The Otaru Aquarium, The Aquarium on the Outskirts of Sapporo, Penguin and Dolphin Shows, The Marine Park facing the sea of Japan.

Otaru is just 40 minutes from Sapporo. Just 25 minutes from the station by bus, you can see what Otaru Tourism has to offer at the Otaru Aquarium in Shukutsu. Up to 5,000 sea animal friends from approximately 250 species invite you. There are all sorts of fun events like the penguin walk.

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Penguin Snow Walk
Otaru Aquarium


Address:3-303 Shukutsu, Otaru City,Hokkaido
TEL:+81-134-33-1400

Winter Season Operating Hours:
10:00a.m.〜4:00p.m. (12/17 - 2/26)
(entry permitted until 30 minutes before closing time.)

Standard Operating Hours:
 9:00a.m. 〜5:00p.m. ( 3/18 - 10/15)
〜4:00p.m. (10/16 - 11/26)



8 Things to Check Out at the Otaru Aquarium
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Otaru Aquarium Exterior

Otaru Aquarium Exterior
The aquarium stands atop a hill.
It features the main building, dolphin stadium, marine park and gift shop, restaurant,amusement park
(※ Closed during Winter season)

Inside the Otaru Aquarium

Inside the Otaru Aquarium
Many glass tanks line the dark corridors. Be sure to see all of the rare Hokkaido aquatic life, southern fish, northern fish and a panoramic view of the sea in the wall aquariums.

Gentoo Penguins

Gentoo Penguins
The penguins stroll right in front of everybody vigorously. Going off course and turning the wrong way are daily occurrences.

Dolphin

Dolphin
The bottlenose dolphin is the celebrity of the aquarium.

Steller Sea Lions (wild)

Steller Sea Lions (wild)
You can watch wild Steller sea lions when you look toward the sea from the aquarium if you're lucky. (January - March)

Aquarium Shop

Aquarium Shop
Balloon lumpfish character Makoto-kun and many other cute stuffed dolls are available at our shop. Original towel handkerchiefs make great souvenirs.

Restaurant

Restaurant
How about a Kamenotaro-kun lunch? (omelet with wieners and Hamburg style steak arranged as a turtle (Kame in Japanese))

Nursing Room

Nursing Room
There are 2 private nursing rooms, as well as hot-water, air conditioning, a sofa and diaper changing table outside the private rooms. We offer stroller rental free of charge.

Otaru Aquarium HOMEPAGE

Welcome

The most popular event is "Penguin Snow Walking". They take a walk three times a day. They walk lively near everybody. They sometimes break away from the course or head the wrong way, but it's adorable.
In addition to 70 tanks ranging from small to large, we hold many fun events such as performances by walrus, South American sea lion and dolphins, and feeding shows of seals and more. Due to the snow, the marine park and amusement park are closed during winter season.
Only 25 minutes from Otaru station by bus, the location is amazing. Don't miss out.



【Otaru Aquarium Full Area Map】


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Introducing Events (2016/12/17 - 2017/2/26)

Come see the penguin snow walk and the dolphin show.

Walrus (performed by Tsurara), South American sea lion, and dolphin show

South American sea lion and dolphin show (Performance time: 20 minutes)
The dolphin show full of daring and speedy jumps is unmissable.
The South American sea lion also makes an appearance before the dolphin show.

  Starting time: 1)11:00a.m. 2)1:00p.m. 3)3:00p.m.
Penguin Snow Walk

Penguin Snow Walk (Performance time: 10 minutes)
The penguins take a lively walk on a course made from snow.

Starting time:1)11:30a.m. 2)0:40p.m. 3)2:40p.m.

Feeding show of seals

Feeding show of seals (Performance time: 10 minutes)
An explanation is given about the spotted seals by the caretaker.

Starting time:1)10:40a.m. 2)2:30p.m.

Petting Area 'Sawatte Ezone' (Performance time: 30 minutes)

Petting Area 'Sawatte Ezone' (Performance time: 30 minutes)
You can touch aquatic animals including a giant octopus in the coldest tank in Japan.

Starting time:1)0:10p.m. 2)2:10p.m.

Pelican Indoor Walk

Pelican Indoor Walk (Performance time: 10 minutes)
Pelicans known for their cute bills walk along the path in the building.

Starting time:1)1:50p.m.


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Information Regarding Operating Hours and Admission Fees

【Regarding Operating Hours】
Winter Season 2016/12/17 - 2017/2/26 10:00am〜4:00p.m
Normal Season 2017/03/18 - 2017/10/15
2017/10/16 - 2017/11/26
9:00am〜5:00p.m
9:00am〜4:00p.m

【Admission Fees】
Winter Season 2016/12/17 - 2017/2/26 Adults: 1000 yen
Elementary and Middle School Students: 400 yen
Aged Over 3: 200 yen
Normal Season 2017/03/18 - 2017/10/15
2017/10/16 - 2017/11/26
Adults: 1400 yen
Elementary and Middle School Students: 530 yen
Aged Over 3: 210 yen


Other Spectacles at the Otaru Aquarium (a selection)

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【Guide for inside the building】


There is free Wi-Fi spot.

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Photo Gallery

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Map & Access

Access Information

 From JR Shinchitose Airport Approximately 72 minutes (Express)
 From JR Sapporo Station Approximately 32 minutes (Express)
 Get of the train at JR Otaru Station → Take the chuo bus for 25 minutes from the 3rd bus stop at Chuo Bus Terminal in front of Otaru Station.


Bus Timetable (a selection)

 ■from Otaru Station to the Aquarium  ■from the Aquarium to Otaru Station
  (11)
Shukutsu line
around the mountain
(10)
Otaru Aquarium line
  (11)
Shukutsu line
around the mountain
(10)
Otaru
Aquarium line
9:00a.m. 10 40 50 11:00a.m. 10 40 20
10:00a.m. 10 40 50 0:00p.m. 10 40 20
11:00a.m. 10 40 50 1:00p.m. 10 40 20
0:00p.m. 10 40 50 2:00p.m. 10 40 20
1:00p.m. 10 40 50 3:00p.m. 10 40 20
2:00p.m. 10 40 50 4:00p.m. 10 40 20
3:00p.m. 10 40 50 5:00p.m. 10 40 20

* Indicates that service will not run between December 31st and January 2nd.
* The Otaru Aquarium Line arrives at and departs from Otaru Canal Terminal.
 This can also be used for Otaru Canal sightseeing.



Broadview Map

Broadview Map

Enlarged Map

Enlarged Map

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Questions about travel to Hokkaido

We accept questions about Hokkaido trips.
Please let us help you preparing for your individual trips,
small-group trips, observation tours, etc.

Please use the inquiry form.

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