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Stroll Around the quaint Downtown of Otaru

Otaru City is on the west coast of Hokkaido, the northernmost island of Japan. Otaru is a popular tourist destination for both domestic and international travellers. It's quaint atmosphere attracts people who love history, architecture and fun.

From Otaru
Online Experience
1 Hour 15 Minutes
Upto 10 people
English, Japanese
  • Real-time experience streamed live from the historical port city of Otaru
  • Walk on the promenade along the popular Otaru canal for beautiful views
  • Explore the downtown, peeking into unique shops, cafes and even the Music Box Museum 

Otaru City is on the west coast of Hokkaido, the northernmost island of Japan. It is a popular tourist destination for domestic and international travellers; its quaint atmosphere attracts people who love history, architecture and fun.
On this Online Experience, we will begin our tour from Otaru Museum by the Otaru Canal, where I used to serve as director before retirement. First, we will take a look at the humble beginnings of the city as a small fishing village: herring fishing brought in wealth to the area. With the construction of railways and a port, it was transformed into the hub of transportation and centre of commerce and finance of Hokkaido island. The remnant of the city's prosperity is displayed in its historic buildings, stone warehouses, stately bank buildings and old merchant shops.
We will enjoy the walk on the promenade along the popular Otaru canal, which is also a great spot to take photographs. Then, we will proceed to the historic building area where former bank buildings are now repurposed as art galleries, restaurants, shops and even a gentlemen's suit factory. We will continue our walk along Sakaimachi shopping street. This is a downtown area that once flourished through wholesale business. Historic merchant shops here have also been renovated as cafes, sushi restaurants, glassware and souvenir shops and food vendors. As we browse around the area, you will get a chance to interact with some cheerful locals too.
Finally, we will come to the famous Otaru Music Box Museum, where you will be amazed by tens of thousand music boxes on display and feel welcomed by their soothing melodies. We will finish our tour in front of this museum while listening to the whistle of the steam clock, which was a gift from the city of Vancouver, Canada.

About this experience
  • Please have a good internet connection and Zoom app installed on your phone or laptop
  • The instructions to join the meeting will be sent via email shortly after the booking
Know before you go
  • Please sign in to the Zoom app five minutes prior to the beginning of the experience
  • This tour involves travelling to various places, at times the internet connection may be weak. However, we will attempt to minimize such disruptions (only for outdoor tours)
  • You can book this tour either for 20 USD per screen OR as a private session for 60 USD for up to 10 screens joining this activity with you from all over the world. You will see the option to book this experience as a private tour on the checkout page if it is available for that time slot
  • Since these are live tours, they may be subject to last minute cancellation due to inclement weather, Internet disruptions or other unforeseen circumstances.
Meet your Host
Roy Aoki

I am a National government certified tour guide. I was born in Tokyo and then moved to Hokkaido, the northern island of Japan to study at Hokkaido University in Sapporo. Instead of coming back to Tokyo, I chose to live in the historic port city of Otaru for its laid back lifestyle. After retirement, I am enjoying tour guiding to welcome and entertain tourists to the city.

From USD 20 / Screen
Important Information
  • Fully refundable in case of any cancellation upto 2 days before the tour.