Otaru Bay Story Tour (Multilingual Audio Tour) (Nov 23 – Mar 22)

  • 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 23, 2019 - Mar 22, 202 (N/S Jan 1)
Duration 9 hours 15 min
Extra bus takes 9 hr 30 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
Otaru Station Bus Terminal....Meet in the Chuo Bus Otaru Terminal Waiting Room(Daiichi Bldg.)

※Includes lunch and Mt. Tengu Ropeway fare.
*This course is operated in Japanese, Chinese, Korean, and English audio guidance system(Japanese guidance is also with audio system). A tour guide will be on board, but will not provide guidance along the way.

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With multilingual audio system (English, Chinese and Korean, Japanese), 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, available in four languages: English, Chinese and Korean,Japanese, 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.
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 Michelin Green Guide Japan 2009. This tour also originates in Otaru which is convenient to visitors staying in Otaru.



Bus No. 1

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 Former 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 ※②Tanaka Shuzo Brewery Kikko Gura(visit / tasting)【30 min】
14:05~15:35 Kitaichi Glass ※③Otaru Music Box Museum・※④Kitakaro( free time)【90min】
16:00~16:55 ※⑤Mt. 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 Kita 1 Jo Nishi 4-chome (2 minute walk to Sapporo Grand Hotel, D/O possible)
18:25 Sapporo Clock Tower (disembarkation possible)
18:30 Sapporo Station Bus Terminal
18:40 Sapporo Park Hotel

Itinerary for Extra Bus No. 2 ((Please understand that due to congestion and other situations, Bus No. 2 may not be in operation.) )

9:15 Sapporo Station Bus Terminal
  Via Nishi 5 Chome Ave.
  Sapporo IC
  Otaru IC
10:15 Otaru Station Bus Terminal
10:25~11:20 Otaru Canal Terminal(explore the area)【55min】
11:30~11:45 Former Hokkaido Bank Main Office(wine shop Otaru Bine, tour, sampling and shop) 【15min】
12:05~13:25 ※①Grand Park Otaru Lunch 【Western, Chinese and Dessert buffet】・Explore Wing Bay Otaru【80min】
13:55~14:50 ※⑤Mt. Tengu Ropeway(round-trip)・The Glass Studio in Otaru (free time to explore) 【55min】
  Via Sakaimachi Ave.
15:15~16:45 Kitaichi Glass ※③Otaru Music Box Museum (main store) ※④Kitakaro(free time)【90min】
16:50~17:20 ※②Tanaka Sake Brewery Kikkogura(tour & sampling)【30min】
17:35 Otaru Station Bus Terminal (stop if there are passengers getting off)
  Otaru IC
  Sapporo Nishi IC
18:10 NIshimachi Kita 20-chome (Miyanosawa Subway Station / D/O possible)
18:25 Kita Ichijo Nishi 12-chome (D/O possible)
18:35 Kita Ichijo Nishi 4-chome (D/O possible, 2 minute walk to Sapporo Grand Hotel)
18:45 Sapporo Clock Tower (disembarkation possible)
18:50 Sapporo Station Bus Terminal
19:00 Sapporo Park Hotel
  • ※①Western, Chinese, and dessert lunch buffet. (70 min.) Lunch buffet is free for children preschool and under.
  • ※②Tasting will follow the guided tour of the factory.
  • ※③Purchase over ¥3,000 or more and receive a bookmark(must show ticket stub).
  • ※④Show your Regular Sightseeing Bus ticket stub and receive one set of "Hamanasuno Koi Cookies."
    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] .
  • ※⑤It 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. Show your Regular Sightseeing Bus ticket will receive a 10% discount on complimentary drink service.
  • * 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.
  • * If Mt. Tengu Ropeway is suspended due to high winds, a complimentary snack will be provided.
  • ※The Glass Studio in Otaru, one of our stops on this course, will not be open as their holiday has been changed to every Tuesday beginning December 17 (Tue). Therefore, we will not be making a stop for tours or shopping.
    We apologize for any inconvenience.

Schedule Calendar

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※Colored days are operating days.


Special Notes

This course is operated in Japanese, Chinese, Korean, and English audio guidance system(Japanese guidance is also with audio system). A tour guide will be on board, but will not provide guidance along the way.
◎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.