Otaru is a popular day trip option. It only takes half an hour from Sapporo Station to get there by JR. This seaside town is famous because of "Love Letters", a romantic movie by Toshihiko Iwai. The romantic glassware and music boxes also attract a lot of visitors. Of course, food lovers should not miss Otaru. The sushi, rokkatei and other delicious desserts there will blow your mind.
Otaru City has retained a lot of its pioneering foreign-style architecture and historical sites, including the Otaru Canal. Every winter, the canal hosts the annual Otaru Snow Lights Road Festival, showcasing the city’s romantic appeal.
Otaru is a small town that can be explored on foot. Slow down, walk through the ancient Otaru Canal, visit the Glass Whistle Museum, stop by the Music Box Museum, pass by the famous dessert shops, try some local sushi and enjoy yourself.
Otaru Beer Brewery and Restaurant Soko Number 1
Famous Hokkaido beer brewery, former warehouse turned into a beer experience with tastings and a pub-fare food menu.
Local sweets and Hokkaido soft serve ice-cream shop located in downtown Otaru, English menus available.
Otaru Snow Light Path
This candlelight festival is held for two weeks every year in February. Please check the official website for details.
Otarunai Backpackers Hostel Morinoki
Morinoki is a backpackers hostel located near Minamiotaru station.
Otaru Park was opened to the public in 1893 (Meiji 26). There are around 1000 or more sakura trees, since they are on top of the hill, they make a very stunning view for people to enjoy. **Access** - From Sapporo Station, take JR エアポートNo. 181 to Otaru Sta
Ginrinsou is a traditional onsen (hot spring) ryokan built in 1873, located about 5 minutes from Otaru station by car.
Minshuku Aotsuka Shokudo
Aotsuka Shokudo is a guest house and popular cafeteria style restaurant in northern Otaru. This style of restaurant was especially common in Japan in the 1970s and 80s.
Shukutsu Panoramic Observatory
An uphill hike from the Otaru Aquarium, the Shukutsu Panoramic Observatory offers breathtaking views of the surrounding coastline.
Kakizaki Shoten Kaisenkobo
Kaisenkoubou is a cafeteria-style seafood restaurant specializing in donburi (rice bowls).
Mount Teine Ski Resort
The Mount Teine Ski Resort, also called Sapporo Teine, is one of the smaller ski resorts of Hokkaido and located in Sapporo.
Maeda Forest Park
This multipurpose park was constructed in Sapporo in 1982. The area was originally established as a natural fence bordering the city. The grounds boast both a 600-meter canal and expansive views of Mount Teineyama. Visitors claim it to be the best place to exp
Shiroi Koibito Park
One of the most famous souvenir snacks from Hokkaido is the Shiroi Koibito – or White Lover - white chocolate biscuit sandwich, which was famous for being available only in Sapporo. Now, fans of the creamy white chocolate biscuit sandwich can visit the factory
Jacksonville Burger (Asaboo)
Jacksonville Burgers is a signature old-fashioned American-style burger shop located in the heart of Sapporo.
Jozan Gensen Park
Located at the foot of the Tsukimi Bridge, this park was opened in the summer of 2005 to commemorate the 200th birthday of Miizumi Jozan, the ascetic monk who founded Jozankei Hot Springs. Visitors to the park can find a statue of him as well as a variety of h
Jozankei is an onsen (hot spring) town set in the mountains southwest of Sapporo's city center. Bus & onsen package options are available for several of the Jozankei onsen hotels from Sapporo station.
Hotel Sonia Otaru
Right in front of the scenic Otaru Canal, Hotel Sonia offers spacious rooms, a restaurant and free WiFi access at the public areas. The so-called Sushi Street is just a 3-minute walk away. Complimentary coffee and tea are offered
Hotel Nord Otaru
Located at the picturesque boulevard of the Otaru Canal, Hotel Nord offers comfortable accommodation and panoramic mountain views. The hotel features a French restaurant and free Wi-Fi throughout the property.
Otaru Furukawa is a charming hotel in traditional Japanese building, located along the beautiful Otaru Canel. The hotel offers both Western and Japanese-style guest rooms and an on-site restaurant.
Hotel Vibrant Otaru
Just a 1-minute walk from Otaru Canal, historical landmark Hotel Vibrant Otaru offers an excellent location for sightseeing. The cosy rooms include an en suite bathroom and satellite TV.
Tabino Sanpoyado Otaru Ekimae Guest House Ito
Ideally located just a 5-minute walk from popular Otaru Canals, this hostel offers a shared kitchen, free WiFi in public areas and simple guest rooms, both private and dormitory-style. JR Otaru Station is a 5-minute walk away.
Smile Hotel Otaru
Smile Hotel Otaru offers Japanese and Western rooms with a private bathroom, only a 3-minute walk from JR Otaru Station. It features a 24-hour reception, a launderette and an internet-pc corner.
Authent Hotel Otaru
A 5-minute walk from JR Otaru Train Station, Authent Hotel Otaru offers simple accommodations with free Wi-Fi. Guests can refresh in the sauna or request relaxing massages for an extra cost. A spacious public bath is available as