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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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    • Opopo home {X
      Budget-friendly
      Situated in Otaru and with Otaru Canal Park reachable within 600 metres, Opopo home {X 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. The guest house provides some rooms with city views, and rooms are equipped with a patio. All rooms have bed linen. Popular points of interest near Opopo home {X include Otaru Museum, Sankaku Fish Market and Otaru City Art Museum. The nearest airport is New Chitose Airport, 87 km from the accommodation.
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    • Home Yasuda
      Budget-friendly
      Situated in Otaru in the Hokkaido region, Home Yasuda features accommodation with free WiFi and free private parking, as well as access to a hot tub. The homestay offers a flat-screen TV and a shared bathroom with slippers, free toiletries and shower. A microwave and fridge are also available, as well as a kettle. An American breakfast is available each morning at Home Yasuda. Otaru Canal Park is 6 km from the accommodation, while Otaru Museum is 6 km from the property. The nearest airport is New Chitose Airport, 86 km from Home Yasuda.
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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 bar, private parking and a terrace. Featuring a restaurant, the 3-star hotel has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, each with a private bathroom. Sankaku Fish Market is less than 1 km away and Otaru Music Box Museum is a 15-minute walk from the hotel. The rooms at the hotel are fitted with a flat-screen TV and a safety deposit box. At UNWIND HOTEL & BAR OTARU rooms come with bed linen and towels. Guests at the accommodation 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 New Chitose Airport, 86 km from the hotel.
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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 New Chitose Airport, 86 km from the accommodation.
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    • Little Barrel
      Budget-friendly
      Little Barrel has a restaurant, bar, a shared lounge and garden in Otaru. The 1-star hostel has air-conditioned rooms with a shared bathroom and free WiFi. Private parking can be arranged at an extra charge. All guest rooms feature 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 New Chitose Airport, 85 km from Little Barrel.
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    • Hotel Torifito Otaru Canal
      Mid-range
      Hotel Torifito Otaru Canal is situated in Otaru, within 800 metres of Sankaku Fish Market and 1.1 km of 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. The hotel has family rooms. The hotel will provide guests with air-conditioned rooms offering 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. A buffet breakfast is available each morning at the accommodation. Popular points of interest near Hotel Torifito Otaru Canal include Otaru Canal Park, Otaru Museum and Otaru City Art Museum. The nearest airport is New Chitose Airport, 85 km from the hotel.
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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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    • Hotel Nord Otaru
      Luxury
      Located at the picturesque boulevard of the Otaru Canal, Hotel Nord offers comfortable accommodation and panoramic mountain views. The hotel features a restaurant and free WiFi throughout the property. Rooms at Otaru Nord Hotel are air-conditioned and equipped with satellite TV and a safety deposit box. A refrigerator and an electric kettle are provided. The front desk of Nord Otaru Hotel is staffed 24 hours, and offers luggage storage service. The facilities include vending machines with drinks. A buffet breakfast featuring seasonal local ingredients is available at the property. BAR Duomo Rosso on the top floor offers panoramic views of the ocean and mountains. Hotel Nord Otaru is a 7-minute walk from Otaru Station. The Otaru Music Box Museum is a 6-minute drive away.
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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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