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3 hotels with amazing views and perfect locations in Otaru, Hokkaido

3 hotels with amazing views and perfect locations in Otaru, Hokkaido

Date published: 13 May 2019

Otaru has been developing as the economic center of Hokkaido. A lot of historical buildings are located here along the Otaru Canal, which was made to carry goods from the ocean. Besides sightseeing, it’s recommended to go shopping for Otaru glasses or eat around local sweets and seafood. You can visit Otaru from Sapporo City by trains for 35 minutes per way. It is good to visit the town for a day, but it is also recommended to stay there.
Now, we'll introduce 3 good hotels for your visit to Otaru.

Otaru Furukawa Hotel: A hotel with hot springs along the canal!

This hotel has a classic Japanese building style, and is located across the JP highway from the Otaru Canal. While you enjoy seeing the illuminations of the surrounding buildings, you can relax at the foot bath of the hotel entrance.

The Asakusa Bridge, a small beautiful bridge over the Otaru canal, is a minute walk from the hotel
The lobby and front desk reproduce a merchant house of the Meiji period
The foot bath you can use while you’re sightseeing

The hotel has 38 rooms of various types you can use depending on the style of your trip, from a solo traveler to a family, so that it suits a variety of people.
We recommend the Standard Twin Rooms on the canal side and the Twin Rooms with wooden deck.
The wide windows overlook the canal and the night view where the street lights sparkle is quite romantic. Besides that, there are luxury rooms such as Japanese-style ones on the canal side with hot springs and Japanese-style rooms with cypress baths.

The canal side twin rooms from the 5th floor to the 7th floor.
The 21 square meters of the Japanese-style room with the cypress bath
The cypress bath from the Japanese-style room

There are 2 public hot springs in the hotel. They are alternated Gentlemen and Ladies depending on the day. “Ichi-no-Yu” which is on the 1st floor, uses Otaru freestones on its bathtub. “Ni-no-Yu” is on the 2nd floor and uses a wooden bathtub. Both have open-air baths. You can “rent” a whole hot spring for an extra cost if you want to have your own hot spring.

The picture above is “Ichi-no-Yu”. You can enjoy seeing the beautiful and organized garden.
The open-air bath from “Ni-no-Yu”

The breakfast is a buffet style made with some carefully chosen ingredients from Hokkaido.
The dinner has 3 courses in which all of them use seasonal ingredients. Since it has many options, it’s better to check them out on the web site in advance.

Whether you prefer western-style or Japanese-style food, you can choose which to have.

The "Light Lounge" is a community and relaxation room with unique lights and stained glasses. It's open for 24 hours.

You can drink coffee for free from 6 am to 12 am.

Hotel Information>
Accommodation Fee: Single Room with breakfast and dinner from 14,450 yen per night,
Standard Twin Room with breakfast and dinner from 18,450 yen per night.
*The price will change depending on the seasons.
Number of rooms: 38 rooms
Check-in: 3 pm
Check-out: 12 pm
Language: The service is available in English.
You can see the web site in Japanese and English.
Booking Method: Through the web site ( https://www.otaru-furukawa.com/english/ ), Travel agencies, Hotel booking apps/sites (Agoda, Booking.com and etc.) or calling directly.
Access: A 13-minute walk from the JR Otaru Station.

Hotel Nord Otaru: An elegant Western-style hotel with canal view

This hotel is in a straight way from the Otaru Station toward the Otaru Canal. If you stay there, you will find it easy to find thanks to its unique-shaped roof dome on the top of the hotel.
Nord means "north" in Italian, and this Western-style building would seem to capture the grace of that architectural style.

The dome on the top is a landmark of the hotel in front of the canal
The lobby of the hotel with its beautiful stained glass

The outer walls are made of marble, and as you go through the lobby the courtyard with its colorful flowers and fountain appear. The dome part is a bar lounge, "Duomo Rosso" which was renewed in February 2018.
Having a drink while gazing out at the Otaru Port and the canal with its lights is an exceptional luxurious experience.

Duomo Rosso and its elegant Western-style furniture

You can overlook the canal from the breakfast room. The breakfast is a buffet style with more than 70 varieties of Japanese, Western and Chinese food.

The wide-open restaurant can accommodate over 100 people

The hotel has basic rooms such as Semi-Double Rooms, Double Rooms, and Twin Rooms. In addition, there are rooms that can accommodate up to 5 people. From the upper floors, you can enjoy the canal view and the town.

The Superior Twin Room organized with chic colors

Hotel Information
Accommodation Fee: From 6,000 yen with breakfast per day.
*The price will change depending on the seasons.
Number of rooms: 98 rooms
Check-in: 3 pm
Check-out: 11 pm
Language: The service of the hotel is available in English.
You can see the web site in Japanese, English, (Simplified/Original) Chinese, and Korean.
Booking Method: Through the web site ( http://hotelnord.co.jp/en/index.php ), Travel agencies,
Hotel booking apps/sites or calling directly
Access: A 7-minute walk from the JR Otaru Station.

Hotel Neuschloss Otaru: Guest rooms with panoramic view and open-air baths

This hotel resort was built on the small cape of Shukutsu, a 15-minute drive from Otaru. You can see the majestic ocean from the guest rooms of the hotel. Especially the sunset scenery, when the color changes constantly from the observation deck on the 6th floor is breathtaking. You can also enjoy the break of dawn from the entrance during autumn and winter.

A resort surrounded by the ocean and nature
The inside of the hotel with its solemn atmosphere and old Vienne-inspired castle style

All rooms are equipped with open-air baths which have soft water. You can get rid of your all physical stress from your trip and get warm. This hotel has Double, Twin, Western-style, elegant Suite, Barrier-free rooms and all of them are quite spacious.

The extraordinary view from the open-air bath of the popular Seaside Room
The Oceanfront Japanese & Western-style Room
The popular Oceanfront Twin Room. Feel the ocean on the sofa.

Another charm of the hotel is its meals. You can have dinner in a restaurant that overlooks the sea and you can enjoy unique French meals made with local ingredients. For breakfast, you can choose between Western breakfast and Japanese breakfast, both of which are served with beautiful decorations.

There are an inner bath and an open-air rock bath

Another charm of the hotel is meals. You can have dinner in a restaurant that overlooks the sea and you can enjoy unique French meals made with the local ingredients. For breakfast, you can choose either Western-style breakfast or Japanese-style breakfast, both of them are served with beautiful decorations.

The beautiful and simple style of the French dinner
Have breakfast at the Restaurant Blau Küste while watching the ocean
If you choose the Japanese breakfast, it is possible to eat rice porridge (“Ochazuke” in Japanese)

Shuttle buses for the popular "Otaru Aquarium" are available from the Otaru Station.
* Advanced booking is required.


Hotel Information
Accommodation Fee: Oceanfront Twin Room is from 17,820 yen (with tax) per person/night with breakfast and dinner
Oceanfront Japanese Western style Room is from 15,660 yen (with tax) per person/night with breakfast and dinner
*The price will change depending on the seasons.
Number of rooms: 57 rooms
Check-in: 3 pm
Check-out: 11am
Language: The service of the hotel is available in English.
You can see the web site in Japanese and English
Booking Method: Through the web site ( https://www.neuschloss.com/english/ ), Travel agencies,
Hotel booking apps/sites or calling directly
Access: 15 minutes away from the JR Otaru Station by a car.

*This information is from the time of this article's publication.
*Prices and options mentioned are subject to change.
*Unless stated otherwise, all prices include tax.

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