Discover Otaru

Otaru has something for everybody. History enthusiasts will love the old port quarter and canal area with its heritage buildings and especially the Herring Mansion. Wine lovers can sample sake in the local distillery, and collectors will rejoice in the traditional locally made music boxes in the Music Box Museum.

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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Lake Toya is a volcanic crater lake and has a stately look to it. Enjoy hiking around the lake for some stunning views.

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