In Monbetsu City, Hokkaido, it was confirmed that drift ice was spreading offshore for the first time this winter, and tourists sailed through the drift ice on a sightseeing boat.
Monbetsu City, located on the Sea of Okhotsk side of Hokkaido, has been independently observing drift ice, and around 9:30 am on the 5th, a white band of drift ice was confirmed offshore from the land, and it was said that it was the "first day of drift ice". Announced.
The first day of drift ice in Monbetsu City was 12 days later than the average year and 16 days later than last year, making it the fourth-latest record since 1956 when statistics are available.
On the 5th, a drift ice sightseeing boat also departed, carrying more than 130 tourists through the drift ice.
The drift ice is as large as 5 meters wide and 10 to 20 centimeters thick.
Tourists enjoyed admiring the majestic scenery and taking pictures.
A Korean woman in her 20s who visited for sightseeing said, "The drift ice that I saw for the first time was powerful and really amazing."