‘Drift-ice walk’ to experience floating with the ice floes

Tourists are enjoying the Okhotsk winter as a ‘drift-ice walk,’ in which participants clad in dry suits walk on drift ice, has begun in the Utoro district of the town of Shari in the Shiretoko area of eastern Hokkaido.
The drift ice floated along the shore of the Utoro district on January 30, and the ice walk tours by Shinra, a nature guide company in the town began from the 31st. On the morning of the 4th, participants on the tour walked for about an hour along the coast near the Horobetsu Bridge, while enjoying taking photos of themselves on top of the 70-cm-thick drift ice, and taking dips in the sherbet-like ice floating in the sea. A female graduate student (24) from Chiba Prefecture smiled and said, “It was a strange experience, I couldn’t believe I was in the sea.”
The company usually receives about 6,000 applications for the tour, but this year, as priority measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 were implemented, there have been a number of cancellations. The tours will continue until late March. For reservations, please visit the website at https://www.shinra.or.jp/.

Participants in the drift-ice walk enjoy waking on the ice and taking a dip in the sea