Took the team to enjoy some snow on the Shiretoko Peninsula in eastern Hokkaido for a few days. I think it was my first time seeing the sea frozen as far as the eye could see! Naturally, we were curious and decided to jump in for a bit ;-)
The sea does not actually freeze over - it's Drift Ice (流氷) that drifts across the Sea of Okhotsk from northeastern Russia. "Ice walking" is an activity that they have during Drift Ice season - “dry suits” are provided to keep us dry and warm.
We stayed at the Shiretoko Daiichi Hotel which was awesome - great noms, rooms, and hot springs too.
Next trip will probably be to Okinawa again as I need to warm up the team after the snow :-)
Anytime you see things out of stock on the online store - just wait a wee bit for us to get back to Tokyo :-)
About Hokkaido per Google.
Hokkaido, the northernmost of Japan’s main islands, is known for its volcanoes, natural hot springs (onsen) and ski areas. Rugged Daisetsuzan National Park is home to steaming, volcanic Mount Asahi. Shikotsu-Tōya National Park contains caldera lakes, geothermal springs and a Mount Fuji look-alike, Mount Yōtei. Popular ski resorts include Rusutsu, Furano and Niseko.