Leisure / Hobbies Spots in Otaru / Kiroro / Shakotan Area

  • Otaru Music Box Museum Hall Number 2 Antique Museum
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    4.0
    157 Reviews
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    Hokkaido Otaru-shi Sakaimachi 6-13
    "This music box company has shops not only in Hokkaido but also nationwide, including Tokyo, Kyoto, and Okinawa. Enwrapped in the old-fashioned atmosphere of the museum building located 100 meters away from the Otaru Music Box Museum Main Building, visitors can enjoy the ""music of the heavens"" of the music boxes in the collection up close. Filled with historic and valuable antique music boxes, visitors can also view an Aeolian pipe organ made in England in 1908. The first self-playing pipe organ brought into Japan, the organ still resounds with the same beautiful sounds today as when it was first built."

    I went here because my friend wanted to go. However I ended up falling in love with this place and came back with 2 music boxes. I hope I get a chance to go here again some day again.

  • Wing Bay Otaru
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    3.5
    77 Reviews
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    Hokkaido Otaru-shi Chikko 11
    This commercial complex facility is located six minutes by outbound rapid train (JR Hakodate Main Line) from JR Otaru Station at JR Otaru-Chikko Station (directly connected to Wing Bay Otaru). It was built as a place of expression in Otaru, a city that combines nature and culture. It has popular brand shops, a fitness gym, movie theater and a variety of restaurants. In addition, events are held on weekends inviting various performers.

    Went there for clothes shopping early January 2019. Claimed tax free so that receipt was stapled in my passport. And I hadn’t take a photo of the receipt before leaving receipts at custom of Chitose...

  • Otaru Aquarium
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    Hokkaido Otarushi Shukutsu 3-303
    This aquarium allows visitors to view the ecology of more than 250 types of animals and fish up close. Their diverse shows such as the dynamic dolphin and sea lion show as well as the Penguin Walk, during which penguins walk from their enclosure to the ocean, are immensely popular. The Marine Mammals Park runs along the natural rocky shore, and has partitioned the seawater tank to exhibit sea lions, seals, and sea eagles in a natural habitat. Hokkaido Chuo Bus takes visitors from JR Otaru Station to the aquarium.
  • Otaru Museum canal building
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    4.0
    46 Reviews
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    Hokkaido Otarushi Ironai 2-1-20
    This museum, just a 10-minute walk in the direction of the Otaru Canal from Otaru Station, houses a collection of Otaru's history and nature artifacts. The main depository is located just a 20-minute walk beyond the museum, for which the museum combination admission ticket is valid for 2 days. The Canal Museum was built in 1893, and redesigned from the treasured stone masonry Former Otaru Warehouse, making the museum itself a highly valued asset. In the museum, a life-size replicated broad street of Otaru during its heyday, the Taisho period (1912-1926), is on display where one can enjoy using the old-fashioned telephone and the organ.

    Based on my pre-study of the recommended sightseeing routes, we first visited Otaru General Museum Unga-kan (Canal Museum). The museum occupies the northern section of a timber-framed stone storage...

  • Kiroro Resort
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    Hokkaido Yoichigunakaigawamura Tokiwa 128-1
    This ski resort and Marriott hotel is open all year round in Akaigawa Yoichi Hokkaido. Enjoy your winter with outstanding Hokkaido winter sports glamping hot springs and their swimming pool. The summer time brings park golf kayaking tours and a variety of other activities which you can enjoy all year round.
  • Otaru Park
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    3.5
    15 Reviews
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    Hokkaido Otaru-shi Hanazono 5
    This city park is located ten minutes from Otaru Interchange, or 15 minutes' walk from Otaru Station. It is known locally as Otaru's Flower Spot, and is home to a variety of blossoming flowers such as cherry and Otaru City's flower, azalea, as well as wisteria and Siberian crabapple. The best time to see the cherry blossoms is usually from early to mid-May. There are approximately 900 flowering trees, including the classic Yoshino Cherry and Ezo Cherry, Hokkaido's own variety of cherry tree, the North Japanese hill cherry. There is also a viewing platform on the small hill, which overlooks the city. Inside the park, there are azalea planted everywhere, and the garden is carpeted in their brilliant colors from mid-May to early June, which coincides with the cherry blossom-viewing season.

