Trial Tour Participants Wanted!

How would you like to take part in a trial tour?

If you'll be in Otaru this month and are available on the 
dates listed below, this is your chance to join a special 
group tour at a steal of a price!!

  Course A  
The Otaru Canal & North Canal at Night and Glass Making Tour


There’s more to touring Otaru at night than simply 
viewing the canal or taking a stroll while 
admiring the illuminated historical buildings. 

Ride on a rickshaw and observe the stunning views
 of Otaru’s nighttime façade in a whole new light.  

Try your hand at making tombo-dama 
(lampwork glass bead) at Taisho Glass. 
Your one-of-a-kind creations will be a 
great keepsake from your trip to Otaru! 

For dinner, indulge in Japanese cuisine and sushi 
inside a historical building built in the early 
Taisho era (around 1912) at Takeno Sushi Restaurant.

Date:  January 28, 2017 (Saturday)

Depart:  4:00 pm

Duration:  approximately 4 hours

Meeting Point:  Canal Plaza
                                                                 (2-1-20 Ironai, Otaru City, Hokkaido)

Price:  ¥ 6,000 per person

Maximum group capacity:  20 persons 
                                                               (reservations required)

Inclusions:  Tour guide fee, rickshaw fare, glass-making fee, 
         dinner (Otaru Takeno Sushi) & insurance

Terms & Conditions:  Completion of a survey at the end of the tour


 4 pm - Depart Canal Plaza 
4:20 pm - Walk along Otaru Canal/Northern Wall Street 
4:45 pm - Rickshaw ride (Otaru Canal/North Canal) 
5:30 pm - Tonbodama (lampwork glass bead) making at Taisho Glass 
6 pm - Dinner at Otaru Takeno Sushi (complete survey) 
around 8 pm - Disband 

*Please arrive at least 10 minutes before departure


  Course B  
Otaru's Best Night Views Aboard 
the Roman-go Trolley


Admire Otaru’s spectacular nighttime scenery, 
as seen from the water, road, and mountain!  

Enjoy a relaxing evening canal cruise along the 
romantic Otaru Canal lit up by gas streetlights. 

Wine and dine at Otaru Bine, an Italian restaurant 
housed inside a historical building, after taking a 
stroll around Otaru’s Northern Wall Street! 

Renowned as “One of the Three Major 
Night Views of Hokkaido,” take in the stunning panoramic 
view of the dazzling city lights from Mt. Tengu!  

Revel in the quiet delights of the dreamy landscape Otaru 
has to offer through its unique radiant ambiance and culture 
that can only be experienced during the winter nighttime.

Date:  January 17, 2017 (Tuesday)

Depart:  3:30 pm

Duration:  approximately 4.5 hours

Meeting Point:  ► Pick up in front of the following hotels - 
                                 Grand Park Otaru, Dormy Inn Premium 
and Authent Hotel
► Otaru Ferry Terminal
►  Canal Plaza

Price:  ¥ 5,000 per person

Maximum group capacity:  20 persons 

                                                               (reservations required)

Inclusions:  Tour guide fee, charter bus fee, Canal Cruise ticket, 
                             dinner (Otaru Bine), roundtrip cable car ticket & insurance

Terms & Conditions:  Completion of a survey at the end of the tour


  3:30 pm - pick up at Grand Park Hotel 
3:35 pm - pick up at Ferry Terminal
3:55 pm - pick up at Dormy Inn Hotel
4:05 pm - pick up at Authent Hotel
4:15 pm - Canal Plaza (disembark bus)
4:30 pm - Canal Night Cruise
5:15 pm - Walk along the canal and Northern Wall Street
5:45 pm - dinner at Otaru Bine
7:15 pm - Mt. Tengu cable car ride and nighttime view (complete survey)
8:15 pm - drop off at Authent Hotel
drop off at Canal Plaza
drop off at Dormy Inn Hotel
drop off at Ferry Terminal
around 9 pm - drop off at Grand Park Hotel

*Please arrive at least 10 minutes before departure

For reservations and inquiries, please contact:

DCT Tourist Co., Ltd.
tel: +81-134-34-1811



Warning to Tourists Taking Photographs at JR Asari Station


There are many beautiful picturesque scenes in Otaru 
and we understand the wish to capture them on film. 

