Top attractions in Otaru
Our most recommended things to do in Otaru
1. Otaru: Private Guided Walking Tour with Local Guide
Discover Otaru’s historical sites, favorite local spots, and hidden gems on a private walking tour with nationally licensed guide. Choose from a 6 or 4-hour tour, whose itinerary can be customized to fit your interests. Be introduced to some of the best spots, restaurants, and sweet shops in Otaru, a famous historical city and a popular vacation spot in Hokkaido Take a relaxing stroll through the footpath of the Otaru Canal, the most famous sightseeing spot in Otaru, running through the central area of the city. Taste fresh seafood at Otaru Sankaku Ichiba, a historic triangular market established in 1957. Get a unique souvenir at Otaru Music Box Museum, featuring a brick-clad main building that exudes a nostalgic atmosphere. Feel and touch Otaru craftsmanship at Kitaichi Glass. See the impressive glasswork created here and learn about the company’s history and the important role it ...
2. Sapporo: Private Day Trip to Jozankei
Start off your day by driving towards Otaru. Have a quick stop for coffee or tea in a locally run cafe and enjoy the atmosphere. Get the chance to take some pictures at the iconic canal before it gets busy. Drive along the scenic route from Otaru to Jozankei. Take in the most breathtaking scenery and stop for pictures along the route as you drive the route via Asari Dam and Lake Sapporo. Arrive in Jozankei and enjoy a local lunch. Take some time outside the bus and walk around enjoying the fall leaves in the centre of the town. Explore the foot onsen at Gensen Park and take a short walk from Futami Park and Suspension Bridge for a classic view over Jozankei. Head back towards Sapporo via Takino Suzuran Park and admire the panoramic views of the fall leaves over the parking area.
3. From Sapporo: Otaru and Yoichi Distillery Private Day Trip
Head to Yoichi Distillery, where the famous Nikka Whiskey is produced. Learn about the founder Masataka Taketsuru’s Scottish inspiration and dream. Try a sample for yourself, with non-alcoholic soft drinks provided for non-alcohol drinkers and those under 20 years old. Drive to the city of Otaru and spend some time exploring the canal area. Stroll down Sakaimachi shopping street, famous for glassworks, music boxes, and great desserts. Follow this with a fantastic seafood lunch full of local fish and produce. Finally, take the ropeway up Tengu Mountain, enjoying the panoramic views of Otaru Port and Ishikari Bay. Tengu Mountain also boasts stunning nature, a squirrel park, bobsleigh (not available in winter) and a cafe, if you want a short break at the top.
4. From Sapporo: Private Day Trip to Otaru
Explore the old port town of Otaru on your own personalized private tour, leaving from nearby Sapporo with your knowledgeable guide. You'll be paired with guides that are passionate about the place they call home and who choose to spend their free time sharing it with like-minded travelers matched to them. Hop on a train to Otaru, 30 minutes northwest of Sapporo, where you’ll see a side to Japanese history vastly different from the temples and shrines you’d expect. Discover Japanese colonial architecture, old port markets, and steam clocks. The small harbor city of Otaru seems like a relic from a bygone era, you’ll get to explore this fascinating pocket of Japanese history. See the perfectly preserved western-style buildings of Sakaimachi-dōri, an old merchant street harking back to Otaru’s late 19th-century history as a powerful port city. Swivel your head between elegant buildings on...
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