Hanachozu ~Flower hand water〜

Hanachozu~Flower hand water 

Have you seen Hanachozu?

Hanachozu (Flower hand water) is the decoration that floated colourful flowers on the Chozu of a Shinto shrine and the temple.
Chozu is the water for washing your hands and rinsing your mouth to purify before approaching the shrine.

You can see beautiful Hanachozu in Sumiyoshi Shrine.
It has been exhibited since July 4 and changed Flowers every 10 days.

  1. 7/4~7/13 Gerbera (the language of flowers:Hope,Always moving forward)
  2. 7/14~7/23 Phalaenopsis (the language of flowers:bring happiness)
  3. 7/24~8/3 Sunflower (the language of flowers:adoration)
  4. 8/4~8/13 Hydrangea (the language of flowers:patience)
  5. 8/14~8/23 The Flower is undecided.

Can you find a four leaf clover in Phalaenopsis?
Good luck!

            Sumiyoshi Shrine(map)
             2-5-1 Suminoe,Otaru


CANCELED: 54th Otaru Ushio Festival

CANCELED: "54th Otaru Ushio Festival"

The 54th Annual Ushio Festival that was scheduled to be held on 
July 24-26, 2020, has been CANCELED due to the novel coronavirus.

Even though the festival is canceled, you can still get a sense of it from home!
You can listen to the Ushio Ondo song that is played for the festival's main event, the Ushio Nerikomi dancing parade, or you can watch people dancing together on Zoom. If you'd like, you can even learn the dance yourself by watching the
tutorial video (only in Japanese) and join one of the Zoom dance sessions!
(click here for the schedule and details) To watch the lively taiko drumming performances, go to the Otaru Ushio Daiko facebook page!


The Former SUHARA Mansion

The Former SUHARA Mansion

This building was built by Naoji takahashi, the dealer in cereals who is famous for adzuki bean shogun in 1912.
Sotokichi Suhara ,the businessman owned in 1926 and Suhara Family donated it to Otaru City in 1986.
It was designated as a Historic Landmarks of Otaru City in 1991.


The Former SUHARA Mansion

  • Location: 8-1, shinonomecho, Otaru
  • Date of Construction: 1912
  • Structure: 2-storied wooden

OPEN: June 6 - October 10, 2020
                          Saturday,Sunday and public holidays
HOURS:  10:30 am - 4:00 pm

From JR Minami Otaru Station: approximately 20 minute walk

From JR Otaru Station: approximately  3 minutes by Bus
 Chuo Bus #1, #2, #3, #6, #13 or #16 and get off at "Hanazonokouenndori" bus stop, 
and 8-minute walk 

It is located to the north of Suitengu Shrine.

⛩ Suitengu Shrine ⛩


Otaru City Reopening Dates (updated Jun. 4)


As the state of emergency has been lifted in Hokkaido, many 
businesses in the city have reopened or are getting ready to resume.  
Please see below for reopening dates that have been announced.


Canal Plaza Tourist Information Center (International Information 
     May 26, 2020 (Tuesday)
Otaru Station Tourist Information Center
     May 26, 2020 (Tuesday)
Asakusa Bridge Tourist Information Center
     June 1, 2020 (Monday)


Otaru Aquarium [Japanese Website]
     June 1, 2020 (Monday)
        *please note all shows are cancelled for the time being

Canal Cruise [English Website]
     June 1, 2020 (Monday)

⬥ Bay Cruise AOBATO [English Website]
     June 1, 2020 (Monday)

⬥ Otaru Kihinkan (Former Aoyama Villa) [English Website]
     May 16, 2020 (Saturday)
         *this year's Peony Festival is cancelled but the Peony Garden is open

⬥ Otaru Shizen-no-mura [Japanese Website]
     June 1, 2020 (Monday)

⬥ Otaru Nishin Goten (Herring Mansion) [Japanese Website]
     June 1, 2020 (Monday)

⬥ Ibaraki-ke Nakadebari Banya (Herring Fishery Lodge) [Japanese Website]
     June 5, 2020 (Friday)

