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Okhotsk Ryu-hyo Museum, Abashiri

(3.4/5 based on 220+ reviews on the web)
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. Okhotsk Ryu-hyo Museum is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our world travel planner, Abashiri Edition.
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  • The museum's main highlight is the small angels that are housed in the basement of the building. Do check out the observatory deck on 3rd floor, where one will get stunning views of the entire Abashir...  more »
  • About 25 years ago I once visited the rebuilt, had become a different thing. A clione was healed at that time, but this impression is exceeded it. Nice video explaining the ice did not exhibit much if you think about it. Exquisite horizontally or vertically, not just screen what twist angle is made to make you feel the presence. There was less drift ice rode the Aurora can see this, increased satisfaction. Minus 15 ° C room the upright is indeed a "day!--is I Boo.! "And indeed to feel the cold from a little boring. If like poles if more it is, although it was interesting and useful.
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  • Watching has been introduced in the TV program, for example, is expecting more than adequate exhibition space. Pay facilities are underground space is. But the theater was impressive. Compared to projection mapping is still visual appearance to twist are think need. And minus 15 degrees in the selling world is something like this?. The exhibited products specializing in Okhotsk tensing and relaxing first floor shop is more, using the POP method of the introduction and "only" go out feeling. It is better written than the other, but only B1 and has excellent, enjoyed this entire facility including a restaurant and observation deck.
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  • It is totally over-priced price and does not deserve the money you paid. It is tiny, with nothing wonderful to enjoy. I hope you could spend your money on other things instead of this f... place.
  • I enjoyed this museum, the have a vide to watch which shows the are during winter and it was really interesting to watch. There's also a cool room where you can walk in and experience the cold weather, you can get a wet towel and wave it in a circular motion and before too long the towel will freeze. The views from the observation deck were stunning.
  • It's actually very small. They tried to use higher technology to display things about that area but I don't think that was very informative or inspiring. Not something you have to go if you don't have time.
  • A nice stop if you are not around for ice floe season! The museum has been entirely renovated as of August 2015. There is a lovely 8-minute video about the floes with English subtitles. You can see various living things that live under the floes, and then there is the highlight: the ice floe experience room! The room is -15℃ and decorated appropriately. You can take a warm jacket and a wet towel, which you are supposed to swing around inside the cold room. It freezes up within a minute or two. Other than that, there is a gift shop/small cafe and a rooftop observatory with a great view of the area. It may seem small and a little silly, but if you are in the area, it's a great experience!
  • Interesting well maintained museum albeit not a lot of content. Cons Pretty small museum with basically 3 small floors, the minus 15 degrees room, the 2 projection shows on drift ice.  The 2nd floor with the restaurant and the 3rd floor observatory gallery.  So you can image there isn't much content. Pros The museum is very well maintained and looks futuristic although with the minimum content. The 2nd projection show was pretty impressive and gives a good overview of what drift ice is and how it comes about. It was like a IMAX movie (8 mins, with English subtitles). On the same floor there's a mini aquarium that have some interesting creatures. On the 2nd floor, is basically the restaurant. 3rd floor has a awesome view of Abashiri. It's a really beautiful view of Abashiri and you should spent some time taking photos and absorbing the wonderful scenery. And that's basically it for the museum; what it lacks for content, it makes it up for high quality presentations and a excellent view. Before you leave, try the sea salt ice cream, yes it's just normal ice cream sprinkle with blue sea salt but the taste is awesome and nothing beats eating ice cream while enjoying the view on the 3rd floor observatory.