Otaru Bay Story Tour (Multilingual Audio Tour) (Nov. 26 – March 26)

  • Minimum requirement of one passenger to operate.
  • 1 day tour
  • Recommendations
  • Ropeway・Gondola riding
  • Multilingual guided tour
  • It is possible to get on the bus at Otaru Terminal
  • Exploring Otaru
  • Meal included
Operation Period Nov 26, 2016 – March 26, 2017
Duration 9 hours 15 min
Distance 89km
Embarkation Point/Departure and Arrival Times
Sapporo Station Bus Terminal Dep. 9:15 Arr. 18:30
Otaru Station Bus Terminal Dep. 10:15 Arr.17:15
Sapporo Park Hotel.....Meet in the Front Lobby
Sapporo Grand Hotel....Meet in the Front Lobby
Otaru Station Bus Terminal....Meet in the Chuo Bus Otaru Terminal Waiting Room(Daiichi Bldg.)

※Includes lunch and Mt. Tengu Ropeway fare

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With multilingual audio system (English, Chinese and Korean) and Japanese local guide, you can discover more different and fun activities that you can do in Otaru. This is the guided tour for both international and Japanese tourists to discover and know trivia of Otaru.


This is 1 day multilingual guided tour to Otaru and available from two bus stops at the hotels (Sapporo Park Hotel and Sapporo Grand Hotel) as well as Sapporo Station Bus Terminal. With multilingual audio guide, you will hear interesting stories filled with humor through headphones, by a foreign speaker who lives in Hokkaido. This makes the experience more real. Also, a Japanese local guide will attend this tour and offer a relaxing and comfortable time with her beautiful voice. Our sightseeing tour bus will pick you up at Sapporo Park Hotel (nearby the Nakajima Koen Station) and Sapporo Grand Hotel (nearby the Odori Station) where tour assistant with a tour placard wait waits for you at the front desk. Departing from Sapporo Station, we will first head for Otaru City. Passing the Hokkaido University through downtown and on to the expressway where you can enjoy the scenery of Ishikari Bay. We’ll go onto for a pleasant wine tasting tour and visit the historical architecture, which houses the winery Otaru Bine, once used as the central branch of the Hokkaido Bank. Then on to the Otaru Canal, enjoy your free time to explore the streets.  For lunch, you can enjoy a buffet meal at Grand Park Otaru, which offers mainly Western and Chinese cuisine, and desert. After lunch we will visit Tanaka Shuzou Brewery where visitors can sample Japanese sake. After sampling, enjoy your free time to explore the unique sweets shops near the Kitaichi Glass and Otaru Music Box Museum where you can breathe the nostalgic air of Taisho Period.  
Finally the tour will head for the final scenic spot, Mt. Tengu Ropeway.
The ropeway will take visitors to the summit. From the ropeway the city appears as a small garden below and from the summit of Mt. Tengu Otaru Port and Ishikari Bay, and on a really clear day event the Shokanbetsu Mountain Range in the distance can be seen. The view from the summit received one star in the Mischlen Green Guide Japon 2009. This tour also originates in Otaru which is convenient to visitors staying in Otaru.