⬥ Tenguyama Ropeway [English Website]
     June 5, 2020 (Friday)
         *Business Hours: Friday, Saturday & Sunday 11:00-20:00 for the time being


⬥ Otaru Art Base [English Website]
     May 29, 2020 (Friday)
          *Business Hours: 11:00-15:00 (last entry 14:30)

⬥ The Bank of Japan Otaru Museum [English Website]
     June 1, 2020 (Monday)

⬥ Otaru Museum [Japanese Website]
Otaru Museum Annex [Japanese Website]
     June 1, 2020 (Monday)

⬥ Otaru Literary Museum [Japanese Website]
⬥ Otaru City Museum of Art [Japanese Website]
     June 2, 2020 (Tuesday)


⬥ Grand Park Otaru [English Website]
⬥ Otaru Asari Classe Hotel [Japanese Website]
Winkel Village [English Website]
⬥ Hotel Musashitei [English Website]
⬥ Otaru Ryotei Kuramure [English Website]
     June 1, 2020 (Monday)


⬥ Kitaichi Glass, Kitaichi Museum of Venetian Art [Japanese Website]
     June 1, 2020 (Monday)

⬥ Otaru Orgel Doh (Music Box Museum) Main Building
⬥ Otaru Orgel Doh (Music Box Museum) Hall Number 2 Antique Museum
⬥ Otaru Orgel Doh (Music Box Museum) Sakaimachi Store
⬥ Otaru Orgel Doh Music Box & Handcrafts Studio You-kobo
Otaru Karakuri Dobutsuen (Toy Zoo)
Character House Yume no Oto
      [English Website]
     June 1, 2020 (Monday)

⬥ Kazariya [Japanese Website]
     May 16, 2020 (Saturday)

⬥ Taisho Glass [Japanese Website] 
      June 6, 2020 (Saturday)

⬥ Otaru Glass-no-akari Irodoriya [Japanese Website]
     June 1, 2020 (Monday)

⬥ LeTAO Main Shop
Nouvelle Vague LeTAO Chocolatier Otaru Main Shop
⬥ LeTAO Plus
Ekimo LeTAO
      [English Website]
     June 1, 2020 (Monday)
          *Business Hours: 10:00-17:00

⬥ Kazu Textile-dyeing Atelier [Japanese Website]
     June 1, 2020 (Monday)

⬥ Otaru Fukurou [Japanese Facebook Page]
     June 1, 2020 (Monday)

⬥ Otaru Candle Studio (Shop) [Japanese Website]
     May 16, 2020 (Saturday)

⬥ UNGA↑ [Japanese Website]
     June 1, 2020 (Monday)

⬥ Otaru GOLDSTONE CAFE [English Website]
     June 1, 2020 (Monday)

⬥ Misono Ice Cream [Japanese Website]
     June 15, 2020 (Monday)

⬥ The Glass Studio in Otaru [Japanese Website]
     June 1, 2020 (Monday)


⬥ Wing Bay Otaru [Japanese Website]
     May 28, 2020 (Thursday)


Temporary Closures/Change in Business Hours Due to COVID-19

Temporary Closures and Change in Business Hours
due to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Please note the following temporary closures and change in business hours to prevent the further spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19)

*Please note the below is subject to change.                                   
*Please contact the facility or store directly for the latest information.


  TOURIST INFORMATION CENTERS                                          
⬥ Canal Plaza Tourist Information Center & Gift Shop
⬥ Asakusa Bridge Tourist Information Center
⬥ JR Otaru Station Tourist Information Center
        CLOSED: April 20 (Mon) - May 6 (Wed)  (updated 4/17)

⬥ Hokkaido Chuo Bus Sightseeing Bus
        OUT OF SERVICE: April 1 (Wed) - Apr 20 (Mon)
⬥ Chuo Bus Otaru Stroller's Bus
        OUT OF SERVICE: April 6 (Mon) - tbd

Otaru Aquarium
    (Shukutsu Marine Land Opening Day: May 7)
        CLOSED: April 20 (Mon) - May 6 (Wed)

