Monbetsu Drift Ice Adventure 4 – “Okhotsk Tower” A look at the drift ice we’ve all been waiting for!!

Okhotsk Tower is the best place in Monbetsu to get a view of the sea.  From the basement to the top, the sea and the drift ice can be seen from all four floors of the tower.
The first floor Aqua Gate is 7.5 meters below the water.  The seawater sits just outside the window.  During the drift ice season, you get the rare opportunity to see the ice from underneath.  This is the only facility in the world dedicated to observing drift ice from within the seawater. 
On the first floor, you’ll find Okhotsk Hall, where you can by various original souvenirs.  The second floor, Observation Hall, has special equipment arranged which is used for actual research and observation within the facility.  The third floor is the Panorama Hall.  At 38.5 meters high, it offers a spectacular 360 degree view of the surroundings, as you can see from the pictures below. 
On the third floor there is Chibikko Corner where you can sample scallop steak and coffee while relaxing and enjoying the view.  The drift ice is already sweeping the coast, so if you go to Monbetsu now you’ll see a very different image to what’s shown in my photos.  The expansive ice covers the water in a pure white sheet.  You might also see Garinko No. 2 heading out to sea as it breaks up the ice.  If you get the chance, you should certainly head to Monbetsu for this exciting experience! ♪
[ Okhotsk Ice Observation Tower ]
Phone /0158・24・8000
Address /紋別市海洋公園1番地
Hours /10:00~17:00(Admission until 16:30)
* Closed for New Year
Admission / Adults, 800 Yen
Access / About 10 minutes by car from Monbetsu Bus Terminal
[ Model Course ]
〈Day 1〉
14:00 / Hokkaido Okhotsk Drift Ice Science Center - Giza
or Mari san no ki
15:00 / Okhotsk Tokkari Center
16:00 / Okhotsk Observation Tower
Dinner / Seafood at Rin
〈Day 2〉
06:00 / Garinko Number Two
From here you could also go to the Science Center
10:00 /  Dezuka Fisheries
11:15 / Okhotsk Monbetsu White Curry (Kitchen Shima or Hotel Okhotsk Palace)
※ Flights from Haneda to Monbetsu take about 1 hour 40 minutes.
※ Bus ride from Monbetsu Airport to Monbetsu Bus Terminal takes about 15 minutes. 
(Research, Photography, Composition by Hokkaido Likers Photo Writer – Fukko)