Discover Otaru

Otaru is a city that caters to all tastes. History buffs will appreciate the old port quarter, canal area, and heritage buildings, including the remarkable Herring Mansion. Wine connoisseurs can sample sake at the local distillery, while collectors will delight in the traditional, locally-made music boxes at the Music Box Museum. There's something for everyone in Otaru.

Things to see and do

Tours and Activities


Getting around in Otaru

The easiest way around Otaru is on foot, since the major sights and attractions are within walking distance from each other. Though, some sights are located a bit further ahead, where a car or bus might be necessary. 

Travelers can also opt to buy the following pass to get around:

  • Otaru Stroller Tourist Bus 1-Day Pass
    • Coverage: most tourist attractions within Otaru
    • Duration: 1 day
    • Price: 800 Yen
    • Where to buy: information booth at Otaru Station

Getting to Otaru

How long to stay in Otaru

We recommend staying here for about two days.

Hotels in Otaru

Flights to Otaru

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Day trips from Otaru

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