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How to get to Otaru

From Sapporo

There are multiple trains per hour between Sapporo and Otaru along the JR Hakodate Main Line. The one way trip costs 750 yen and takes 30 minutes by rapid train or 45 minutes by local train. About two trains per hour continue on to New Chitose Airport (70 minutes, 1910 yen one way).

By ferry from Honshu

Otaru Port is connected by ferries with the ports of Niigata (18 hours, from around 7000 yen in the cheapest class) and Maizuru (20 hours, from around 11,000 yen in the cheapest class). The Otaru Ferry Terminal is a ten minute bus ride from Otaru-Chikko Station or a 30 minute bus ride or ten minute taxi ride from Otaru Station.

Above fees and schedules are subject to change. Be sure to check current yen exchange rates.

Getting around

Most of Otaru's attractions are located less than a 30 minute walk from Otaru Station, making the city convenient to explore by foot. The herring mansions are an exception, but are connected to the canal area and Otaru Station by relatively frequent buses.

Apart from a regular city bus network, there are four Otaru Stroller's tourist buses, which connect Otaru Station with all of the city's tourist attractions. The buses run typically every 30 minutes around the city center and once per hour in the less central areas. The fare on both tourist and regular buses is a flat 240 yen per ride or 800 yen for a one-day pass that is valid on one calendar day.

