Dramatic sea ice floes, long a tourist draw in northern Japan’s Hokkaido, have become less predictable in recent years. Photo: Denis Sinyakov / Greenpeace Dramatic sea ice floes, long a tourist draw in northern Japan’s Hokkaido, have become less predictable in recent years. Photo: Denis Sinyakov / Greenpeace
Dramatic sea ice floes, long a tourist draw in northern Japan’s Hokkaido, have become less predictable in recent years. Photo: Denis Sinyakov / Greenpeace

Japan’s spectacular sea ice floes may soon be a thing of the past

  • In December, just 48 per cent of a typical year’s snowfall was recorded in far northern Hokkaido, where visitors have long come to marvel at the drift ice
  • But warmer weather and high winds have put a dampener on winter tourism this year – and the long-term outlook is even bleaker

Topic |   Japan
Dramatic sea ice floes, long a tourist draw in northern Japan’s Hokkaido, have become less predictable in recent years. Photo: Denis Sinyakov / Greenpeace Dramatic sea ice floes, long a tourist draw in northern Japan’s Hokkaido, have become less predictable in recent years. Photo: Denis Sinyakov / Greenpeace
Dramatic sea ice floes, long a tourist draw in northern Japan’s Hokkaido, have become less predictable in recent years. Photo: Denis Sinyakov / Greenpeace
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