    This feature one of the viewing place for Cherry Blossom in Otaru. However, it seems not in full bloom and only seen some cherry trees. Good to take a walk here if visited Otaru.

  • Otaru City General Museum Main Building
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    Hokkaido Otarushi Temiya 1-3-6
    A museum opened in July 2007 which looks at the history and natural environment of Otaru City as well as science, technology, and the history of transportation on the island of Hokkaido. The museum is divided into two facilities—the Main Building and the Canal Museum. The Main Building has a permanent exhibit which presents the history of railroads in Hokkaido, including 50 preserved examples of major railway vehicles used on the island such as the Shizuka steam locomotive. The Main Building also has a planetarium and science exhibits and conducts simple experiments and short craft classes on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays. In the summer, the Iron Horse, a steam engine built in the United States in 1909, is operated outside the museum, and visitors can ride the train for free.
  • Otaru Country Club
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    Hokkaido Otarushi Zenibako 3-73
    A golf club established in 1928. The club has two courses, the Old Course, Hokkaido's oldest golf course and the birthplace of the sport on the island; and the New Course facing Ishikari Bay. The club is famous for having some of the most difficult courses in Japan and its courses are used for the Japan Open Golf Championship and other competitions.
  • Otaru Dream Beach Swimming Area
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    Hokkaido Otarushi Zenibako 3-70
    This is a swimming beach in Otaru city. This area offers Hokkaido's longest swimming season, from late June to late August. The wide sand beach and gentle waves make it suitable even for young children. There are a lot of beach huts selling food and drink during the season, as well as numerous events.
  • Zenibako Beach
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    Hokkaido Otaru-shi Zenibako 3
    A swimming beach located 30 minutes from Sapporo. The long, sandy beach forms the interior of Ishikari Bay. On average, the waves are calm and the beach is broad and shallow. Located close to a station, the beach is frequented not only by locals but also many visitors from Sapporo coming here to swim. The coast has been designated a Hokkaido Water Use Adjustment Area, meaning personal watercraft and pleasure boats are not allowed to operate in the vicinity. Other highlights include the temporary flush toilets set up during swimming season, and the lifeguards on duty.
  • Yamamoto Sightseeing Orchard
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    Hokkaido Yoichigunyoichichou Noborichou 1102-5
    Yamamoto Sightseeing Orchard is open from late June to mid-November, and visitors can enjoy various kinds of fruit picking according to the season. In the rest house in addition to Genghis Khan (a lamb BBQ type dish), special apple pie is also available. It is approximately five minutes from JR Yoichi Station by car. It takes about 95 minutes by bus from Sapporo city center.
  • Otaru Shizen no Mura
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    Hokkaido Otaru-shi Tenguyama 1
    This complex leisure facility is located 20 minutes by car from Otaru Station. Also located in the middle of the Tenguyama tourism road are a campground, a farm, a park and golf course. The accommodation facility, Okobachi Sanso, located in the center of the park, is a huge training institute that can accommodate up to 160 people. It is ideal for business training programs and training camps. There is also an athletic facility with 11 different types of wooden playground equipment, an 8,500 square meter exercise area and an 18-hole park and golf course where visitors can exercise fully apart from when the facility is closed during the winter season. (From the beginning of November to the end of April.)
  • Tourist Farm Toge-no-fumoto Kokaen Orchards
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    5.0
    1 Reviews
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    Hokkaido Yoichi-gun Nikicho Oe 3-118
    "This orchard is in Niki Town, thriving as a fruit growing area. It is known for being a place where you can pick 40 kinds of cherry and ten kinds of berry at the same time. Great points of the farm are that there is no time limit, the fruit is grown in the open, and pesticide is used minimally. Certified as an ""Eco-Farmer"", meaning farmers who are engaged in environmentally friendly agriculture, families can pick fruit with peace of mind. The view from the top of the hill overlooking the natural landscape is breathtaking. The farm is busy with many visitors picking fruit in the season from the end of June to the end of July."

