Otaru City Budget Day Tour Itinerary

Having recently explored Otaru City (小樽市) on a tight budget successfully, I wanted to share with you my day tour itinerary so that you can save time and effort in planning your trip. 

Otaru City Budget Day Tour Itinerary


1. Transportation from your accommodation going to Otaru Station is not included in this itinerary.
2. The accommodation budget is also not included.
3. The exploration time in a place is pegged at an hour per destination. However, you may opt to cut it shorter or stay longer. 
4. It is also assumed that you are traveling light.

Otaru City Budget Day Tour Itinerary

Otaru City Walking Course



Estimated time of arrival at Otaru Station from Sapporo Station.




Since you’re quite early and most nearby destinations are still closed, you can spend a few minutes taking photos with Otaru Station’s Welcome Bell. You can also visit the Otaru Station Tourist Information Center and ask for a map of Otaru City.




From the station, walk towards Otaru Canal via Chuo-dori Street.

Travel time from the station to the canal is 10 minutes.


9:00 – 10:00AM


Side trip to Former Yasuda Bank Otaru Branch and Canal Plaza Tourist Information Center.

Admission Fee: FREE




Cross the street to Otaru Canal from the nearby Canal Plaza Tourist Information Center.

Travel time is less than a minute.


10:15 – 11:00AM


Explore Otaru Canal.

Admission Fee: FREE

Read more about Otaru Canal


11:00 – 12:00NN


Walk to Nichigindori Street then continue on to Sakaimachihondori Street.

Travel time is 5-10 minutes

12:10 – 4:00PM


Explore Sakaimachihondori Street


There are plenty of options for lunch at Sakaimachihondori Street.

Read more about Sakaimachihondori Street


Must-see / must-visit destinations in Sakaimachihondori Street:

Former Motosaburo Kaneko Store

Otaru Music Box Museum

Musicbox Laboratory Kaimeiro

Handmade Glass Store Otaru Glass Light Irodoriya

Kitaichi Glass Otaru

Kitaichi Venezia Museum

Former Kimura Warehouse


4:00 PM


Walk to Otaru Music Box Museum

Travel time from Sakaimachihondori Street is about 5-10 minutes depending on where you are.

4:05 – 6:00PM


Explore Otaru Music Box Museum

Admission Fee: FREE

There are tons of souvenirs to buy in the Otaru Music Box Museum. Make sure you bring enough cash to buy one.

Read more about Otaru Music Box Museum.




Option 1

Walk back to Otaru Station from the Otaru Music Box Museum

Travel time from the museum is 20 - 30 minutes. 

Option 2

Walk to your hotel or Air BnB and stay for the night.



Expenses Summary:




Admission Fees



Food Expenses


Lunch  - _______ yen

Snacks and refreshments - ______ yen


Optional Expenses


Souvenirs - ________ yen


Total Expenses pax


0 yen + food expenses + optional expenses



You might want to read more: 

10 Things to Do in Otaru City




  1. Nice! Going to Otaru soon. Will definitely use this.

  2. This is very helpful! I used it during my visit to Otaru last winter.

  3. Thank you for this itinerary, Neil. I used it when we visited Otaru. If I may add, it's also good to visit the Otaru City General Museum Canal Museum. It's near the canal.

    1. I will make another article and include your suggestion in the future. Thank you!

  4. I used this last month. It was cold so we weren't able to go around much but your itinerary is very helpful. I hope you could make more.

  5. Thank you for sharing this in the Hokkaido Facebook page. It was very useful. We didn't spend an hour in each destination so we had plenty time exploring other parts of the city after doing your itinerary.


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