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Best Things to do in Otaru, Hokkaido

Located in western Hokkaido and 30 minutes away from the capital city of Sapporo, Otaru is a port town that is full of exotic charm and a popular tourist destination throughout the year. Enjoy exotic and romanci cityscape with famous canals, stone warehouses and historical buildings filled with nostalgic charm.

It is located in the Shiribeshi area, facing the Ishikari Bay, which is often described as a treasure trove of ingredients. There are many spots to enjoy dining experiences such as sushi, seafood and sweets restaurants. All of them are using the ingredients caught nearby. It is also conveniently located for visiting resort areas like Niseko and the Shakotan Peninsula, making the hotel an ideal base for enjoying seasonal activities such as skiing, golf and cruising.

What's Around Us

Otaru Marina

In front of the hotel

Sakaimachi Shopping Street

5 minutes' drive

Otaru Canal

7 minutes' drive

Sumiyoshi Shrine

7 minutes' drive

Old Temiya Line (Snow Light Path Event in Winter)

7 minutes' drive

Mt. Tengu Ropeway Station (Ski Area)

15 minutes' drive

Otaru Aquarium

25 minutes' drive

Niseko-Shakotan-Otaru Kaigan Quasi-national Park

25 minutes' drive

Kiroro Resort (Kororo Snow World)

45 minutes' drive

Getting to Grand Park Otaru

Airport Transfer

65 minutes express train ride from New Chitose Airport.


Driving Direction

60 minutes' drive via Douou and Sasson Expressway and 3 minutes' drive from the Otaru Interchange Exit.

Detailed direction

Public Transportation

5 minutes' walk from JR Otaru Chikko Station (The hotel is adjacent to Wing Bay Otaru, one of the Hokkaido's largest shopping mall which is connected to the station)


More About Otaru, Japan

Otaru is a port town on the coast of the Sea of Japan in Northern Shiribeshi Subprefecture.This city was once a major trading port during the Meiji and Taisho eras and is characterised by the steep slopes of various mountains, where the altitude of the land sharply drops from the mountains to the sea. The coastal town is known for its picturesque town, historical buildings, and fresh seafood.

The best time to visit Otaru is during Japan’s summer months, for the long sunny days and cool nights, and winter months for the blanket snow covering the city’s landscape.