Beach vacation in Japan: why tourists go to the Sea of Okhotsk every year to see the drifting ice

By TravelWiseJan 26, 2024 12:55 PMNews
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Beach vacation in Japan: why tourists go to the  Sea of Okhotsk  every year to see the drifting ice
A beach where it is not allowed to swim or sunbathe. Source: Photo: earthobservatory.nasa.gov

In Japan's Sanin Kaigan Geopark, tourists from all over the country can simultaneously see a coastline of sand covered with snow and ice drifting to create chaotic shapes. This rare phenomenon can only be seen along the coast of the Sea of Okhotsk in Hokkaido between late January and early February.

It is noted that this spectacle can be seen due to cold, westerly winds that bring ice from the northern part of the Amur River in Russia to the Japanese shores. ClickOrlando reported that the river begins to freeze at the end of October, and the winds of Eastern Siberia carry ice formations to the Japanese shores, creating an amazing pattern of fresh and salt water.

It is noted that tourists go on a boat cruise to see this phenomenon with their own eyes. In addition, in the geopark on the Shiretoko Peninsula, which is included in the UNESCO World Heritage Site, you can walk on this ice and see sea eagles or sea lions.

It is reported that on the occasion of the arrival of the Siberian Okhotsk ice, the Abashiri Okhotsk Drift Ice Festival is held here in February. At this time, you can see unique creations, as well as huge sculptures made of snow and ice.

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