Okhotsk Ryu-hyo Museum, Abashiri

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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.
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  • I wasn't expecting too much, but you can experience ice cold room the children very happy. Waving a towel and freezing that is fun. You can enjoy in a short time is not seen but is not a lot, in other words.
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  • Small museum focused on drift ice effect in winter with a neat little hands-on experience of swinging a wet towel 30x for it to become a stiff popsicle  more »
  • The tour was built. It was powerful theater. Icy towel is sea ice experience, it was interesting. Heaven city view terrace mount Shiretoko autumn, sulphur mountain, Mt. Rausu, onnebetsu, another sea-Dake, Mt. Shari in a 360-degree panorama was seen. Take salt caramel flavor ice cream is delicious corn.
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  • A good place for basic floating ice knowledge, but the museum doesn't have much content. Dedicated visiting is not worthy.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.

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The main places to stay in Abashiri sit along the banks of the Abashiri River as it makes its way through town. Here, a variety of hotels and guesthouses put you in close proximity to the train station and main sights. Follow the river inland to Lake Abashiri, and you'll see a bunch of other accommodations looking out over the river. Largely more exclusive than options in town, the choices here consist mainly of traditional ryokans with onsens.
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