3hours itinerary Otaru
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Otaru Travel Guide 2023


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The Three-Hour Model Course is designed for those who visit Otaru for the first time but only have about three hours to spend in the city. If it is your first visit to Otaru, we would like you to first see the most popular tourist attraction, Otaru Canal, and fill your stomach with fresh Hokkaido seafood for lunch. Afterwards, take a stroll along the Sakaimachi shopping street where you can enjoy Otaru's specialities such as glass, fish cakes, music boxes and sweets, and take home with you the nostalgic atmosphere that the city of Otaru exudes.

3 hours itinerary Otaru

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➀ 11:00〜
3 hours itinerary Otaru|Otaru Travel Guide

Start at 'Otaru Station'.


Otaru Station, the gateway to Otaru tourism, opened in 1903 as Otaru Chuo Station of the Hokkaido Railway, was repeatedly renamed Takashima Station and Chuo Otaru Station, and finally became Otaru Station in 1920, mirroring the name of the previous Otaru Station (now Minami Otaru Station).

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Otaru Station

Facility name
JR Otaru Statioin
Address
〒047-0032 22-15, Inaho 2-chome, Otaru City
Phone
0134-22-0771
Opening hours
Ticket Office 5:30〜22:45
Regular closing day
None
Website
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11:10〜11:20
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Straight down the street in front of Otaru Station 'to the old Temiya Line'.


The disused site of the former Temiya Line, a 10-minute walk from JR Otaru Station, is a popular tourist attraction in Otaru. The line was opened from Temiya to Sapporo in 1881 by American railway engineer Joseph Uley Crawford, the first railway in Hokkaido and the third in Japan, for the purpose of transporting coal.

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Former Temiya Line

Facility name
Former Japan National Railways Tenmiya Line
Opening hours
Walking is possible throughout the day except in winter when there is snowfall.
Regular closing day
Walking is possible throughout the day except in winter when there is snowfall.





11:30〜11:50
3 hours itinerary Otaru|Otaru Travel Guide

Further along the street in front of Otaru Station to the "Otaru Canal".


The Otaru Canal, a popular tourist attraction and nationally famous, was completed in 1923 and is characterised by its gentle curves rather than straight lines, as it was built by reclaiming land off the coast rather than digging inland.

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Otaru Canal

Facility name
Otaru Canal
Address
〒047-0007 5 Minatomachi, Otaru City, Otaru Canal
Opening hours
Walking is possible throughout the year
Regular closing day
Walking is possible throughout the year
Website
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Experience the Otaru Canal on board the 'Canal Cruise'.

The Otaru Canal Cruise is the new standard for sightseeing in Otaru, an activity that allows you to enjoy the popular Otaru Canal area to the fullest. It is a small boat trip of about 40 minutes that allows you to rediscover the charm of Otaru, a city of history and romance.

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Otaru Canal Cruise

Facility name
Otaru Canal Cruise
Adress
〒047-0007 5-4, Minato-cho, Otaru, Hokkaido
Phone
0134-31-1733
Opening hours
10:30〜20:00
Regular closing day
Open all year round (subject to change due to Corona. Check website for details)
Website
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12:00〜13:00
3 hours itinerary Otaru|Otaru Travel Guide

When you come to Otaru, the first thing to do is to go to Sushi-ya-dori (Sushi Restaurant Street) and have some sushi.


Hokkaido has a unique sushi culture that is different from that of Edo-mae. As the slang term 'Ezomae' suggests, many restaurants do not use vinegar or salt to season their ingredients, but instead serve the freshest seafood as is.

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Sushi Restaurant Street

Facility name
Otaru Sushiya douri
Address
〒047-0024 1-1-9, Hanazono, Otaru CIty
Website
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13:00〜14:00
3 hours itinerary Otaru|Otaru Travel Guide

Take a stroll along the nostalgic streets of the Sakae-machi shopping arcade.


Sakae-machi shopping arcade is the second most popular spot after Otaru Canal when it comes to sightseeing in Otaru. It is a must-visit place when you come to Otaru. The nationally famous Kitaichi Glass, Lutao, Otaru Music Box Store, Kamaei, etc. Sakae-machi shopping arcade, and many of the shops are in historical buildings, giving the street a romantic, emotional atmosphere.

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Sakae-machi shopping arcade

Facility name
Otaru Sakaimachi Street
Address
〒047-0027 6-1, Sakaimachi, Otaru City
Phone
0134-27-1133
Opening hours
09:00〜18:00
Regular closing day
without a holiday
Website
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If you are returning to Otaru Station, consider the time it takes to walk back (about 15-20 minutes from the Sakae-machi shopping arcade).

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6 Good Place.

Otaru Department Store UNGA↑

From Otaru, the city of shipping, comes good fortune...
The uninterrupted and protected flow is on our side.
May your luck open up too.

Otaru flourished as the gateway to the development of Hokkaido during the Meiji period.
Kitamae-bune ships flapped their pure white sails on the ocean, bringing many goods and culture to this area through traffic to and from Honshu.

Otaru Department Store UNGA↑ offers original products carrying the history and culture that still remain in Otaru, as well as good products from the port of call of the Kitamae Ship, from the former Otaru warehouse, the first business warehouse in Hokkaido built by the Kitamae Ship owners, Sonzaemon Nishide and Shohachi Nishitani.

The story of Otaru, which lived together with the Kitamae Senpaku, is told from this location.

We look forward to serving you with an assortment of original items that can only be found here and that will be appreciated as souvenirs.

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Otaru Department Store UNGA↑ Gift of Otaru

Facility name
Otaru Department Store UNGA↑
Adress
〒047-0027 2-1-20 Shikinai, Otaru-shi, Hokkaido
Phone
0134-65-8150
Opening hours
11:00〜18:00
Regular closing day
without a holiday
Website
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