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Ice Breaker Cruise

Located on a similar geographical latitude as Portland (Oregon) and Venice (Italy), the Sea of Okhotsk coast of Hokkaido is the northern hemisphere's southernmost region to see drifting sea ice. The sea ice typically reaches the coast around Abashiri in mid to late January and disappears again by late March to mid April. The best time to view it is usually around the second half of February. While drift ice can be observed along the entire Sea of Okhotsk coast from Wakkanai to the Shiretoko Peninsula, it gets thickest around Abashiri. Due to global warming, the amount and thickness of the drift ice has decreased quite considerably since the late 1980s.One of the best and easiest ways to see the drift ice is from the Aurora Sightseeing Boats, which depart from Abashiri Port. Because drift ice is not always visible from the coast, the boats travel out into the Sea of Okhotsk to where ice is more likely to be found.



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Charms of Hokkaido Tour: Hokkaido Winter Festivals 
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Group Tour | Luxury        

Charms of Hokkaido Tour: Hokkaido Winter Festivals 2020 - 2/3

9 Days 8 Nights | from US $3298.00

Chitose / Biratori / Lake Shikotsu / Sapporo / Otaru / Asahikawa / Sounkyo / Abashiri / Lake Tofutsu / Akan National Park / Kushiro
See the Sapporo Snow Festival, as well as three other main Winter Festivals in Hokkaido.
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Compare Status
Mon. Feb 3, 2020 Tue. Feb 11, 2020 US $3298.00 Sapporo Kushiro Luxury Save this tour Book Now  
Sun. Feb 7, 2021 Mon. Feb 15, 2021 US $3298.00 Sapporo Kushiro Luxury Save this tour Book Now  
Best of Honshu & Hokkaido: Snow Monkeys & Hokkaido 
Winter Festival Tour 2020 - 1/27

Group Tour | Luxury        

Best of Honshu & Hokkaido: Snow Monkeys & Hokkaido Winter Festival Tour 2020 - 1/27

16 Days 15 Nights | from US $5598.00

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Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Compare Status
Mon. Jan 27, 2020 Tue. Feb 11, 2020 US $5598.00 Tokyo Kushiro Luxury Save this tour Book Now  
Sun. Jan 31, 2021 Mon. Feb 15, 2021 US $5598.00 Tokyo Kushiro Luxury Save this tour Book Now