Itinerary - Abashiri by Bicycle

Kicking off at Abashiri Station, head straight to the Ryuhyo Kaido Michi no Eki just a 10-minute bus ride east from the station. Here, you can hire a bike for 1,000 yen for the day or 2,000 yen for an electric bike as well as an additional 1,000 yen deposit. Be sure to stock up on snacks and drinks for the journey at the Abashiri Corner inside the Ryuhyo Kaido Michi no Eki.

With the Michi no Eki ideally located along the Abashiri River, the best map-free route to stick to is by following the river west all the way down to Lake Abashiri. Five kilometers later and you’ve reached the top of the lake which holds some of the best of Abashiri’s attractions. It’s time to stop and get your caffeine fix at one of the cutest cafes around, Cafe Grass Roots. With a log house look from the outside, this homely cafe serves up good coffee and tea as well as a lunch menu and a selection of tasty desserts.

Once your energy levels are back up, head east and into the park that is home to the Hokkaido Museum of Northern Peoples and the Okhotsk Chipmunk Park. Depending on whether you’re planning to cycle all the way around Lake Abashiri or not, check out at least one of these activities as well as the Okhotsk Ryuhyo Museum to the north of the park and the Abashiri Prison Museum and Hana Tento flower park both to the west of the park.

Now that the sightseeing is out the way, it’s time to do some nature viewing. Make your way back towards Lake Abashiri where you can follow the road around the lake, with just a few detours where the road separates from the lake. At a total of around 55 kilometers, the full cycle from the Michi no Eki around the lake could take a good few hours so be sure to stock up on food, drinks (although there are of course a few vending machines and convenience stores along the way), and make sure you’re in time to take your bikes back by 5pm when the Michi no Eki closes.

If a 15-kilometer cycle is enough for you without the trip around Lake Abashiri, don’t miss out on the popular birdwatcher’s walk along the 7-kilometer Yobito Tancho Nature Trail on the lake’s northeastern Yobito Peninsula. For the serious cyclists looking to skip the tourist attractions and cover some distance, the route around both Lake Abashiri and the lower side of Lake Notoro will bring the cycle ride up to around 80 kilometers.

