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

Behind the Scenes ~Ukidama Glass Float Tree~

🎬🎬  Here is a behind the scenes look at how the 
Ukidama (Glass Float) Tree was completed.  🎬🎬

⛄ It was a cold snowy day when the large tree frame 
arrived on a flatbed truck. 

🌲 With the help of a crane, staff members positioned
 the tree in place. 


🔵 Once set, Ukidama glass floats were brought out and carefully hand-placed onto the tree.

🌟 One of the staff whose light on his feet easily climbed up to place the large snowflake tree topper.

🎄 Some final adjustments...

📦 clean up the glass float boxes...

turn on the lights...and

花火  花火  花火  花火  Ta-da!  花火  花火  花火  花火 

As the sun went down, the lights grew brighter and...

ききらきらききらきら Voilà きらきらききらきらき

The tree will be lit up every day from 4 pm to midnight until January 31, 2017. It's even more beautiful in person so please stop by!


Yoichi Snow Story 2016~2017



Nov. 12, 2016 (Sat) ~ Feb. 12, 2017 (Sun)

Yoichi White Illumination "An Amber Dream" 

November 12, 2016 (Saturday) ~ February 12, 2017 (Sunday)
16:00 ~ 22:00
(February   17:00 ~ 22:00)

The town of Yoichi, adored by the founders of Nikka Whiskey Yoichi Distillery Masataka Taketsuru and his wife Rita, is illuminated in warm gold-tone lights evocative of their famous amber colored whiskey.



Nikka Whiskey Yoichi Distillery 
Winter Night Tour 

A special event held during the Yoichi Snow Story, this is your 
chance to get a rare view of the distillery at night. 

Includes complimentary tastings of hot whiskey & 
hot toddies only available on this tour.

Six tours in total, each limited to 40 people on a 

first come first served basis. Reservations required.

                          1.  December 17, 2016   (Saturday)  17:00
                          2.  December 24, 2016   (Saturday)  17:00
   3.  January 14, 2017       (Saturday)  17:00 
                          4.  January 21, 2017       (Saturday)  17:00
                          5.  January 28, 2017       (Saturday)  17:00
                          6.  February 4, 2017       (Saturday)  17:00

For Reservations Contact:  Yoichi Tourism Association
                                            fax: +81-135-22-4120