Winter Tour of Otaru Canal, Otaru Aquarium and Shiroi Koibito Park

  • Minimum requirement of one passenger to operate.
  • 1 day tour
  • Recommendations
  • Exploring Otaru
Operation Period Jan 24 - Feb 16, 2020
Duration 8 hrs 50 min
Distance -
Embarkation Point/Departure and Arrival Times
Sapporo Station Bus Terminal / Dep 8:55 ・Arr 17:45

*Includes admission(plus shows) to Otaru Aquarium, and Shiroi Koibito Park Factory Course

みどころ PICK UP!!

This is a new Regular Sightseeing Course for 2019


“Recommended tour for sightseeing during winter. We will visit the Otaru Canal for free time to explore Kitaichi Glass and facilities nearby, Otaru Aquarium, and tours at Shiroi Koibito Park.
●Free time to explore Otaru : Recommended major tourist attractions
Otaru Canal Cruise – This new activity provides a look into the history of romantic city Otaru. The friendly captains of the boat will explain the sights along the canal over the course of 40 minutes.
●For details visit http://otaru.cc/

●Nitori Art Museum (Former Hokkaido Takushoku Bank Otaru Branch)
The building was once the office for Hokkaido Takushoku Bank Otaru Branch, where author Takiji Kobayashi once worked. The vaulted ceilings of the foyer are supported by six impressive ancient columns. The fourth floor features major Japanese artists such as Daikan Yokoyama, Tamado Kawai, and the third floor displays paintings by Japanese artist such as Ryusei Kishida, as well as Western artists. On the second floor there are wooden sculptures by Koun Takamura and his understudies, and the basement is an Art Nouveau and Art Deco Glass gallery.

●The Art Nouveau and Art Deco Glass Gallery (B1 Nitori Art Museum) features the magnificent works of Gallé, Daum brothers, and Lalique. Inside the “”Lamp Forest,”" which is reminiscent of the Paris Expo in 1900, numerous table lamps emanate a soft glow. Besides the beautiful glass works, furniture and other artifacts that represent the Art Nouveau and Art Deco age are displayed, creating a luxurious interior.

●The Former Mitsui Bank Otaru Branch was renovated in Showa 2 as the 6th generation of the branch. It was designed and built by the Sone Nakajo Architecture and Construction Company. The Renaissance-style exterior of the building is constructed with heavy stone, with corridors that surround the vaulted ceilings inside. Beautiful crown-moulding adorns the ceiling. Inside this refreshing and impressive atmosphere, are numerous artifacts and materials that date back to when the building was first erected.

●Stained Glass Museum (former Takahashi Warehouse) – Built in the early part of the 20th Century, the timber-framed building features a queen port trusses and stone, a Western-style of construction common for buildings in Otaru at that time. The museum features 140 pieces of stained glass windows that adorned the churches of England between the later part of the 19th Century and early 20th Century. When seen up close, the breathtaking beauty of light filtering through the stained glass spreads in every direction, showering the observer with beautiful light. The Otaru Art Base Museum shop next door is admission-free.
●For more details please visit http://www.nitorihd.co.jp/otaru-art-base/

●Kitaichi Glass Factory – When considering souvenirs from Otaru, sparkling glass work comes to mind. Of the many glass products available, Kitaichi boasts the largest inventory, as well as quality. Visitors can enjoy glass-making, delicious food and of course shopping.
●For details please visit –  http://www.kitaichiglass.co.jp/index.html

●Otaru Music Box Museum – Discover the magical sound of music boxes that seem to add something special to the nostalgic streets of Otaru. The museum is highly famous, and a popular destination among tourists from around the world.
●For details please visit  http://www.otaru-orgel.co.jp/j_main.html
●Otaru Aquarium – 70 tanks of all sizes exhibit over 5000 sea creatures and fish comprised of 250 varieties that live in both cold and warm seas.
The aquarium sits on a hill overlooking the Sea of Japan, and is surrounded by beautiful nature.
On this course passengers can see penguins, South American sea lions, and dolphins, and explanations on feeding of seals. We especially recommend the penguin’s walk in the snow.
●For details please visit https://otaru-aq.jp/



8:55 Sapporo Station Bus Terminal
via Nishi 5-chome
Sapporo Kita IC
Otaru IC
10:15~12:10 *①Otaru Aquarium South American sea lion, dolphin show, penguin snow walk and seal feeding shoes/free time to explore.
12:30~15:20 Otaru Canal Terminal (free time to eat, Kitaichi Glass, Venetian Museum *②free time to explore Otaru Canal)
15:30 *③Chuo bus Otaru Station Bus Terminal (D/O possible)
Otaru IC
Sapporo Nishi IC
16:05~17:05 *④Shiroi Koibito Park
17:20 Kita Ichijo Nishi 12-chome (D/O possible)
17:30 Kita Ichijo Nishi 4-chome (D/O possible, 2-minute walk to Grand Hotel)
17:40 Sapporo Clock Tower (D/O possible)
17:45 Sapporo Station Bus Terminal
  • ※①The following shows can be seen at Otaru Aquarium.
    • Seal feeding time (10 min) 10:40~10:50
      During winter, many wild seals can be seen swimming in the ocean near Otaru. The seal show explains interesting facts and characteristics about the seals that many do not know about.
    • The South American sea lion and dolphin show (20 min)11:00~11:20
      This show features the "sea lion school" and an "interactive show involving guests," and a "show by 2 sea lions."
      After you watch the sea lions and their cute performance, enjoy a powerful and impressive show put on by the dolphins.
    • Penguin Walk in the Snow (10 min) 11:30~11:40
      The Penguin Walk in the Snow is the most popular highlight of winter events at the aquarium. Enjoy the adorable and curious Gentoo Penguins as they waddle along the snowy path.

