As its name suggests, this idyllic northeastern region 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.
TO DO 01
Discovering the Cultural Port Town Abashiri
Abashiri is the historical and cultural heart of Okhotsk Region. Visiting the varies museums and take a drift icebreaker to the sea in Okhotsk Region’s tourist-friendly city.
TO DO 02
Getting Around Abashiri
There are several brackish lakes and lovely countrysides surrounding Abashiri, you could spend a few days making day trips out of the city. All areas around Abashiri has scope for cycling and driving.
TO DO 03
Wandering Around Saroma-ko
Limitless and spread out, Saroma-ko (152-sq-km) is Japan’s biggest lagoon. Watching the impressive sun rise and set on the pleasant lakeside accommodation, then taste local kaki (oysters) and hotate (scallops).
TO DO 04
Enjoying Peppermint Flavor & Yakiniku in Kitami
Hokkaido’s widest city makes a convenient stopover point for the beautiful lakes of Chimikeppu-ko, Saroma-ko and Akan-ko. Checking out the peppermint history and the yakiniku places.
TO DO 05
Stopping By Onneyu Onsen en Route from Daisetsuzan
After passing through the dynamic Sekihoku Pass on Route 39 from Daisetsuzan National Park, Onneyu is a popular onsen village to break up a journey for Kitami or Akan-ko.
TO DO 06
Soaking Up Colorful Flowers & Relaxed Onsen Around Engaru
The forested town of Engaru functions as a useful transport hub for access to Monbetsu. Take a dip in the tranquil onsen or visit the picturesque flower gardens.
TO DO 07
Admiring Sea Ice & Lovely Seals in Monbetsu
Most travelers come here to take an ice breaker cruise and meet seals in winter. The Gariya Zone waterfront district is the highlight of Monbetsu.