2days itinerary Otaru
Otaru Travel Guide 2023


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This "Two-Days Model Course" is for those who want to stay in Otaru and enjoy the history and culture of Otaru to the fullest. The first day is the Otaru beginner's "One Day Model Course", where you will learn a lot about the basic characters of Otaru. On the second day, you will visit the Tanaka Sake Brewery Head Office, the only sake brewery in Otaru, and then tour the North Canal, where the important cultural asset "Former Otaru Branch of the NYK Line" is located, and enjoy the old streets of Otaru, where remnants of the good old days still remain. For lunch, fill your stomach at a nice café or restaurant in a renovated stone warehouse, and if it is summer time, don't miss the activity of taking a boat to the Blue Cave, which has been discovered in several places in Japan and also in Otaru. Boats mainly depart from the North Canal. Otaru's 'Blue Cave' is the only precious tourist attraction in Japan where you can enter the cave by boat.

Two-Day Model Course

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【 Day one. 】

▷Day two.

➀ 10:00〜
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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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10:05〜10:15
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The popular Otaru Triangle Market, located right next to Otaru Station.


Located a minute's walk from Otaru Station, Otaru Triangle Market is named after the triangular shape of its land and roof. The motto of Triangle Market is "Cheap! is. Visitors can enjoy shopping in the market's unique atmosphere and liveliness, with shopkeepers on both sides of the market happily calling out to visitors.

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Otaru Triangle Market

Facility Name
Otaru Triangle Market
Address
〒047-0032 10-16, Inaho 3-choume, Otaru City
Phone
0134-23-2446
Opening Hours
06:00〜17:00 Regular closing day
None
Website
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10:25〜10:50
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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.





11:00〜12:00
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The Otaru City Museum Canal Pavilion is packed with Otaru's history.


The Otaru City Museum Canal Pavilion is a facility where visitors can learn about the history of Otaru City and its blessed nature in an easy-to-understand manner, with the first exhibition room displaying old photographs and maps documenting the Kitamae Ship, the herring fishing industry and the changes in the town, and the second room displaying natural materials on flora and fauna.

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Otaru City Museum Canal Pavilion

Facility name
Otaru City Museum Canal Pavilion
Address
1-20, Shikouchi 2-chome, Otaru-shi, Hokkaido 047-0031, Japan
Phone
0134-22-1258
Opening hours
09:30〜17:00
Regular closing day
Year-end and New Year's Eve (December 29 to January 3)
Website
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12:10〜13:10
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The Otaru Canal is a couple of minutes' walk from the museum.


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)
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13:20〜14:20
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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
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14:30〜16:00
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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
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16:10〜16:20
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The old banking district where you can feel the heyday of Otaru, which was the most important economic city in northern Japan.


The area around the intersection of Bank of Japan Avenue and Ironai Avenue retains many bank buildings from the days when Otaru was once known as 'the best economic city in northern Japan' and, at its peak, as many as 25 financial institutions had their headquarters and branches in the area.

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Old banking district

Facility name
The Bank of Japan Otaru Museum
Address
〒047-0031 1-11-16, Shikouchi, Otaru City
Phone
0134-21-1111
Opening hours
9:30~17:00 (December to March. 10:00〜)
Regular closing day
Wednesday
Website
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16:30〜16:50
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Former Otaru Warehouse, Hokkaido's first operational warehouse, built by a Kitamae shipowner.


The former Otaru Warehouse, with its conspicuous orca-shaped building along the Otaru Canal, is one of the most representative buildings in Otaru, a city with many historical buildings. It was built by Nishiya and Nishiide of Kaga Hashidate in 1890 on the southern beach of Otaru Port, which had just been reclaimed.

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The former Otaru Warehouse

Otaru Department Store UNGA↑

We develop and sell original products that convey the charm of Otaru in a storefront that was renovated from the "Old Otaru Warehouse Main Depot," which is said to be the oldest business warehouse in Hokkaido, located in the Otaru North Canal area. The store tells the story of Otaru's prosperity in the pioneer days of Hokkaido and the history of the Kitamaebune, and displays and sells processed seafood and agricultural products from the port of call and Hokkaido, as well as original products made by craftsmen and artists associated with Otaru.

Otaru Department Store UNGA↑

Gift of Otaru

Facility name
Otaru Department Store UNGA↑
Address
〒047-0031 2-1-20 Ironai, Otaru City
Phone
0134-65-8150
Opening hours
11:00~18:00
Regular closing day
None
Website
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17:00〜
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Shop in renovated historic building on the North Canal.


STONE and IRON

STONE and IRON

STONE and IRON STONE and IRON is a café-bar and hostel in a century-old stone warehouse, open from lunch to dinner as a café-restaurant on the ground floor and a two-room guesthouse on the first floor.

Mangiare TAKINAMI

Mangiare TAKINAMI

Mangiare TAKINAMI is a Western-style restaurant where you can taste as much of the local Otaru and Goshi produce from the sea and mountains as you like. Part of the restaurant is an old wooden frame stone warehouse, which gives you a sense of Otaru's history.

le quatrieme

le quatrieme

le quatrieme is a fashionable café-restaurant where you can enjoy an elegant lunch with a view of the Otaru Canal. French cuisine is served at lunchtime.

Otaru ISO

Otaru ISO

Otaru ISO is a restaurant located about 5 minutes' walk from the Otaru Canal and aims to create a fusion of modern Hokkaido and Western cuisine, based on the concept of wood-fired steaks with a focus on Hokkaido beef.

