Destinations

オホーツク観光案内 | Okhotsk Travel

流氷の南限として名高いオホーツク海に面するこの地方は、網走国定公園の長大な海岸砂丘に沿って、サロマ湖などの美しいな汽水湖や茫漠とした植物群落、パッチワークのような農村地帯が広がる。網走と紋別は冬に流氷観光の拠点となる港町で、オホーツク地方独自の歴史と文化、自然を学べる博物館と併せて訪れたいところ。

北見はこの地方における農林業と経済の中心都市。周辺の山間部には美しい針葉樹に囲まれた林業の町と、閑静な温泉が点在し、芝桜やチューリップ、ひまわり、コスモスなどの花畑が風景に彩りを添える。

As its name suggests, this idyllic northeastern region (Pupulation 273,000) lies along the Sea of Okhotsk. The almost flat shoreline contains Japan’s biggest lagoon, pleasant brackish lakes and wildflower gardens. Roughly around February, pure white ryuhyo (drift ice) from the mouth of Amur River occasionally covers the sea. Two of Okhotsk’s port cities serve as icebreakers and interesting museums. Further inland is splashed with forested landscapes, relaxed onsen, woodworking studios, phlox and tulip gardens.


Destinations

網走

Abashiri

北見

Kitami

紋別

Monbetsu

遠軽

Engaru

サロマ湖

Saroma-ko

小清水

Koshimizu

おんねゆ温泉

Onneyu Onsen

滝上

Takinoue



Guide Map


Directions

TRAIN: Abashiri is the end of the JR Sekihoku Line and connects to the JR Senmo Line, which runs south to Kushiro (5 daily / 3.5hrs / ¥4070) via Shiretoko-Shari (7 daily / 40min / ¥970).
For Abashiri, there are a couple of limited express trains Okhotsk running from Sapporo (5.5hrs / ¥10,010) and the two seasonal limited express trains Taisetsu running from Asahikawa (3hrs 40min / ¥8030).
If you save money, there is a rapid train from Asahikawa to Kitami (3hrs 20min / ¥4510), stopping at Engaru.

BUS: The Dreamint Okhotsk-go (ドリーミントオホーツク号) services between Sapporo and Abashiri (8 daily incl a night bus / 5hrs 50min / ¥6510) via Kitami.
Hokuto Kotsu operates the night bus Chitose Okhotsk Express from Abashiri to New Chitose Airport (8hrs / ¥6500) via Kitami (versa vice is a daytime bus).
Local bus journey from Kitami to Obihiro via Ikeda (in Tokachi Region), require a change in Rikubetsu (6-7 daily / 1.5hrs / ¥1580).