Facility Name
Roadside Station Ryuhyo-Kaido Abashiri
Address
Hokkaido Abashirishi Minamisanjouhigashi 4-chome
Phone
0152675007
Hours
9:00-18:30
[Tourist Information Office] 9:00-18:00
Closed
New Year's Holiday
Parking Lot
Available
Introduction
The Roadside Station Ryuhyo Kaido Abashiri, situated on the Abashiri Port Line Road and located at the mouth of Abashiri River, is a good spot for sightseeing with views over the Sea of Okhotsk and Shiretoko. Here you can get tourist information and buy local farm produce and processed goods. The drift ice sightseeing & icebreaker ship Aurora, which runs from the latter half of January through to the end of March every year, departs from a dock on the Abashiri River in front of the Road Station. It’s worth checking their departure times before you travel.
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Facility Name
Abashiriko
Address
Hokkaido Abashiri
Phone
0152445849
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Facility Name
Café Grass Roots
Address
Hokkaido Abashirishi Omagari 46-18
Phone
0152432992
Hours
11:00-20:00
Closed
Wednesday
Parking Lot
Available(10spaces)
Credit Card
Not available
Smoking
Not available
Wi-Fi
Available
Vegetarian Menu
Not available
English Menu
Available
Introduction
This log house cafe, standing quietly in a white birch forest in Abashiri City, Hokkaido, is surrounded by majestic nature, has the charm of a hideout-like atmosphere. Their signature dish is omelet and rice, full of seafood and milk. The wonderful taste comes from the sweet cream sauce made from Abashiri milk. The sweets menu such as handmade pumpkin pudding and sweet red bean rolls made using French bread dough is also popular. Enjoy dishes that warm your body and soul by the warmth of the wood stove.
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Facility Name
Hokkaido Museum of Northern Peoples
Address
Hokkaido Abashirishi Shiomi 309-1 Tenriyama/Tachi Okhotsk Park
Phone
0152453888
Hours
[Oct.-June]9:30-16:30
[July-Sep.]9:00-17:00
Closed
Monday(The next week day if it falls on a public holiday)
[Feb.・July-Sep.]open everyday
Fees
[Permanent exhibition Admission fee to view] General 550yen, high college student 200yen, Elementary and Junior High School Students/Over 65Free
Parking Lot
Available(100spaces)
Credit Card
Not available
Introduction
The Hokkaido Museum of Northern Peoples is the only folk museum dedicated to the peoples of the North in Japan, and one of only a handful of museums of its kind in the world. The Museum displays the results of extensive research on the history and culture of the indigenous peoples of Hokkaido and also of other Northern peoples in other parts of the world. The Museum holds frequent lectures and seminars, and the Museum shop has an impressive range of books about Northern peoples. The Museum is situated around 10-15 minutes’ drive from Abashiri Station. To reach the Museum by bus, take the Kanko Meguri tourist bus service and get off at the “Hoppou Minzoku Hakubutsukan” bus stop.
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Facility Name
Okhotsk Ryu-hyo Museum
Address
Hokkaido Abashirishi Tentozan 244-3
Phone
0152435951
Hours
[May-Oct.]8:30-18:00(Latest entry17:30)
[Nov.-Apr.]9:00-16:30(Latest entry16:00)
[12/29-1/5]10:00-15:00(Latest entry14:30)
Closed
open everyday
Fees
[Admission fee]Adults750yen、High School Students640yen、Elementary and Junior High School Students540yen
Parking Lot
Available(150spaces)
Credit Card
Not available
Introduction
Okhotsk Ryu-hyo Museum, which is located on Tentozan in Abashiri City, is a tourist facility based on drift ice and the creatures who live in the Sea of Okhotsk. Okhotsk Ryu-hyo Museum has the biggest projection mapping in Hokkaido and displays the mysterious creatures such as the clione which live in the Sea of Okhotsk. The high-definition five-screen theater which includes a 300-inch screen is also impressive. One very popular experience is freezing a wet towel when touching the ice directly on the drift ice simulation terrace. At the highest observation terrace, 360-degree panoramic views are an amazing sight and have been designated as a Place of Scenic Beauty since 1938.
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Facility Name
Abashiri Prison Museum
Address
Hokkaido Abashirishi Yobito 1-1
Phone
0152452411
Hours
[May-Sep.] 8:30-18:00
[Oct.-Apr.] 9:00-17:00 (Admission until 1 Hours closing)
Closed
open everyday
Fees
[Admission fee] Adults 1080yen, high school student 750yen, Elementary and junior high school students 540yen
Parking Lot
Available(400spaces)
Credit Card
Not available
Introduction
Abashiri Prison Museum is an outdoor history museum housed in the old building of the Abashiri Prison which was fully restored in 2010. “Red-clothed Inmates in the Forest” History Theater is a theater production that uses sensory stimulation and the newest digital pictures and surround stereo to conveys the story of the rigorous work that the prisoners had to do and is highly recommended to watch. You can also go on a guided Prison Tour, and have a Prison Food Experience in which you can eat the food that the prisoners actually ate. The dining hall where this takes place is a valuable building that has been designated as an Important Intangible Cultural Property.
Information Sources:
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Facility Name
Notoroko
Address
Hokkaido Abashirishi Ubaranai
Phone
0152472301
Business hours
Visit free
Regular holiday
Visit free
Information Sources:
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    Abashiri Prison Museum

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    Okhotsk Ryu-hyo Museum

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    Roadside Station Ryuhyo-Kaido Abashiri

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    Hokkaido Abashirishi Minamisanjouhigashi 4-chome
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    Hokkaido Museum of Northern Peoples

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    Hokkaido Abashirishi Shiomi 309-1 Tenriyama/Tachi Okhotsk Park
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    Café Grass Roots

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    Hokkaido Abashirishi Omagari 46-18
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