Perched 207 m (679 ft) above sea level on top of Mt. Tenzoan, Okhotsk Ryu-hyo Museum boasts an unusual, year-round display of drift ice. The hands-on museum lets you touch and feel the ice, and you can make some yourself by spinning a wet towel quickly in a -15 C (5 F) room. Climb to the observatory, the museum's main highlight, for a winter panorama of ice drifting from the Siberian coast, or a summer view of Lake Abashiri. Using our custom trip planner, Abashiri attractions like Okhotsk Ryu-hyo Museum can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
Okhotsk Ryu-hyo Museum reviews
Amazing place to learn more about the drift ice. We just arrived here from shiretoko where we saw all the drift ice coming in a few days ago. Its very informative to learn about this. The...
Amazing place to learn more about the drift ice. We just arrived here from shiretoko where we saw all the drift ice coming in a few days ago. Its very informative to learn about this. The... more »
Abashiri is a well-known winter destination to see drift ice from the Arctic sea. But I am not a winter traveler. We were going to Shiretoko and decided to spend some time in Abashiri. Of all the...
Abashiri is a well-known winter destination to see drift ice from the Arctic sea. But I am not a winter traveler. We were going to Shiretoko and decided to spend some time in Abashiri. Of all the... more »
A great museum to learn about the wildlife and drift ice of the area. Many displays have English, including the professionally-produced video. There is a drift ice experience room, where they keep the temperature well below freezing and give you a damp towel which you can swing around and see what funny shape it freezes in. The small aquarium also functions as a 3D video screen that the staff can operate (you can ask them to show you if it's not busy); you can see a diver's science excursion in the sea. The free observation deck upstairs has a nice view, and the ice cream from the cafe is a light salt-caramel flavor.
For those interested in the sea angel (clione) and learning about drift ice, this museum is worth a visit. Although it's not a large museum, the exhibits are informative and engaging. The museum offers a theatre that shows a documentary about drift ice with subtitles in different languages, including English. You can also explore several small aquariums featuring sea creatures from the Okhotsk Sea and visit an ice room where you can swing a towel and witness it freeze, which is a unique and enjoyable experience. The observatory deck can be accessed without purchasing a ticket and you can enjoy a stunning panoramic view of the Okhotsk Sea, with drift ice stretching out for several kilometers. The majestic Shiretoko mountain range serves as a dramatic backdrop, completing the breathtaking scenery. If you're a fan of salted caramel flavor, you'll love the ice cream sold on the first floor - it's absolutely delicious! Overall, I recommend this museum to anyone who wants to learn more about drift ice and see some incredible sea creatures, particularly the cute and charming sea angel.
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