- From Sapporo:
By train: 25 minutes on the JR Hakodate Line Express and 43 minutes on the local train
By car: Approximately 30 minutes on the Sapporo-Otaru Expressway by the Otaru interchange exit
- Approximately 65 minutes from Shin Chitose Airport on the Airport Express for Otaru on the JR Hakodate Line
- From Otaru Station:
6 minutes on the JR Hakodate Line
Approximately 7 minutes by taxi
- By Bus:
Approximately 55 minutes from Sapporo Station
Approximately 15 minutes from Otaru Station
- From Otaru Chikko Station:
Approximately 5 minutes’ walk from the station
A guide map from the station to Grand Park Otaru is available at the station information counter of Otaru Chikko Station.
- Free Shuttle Bus Service: Otaru Sepia Liner
Period: 6 December 2013 to 31 March 2014 (Blackout days: 2-6 February)
Grand Park Otaru 8:20am ⇒ Kiroro 9:25am
Kiroro 4:30pm ⇒ Grand Park Otaru 5:40pm
*Advanced reservation required (at least 5days in advance): firstname.lastname@example.org
The Ishikari Bay area around Grand Park Otaru, will afford many hours of pleasure. Take a stroll along the water’s edge to admire the yachts at the Otaru Marina or head indoors to Wing Bay Otaru – one of the largest shopping malls in Hokkaido. With direct access to the JR Otaru Chikko Station, the hotel is easily accessible from everywhere in Hokkaido. Come nightfall, the beauty of Ishikari Bay is amplified by the illuminated buildings and yachts which cast romantic reflections on the water. Where better to take it all in than at Grand Park Otaru.
Please proceed through the Wing Bay Otaru Building from 10.00am to 9.00pm. After exiting the Otaru Chikko Station, enter the Wing Bay Otaru and head straight. Without walking down any stairs, you can enter the hotel via the second floor entrance of the hotel. On the way, there are several signs pointing you in the direction of the hotel. Please take note that the business hours of Wing Bay Otaru are subject to changes.
From 9.00pm to 10.00am, the Wing Bay Otaru building is closed. Go down the stairs from the station, and with the Wing Bay Otaru building to your right, walk straight along the footpath and enter the hotel from the main entrance on the first floor. Please take note that the business hours of Wing Bay Otaru are subject to changes.
The port town of Otaru is located in western Hokkaido and a popular tourist destination all year round. Complete with its quaint old quarters, Victorian-style buildings and canals, the city faces Ishikari Bay, which offers magnificent ocean views to this already picturesque town.
Our hotel near Sapporo is a great vacation destination all year round as nothing showcases the multi-faceted beauty of Hokkaido better than the four seasons. In Winter, the city is blanketed in dreamy snowscape, inspiring everything from the Sapporo snow sculpture festival to Shiroi Koibito chocolates. As Spring and Summer grace the prefecture, the stark white landscape will be awash with fields of flowers such as purple lavenders and bright cheery sunflowers in the city of Furano. In Autumn, golden pampas and mountains of red maple fill the landscape. Two hours away from Furano by car, Otaru is an excellent base to start your Hokkaido experience. Otaru’s coastal area of Niseko-Shakotan-Otaru-Beach Quasi-National Park and scenic spots, including the cliffs at Omotai, attract many visitors, especially in Summer.
Nestled between mountains and Ishikari Bay, Otaru is also well-known for its bountiful fresh seafood from its fishing port. Taste delectable sushi at the famous Sushi Street, pick and eat seasonal fruits to your heart’s content in the orchards of Yoichi and many more. Discover the charms and hidden treasures while shopping along the Otaru Canal, or try your hand at glass making at the famous Kitaichi Glass or shop along the local streets such as Sakaimachi-dori Street, or splurge at the trendy malls such as Wing Bay Otaru and Miyako-dori.
For a cultural immersion, hop on a rickshaw and admire the beautifully restored Meiji-era warehouses lining the famed Otaru Canal – a world-renowned symbol of the city. Experience the life of the locals at the bustling Nantaru Market and witness the brewing process of Japan’s favourite liquor at the long-established Tanaka Sake Brewery.
Otaru’s nickname is “the town of hills” due to the presence of many hills. Towering behind Otaru is Mt. Tengu-yama, a popular ski resort in winter. At the observation point on Mt. Tengu-yama, one can enjoy a panoramic view of Otaru city and its beautiful port. Take the scenic cable car ride to the mountaintop and enjoy Otaru from a rare vantage point.