⬥ Otaru Ebisuya (rickshaw)
        CLOSED: April 17 (Fri) - tbd
⬥ Canal Cruise
        CLOSED: April 18 (Sat) - May 6 (Wed)
⬥ Otaru Bay Cruise
        START OF SEASON: April 25 (Sat) ➡ May 7 (Wed)

⬥ Otaru Shizen no Mura
        OPENING DAY: May 1 (Fri) ➡ May 7 (Wed)

⬥ Otaru il PONTE
        CLOSED: April 6 (Mon) - June 30 (Tue)

⬥ The Bank of Japan Otaru Museum
        CLOSED: April 14 (Tue) - tbd

⬥ Temiya Cave Preservation Museum
        CLOSED:  - tbd

⬥ Otaru Nishin Goten (Herring Mansion)
        CLOSED: April 20 (Mon) - May 6 (Wed)

⬥ Otaru Museum Main Building
⬥ Otaru Museum Annex
⬥ Otaru Literary Museum
⬥ Otaru City Museum of Art
        CLOSED: April 20 (Mon) - May 6 (Wed)

⬥ Asari Dam Memorial Hall
        OPENING DAY: Apr 25 (Sat) ➡ May 7 (Thu)

⬥ Otaru Asari Classe Hotel
        CLOSED for Maintenance: March 29 (Sun) - April 28 (Tuesday)
        OPEN: April 29 (Wednesday) 11:00 am

⬥ Otaru Ekimae Guest House ITO
        CLOSED: March - mid June

⬥ Ise Sushi (Main Restaurant & JR Otaru Station Branch)
        CLOSED: April 18 (Sat) - May 7 (Thu)

⬥ Otaru Unga Shokudo (Dining Hall)
        CLOSED: March 30 (Mon) - April 28 (Tue)

⬥ Otaru Fukuzushi
        CLOSED: March 3 (Tue) - April 23 (Thu)

⬥ Otaru Kita no Ryoba No.5 Branch 
        CLOSED: March 6 (Fri) - June 20 (Sat)

⬥ Otaru Poseidon
        CLOSED: April 15 (Wed) - April 27 (Mon)

⬥ Otaru Stall Village (Renga Alley & Roman Alley)
        CLOSED: April 13 (Mon) - April 26 (Sun)

⬥ Kushidori Otaru 
        CLOSED: April 16 (Thu) - May 15 (Fri)

⬥ Otaru Times Garten
        CLOSED: April 8 (Wed) - April 17 (Fri)

        CLOSED: April 12 (Sun) - April 22 (Thu)

⬥ Amato Canal Branch
        CLOSED: April 17 (Fri) - April 30 (Thu)

⬥ Ishigura Cafe VERRE BOIS
        CLOSED: April 20 (Mon) - tbd

        CLOSED: April 10 (Fri) - May 31 (Sun)

⬥ Otaru Kaisendon EN
        CLOSED:  - tbd

⬥ Otaru Masazushi Zen-an
        CLOSED: April 6 (Mon) - April 24 (Fri)

⬥ Misono Ice Cream
        CLOSED: April 13 (Mon) - May 20 (Wed)

   SHOPPING, CAFE, etc.                                                            
⬥ Wing Bay Otaru
        CLOSED: April 18 (Sat) - May 6 (Wed)
          (excluding Aeon and Super Viva Home)

⬥ Kuboya
        CLOSED: April 6 (Mon) - tbd

⬥ Gin no Kane No.1 Building
        CLOSED: April 6 (Mon) - April 24 (Fri)

⬥ Otaru Romankan
        CLOSED: April 8 (Wed) - May 20 (Wed)

⬥ Otaru Ishinokura
        CLOSED: April 8 (Wed) - May 20 (Wed)

⬥ Kakumarudou Otaru
        CLOSED: April 8 (Wed) - May 20 (Wed)

⬥ Otaru Romankan
        CLOSED: April 8 (Wed) - May 20 (Wed)

⬥ Otaru Fragrance Studio Phyton
        CLOSED: March 16 (Sun) - tbd

⬥ Kobushiya Otaru Store
        CLOSED: April 9 (Thu) - April 30 (Thu)

⬥ Kazu Textile-dyeing Atelier
        CLOSED: April 13 (Mon) - May 6 (Wed)