OTARU TAP ROOM

OTARU TAP ROOM

OTARU TAP ROOM is a fusion of a craft beer-focused bar and a fully renovated hostel in a historic building over 100 years old.



【 Day two.】

➀ 10:00〜
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Day two starts at the Canal Plaza, a tourist information centre.


Canal Plaza(Otaru Sightseeing Product Plaza) was opened in 1990, utilising the south side of the former Otaru warehouse, with the aim of promoting local products, providing tourist information, promoting the city's industries and providing a place for citizens to interact.

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Canal Plaza

Facility name
Canal Plaza
Adress
〒047-0031 2-1-20, Ironai, Otaru, Hokkaido
Phone
0134-33-1661
Opening hours
09:00〜18:00
Regular closing day
without a holiday
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10:10〜10:30
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Tanaka Sake Brewery head office, the only sake brewery in Otaru that has been in business for 120 years.


At its peak, Otaru had more than 50 sake breweries, but today only Tanaka Sake Brewery, which produces Otaru's local sake Takaragawa, remains. Tanaka Sake Brewery has been in business for 120 years, since 1899, and has two outlets in the city, the main storehouse and the Kameko-gura, which have long been popular with the public.

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Tanaka Sake Brewery head office

Facility name
Tanaka Sake Brewery Head Office
Adress
〒047-0031 3-2-5, Ironai, Otaru, Hokkaido
Phone
0134-23-0390
Opening hours
09:05〜17:55
Regular closing day
No mid-year break
Website
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10:50〜11:50
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On the 'North Canal', a vestige of Otaru's good old days.


Northernmost point of the North Canal.

North Canal

Many historical buildings and stone warehouses from the Meiji era, such as the former Otaru branch of the NYK Line and the former Shibusawa Warehouse, can be found on the North Canal, which has retained its ancient appearance. There are also many reminders of the old Otaru, such as gas lamps and the Hokkai Can Otaru factory.

Facility name
Northernmost point of the Otaru Canal
Adress
〒047-0031 3, Ironai, Otaru, Hokkaido
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Canal park

Canal park

The Canal Park is located along the North Canal and was built on the site of the former Otaru Branch of Nippon Yusen Co Ltd, a National Important Cultural Property, where cargo was loaded and unloaded. The park covers an area of approximately 7,800 square metres, with a playground and rest area built in a reused stone warehouse from the Meiji and Taisho periods.

Facility name
Canal Park
Address
〒047-0031 3-6 Ironai, Otaru City, Hokkaido
Phone
0134-32-4111
Opening hours
24hours
Regular closing day
None
Website
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Former Otaru branch of NYK Line Ltd.

Otaru branch of NYK Line Ltd.

The former Otaru branch of the NYK Line, with its opulent appearance, evokes the prosperity of Otaru in the Meiji era. It was built in October 1906 by Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK Line), which is still the core company of the Mitsubishi Group. As one of Japan's three major shipping companies, it is well known overseas and is still called the representative of Japanese shipping.

Facility name
Former Otaru Branch of NYK Line Ltd.
Adress
〒047-0031 3-7-8, Ironai, Otaru, Hokkaido
Phone
0134-22-3316
Opening hours
Closed until March 2024 for conservation and repair work.
Regular closing day
Closed until March 2024 for conservation and repair work.
Website
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12:00〜13:00
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Lunch at a café in a corner of the historical building 'Old Shibusawa Warehouse'.


PRESSCAFE

PRESSCAFE

PRESSCAFE is located at the northern end of the Otaru Canal, at the foot of the Kitahama Bridge over the so-called 'North Canal', in a corner of the historical building 'Old Shibusawa Warehouse', which was built in 1895. The wooden and stone interior of the former Shibusawa Warehouse is characterised by its high ceilings, large windows on the canal side and classic cars still in service.

Facility name
PRESSCAFE
Adress
3-3-21, Shikouchi 3-chome, Otaru-shi, Hokkaido 047-0031, Japan
Phone
0134-24-8028
Opening hours
11:30〜22:00
※ Subject to change due to COVID-19 measures. Please check our website for details.
Regular closing day
Thursday
※ Subject to change due to COVID-19 measures. Please check our website for details.
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13:10〜
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In summer, when the weather is fine, take a boat to the 'Blue Cave'.


Although the island of Capri in Italy is world-famous, there are several places in Japan called 'blue caves', and in fact you can see 'blue caves' in the waters near Otaru and Shakotan.

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Blue Cave

Facility name
Otaru Blue Cave Ryugu Cruise
Adress
〒047-0007 4-5, Minato-cho, Otaru, Hokkaido
Phone
0134-32-3911
Opening hours
08:30〜17:30
Regular closing day
Subject to change due to weather conditions. Check the website for details.
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Alternatively, visit Otaru Tengu Mountain for a spectacular view of Otaru city.

Otaru Tengu Mountain has long been familiar to the citizens of Otaru as a symbol of the city. It is 532 metres high and can be seen from all parts of central Otaru. The summit can be reached by ropeway, which runs every 6-12 minutes, or by car (closed during the winter season).

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Otaru Tengu Mountain

Facility name
Otaru Tengu Mountain Ropeway and Ski Area
Address
〒047-0023 2-16-15 Mogami, Otaru City, Hokkaido
phone
0134-33-7381
Opening Hours
Subject to change depending on the season
Regular closing day
Subject to change depending on the season
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Plan your journey carefully, checking the return transport times.

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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↑ 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
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