Cruise

Matsushima Islands

The islands of Matsushima

Designated as one of the three most beautiful scenic sites of Japan, Matshushima is dotted by as many as 260 islands scattered throughout the picturesque Bay. We take a cruise through these pine-covered islands that have left poets smitten across the ages.

Designated as one of the Nihon Sankei – the three most scenic views in Japan, alongside Miyajima & Amanohashidate, Matshushima is dotted by as many as 260 islands scattered throughout the picturesque Bay Today we take a cruise through these pine-covered islands that have left poets smitten across the ages We were in Sendai We spent the early part of the day roaming the streets among the Tanabata celebrating crowds After an early lunch we rode the local Ishinomaki local from JR Sendai Station to Matsushima-Kaigan Station Matsushima Bay area is at a walk-able distance from here Matsushima Bay Cruise After reaching Matsushima Bay, we walked straight
Sea of Okhotsk

Cruising the Sea of Okhotsk

It was supposed to be a drift ice cruise. Each year ice forms near the mouth of the Amur River in Russia. From there it drifts southward, aided by currents, until it eventually rolls onto Abashiri. The drift ice appears around late January and stays till mid-April. Unfortunately it was gone, almost a month early. What is going on!! Can someone please take a stand and stop this global warming?

It was the day of our cruise on the sea of Okhotsk We had booked the Aurora Ice Breaker cruise months in advance and we were looking forward to a ride among the famous ice drifts (流氷, Ryūhyō) of Abashiri The drift ice cruise starts at 930 am in the morning We got up early and walked down to the harbor The footpaths were covered in snow and extremely slippery at places We walked slowly and carefully As we walked, we talked about the interesting stories we came to know about the Ainu people of Hokkaido at the Museum, the day before On the way, we passed a very peaceful Abashiri river The river had a

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