Okhotsk Tokkari Center

Get up close to earless seals in northeastern Hokkaido

By Kim B   Dec 10, 2018 - 1 min read

If you're contemplating a winter escape to Hokkaido, the northeastern portion of the prefecture has some hidden gems that shouldn't be missed. One such gem is the Okhotsk Tokkari Center in Monbetsu, which operates as a conservation facility for earless seals. You're able to see these wonderful animals up close, even having the opportunity to feed them and engage in play with them.

The seals are incredibly intelligent and able to respond to commands - we saw the seals catch hoops around their necks, roll over, and clap their flippers on their bellies. The small entrance fee of 200 yen for adults and 100 yen for children ages 6 to 12 years is used to put towards conservation efforts, food, and rehabilitation for injured seals. Children five years and under are admitted for free.

Getting there

The Okhotsk Tokkari Center is located in Monbetsu, approximately ten minutes drive from the Okhotsk Monbetsu Airport. Taxis and car rental vehicles are both available from the airport itself.

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Japan dwelling expat, living in and loving this beautiful country. Tokyo was my home for several years, but I'm now enjoying the countryside life in Niigata. Currently at 44 of 47 prefectures visited - with only Kagoshima, Miyazaki and Kumamoto left to check out!