You may be able to meet the sea creatures of Okhotsk.
Cruising the sea of Okhotsk, a way to enjoy Abashiri.

Abashiri Nature Cruise
Whales, dolphins, seabirds
watching

Watch whales, dolphins, seabirds, and more!
What you can do in Abashiri in the sea of Okhotsk.

Reservations for 2024 will be accepted from April.

This cruise allows you to observe the rich ecosystem of the Sea of Okhotsk up close, extending approximately 37km off the coast of Abashiri.
Abashiri has a 100-year history as a whaling base in the Sea of Okhotsk, and is known for the large numbers of whales and dolphins migrating in its waters.

*This is a nature-oriented cruise, and we cannot guarantee that you will be able to see it.

Cruising range

2017 Cetacean Scientific Research Survey on the Sea of Okhotsk Coastal Area (Off Abashiri) Provided by the Survey Team
A blue whale found in the Sea of Okhotsk. It is the largest type of cetacean with a body length of 20m or more.

Movies

Powerful! Three fin whales up close
Taken on June 20, 2019

White-sided dolphins running alongside the ship.
Taken on September 9, 2018

Animal discovery rate

This calendar shows the approximate animal discovery rate based on past cruise results.

April 20th to October 31st April May June July August September October
fin whale 50% 80% 80% 60% 50% 60% 60%
minke whale 90% 90% 80% 50% 50% 50% 60%
beaked whale     30% 30% 40% 90% 90%
Dall's porpoise   40% 70% 70% 70% 80% 80%
white-sided dolphin     50% 50% 80% 90% 70%
porpoise 70% 90% 90% 50% 30%    

Cruise details

  • Period

    April 20th (Thursday) - October 31st (Tuesday)
    *Only morning flights operate except for Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays, and from July 20th to August 31st.

  • Flight times

    Morning flight 9:00 departure / Afternoon flight 13:30 departure
    *Usually only operates morning flights (9:00 departure flights)
    *On Saturdays, Sundays, holidays, and from July 20th to August 31st, there are morning (9:00 departure) and afternoon (13:30 departure) flights.
    *Please gather 10 minutes before each departure time.

  • Capacity

    20 people

  • Minimum number of participants

    6 people (based on number of adult participants)

  • boarding time

    2 hours 30 minutes to 3 hours (equipped with onboard toilet)

  • Operating weather conditions

    Wind speed 8m/s or less / Wave height 1.0m or less / Visibility 300m or more

  • application deadline

    12:00 the day before (however, if the minimum number of participants has been reached, applications can be accepted until the morning of the day)

  • Price

    Adults 8,800 yen Elementary school students 4,400 yen

  • payment of fees

    Please pay at the Abashiri City Tourism Association (roadside station "Ryuhyo Kaido Abashiri") on the day.
    You can also use a credit card.

  • cancellation charge

    Cancellation on the day of operation is 100% of boarding fee

  • Notification in case of cancellation

    We will contact you via email, so please be sure to check.

The meeting place

Please come 10 minutes before departure.

We will accept boarding at the meeting place.
For parking, please use the parking lot of the roadside station "Ryuhyo Kaido Abashiri". (free)

The meeting place

Cancellation/Notes

   

Cancel

  • If you wish to cancel, please contact us by 12:00 noon the day before your scheduled boarding date.
  • Cancellation on the day of sailing will be 100% of the boarding fee.
  • Please refrain from canceling just before departure as it may cause inconvenience to other customers.

Notes

  • Please note that it may be canceled due to sudden changes in weather immediately before and after departure.
  • Please note that if we determine that it is not safe to operate due to weather conditions or other factors, we may have to cancel the tour on the day of the event.
  • If you are pregnant or feel uneasy about boarding, please make a careful decision after confirming the sea conditions.
  • The temperature on the sea is lower than on land, so please take necessary measures against the cold, such as wearing a jacket that does not allow wind to pass through.
  • We will refuse boarding with alcoholic beverages.
  • Shoes that are slip-resistant and easy to move in, rather than sandals or high-heeled shoes, are suitable.

"Safety Information" and "Safety Policy"

Sponsored by NPO Kitanoumi Animal Center

Organizer Maeda Fisheries Department

Vessel used: Chipasiri / Length 10.45 meters / Maximum speed 25 knots (approximately 46 kilometers per hour) / Equipped with toilets

Application/Inquiry

Abashiri Tourism Association

〒093-0003 3-chome, Minami 3 jo Higashi 4-chome, Abashiri City, Hokkaido (9:00-17:00)
TEL: 0152-44-5849 / FAX 0152-44-5844
Email: abashiri.activity@visit-abashiri.jp

Application

  • If you are applying online, please make your reservation by 12:00 the day before your boarding date.
  • We fully recognize the importance of personal information and comply with laws and regulations and other norms related to privacy protection.
  • When you make a reservation online, your personal information will be encrypted and transmitted using SSL technology.
  • If we reach the capacity, we may contact you to cancel.

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