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  • 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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    3.5
    31 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.

    If you only have one chance to visit a museum in Otaru, this would be it. Quite informative, 45 mins max & 60mins if you can the Japanese description. Located right opposite the overrated Otaru...

  • Otaru City General Museum Main Building
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    4.5
    109 Reviews
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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.

    This has been a 'must visit' for my son when we visit Otaru. Many interactive exhibits, including being able to ride on a train and seeing how they operate! Also has other science themed exhibits...

  • 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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    3.5
    113 Reviews
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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.

    This is one of the shops that I’ve wanted to visit because I’m a big fan of Venice and really admire art pieces made of glass. I was not disappointed, in fact, I was so impressed with the quality...

  • 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 Municipal Literature Museum / Otaru Municipal Art Museum
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    3.5
    10 Reviews
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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.

    文学館・美術館共通観覧券500円。文学館は建物2階。写真撮影大いに結構。石川啄木、小林多喜二、伊藤整など小樽所縁の文学者は多士済々。文献写真類が充実。死面など小林多喜二に関するインパクト大。

  • Otaru Canal Terminal
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hokkaido Otarushi Ironai 1-1-12
    This bus terminal and commercial complex in Otaru City, Hokkaido is a 10-minute walk from JR Otaru Station. Built as the Otaru Branch of Mitsubishi Bank in 1922, the building features Greco-Roman architecture and has been designated a historical building by city. It hosts Amato Main Store, an old-fashioned sweet shop that sells varieties only available there, the Kuwataya Japanese sweet shop where you can purchase panju cakes (an Otaru specialty), and a wine center where visitors can taste Hokkaido varieties. It's open daily year-round.
  • 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.
  • Winkel Village
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    4.0
    35 Reviews
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    Hokkaido Otarushi Asarigawaonsen 2-686
    Cabin rental facility in Asarigawa Onsen, Otaru City, Hokkaido. Enjoy condominiums with private hot springs with a small group of people; or hire a private villa with a large group. You can camp even if you don't have gear with the fully facilitated outdoor camping ground. Enjoy a BBQ in any of our accommodations and explore our leisure spot that can meet the needs of any number of guests.

    We stayed 4 nights just before Xmas last year. The snow started early November there and it made the whole scenery white. Temperature in the night fell to negative 5 Degrees Celcius or lower. Hot...

  • Kiroro Resort
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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.
  • Wing Bay Otaru
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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.
  • Asakusa Bridge Town Park
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    Hokkaido Otaru-shi
  • Otaru Park
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    3.5
    14 Reviews
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    Hokkaido Otaru-shi Hanazono 5

    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 Music Box Museum Hall Number 2 Antique Museum
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    4.0
    135 Reviews
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    Hokkaido Otaru-shi Sakaimachi 6-13

    If you like some unique souvenirs..this is the place to come...at least the music will remind you of your stay once you are back home...

  • Zenibako Beach
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    Hokkaido Otaru-shi Zenibako 3
  • Otaru Dream Beach
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    Hokkaido Otaru-shi Zenibako 3-610-2
  • Asari Dam Lakeside Park
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    Hokkaido Otaru-shi Asarigawaonsen
  • Otaru Shizen no Mura
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    Hokkaido Otaru-shi Tenguyama 1
  • 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

    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

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Not just a prefecture but an island of its own, Hokkaido is the most northerly prefecture and island of the Japanese archipelago. Arriving in Hokkaido, which is rural and bursting with breathtaking nature, means entering a world where vast national parks, towering mountains, and natural hot springs can be found at every turn. Come December, these natural splendors freeze over and morph into a winter wonderland.

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