However, at the Asari station there has been an increase in 
incidents recently where tourists taking pictures on the train tracks or 
near the edge of the platforms have come close to being struck by trains.

Not all trains stop at Asari station - some simply pass through 
at high speeds and therefore are unable to stop suddenly.

Trains run frequently and coming into contact with them can be fatal.

Please do not go near the train tracks when taking pictures.

Thank you.


Happy New Year!


Wishing you and your loved ones good health, happiness, success and prosperity in the coming year!!

From all of us at the Otaru Tourism Association


Otaru Chuo Bus Schedule - Winter 2016 (Dec. 1, 2016~March 31, 2017)


Effective DECEMBER 1, 2016 ~ MARCH 31, 2017

Please note the bus schedule for Chuo Bus has been updated, 

effective December 1, 2016.

To view the latest timetable for the 

  Otaru Stroller's Bus  
Sakai Machi Shopping Street, Marchen Crossroads

  Tenguyama Ropeway Line  
Mt. Tengu

  Otaru Aquarium Line  
Otaru Museum, Otaru Kihinkan, Otaru Aquarium

please click on the link below.

※ Please note the Otaru Aquarium is closed until December 16, 2016 
and will reopen for the winter season on December 17, 2016. 


2016 Otaru City Map


With the Otaru and Yoichi Snow Story currently being held and the upcoming Snow Light Path Festival next year February, many of you may be planning a trip to Otaru. To help prepare for your trip, here is the latest city map along with a quick guide to the major tourist attractions near the JR Otaru Station. 

 Otaru City Map
                                                                                            (click on map for a larger view)

It is a quick ten-minute walk from the JR Otaru Station down to the Canal Plaza Tourist Information Center and Otaru Canal.  Once you exit the station, continue going straight down the street right in front (Chuodori Street) to reach the Otaru Canal.
 JR Otaru Station


 10-minute walk 
Canal Plaza Tourist Information Center 
and Otaru Canal


 5-minute walk along the canal 


Asakusa Bridge & Asakusa Bridge Tourist Information Center


 3-minute walk 

Sakaimachidori Shopping Street
(Highlighted in blue on the map)
Taisho Glass

Kitaichi Glass / Kitaichi Hall

LeTAO / Marchen Crossroads
Music Box Museum / Steam Clock

If you're heading toward Sapporo by train, you can turn around and go back to JR Otaru Station 
if you're short on time, it is an additional
10-minute walk  to
 JR Minami Otaru Station
All trains (Rapid, Semi-Rapid and Local) departing from JR Otaru Station heading to Sapporo stop at this station as well.

It's cold outside so make sure to dress warm! 

We look forward to seeing you!


Otaru Aquarium Closed Until Winter Season Opening Day - December 17, 2016

The Otaru Aquarium finished its regular season on Sunday, November 27, 2016. It will be closed until Friday, December 16 and will reopen for the winter season on Saturday, December 17.

Nov. 28, 2016 (Monday) ~ Dec. 16, 2016 (Friday)

雪の結晶 雪の結晶 ゆきだるまゆきだるま 雪の結晶  雪の結晶  WINTER SEASON  雪の結晶 雪の結晶 ゆきだるまゆきだるま 雪の結晶 雪の結晶
OPEN:  Dec. 17, 2016 (Saturday)
                   ~ Feb. 26, 2017 (Sunday)

Business Hours: Daily 10:00 am ~ 4:00 pm 
                    (last entry at 3:30 pm)

Admission:   Adult (Ages 16+)             ¥1,000
                   Child (Ages 6 to 15)         ¥   400
                   Preschool (Ages 3 to 5)    ¥   200

3-303 Shukutsu, Otaru City,Hokkaido 047-0047, Japan
Phone:+(81)134-33-1400 http://otaru-aq.jp   
E-mail: info@otaru-aq.jp