Located near the center of the Okhotsk coastline, Mombetsu is a city of fishery, agriculture and mining with a population of approximately 23,000 residents.
While positioning drift ice tourism that utilizes the characteristic of the sea, the only ice-infested waters in Japan, as the main attraction, Mombetsu is also committed to tourism development throughout the year, including "Mombetsu Port Festival" in summer and "Mombetsu Gourmet Festival" in autumn.
The city also offers seafood and other various cuisines. Please come and experience the delicious, fun Mombetsu.
"Dining in Mombetsu"
Mombetsu is blessed with a wide variety of local seafood including crabs, scallops, whelks, salmon, righteye flounders and Okhotsk atka mackerel. Since Mombetsu is a port town, the people living in the city eat fresh seafood on a daily basis and have a discerning palate. This is why Mombetsu is characterized by having many inexpensive restaurants and bars that provide delicious food.
We recommend that you visit "Hamanasu-Dori" when you are in Mombetsu.
Located in the city center, "Hamanasu-Dori" is an entertainment district that reminds people of the nostalgic world of the Showa era.
Exploring the establishments of various genres, from izakaya to hostess bars, provides endless fun.
"History of Mombetsu"
As one of few natural ports along the Okhotsk coast, it is said that Mombetsu City first came to be when the Matsumae clan started using it as an anchorage site for traveling between their Soya and Shari trading centers along the Okhotsk coast during the Joukyou era (1684 ~ 1687). In 1954, Mombetsu Town, Shokotsu Village and Kami-Shokotsu Village merged into "Mombetsu City", a city of fishery, agriculture and mining with a population of 36,000 people. Since its designation as a Major Port in 1975, Mombetsu Port has been developed as an international trading port. In addition, Okhotsk Mombetsu Airport was opened in 1999 and currently has direct round-trip flights once a day to and from Tokyo. As well, by taking advantage of the characteristic of the Sea of Okhotsk, the only ice-infested waters in Japan, Mombetsu is committed to tourism development that makes use of seasonal natural resources in the Okhotsk area. They include drift ice tourism on the Garinko-go icebreaker in winter and flower tourism and fishing cruise tours in summer.