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
Hosted in English (On request: Arabic, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Spanish)
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.
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.
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.
We will match you to the local host best suited to your requirements specified in our lovely post-booking questionnaire.
How it works
If you’re unsure about what experience to book or would like more information on how it all works, just email me here. I or someone from our Customer Experience Team will get in touch so we can suggest the perfect personalized experience for you.
If you prefer to speak to someone, feel free to send us your WhatsApp or cell number and we’ll give you a call back.
Just because it’s not here doesn’t mean we can’t offer it.
Get in touch and the City Unscripted team and hosts will help create the right experience for you.