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Get ready to know the best photo spots in Otaru.

Photos and Route Maps

Check out the below maps for routes to great photographing and sightseeing spots.

Otaru Inner-City

Otaru is full of picturesque sceneries, such as the canal, old state-owned Temiya Line tracks, historical buildings, and hill paths.

Located only a 20-minute drive from the ocean and mountains, the city is a place where you can enjoy beautiful nature.

Otaru has many faces throughout a day and all year round, so please discover your favorite scene.

  • Old Temiya railroad tracks: between autumn and winter
    As soon it enters November, autumnal snow begins to fall. The old Temiya railroad tracks, already soaked in beautiful autumn colors, turned white on this day.
  • Morning sun over Asahibashi
    From the North Canal The passenger-less bus making its redirection to the front of the Canal announces the beginning of the day.

Asarigawa Hot Springs

A quiet hot springs town with many different hotels along a river, including small pensions and large resort hotels pensions.

The ‘salon of Otaru’ is surrounded by mountains and rivers, where you can enjoy nature in all four seasons.

There are hot springs facilities for day-trip visitors.

You can enjoy golf and tennis in the summer, red leaves in the autumn, and skiing in the winter.

  • Estimated taxi fare from Otaru station to Asarigawa Hot Springs Hotel: About 3,000 yen
  • Autumn in Asarigawa
    The picturesque Asarigawa
  • Coastal line from near the JR Asarigawa station
    Walk up the stairs behind the Asarigawa station, and a wonderful view of the ocean awaits you.

Mt. Tengu

About 15-minute drive from the city center. Otaru’s symbolic presence.

A 30-person ropeway runs between the foothills to the mountaintop in around 4 minutes.

During sunny days, you can see the faraway Shakotan Peninsula and Shokanbetsu mountains from this beautiful viewpoint.

  • Operating hours: 9am – 9pm (leaves every 12 minutes)
  • Operation may be halted during rough weather.
  • The operation schedule changes according to the seasons.
  • Golden clouds
    From the top of Mt. Tengu, the Otaru Port is covered by the morning clouds and boats passing underneath. It must be pretty dark under these clouds.
  • Looking at Otaru Port from Mt. Tengu
    Around the summer equinox, the sun rises directly above Otaru Port, looking from Mt. Tengu. Seas of clouds are often formed during this time. A day when the treasure of Otaru is all yours at the quiet mountaintop of Mt. Tengu.


The magnificently beautiful coast is part of the Niseko-Shakotan-Otaru Coast Quasi-National Park, and the unique atmosphere of the land comes from its herring port buildings, recalling the great old days when herring fishing flourished.

There are also the nationally-renowned Otaru Aquarium and the marina, and it also serves as a base for ocean leisure activities.

  • Shukutsu Panorama Observatory
    A famous spot for sunsets, the Shukutsu Panorama Observatory gives you sunsets both with gentle colors and fiery red, like in this photo.
  • Looking down at the sea from Nishin Goten.
    Looking down at the Shukutsu Fishing Port. A red lighthouse above the rough blue waves.

Transportation / Fare

About getting on public transportation and the fares.


  • Purchase tickets from the vending machine
  • Insert tickets into the ticket gate
  • Take back the tickets from the other side of the ticket gate
  • Check which platform you should get on and wait for the train’s arrival
  • For inquiries and ticket reservations, please go to the Green Window (Midori no Madoguchi).
  • Please note that trains may not stop until the end of the platform, depending on the train.
  • There are “Regular,” “Regional Rapid,” and “Rapid” trains.
    “Regular” trains stop at every station.
    “Regional Rapid” and “Rapid” trains will not stop at some stations. Please check in advanced.

City Bus

  • Getting on the bus
  • The next stops will be shown on the illuminated board on the bus.
  • When you want to get off, press a button to notify the driver.
  • Insert money into the payment machine next to the driver and get off.
  • The payment machine will not give back change. Please use the change machine at the front to pay without change.
  • Fare for one ride: Adult 220 yen / Child 110 yen
    Fare for one-day ticket: Adult 750 yen / Child 380 yen
    Free Ride for toddlers under age 1
    The fare is different for the Asarigawa Onsen line.


This is the contact list of the public transportation systems you can use in Otaru.

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  • You can call from your device


Convenient when you get lost, when you need to see many sightseeing spots effectively, when you have a lot of baggage, or when you are in a hurry.
Base fare: 520 yen and up


A bus that goes around to the main sightseeing spots in Otaru.
Fare for one-day ticket: Adult 750 yen / Child 380 yen


Enjoy a slow railroad voyage while looking at Hokkaido’s nature.
Many travelers use this to transport to Sapporo.


New Sea of Japan Ferry’s restaurant “Seagull”.
Enjoy meals, desserts, and alcohol while traveling on a boat.


An exhilarating ride with a friendly local guide.
Rickshaws are available at the Chuo Bridge and Asakusa Bridge for use anytime.
Fare per section: 1 person 3000 yen / 2 persons 4000 yen