Ochiishi Nature Cruise
by Dylan Robinson
The Ochiishi Nature Cruise in Hokkaido, Japan, offers a unique and unforgettable experience for bird lovers and adventure seekers alike. Hokkaido is known for its stunning natural beauty, and the Ochiishi Nature Cruise allows visitors to explore the island's rugged coastline and marine birdlife up close.
The cruise departs from the Ochiishi Fishing Port and takes passengers on a 1.5 to 2-hour journey along the coastline to Yururi Island. The boat is equipped with a spacious deck, allowing passengers to take in the breathtaking scenery and spot seabirds as guide Kenji Takano keeps a lookout. Nemuro City is home to roughly 360 bird species, so it’s not hard to find some on the trip.
One of the highlights of the cruise is the opportunity to see the Steller's Sea Eagle, one of the largest eagles in the world, sporting a wingspan of up to 2.5 meters. These magnificent birds are known for their striking appearance, with black and white
feathers and a bright yellow beak. Visitors may also spot other birds such as the Crested Auklet or Tufted Puffin.
Another attraction of the Ochiishi Nature Cruise is the chance to see the unique rock formations and geological features of Hokkaido's coastline. The boat passes by towering cliffs, sea caves and natural arches, providing an up-close view of the island's dramatic landscape.
The Ochiishi Nature Cruise operates year round, with different seasons offering various sights and experiences. In the winter months, visitors may be able to see sea
ice and snow-covered landscapes, while spring and summer bring blooming flowers and lush vegetation.
Travelers interested in exploring the natural beauty of Japan’s northernmost island will love the Ochiishi Nature Cruise. The stunning scenery and abundant wildlife experienced during the cruise is sure to leave a lasting impression and unforgettable memories for who make the trip.