8:40 Sapporo Park Hotel
9:00 Sapporo Grand Hotel
9:15 Sapporo Station Bus Terminal
  Via Nishi 5 Chome Ave.
  Sapporo IC
  Otaru IC
10:15 Otaru Station Bus Terminal
10:25~10:40 ※①Former Hokkaido Bank Main Branch (Wine Shop Otaru Bine tour, tasting and shopping)【15min】
10:45~11:40 Otaru Canal Terminal. 【55 min】Via Sakaimachi Ave. (While sightseeing at Otaru Canal, you can take a group photo(optional, and for those who are interested. Each photo costs ¥1,000.)
  Via Sakaimachi Ave.
12:00~13:20 ※①Grand Park Otaru (buffet meal consisting mainly of Italian, Chinese cuisine and desert)【80min】
13:30~14:00 ※③Tanaka Shuzo Brewery Kikko Gura(visit / tasting)【30 min】
14:05~15:35 Kitaichi Glass ※④Otaru Music Box Museum・※⑤Kitakaro( free time)【90min】
16:00~16:55 ※⑥Mt. Tengu Ropeway (round-trip), Glass Studio in Otaru ( ropeway / free time )【55min】
17:15 Otaru Station Bus Terminal
  Otaru IC
  Sapporo Nishi IC
17:50 Nishimachi Kita 20 cho-me (Miyanosawa Subway Station)
18:05 Kita 1 jo Nishi 12 cho-me
18:15 Sapporo Grand Hotel ( Kita 1 Nishi 4, disembarkation possible)
18:25 Sapporo Clock Tower (disembarkation possible)
18:30 Sapporo Station Bus Terminal
18:40 Sapporo Park Hotel
  • ※①Otaru Bine is closed Jan. 1 and Jan 2, so free time at Otaru Canal Terminal area will be from 10:20 - 11:40.
  • ※②Western, Chinese, and dessert lunch buffet. (70 min.) Lunch buffet is free for children preschool and under.
  • ※③Tasting will follow the guided tour of the factory.
  • ※④The bus will stop in front of the Kitaichi Glass No. 3 Building and let off passengers, and return again 5 minutes before departure time at the same place.
  • ※⑤Show your Regular Sightseeing Bus ticket stub and receive one set of "Hamanasuno Koi Cookies." (excluded Jan. 1)
    The guide will hand out a 10% discount ticket that can be used for seafood and agricultural products as well as crafts, and a 5% discount ticket for for snacks (excludes drinks and alcoholic beverages, and economical sets that include shipping and cold case costs. )at the [Kitano Ryoba Otaru Canal Branch] and the [Otaru No. 5 Branch] .
  • ※⑥It is possible to disembark at Mt. Tengu. Show your Regular Sightseeing Bus ticket and rice the local bus between Mt. Tengu and Otaru Station (no extra fare needed, side stops not possible). In the event the Mt. Tengu Ropeway is closed due to adverse weather, we will hand out a souvenir to each passenger.
  • ◎Disembarkation at Otaru Station Bus Terminal is possible. Complimentary drink service is available Mt. Tengu Summit Restaurant (choose from coffee, tea, cocoa, orange juice or Oolong tea).
  • * The Glass Studio in Otaru is scheduled to be closed between Dec. 29 - Jan. 2. The Glass studio is closed every Tuesday (the gift shop is open). Show your Regular Sightseeing Bus ticket and receive a 10% discount on all merchandise at the Glass Studio In Otaru.

Schedule Calendar

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※Colored days are operating days.


Special Notes

This course offers a multilingual audio guidance. (Tape played in Chinese, Korean and English)An actual guide aboard the bus will give explanations in Japanese.
Caution: Lunch at the Grand Park usually begins at 12:00, but may be changed to 1:00 due to various circumstance. In that case, the itinerary for the rest of the day will change as follows.
Otaru Canal Terminal (free time to explore 10:45 - 11:40 -> via Sakaimachi-dori ->Kitaichi Glass, Otaru Music Box Museum, Kitakaro (free time) 11:50 - 13:00->Grand Park Otaru (buffet lunch), Wing Bay Otaru free time 13:15 - 14:40 -> Tanaka Sake Brewery Kikkogura 14:50 -15:20 ->Otaru Mt. Tengu 15:50 - 16:45 (arrival at all other times at bus stops listed below will be 10 minutes earlier.)
◎Tour will be cancelled when there is no reservation by 18:00 the day before.
◎Duration of sightseeing may be changed due to the traffic and the number of passengers
◎Arrival time will be earlier than scheduled time due to closed days or limit on tours at each facility.
◎Please allow enough time for transfer to the other modes of transport, as buses may be delayed due to traffic congestion or adverse weather conditions.
◎Tours may be cancelled due to the snow disaster. Please inquire about operation schedule in adverse weather conditions.