Otaru Bay Story Tour (Nov 21 – 30, 2018, Mar 25 – 31, 2019) (Multilingual Audio Tour)

  • Minimum requirement of one passenger to operate.
  • 1 day tour
  • Multilingual guided tour
  • It is possible to get on the bus at Otaru Terminal
  • Exploring Otaru
  • Meal included
Operation Period Nov 21 – Nov 30, 2018
Mar 25 - Mar 31,2019
Duration 8 hours 55 min
Distance 89km
Embarkation Point/Departure and Arrival Times
Sapporo Station Bus Terminal Dep. 9:15 Arr. 18:10
Otaru Station Bus Terminal Dep. 10:15 Arr. 16:55

*Includes lunch.
*This course is operated with a multilingual audio guidance system in Chinese, English, Japanese and Korean(guidance in Japanese is also by audio system). A tour guide will accompany the group but will not offer guidance concerning the sights.
*Due to maintenance, the ropeway will not be open Nov 21 - Nov 30, and Mar 25 - Mar 31. Even if the inspection dates change, we will not take a ride on the ropeway during this period.

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With the multilingual audio system in 4 languages(English, Chinese, Japanese and Korean), you can discover even more different and fun activities to 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 , available in four languages: English, Chinese, Japanese and Korean, 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.
Departing from Sapporo Station, we will first head for Otaru City. Passing the Hokkaido University through downtown and onto 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 dessert. After lunch we will visit Tanaka Shuzo 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. This tour also originates in Otaru which is convenient to visitors staying in Otaru.



9:15 Sapporo Station Bus Terminal
  Via Nishi 5 Chome
  Sapporo Kita IC
  Otaru IC
10:15 Otaru Station Bus Terminal
10:25~10:40 Former Hokkaido Bank Main Branch (Wine Shop Otaru Bine tour, tasting and shopping)【15min】
  Via Sakaimachi Ave.
10:45~11:40 Otaru Canal Bus Terminal [55min] (visitors have the option of joining in a group photo at the canal, and can purchase the photo for ¥1,000 per photo.)
12:00~13:20 ※①Grand Park Otaru (buffet meal consisting mainly of Italian, Chinese cuisine and desert )【80min】
13:30~14:00 ※②Tanaka Shuzo Brewery Kikko Gura(visit / tasting)【30 min】
14:05~15:50 Kitaichi Glass and ※③Otaru Music Box Museum ※④Kitakaro ( free time )【105 min】
16:15~16:35 Glass Studio in Otaru (free time )【20min】
16:55 Otaru Station Bus Terminal
  Otaru IC
  Sapporo Nishi IC
17:30 Nishimachi Kita 20 cho-me (Miyanosawa Subway Station)
17:45 Kita 1 jo Nishi 12 cho-me(disembarkation possible)
17:55 Kita 1 Jo Nishi 4-chome (2 minute walk to Sapporo Grand Hotel, D/O possible)
18:05 Sapporo Clock Tower
18:10 Sapporo Station Bus Terminal
18:20 Sapporo Park Hotel
  • ※①Buffet-style lunch consisting mainly of Italian, Chinese cuisine and desert (70 min) The lunch buffet is free for children under elementary school.
  • ※②Tasting after observing the factory (guided tour)
  • ※③Purchase over ¥3,000 or more and receive a bookmark(must show ticket stub).
  • ※④TShow the bus ticket stub at Kitakaro and receive a set of “Hamanasu no Koi” cookies.
  • ◎You can get off the bus at Otaru Station Bus Terminal.
    We will hand out coupons that give you a 10 % discount on marine, agricultural and craft products, and a 5% discount on snacks(excludes drinks, alcohol, shipping, special sets including shipping, and cooler boxes). These coupons can be used at Kitano Ryoba [Otaru Canal Branch] and [Otaru No.5 Branch].
  • ※Glass workshop at the Glass Studio in Otaru is closed every Tuesday. (Its store is open.) You can get a 10 % discount for items at the Glass Studio in Otaru when you show your bus ticket stub.
    Caution: Mt. Tengu Ropeway will not be open due to maintenace.

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※Colored days are operating days.


Special Notes

This course is operated with a multilingual audio guidance system in Chinese, English, Japanese and Korean(guidance in Japanese is also by audio system). A tour guide will accompany the group but will not offer guidance concerning the sights.
※Tour will be cancelled when there is no reservation by 18:00 one day prior to departure, or due to conditions of facilities at destination.
※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 limits on tours of the facility.
※Please allow enough time for transfer to 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 during adverse weather conditions.