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Drift Ice & Birdwatching - Photo Tour 2.5-Hour Course
During sunrise, you can see a flock of eagles flying over the ocean with Kunashiri Island in the far distance.
Sea eagles/Steller's sea eagles with 2-meter wide wingspans. You will encounter them about 90% of the time.
The drift ice is home to a diverse number of species. You may spot seals, too.
Available time period
1 Feburary – 10 March 2017
Required time
Approx.2.5 hours (entire tour time)
①Start at Sunrise
(around 6:00 - 6:30 AM) until 5 Mar
②9:00 AM
*Starting time and duration
may change depending on weather.
Program fee
Adult with own photo equipment
(SLR camera, tripod, etc.):
Adult without photo equipment:
8,000 yen
Child (ages 3-12): 4,000 yen

The Drift Ice Cruise - one of the most exciting winter activities in Shiretoko! View the local wildlife from our comfortable tour boat “Evergreen”!

The sea off the coast of Shiretoko is covered with drift ice iduring the winter. When the drift ice comes, various birds and animals gather here from all over the world. You will have a good chance to see white-tailed sea eagles and Steller's sea eagles on the ice.
Let's board the "Evergreen" to experience nature offshore! The captain, a former fisherman, will acquaint you with the local people’s life, which includes cod-fishing.

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Program details
Available time period

2019-02-01 - 2019-03-14

Required time
Approx.2.5 hours starting at:
(1) Sunrise ( 6:00 am - 6:30 am) – until March 5
(2) 9:00 am
*Sailing time and duration may change depending on weather.
Program fee
Adult with own photo equipment (SLR camera, tripod, etc.):10,000 yen
Adult without photo equipment:8,000 yen
Child (ages 3-12):4,000 yen
Included in this fee
Boarding fee, guide fee, insurance
Pick Up Service
No pick up and drop off is available.
Payment method
Cash (yen) only, please pay at the site.
group / party
Please let us know if your group numbers more than 20 people (50 max, but might be subjected to reduced number of participants when it rains)

Requirements for participation
Meeting location
Required Items
Requirements for participation
Anybody can participate(children aged under 3 can join free of charge)
*This tour is recommended for photographers who are interested in drift ice and sea creatures; however, general tourists are also welcome.
*Single participants are accepted
*Minimum 5, maximum 50 participants
(Please note that we might have to limit the number of passengers due to weather conditions.)
Meeting location
Boat pier for Shiretoko Nature Cruise
- Check-in will be at the pier. Please show up 30 minutes before departure time.
- Since the schedule may change due to weather, please confirm the sailing time the day before the tour.
Address of meeting location
27-1 Honcho,Rausu-cho, Menashi-gun, Hokkaido

By car:
Approx. 1 hr 30 min from Nemuro Nakashibetsu Airport
Approx. 3 hrs from Memambetsu Airport
Approx. 3 hrs 30 min drive from Kushiro Airport

*Please note that Route 334 (between Rausu and Shari) is closed during the wintertime.

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Things to bring / required items
Be prepared for well-below-freezing temperatures on the deck
(the cabin is heated)
-There are 2 different participating fees for adults. Please note that surcharges apply for those bringing SLR cameras and tripods.

- The cruiser may be affected by the waves. Be careful when walking around the ship.

- Customers sassume full responsibility for damage to their cameras and other personal equipment. This can occur due to water splashing or other reasons.

- The course may be changed or cancelled due to weather conditions.

- Departure time and duration may also be changed due to sea conditions.

Customer Reviews

Drift Ice & Birdwatching tour
Per Blomberg
2013/3/15 16:01
A Wonderful morning with the boat to the drift ice and more than 100 Stellers and White tailed sea eagles. We even saw a sea utter and several whal...
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We provide “hands-on visitor experiences” introducing local fishing and local daily life in our tours. We are looking forward to meeting you!


Experience our tour boat “Evergreen” and enjoy the cruise in drift ice in Rausu!

Company information

Company:Shiretoko Nature Cruise
Address:27-1 Hon-choRausu-cho, Menashi-gun Hokkaido