift Ice Sightseeing & Icebreaker Ship Aurora and the drift ice sightseeing.

Abashiri Drift Ice Sightseeing & Icebreaker Ship Aurora

One of the most popular activities in winter is the Abashiri Drift Ice Sightseeing & Icebreaker Ship Aurora program. The bottom of the boat hits the ice block and the entire boat vibrates.
* The drift ice may not be able to be seen due to natural phenomena.。

Abashiri Prison Museum

It is a history museum where a group of buildings of the Abashiri Prison have been relocated and restored halfway up Mt. Tento, and preserved and opened to the public. In February 2016, the Prison House and Central Guard House and more were designated as nationally important cultural properties of Japan.

Okhotsk Ryu-hyo Museum

The Drift Ice Experience Room exhibits real drift ice. It creates a fantastic space through performance of light and sound, and you can experience changes in Abashiri on one day when drift ice arrives.

Ryuhyo Monogatari Train

Winter Limited Special Train
Ryuhyo Monogatari Train

Kitahama Station is located facing the Sea of Okhotsk. It is a station where you can see the drift ice, which is rare in Japan. Here you can take a limited time train to Abashiri Station. (The bus will meet you at Abashiri Station.)

Cape Notoro

It is a cape protruding toward the Sea of Okhotsk. There is only a lighthouse and an administration office on the tip. From here you can see Lake Notoro and the coast of Tokoro Town in the west, the Sea of Okhotsk in the north, and the Shiretoko Mountain Range far away in the east. The view is superb.

Ryuhyo Monogatari Train About an hour to Shiretoko by train!

Ryuhyo Monogatari Train
About an hour to Shiretoko by train!

Ryuhyo Monogatari Train

January 29 – February 27, 2022
Abashiri Station – Shiretoko-Shari Station / 2 round trips per day

Abashiri → Shiretoko-Shari (No. 1 and No. 3)

It stops at Kitahama Station for approximately 10 minutes. You can enjoy the scenery of the Sea of Okhotsk where the drift ice spreads and the Shiretoko Mountain Range from the observation deck of Kitahama Station which is closest to the Sea of Okhotsk.

Shiretoko-Shari → Abashiri (No. 2 and No. 4)

It stops at Hama-Koshimizu Station for approximately 20 minutes. Enjoy shopping at the Michi-no-Eki, Hanayaka Koshimizu directly connected to the station.

Contact JR Abashiri Station Information TEL.+81-152-43-2362

Contact JR Abashiri Station Information
 TEL.+81-152-43-2362

Minami 3-jo Higashi 4-chome, Abashiri-shi, Hokkaido
TEL. +81-152-44-5849 FAX. +81-152-44-5844