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Day trip to Otaru
Day trip to Otaru
Day trip to Otaru
Day trip to Otaru
Day trip to Otaru
Day trip to Otaru
Day trip to Otaru
Day trip to Otaru
Day trip to Otaru
Day trip to Otaru
Day trip to Otaru
Day trip to Otaru

Sapporo To Otaru Day Tour

6 hours

Day trip to Otaru

Historic warehouses, a canal lined with glass workshops and famous Otaru music boxes.

  • From $79.50 USD pp (based on 8 adults)

  • Private & 100% personalized tour

  • 6 hours

  • Walking Tour

  • Hosted in English (On request: Arabic, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Spanish)

What you'll do

You’ll hop on a train to Otaru with your host, where you’ll see a side to Japanese history vastly different from the temples and shrines you’d expect – one of colonial architecture, old port markets, and steam clocks. You’ll stroll along the canal, an old-world promenade illuminated by the golden glow of oil lamps in the early evening and lined with old warehouses converted into antique stores and cafes, or hop on a canal cruise for a different vantage point. You’ll discover the city’s famous glass-blowing industry and shop for intricate souvenirs, see the Otaru Music Box Museum’s collection of 25,000 music boxes (or customize your own brand-new one), and sample sake at the Tanaka Sake Brewery before heading back to Sapporo.

Day trip to Otaru
Day trip to Otaru
Day trip to Otaru
Day trip to Otaru
Day trip to Otaru
Day trip to Otaru
Day trip to Otaru
Day trip to Otaru

Where you’ll go

Thirty minutes northwest of Sapporo, the small harbor city of Otaru seems like a relic from a bygone era. With your local host, you’ll explore this fascinating pocket of Japanese history. In the quaint city center, see the perfectly preserved western-style buildings of Sakaimachi-dōri, an old merchant street harking back to Otaru’s late 19th-century history as a powerful port city, and swivel your head between elegant buildings on Nichigin-dōri, the old “Wall Street of the North”, just around the corner. Stroll the cobbled pathways of the breathtakingly beautiful Otaru Canal along Ishikari Bay, squid ink ice-cream in hand, before grabbing a bite to eat and a freshly brewed draft beer at the Bavarian-style Otaru Brewery beer hall.

    • Hop on a train and take a day trip from Sapporo to the beautiful port city of Otaru, which you’ll explore with a local Sapporo host by your side
    • Wander the historic canal, browsing shops and cafes housed in old warehouses along the way
    • Meander through one of the town's markets, getting a feel for local life
    • Grab a quick bite to eat from one of the eateries lining the canal, and sample unique ice-cream flavors
    • See the city’s incredible glass blowing industry, or visit the Otaru Music Box Museum
    • End things off with a trip to the Tanaka Sake Brewery, conveniently located right by the station!
    • This experience will be personalized to you!
    • What’s included
    • Private and personalized experience
    • 6 hours with a host (including travel time)
    • Return train tickets from Sapporo to Otaru
    • Hotel meet-up (if within reasonable distance)
    • Walking experience once in Otaru (if required, your host can suggest public transport or private taxi options)
    • 1 glass of sake, beer or soft drink, carefully selected for you by your host
    • What’s not included
    • Additional Food and drinks
    • Tickets to any attractions
    • Additional transportation costs
    • Gratuities (optional)
  • Your hotel/apartment or any other central location

  • Cancel 14 days before the experience for a full refund

    COVID-19 Flexible Policy: you can cancel for free up to a day before the experience and receive a full refund.

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