Otaru Bay Story Tour (Multilingual Audio Tour)(Apr 1 – 24, Nov 4 – 20)

【Concerning the suspension of ALL Regular Sightseeing Buses due to the Declaration of State of Emergency regarding the prevention of the spread of Novel COVID-19】

We thank our patrons for the continued support and use of the Chuo Bus Company.
The Japanese government has declared a state of emergency that encompasses a wider area, as a special revised measure to prevent the further spread of the Novel COVID-19. Hokkaido prefecture has also issued preventative measures against the spread of the virus. In light of these new measures, and for the purpose of protecting the safety and health of our customers, prevention of the further spread of the virus is our priority. For this reason, we have decided to suspend ALL Regular Sightseeing courses until further notice.
We apologize for the inconvenience this may cause our patrons and customers, and thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation during this difficult time.

●Suspension period
Until further notice
●Suspended courses
All Regular Sightseeing Bus courses scheduled to operate during this period.
The service restart date will be posted on our Regular Sightseeing Bus multiple language website pages.

  • Minimum requirement of one passenger to operate.
  • 1 day tour
  • Recommendations
  • Multilingual guided tour
  • It is possible to get on the bus at Otaru Terminal
  • Exploring Otaru
  • Meal included
Operation Period Apr 1 – Apr 24, Nov 4 – Nov 20, 2020
Duration 8 hours 10 min
Distance 91km
Embarkation Point/Departure and Arrival Times
Sapporo Station Bus Terminal / Start: 9:15 End: 17:20
Otaru Station Bus Terminal / Start: 10:05 End: 16:10

※Includes lunch.
※Guidance is provided with multilingual audio system in Japanese, English, Chinese and Korean. A tour guide will be present, but will not provide guidance.

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With multilingual audio system in 4 languages (Japanese, English, Chinese and Korean) 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.


Convenient day trip to Otaru with multilingual audio system.
The multilingual audio guidance provided by foreigners residing in Hokkaido is filled with humor and fun! The audio coming from the headphones adds reality to your journey. Japanese guidance is given by an actual tour guide so Japanese passengers can also enjoy the tour.
Embarkation is possible at from Sapporo Station Bus Terminal., and Otaru Station Bus Terminal. Just look for the tour guide with a sign in front of the front desk of your hotel.
The bus leaves the station area and passes in front of Hokkaido University, then takes the expressway to Otaru. From the expressway you can see Ishikari Bay.
As soon as we arrive in Otaru, we head for a [Former Hokkaido Bank Main Branch, Otaru Bine] , a historical monument of Otaru that was renovated into a wine shop where you can enjoy tasting. After the tasting, we will explore the Otaru Canal area. Here you have the option of taking a group photo. After free time on the canal, buffet lunch is provided at Grand Park Hotel Otaru. Enjoy the Western, Chinese and dessert buffet to your heart’s content.
After lunch we will stop in at Tanaka Sake Brewery and enjoy a tour and tasting, then explore the Kitaichi Glass Factory and Music Box Museum area. In this area you can enjoy the romantic Western architecture of Kitaichi Glass Factory built in the Taisho Era, and enjoy shopping at various sweets shops and other stores in the area. We will then head for Mt. Tengu in Otaru and take a ropeway to the summit where you can view the entire city and port of Otaru, Ishikari Bay and on sunny days the Shokanbetsu Mountain Range and Shakotan Peninsula. The tour can originate in Otaru as well so it is convenient for guests staying in Otaru.



9:15 Sapporo Station Bus Terminal
10:05 ※①Otaru Station Bus Terminal
10:15~10:30 Former Hokkaido Bank Main Branch (Wine shop Otaru Bine tour, tasting and shopping)【15min】
10:35~11:35 ※②Otaru Canal Bus Terminal(visit for 60min ・※①the sweets coupon is available here for extra pay)
11:50~13:15 ※③Grand Park Otaru (buffet meal consisting mainly of Italian, Chinese cuisine and desert )・Free time to explore Wing Bay Otaru [85 min]
13:25~13:55 ※④Tanaka Shuzo Brewery Kikko Gura(visit / tasting)【30 min】
14:00~16:00 Kitaichi Glass Factory and ※⑤Otaru Music Box Museum (free time) ※⑥Kitakaro [120 min.]
16:10 Otaru Station Bus Terminal
16:45 Nishimachi Kita 20 cho-me (Miyanosawa Subway Station)
17:00 Kita 1 Jo Nishi 12 cho-me
17:10 Sapporo Grand Hotel
17:15 Sapporo Clock Tower
17:20 Sapporo Station Bus Terminal
17:25 Sapporo Park Hotel
  • This bus is customized for the multilingual audio system.(Japanese, English, Chinese and Korean)(Sightseeing guide will accompany, but will not explain the sights.Guidance is available through audio system.)
  • ※①Board from Platform 6 at Otaru Station Bus Terminal.
  • ※②Group photo option available upon arrival at Otaru Canal Terminal (¥1,000 per photo. )
  • ※③ Buffet-style lunch consisting mainly of Western, Chinese cuisine and desert (70 min) Lunch Buffet is free for preschool children.
  • ※④Tasting after observing the factory (guided tour) Besides tasting sake, there is sampling of sake dumplings, castella cake, and black bean tea. Outside you can drink fresh water from the well. (subject to change)
  • ※⑤Purchase over ¥3,000 at Otaru Music Box Museum and receive an original book mark.
  • ※⑥ Show the bus ticket stub at Kitakaro and get a set of “Hamanasu no Koi” cookies.
    Passengers will receive a 10% discount ticket usable at Kitano Ryoba Otaru Canal Branch and Otaru 5 Go Branch for purchases of marine and agricultural products and crafts, plus a 5% discount ticket for snacks and sweets. (Excludes drinks and alcohol, economic sets including shipping, shipping, and cooler cases.)
  • When the bus for this course is an extra bus(no. 2 bus), departure time for the extra bus (no. 2 bus) will be 9:25, 10 minutes later than the usual bus.
    Because the bus will be leaving 10 minutes later, arrival at each destination will also be 10 minutes later than usual.

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Special Notes

◎Duration of sightseeing may be changed due to the traffic and the number of passengers. Further, arrival time may be delayed so be sure to allow ample time for transferring to other modes of transport.
◎Arrival time will be earlier than scheduled time due to closed days or the limits on tours at each facility.
◎Please allow enough time for transfer to the other modes of transport, because buses may be delayed due to the traffic jams or adverse weather conditions.
◎Tours may be cancelled due to traffic restrictions in the event of disaster or marathons. Please contact us to reconfirm operation in such cases.