Otaru (Japan)

Otaru Travel Guide and Trip Resources

Janne Moren


Otaru is a harbor town in Hokkaido, Japan
Domestic tourism favorite for its nostalgic atmosphere
Especially the Otaru Canal with its Victorian-style street lights and Meiji period buildings is quite romantic

There is much to see and do in Hokkaido, but if you head there anyway, you may want to try to squeeze the harbor city of Otaru into your itinerary. This city of 150,000 is located near Sapporo and is a domestic favorite for its romantic atmosphere and old buildings, as well as food and shops.

That romantic atmosphere is best experienced around the well-preserved area surrounding the Otaru Canal (pictured), and even better on a winter night, when the old street lights and other festive lights turn it into a winter wonderland. The canal is lined with western style buildings from the Meiji period (1868-1912) and the cobble stone streets in the area around it are a great place to go for a stroll. [Review by travelindicator]

Key info

  • Otaru is a city in Japan's region of Hokkaido. It has a population of 131,706, is situated at an altitude of 151ft and the best airport to fly into is CTS (Chitose, Sapporo)
  • The main spoken language here is Japanese, and the average English skill is low
  • The currency used in Japan is the Japanese yen (JPY)

Other cities in the region (Hokkaido, Japan)

Sapporo, Niseko, Hakodate, Abashiri, Wakkanai

Otaru Weather

Historical average maximum temperature per month (℉):

30 32 39 52 61 68 75 79 72 61 46 36

Historical average rainfall per month (inches):

5.6 4.2 3.4 2.2 2.2 1.8 3.1 4.6 5 5.1 5.8 5.6

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Other travel destinations in Japan (by popularity)

Hatsukaichi, Kyoto, Tokyo, Sapporo, Hiroshima, Osaka, Takamatsu, Okinawa, Kanazawa, Fukuoka, Nara, Yokohama, Otaru, Sendai, Kitakyushu, Niseko, Kobe, Nagoya, Niigata, Wakkanai, Nikko, Sai, Akita, Abashiri, Hakodate, Kagoshima, Nagasaki, Okayama [Browse all]