I'll introduce you about "Access in Otaru" today.
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Otaru has many attractions in walkable distances from JR Otaru station.
Left image is the estimate of time for strolling.
On your first trip to Otaru, these methods are convenient such as sightseeing taxi, rickshaw and reglar bus tour.
For example, there is a taxi rank in front of JR Otaru station and station road.
The taxi fare of Otaru is reasonable compared to city center.
The base fare is about 500 yen, that's why we also use it at ease.
If you request them as a sightseeing taxi, they will take you to tourist spots with guiding. Basic fare rate is 5,200 yen per hour.
Another good way to look round Otaru is a taking rickshaw.
These cool guys guide you :)
They prepare many kinds of routes, for example...
◆Romantic Tour (charter for 30min)
Asakusa bridge ⇒ Otaru Port ⇒ North canal ⇒ Denukikoji street ⇒ Former Northern wall street etc.
◆Nostalgic Tour (charter for one hour)
Asakusa bridge ⇒ Otaru Port ⇒ North canal ⇒ Denukikoji street ⇒ Former Northern wall street ⇒ Former Nihon Yusen Co. (entrance) ⇒ Former Temiya railway etc.
◆Exotic Tour (charter for two hours)
Asakusa bridge ⇒ Otaru Port ⇒ North canal ⇒ Denukikoji street ⇒ Former Northern wall street ⇒ Whole canal ⇒ Former Nihon Yusen Co. (entrance) ⇒ Former Temiya railway ⇒ Former Bank of Japan (Museum of finance) ⇒ Recommended spots by ricksha man etc.
One zone (10min) ... 2,000 yen (one adult) 3,000 yen (two adults)
30 min ... 5,000 yen (one adult) 8,000 yen (two adults)
45 min ... 7,500 yen (one adult) 12,000 yen (two adults)
60 min ... 9,000 yen (one adult) 15,000 yen (two adults)
If you have whole day for sightseeing in Otaru, how about join a day bus tour?
Chuo-bus company provides "Otaru Bay Story Tour".
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This tour starts from Sapporo. Of course you can join it from Otaru.
Please make a reservation in advance.
This bus company operates "Otaru Stroller's Bus".
This bus can be used easier without reservation. It's like a local bus and has four different routes going round lots of sightseeing spots from in front of JR Otaru station. If you get a one day pass ( Adult 750 yen, Child 380 yen), you'll be able to get every city bus.
Each method is not so difficult to take for visitors from overseas.
Feel free to ask us if you have any problems about access :)
【Applications & Inquiries】
Rickshaw Otaru Ebisuya
Tel +81 134 27 7771
Website ... www.ebisuya.com
Hokkaido Chuo-bus Co,Ltb.
Tel +81 11 231 0500
Website ... www.chuo-bus.co.jp/sightseeing.en/
International Information Center in Otaru
Tel +81 134 33 1661
Inquiry form ... http://otaru.gr.jp/contact/