        CLOSED: April 17 (Fri) - May 6 (Wed)
         (website is open)


⬥ Unwind Hotel & Bar Otaru 
        SUSPENDED:  Afternoon Tea Service 
        CLOSED: "The Ball" Restaurant   March 15 (Sun) - tbd

⬥ Sizzle Restaurant (Hotel Nord Otaru) 
        SUSPENDED:  Lunch Buffett Service  March 4 (Wed) - April 30 (Thu)

⬥ BAR Duomo Rosso (Hotel Nord Otaru)
        CLOSED: March 4 (Wed) - April 30 (Thu)

⬥ SUSHI & GRILL ILONAI (Hotel Sonia Otaru)
        DINNER HOURS: 17:30 - 21:30 (21:00 LO) ➡ 17:30 - 20:30 (20:00 LO)
                                       March 4 (Wed) - tbd

⬥ Grand Park Otaru
        SUSPENDED:  Lunch Buffett Service  March 6 (Fri) - tbd

⬥ Otaru Kita no Ryoba Otaru Canal Branch 
        HOURS: 10:30 - 16:00

   SHOPPING, CAFE, etc.                                                            
⬥ Canal Terminal
        HOURS:  April 16 (Thu) - May 6 (Wed),  10:00 - 17:00     

⬥ Kitaichi Glass
        HOURS:  April 10 (Fri) - April 28 (Tue),  10:00 - 17:00     
                       April 29 (Wed) - April 30 (Thu),  10:00 - 18:00     
        CLOSED: Terrace, April 9 (Thu) - April 28 (Tue)
                Kyubankura, April 8 (Wed) - April 28 (Tue)
                Cafeteria, April 13 (Mon) - April 28 (Tue)
                Kitaichi Venetian Art Museum Cafe, April 8 (Wed) - April 28 (Tue)

⬥ Rishiriya Minoya Furokan 
        HOURS:  March 4 (Wed) - tbd,  9:00 - 17:00     

⬥ Otaru Candle Studio
        HOURS:  April 13 (Mon) - tbd,  11:00 - 18:00     
        SUSPENDED:  Candle Workshop

Temporary Closure of Tourist Information Centers (4/20 - 5/6)

Temporary Closure of Tourist Information Centers

As a nationwide state of emergency has been declared, the following Tourist Information Centers will be closed temporarily to prevent the further spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your understanding.

CLOSED:  April 20 (Monday) - May 6 (Wednesday)

⬥ Canal Plaza Tourist Information Center & Gift Shop
⬥ JR Otaru Station Tourist Information Center            
⬥ Asakusa Bridge Tourist Information Center              


Otaru YaDo ~Guest house~

Otaru YaDo  ~Guest house~

Otaru YaDo opened in October 2018. There are 4 floors,which are different style.

1F: Otaru Nanseki ...Nanseki was used as building material for various buildings around Sapporo and Otaru. A lot of Nanseki is used in Otaru Canal. Nanseki was selected for the front entrance material of Otaru YaDo.


2F: Otaru Unga (Otaru Canal)...Otaru Canal is one of the most popular tourist attractions.The canal floor of Otaru YaDo is conscious of water.




3F: Souko Gun (Warehouses)...Otaru was once a major shipping port for Hokkaido,thus many warehouses were necessary to store supplies.Along the canal many warehouses were built.These days, the warehouses are still in use.They're one of Otaru's most important tourism landmarks.

●Front Desk






4F:Glass Kougei(Glass works)...Once you alight the elevator your eyes are greeted by a colourful interior.This colorfulness is associated with the glass works of Otaru glass makers.On this floor there is an exhibitionspace.When you step into there,you might feel as if you were in an art museum.


●Mix Dormitory

●Shower room



  • 8 - minute walk from JR Otaru Station
  • JR Chitose Line From New Chitose Airport Station to JR Otaru Station about 75 minutes by a rapid train
  • From JR Sapporo Station to JR Otaru Station about 35 minutes by a rapid train

Otaru YaDo 

1-chome 3-10 Inaho,Otaru,Hokkaido (MAP)

TEL: +81-134-64-7066