    このおいしさ、しりべし! 稲穂峠のふもと 紅果園さんで 昔とうきび。 この味、守って48年 なので、8列とうきびをずーっと。 いまむいてるの 恵味だけどと 園主の寒河江さん。 #このおいしさしりべし #Niki #昔とうきび

  • Asari Dam Lakeside Park
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    Hokkaido Otaru-shi Asarigawaonsen
    This park is located at the entrance of Asari Dam, which was built for the purpose of preventing water damage in the area downstream and for supplying the city with water. The area around Lake Otaruai, an artificial lake that appeared with the construction of Asari Dam in 1993, has been maintained as a park. There are four hard courts for tennis here that are managed by the city, and the public can apply to use them for a reasonable price. There is also a loop bridge, Asari-ohashi Bridge, which cut across the park, as well as a great view of Otarunai Lake and the Sea of Japan from the top of the dam.
  • Kanko Noen Onoen
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    Hokkaido Yoichi-gun Nikicho Higashimachi 8-5
    A tourist farm located a five-minute drive from JR Niki Station. Visitors can go fruit picking, and the farm grows some 1,500 fruit trees, including strawberry varieties such as the large-sized Kentaro and new Kita no Sachi, Gassan Nishiki cherries, and rarer varieties. The farm also offers grape and apple picking in the fall. Pets are allowed on the grounds as long as they are leashed and can even be taken into the fruit fields. Other highlights include an all-weather grape trellis grown in a greenhouse, and a jingisukan barbecue corner which can seat up to 200 whose salty-sweet dipping sauce, made with prunes, is particularly popular.
  • Cherry Hunt Inn and Broiler Garden Okubo
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    Hokkaido Yoichi-gun Nikicho Kitamachi 10-37
    "This tourist farm is 18,000 square meters in size and produces a variety of cherry such as ""Sato Nishiki"", ""Beni Shuho"", ""Nanyo"" and ""Suimon"", as well as prune varieties such as ""Sun Prune"", and ""Purple Eye"". Special attention is paid to using organic fertilizer and tree pruning. The farm actively collaborates with local elementary and junior high schools to convey the wonder of orchards and agriculture to the younger generation. At the charcoal grill restaurant on site visitors can enjoy charcoal grilled chicken and local wines and whisky. The indoor barbecue is also popular."
  • Nakai Tourist Orchard
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    Hokkaido Yoichi-gun Yoichicho Noboricho 1383
    This tourist orchard overlooks the Sea of Japan and the township of Yoichi City. The farm prides itself on its ripe fruit grown using organic fertilizer, paying particular attention to fruits such as cherries, apples and grapes. All-you-can-eat fruit picking experiences for an unlimited time is available. Enjoy freshly picked juicy sweet fruit to your heart's content. The apple wine made from Bramley seedlings originally from the UK is popular. The apples cultivated on the farm are naturally brewed and bottled unfiltered making a refined, aromatic, moderately sour wine.
  • Unga Park
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    Hokkaido Otarushi Ironai
    Otaru Canal was completed in 1923 and bore the responsibility of being the gateway to the development of Hokkaido. About half of the canal has been land filled since it was last used as a canal, but the northern part called North Canal leaves us a reminder of what it used to be like. The canal park extends along the North Canal. Stone warehouses of the Taisho period have been restored into rest houses and play buildings making it a great place for families. In the center of the park is a water fountain which is modeled after the former Otaru branch dock of the NYK Line (Japan Mail Shipping Line).
  • Kitaichi Venetian Art Museum
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    Hokkaido Otarushi Sakaimachi 5-27
    The exterior of the building is modeled on the Palazzo Grassi in Venice while the second, third and fifth floor exhibition rooms, styled on the 18th century palace rooms, house an elegant museum. The museum hosts many special exhibitions in addition to the Venetian displays of interior design throughout the seasons and permanent displays of Murano Glass. You can also get dressed up in aristocratic or carnival-style clothing and have your photograph taken for posterity! The museum is a 10-minute walk from JR Minami-Otaru Station and a ten minute drive from Otaru interchange.
  • Otaru Municipal Literature Museum / Otaru Municipal Art Museum
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    Hokkaido Otarushi Ironai 1-9-5
    A great number of excellent writers gathered in Otaru which has been an established port town for a long time. This facility was opened in November 1978 in order to preserve valuable cultural assets such as literary magazines, manuscripts and letters by authors Takiji Kobayashi, and Sei Ito and so on. The collection materials can be seen in the viewing room. It is approximately ten minutes on foot from JR Otaru Station.

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