  • All passengers 3 years old and up will receive an original postcard. Children between ages 3 and 6 who did not pay a children's fare will be required to pay for admission to the Otaru Aquarium (¥210) on-site.
  • ※②We will distribute 10% discount coupons that can be used for dining, agricultural, marine and craft products, and a 5% discount coupon that can be used for snacks at Kitano Ryoba Otaru Canal branch, Otaru No. 5 branch, and Otaru Annex (excludes drinks, alcoholic drinks, economical sets including shipping, shipping, and cold cases).
  • A special recommended menu(paid) has been prepared exclusively for Regular Sightseeing Bus passengers.
    ●Chuo Bus Original Seafood Donburi: (salmon 3 slices, 10 g of salmon roe, 1 slice of scallop, 1 shrimp, 1 slice of tuna, 1 slice of cuttlefish, 10g of flying fish roe, and 1 slice of egg) + miso soup ¥1,848 (tax included)
    ●Sea Urchin and Salmon Roe Donburi ¥4,158 (tax included)
    ●Kitamae Donburi ¥3,168 (tax included)
    ※Prices are subject to change.
  • Otaru Cruise (takes about 40 min) If you have made a reservation, please be at the dock 15 minutes prior to departure time. If you haven't made a reservation, you can come to the dock 15 minutes prior to departure, and confirm vacancy. Show your Regular Sightseeing Bus Ticket for the following discount: Adults ¥1,500->¥1,400 , children (elementary school) ¥500->¥450 Cruise leaves 30 minutes after every hour. *preschoolers (4-6) can board for free : one child per one adult, two or more children must pay.
    *Cruise may be cancelled in strong winds or inclement weather. Show your Regular Sightseeing Bus Ticket to receive a 10% discount on price. If you wish to take the cruise, please make a reservation individually up to one day prior to the cruise departure date.(reservations: 0134-31-1733), or go directly to the cruise boat office on the same day, and confirm vacancy. You may not be able to board the cruise if there are many customers.
  • ★Nitori Art Base(※Free admission for Jr. High and under)
    ●Show your Regular Sightseeing Bus Ticket for the following reduced prices. Prices are subject to change.
    Adults college students High school students
    Common pass for 3 museums: Nitori Art Museum, Stained Glass Museum, and Former Mitsui Bank Otaru Branch ¥1800 ¥1350 ¥900
    Each facility can be visited individually as well. (Discounts are not provided for individual viewing)
    Adults college students High school students
    Nitori Art Museum \1500 \1000 \700
    Stained Glass Museum \700 \500 \400
    Former Mitsui Bank Otaru Branch \500 \300 \200
  • College Students, High School students must show their school ID to receive student discounts(this applies to foreigners as well).
  • Special exhibits will incur a separate charge.
  • Persons with a disability pass card can bring one caregiver for free.
  • Nitori Art Museum, Stained Glass Museum, and Former Mitsui Bank Otaru Branch (closed Wednesdays between Nov - Apr, but will be open on Wednesdays during the Otaru Snow Light Path)
  • The Former Mitsui Bank Otaru Branch may not be open to the public during special events.
  • Groups of 10 persons or more(must make a reservation for a group discount by filling out the designated form on Nitori Public, and mailing it to (otaru-art-base-gp@np-inc.jp)5 days prior to visiting.
  • Otaru Music Box Museum Main Store
    Purchase over ¥3,000 and receive a free bookmark(must show ticket stub)
  • ※③If you get off at Otaru Terminal, you will not be able to visit Shiroi Koibito Park.
  • ※④The following facilities can be viewed at Shiroi Koibito Factory Course.
    ●Chocotopia Factory (former chocolate factory 3F), Shiroi Koibito cookie production line, new baumkuchen production line, as well as an enormous and humorous diorama that explains how Shiroi Koibito cookies are made.
    ●*Chocotopia Market (former chocolate factory 4F)
    The café has also been renovated, and serves a wide variety of foods centered on chocolate(paid).
    You may not be able to tour the Shiroi Koibito Park Factory line, due to maintenance(the facility can be toured).

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Special Notes

※Tour will be cancelled when there is no reservation by 18:00 the day before.
※Tour may be cancelled due to weather conditions or expressway conditions. Tour may also be cancelled during operation due to similar conditions.
※Duration of tour may change depending on traffic congestion or number of passengers. Buses may also be delayed, so please allow ample time for transfer to other means of transportation.
※Arrival time will be earlier than scheduled time due to the closed days or limit on tours at each facility.
※Buses may be delayed due to traffic congestion and adverse weather, so please allow ample time for transfer to other means of transportation.
※Tours may be cancelled due to the snow disaster or traffic regulations due to marathons and other events. Please inquire about operation schedule during adverse weather.