Let's experience a voyage to the Antarctic! 

Icebreaker SHIRASE5002
(The 3rd Japanese Antarctic Research Vessel)

Chiba・Funabashi city 


Welcome aboard to SHIRASE! Let's experience a voyage to the Antarctic!

Icebreaker SHIRASE5002 (The 3rd Japanese Antarctic Research Vessel)

SHIRASE 5002 is the 3rd Japanese Antarctic Research Vessal that made 25 round trips between Japan and Antarctica. She moors at the Funabashi Port after the retirement. 
Now, guided tours by former crews and experience-based events are hold on a regular basis. Tours provide a realistic experience of embarkation. The number of visitors has reached 110,000 since the opening of the exhibition.
On May 2, 2020, SHIRASE will mark the 10th anniversary of its mooring at Funabashi Port. Please come and see us for the 11th year SHIRASE. 


Icebreaker SHIRASE 5002 (The 3rd Japanese Antarctic Research Vessel)


Every Wed, Thu, Sat and Sunday

Only available with reservation

As of April 2020, the tour application has been temporarily suspended to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus (COVID-19) infection.


11,000 last year


Keiyo Sea berth

Takase-cho, Funabashi city, CHIBA

The nearest station

Shin Narashino Sta. (JR Keiyo-Line)


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SHIRASE 5002 (Japanese only)

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【Experience-based events】Challenging SHIRASE

We hold one-day experience-based events that allows parents and children to enjoy learning about the natural environment, with the theme of the phenomena that occur on the earth (weather, geography, oceanography, or celestial events). On the same day, there are live, dance, or concerts performed by local citizens, market stalls serving food menus using local ingredients.

※The event dates for 2020 are to be confirmed. The dates will be posted on the website as soon as decided.


Festival Report

The 3rd Challenging SHIRASE in 2019 (YouTube)

The 3rd Challenge SHIRASE was held on September 1, 2019. It was held with the theme of geography, co-sponsored with joint disaster prevention drills in nine prefectures and cities. It was a day where we could enjoy learning about the geography, the Antarctic research vessel, and disaster prevention as well as enjoy the boarding experience of the minesweeper Uraga.  


and more

GTF Green Challenge Day 2020 in Shinjuku Gyoen

Sat. 02 Oct ~ Sun. 03 Oct

Shinjuku Gyoen (Landscape garden & Formal garden)

and more

Minami-Koshigaya Awa Odori Festival

Fri. 21 Aug ~ Sun. 23 Aug

Close to Shin-Koshigaya station or Minami-Koshigaya station (Saitama)

and more

Chichibu Yomatsuri

Mon. 02 Dec ~ Tue. 03 Dec

Around the Chichibu Shrine

and more

Setagaya Boro-ichi

Tue. 15 Dec ~ Wed. 16 Dec, 2020
Fri. 15 Jan ~ Sat 16 Jan, 2021

Setagaya streets and in the Kamimachi area, around Setagaya station and the Boro-ichi street