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Otaru Tours

Otaru Tours

Otaru is a romantic port town famous for its canal, glass workshops, and music box museum.

Otaru first started out as a fishing village founded by the Ainu people. The name of the town was originally Otarunai and derives from Ainu language, which translates to “river running through the sandy beach.” In 1865, the Tokugawa Shogunate recognized the settlement as an actual village. Even when the bakufu, Shogunate, came to an end and the Meiji Restoration began, Otaru was a key factor to developing Hokkaido in 1871. In 1899, an imperial decree was made that Otaru would be an open port for trade with United States and United Kingdom.

Otaru Canal was used to transport materials from larger vessels and store them in the warehouses along the canal. First built in 1923, the canal was used by businesses to transport their merchandise to warehouses with smaller ships since the bigger ships could not directly unload their goods to their destinations. The city built walking paths next to the canal so now, during the day people can take leisurely walks about the scenic route. The walkways were designed with square shaped granite arranged in a ginkgo design. They added 63 old fashioned gas lamps along the path way. In the winter time is the Otaru Snow Light Path. It is a festival that lasts for 10 days with lanterns made of snow adorning different areas of the city. The Otaru Snow Light Path has two main areas to visit which are the Unga Kaijo and Temiyasen Kaijo. The Unga Kaijo is by the Otaru canal and covers about 300 meters worth of street. This area has gas lamps lining up against the canal with restored warehouses, which are restaurants, shops, cafes, workshops etc.

Located at the southern end of Sakaimachi Street (境 町通り) in a small cluster of buildings is the Music Box Museum in Otaru. The museum features over 1500 music boxes, orgel (オルゴール) in Japanese, which can be purchased or enjoyed. In 1912, the building, which the museum resides in, was constructed with an exterior of bricks while the inside is designed with wood. The largest building out of the cluster is the main shop and can be singled out with the steam clock placed in front. The steam clock was made by a Canadian clock maker named Raymond Sounders. Every fifteen minutes, the five steam chimes, plays a melody while the main steam whistles on the hour. Otaru is also famous for its refined craftsmanship with glass. Around the city you can visit different glass workshops and see the artisans at work.

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Charms of Hokkaido: Autumn Leaves & Salmon Run arrow readmore icon

Chitose / Shiraoi / Sapporo / Otaru / Asahikawa / Sounkyo / Kitami / Abashiri / Shiretoko / Lake Mashu / Lake Akan / Kushiro

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9 Days 8 Nights | from US $3698.00

Visit Hokkaido during the vibrant autumn season in time to see the annual Salmon Run, and experience the island's natural beauties as well as the native culture of the Ainu.

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Sun. Oct 13, 2024 Mon. Oct 21, 2024 US $3698.00 Sapporo Kushiro Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
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Sun. Sep 15, 2024 Mon. Sep 23, 2024 US $3698.00 Sapporo Sapporo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
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    8 reviews

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The must see sights of Tohoku & Hokkaido...plus fall foliage in Autumn.

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Sun. Oct 13, 2024 Mon. Oct 21, 2024 US $3798.00 Tokyo Sapporo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
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Sapporo / Otaru / Furano / Biei / Asahikawa / Hokuryu / Sounkyo / Kitami / Abashiri / Shiretoko / Lake Mashu / Lake Akan / Kushiro

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This delightful itinerary brings our guests through fields of cheerful summer flowers to explore the incredible nature of Furano, Biei, the Shiretoko Peninsula, and Kushiro on this relaxing Charms of Hokkaido summer tour.

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Sun. Aug 18, 2024 Mon. Aug 26, 2024 US $3798.00 Sapporo Kushiro Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
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Lake Toya / Nanae / Hakodate / Lake Onuma / Noboribetsu / Shiraoi / Furano / Biei / Yoichi / Otaru / Sapporo

    21 reviews

9 Days 8 Nights | from US $3798.00

This delightful summer itinerary offers our guests the Charms of Hokkaido, featuring idyllic Furano and Biei, where the landscape is covered in a wavy sea of lavenders and other aromatic flowers.

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Sat. Jul 12, 2025 Sun. Jul 20, 2025 US $3798.00 Sapporo Sapporo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
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Sapporo / Otaru / Shiraoi / Noboribetsu / Lake Toya / Hakodate / Seikan Tunnel / Aomori / Towada / Morioka / Hiraizumi / Matsushima / Nikko

    8 reviews

9 Days 8 Nights | from US $3798.00

The must see sights of Hokkaido &Tohoku...plus fall foliage in Autumn.

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Sat. Nov 2, 2024 Sun. Nov 10, 2024 US $3798.00 Sapporo Tokyo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
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    21 reviews

9 Days 8 Nights | from US $3798.00

Explore Southern & Central Hokkaido in springtime while cherry blossoms are in full bloom.

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Thu. May 1, 2025 Fri. May 9, 2025 US $3798.00 Sapporo Sapporo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
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    question mark icon         Tour#: GTG1373502

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Shiraoi / Lake Shikotsu / Sapporo / Otaru / Asahikawa / Sounkyo / Kitami / Abashiri / Lake Tofutsu / Lake Akan / Kushiro

    21 reviews

9 Days 8 Nights | from US $3798.00

See the Sapporo Snow Festival, as well as three other main Winter Festivals in Hokkaido.

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Sun. Feb 2, 2025 Mon. Feb 10, 2025 US $3798.00 Sapporo Kushiro Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
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    8 reviews

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The must see sights of Tohoku & Hokkaido...plus cherry blossoms & wisteria in Spring.

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    8 reviews

9 Days 8 Nights | from US $3898.00

The must see sights of Hokkaido & Tohoku with spring cherry blossoms and baby blue eye flowers at Hitachi Seaside Park.

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