Explore a picturesque nostalgic city and enjoy shopping unique to Otaru
Otaru is located 30 min. from Sapporo by JR train. Otaru is a nostalgic port town that attracts many tourists in and out of Japan.
Once called Northern Wall Street, time-honored stone warehouses along the famous canal from Otaru's most prosperous era are now converted into fancy glassmaker's shops, music box shops, excellent sweets shops, and souvenir shops that carry Otaru-made goods. Sushi and Seafood are also must-have items. Fresh locally brewed sake (Japanese rice wine), beer and wine really goes well with these cuisines.
We will explore one of the local sake breweries, Tanaka Shuzo brewery Kikkogura, and try free sake samples. Our last highlight is going up to Mt. Tengu summit by cable car to experience panoramic view of Qusai National Park.
I can customize the tour especially for you to suit your schedule and requests.
The following is an example tour:
9:30 meet at your hotel & move to JR Sapporo Station to take a train for Otaru
10:45-12:00 Nishin Goten ( Herring Fishermen Lodge Museum) or Former Aoyama Villa ( herring tycoon's mansion with Japanese fine arts) by bus
12:30-15:30 visit Sankaku Market( you can buy a live crab, have it cooked and eat it at an adjacent diner), Otaru Canal, Sakai-machi Street including Glass Shops, Music Box Shop, LeTao Confectionery. You can have lunch at sushi restaurants, too.
15:45-16:00 visit Tanaka Sake Brewery to learn how to make Japanese sake and try free samples
16:15-17:30 go to Mt Tengu by bus and go up to the summit by cable car
18:30 come back to Sapporo by JR train and disband
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: your hotel
End location: your hotel or JR Sapporo Station
Duration: 9 hours
JR train, Otaru strolling bus, cable car, walking
Estimated Local Cash Needed
4500 JPY - This is payment for one person.your transportation fee JR train( 650 yen X2) and Otaru Stolling Bus fee( 500 yen), cable car fee(1200 yen), Herring Gotten admission( 500 yen) or Former Aoyama Villa( 1080 yen), lunch ( around 1000yen) and others
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What is good about Yuko San is that she is a Japanese licensed tour guide. As what I know of, not many tour guides in Japan are licensed tour guides. As a licensed tour guide, she had to sit in for exam about Japan history, thus she has good knowledge about Japan history and good places to go in Sapporo (she lives in Sapporo). I brought my elderly parents in winter and she hand-held my parents when we walked on snowy roads. She was friendly and helpful.