Hotels around Otaru

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    • O'popo home
      Budget-friendly
      Situated in Otaru and with Otaru Canal Park reachable within 600 metres, O'popo home features express check-in and check-out, non-smoking rooms, a restaurant, free WiFi and a shared lounge. The property is around 1.5 km from Kitaichi Glass Sangokan, 1.7 km from Otaru Music Box Museum and 2.6 km from Otaru University of Commerce. The guest house has family rooms. At the guest house, rooms are equipped with a patio with a mountain view. All rooms have bed linen. Continental and Asian breakfast options are available each morning at O'popo home. Popular points of interest near the accommodation include Otaru Museum, Sankaku Fish Market and Otaru City Art Museum. The nearest airport is Okadama Airport, 32 km from O'popo home.
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    • LifeHouse IPPO
      Mid-range
      Set in Otaru, near Otaru Canal Park, Otaru Museum and Sankaku Fish Market, LifeHouse IPPO has a restaurant. Free WiFi is offered and private parking is available on site. Every unit is fitted with air conditioning, a flat-screen TV, washing machine, kettle and kitchen. Popular points of interest near the aparthotel include Otaru City Art Museum, Kitaichi Glass Sangokan and Otaru Music Box Museum. The nearest airport is Okadama Airport, 32 km from LifeHouse IPPO.
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    • U5R
      Budget-friendly
      2.5 km from Otaru Canal Park, U5R is situated in Otaru and features air-conditioned rooms. This 2-star hotel offers a 24-hour front desk and a tour desk. Free WiFi is available and private parking can be arranged at an extra charge. At the hotel, the rooms have a desk, a flat-screen TV, a private bathroom, bed linen and towels. All rooms will provide guests with a fridge. The area is popular for hiking and cycling, and free use of bicycles is available at U5R. Popular points of interest near the accommodation include Otaru City Art Museum, Sankaku Fish Market and Otaru Music Box Museum. The nearest airport is Okadama Airport, 32 km from U5R.
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    • Otaru Tap Room & Hostel
      Budget-friendly
      Featuring 1-star accommodation, Otaru Tap Room & Hostel is situated in Otaru, 700 metres from Sankaku Fish Market and 1.3 km from Kitaichi Glass Sangokan. Featuring a bar, the 1-star hostel has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, each with a shared bathroom. Otaru Music Box Museum is 1.6 km away and Otaru University of Commerce is 2.6 km from the hostel. All rooms in the hostel are fitted with a kettle. The rooms have bed linen. Popular points of interest near Otaru Tap Room & Hostel include Otaru Canal Park, Otaru Museum and Otaru City Art Museum. The nearest airport is Okadama Airport, 32 km from the accommodation.
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    • Little Barrel
      Budget-friendly
      Set in Otaru, 3 km from Otaru Canal Park, Little Barrel offers accommodation with a bar, private parking, a shared lounge and a garden. Among the facilities at this property are a shared kitchen and luggage storage space, along with free WiFi throughout the property. The hostel has family rooms. All guest rooms feature a shared bathroom, a hairdryer and bed linen. Popular points of interest near the hostel include Otaru Music Box Museum, Kitaichi Glass Sangokan and Otaru City Art Museum. The nearest airport is Okadama Airport, 32 km from Little Barrel.
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    • Hotel Torifito Otaru Canal
      Mid-range
      Hotel Torifito Otaru Canal is situated in Otaru, 800 metres from Sankaku Fish Market and 1.1 km from Kitaichi Glass Sangokan. Among the facilities of this property are a restaurant, a 24-hour front desk and luggage storage space, along with free WiFi. Private parking can be arranged at an extra charge. The hotel will provide guests with air-conditioned rooms with a desk, a kettle, a fridge, a safety deposit box, a TV and a private bathroom with a bidet. At Hotel Torifito Otaru Canal the rooms have bed linen and towels. Popular points of interest near the accommodation include Otaru Canal Park, Otaru Museum and Otaru City Art Museum. The nearest airport is Okadama Airport, 32 km from Hotel Torifito Otaru Canal.
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    • UNWIND HOTEL & BAR OTARU
      Mid-range
      Situated in Otaru, 1.1 km from Otaru Canal Park, UNWIND HOTEL & BAR OTARU features accommodation with a restaurant, private parking, a bar and a terrace. The property is set less than 1 km from Sankaku Fish Market, a 15-minute walk from Otaru Music Box Museum and 2.2 km from Otaru University of Commerce. The accommodation offers luggage storage space and free WiFi throughout the property. Guests at the hotel can enjoy a continental breakfast. Popular points of interest near UNWIND HOTEL & BAR OTARU include Otaru Museum, Otaru City Art Museum and Kitaichi Glass Sangokan. The nearest airport is Okadama Airport, 32 km from the accommodation.
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    • Authent Hotel Otaru
      Mid-range
      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 well. Rooms here will provide you with a flat-screen TV, and air conditioning. Each features carpeted floors, a fridge and an electric kettle with green tea bags. Featuring a shower, private bathrooms also come with a bath and a hairdryer. At Otaru Authent Hotel you will find a 24-hour front desk and a bar. Other facilities offered include luggage storage, dry cleaning and drink vending machines. Local souvenirs can be purchased at the gift shop. Casablanca serves Western dishes while Japanese meals are available at Irifune restaurant. Grilled Teppanyaki dishes are offered at Kaio restaurant. The hotel is a 5-minute walk from the Otaru Canal and a 15-minute walk from Otaru Orgel Museum Main Building. Shin Nihonkai Ferry Terminal is a 10-minute drive away.
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    • Dormy Inn Premium Otaru
      Mid-range
      Just a minute away from Otaru station on the JR Hakodate Line, Dormy Inn Premium offers air-conditioned rooms with free internet access, a flat-screen TV and refrigerator. Facilities at Dormy Inn Premium Otaru include natural hot spring baths and a sauna. Coin-operated washing machine, public computer with free internet access in the lobby and a 24-hour front desk are available. Guests can enjoy a buffet breakfast of Japanese and western dishes daily.
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    • Hotel Sonia Otaru
      Luxury
      Right in front of the scenic Otaru Canal, Hotel Sonia Otaru offers spacious rooms and free WiFi access at the public areas. The so-called Sushi Street is just a 3-minute walk away. The bright rooms at Hotel Sonia Otaru feature a seating area and furnishings with an antique look. They are equipped with a TV, refrigerator and air purifier. Each room comes with en suite bathroom. Hotel Sonia Otaru has a 24-hour front desk which offers luggage storage services. The hotel has a drinks vending machine. A buffet breakfast can be enjoyed at the on-site restaurant. Hotel Sonia Otaru is a less than 5-minute walk away from the glass wonders at Otaru Unga Kogeikan. Shopping area Sakaimachi Dori is a less than 10-minute walk away.
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