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3 Best Otaru Hotels: Top Accommodations With Amazing Views, Perfect Locations!

3 Best Otaru Hotels: Top Accommodations With Amazing Views, Perfect Locations!

Date published: 4 December 2019
Last updated: 4 November 2020

In Otaru hotels have been popping up in Hokkaido's port city, which is seeing recent jumps in the numbers of visitors from abroad.

Given the many historical buildings located along the scenic Otaru Canal, fine food, and delicious local sweets and seafood, there's no wonder Otaru is a prime destination. You can get to Otaru from Sapporo City by train in just 35 minutes.

While Otaru is a great day trip from Sapporo, you need to spend the night in order to really dig into the fantastic scenery and nightlife the city offers. Here we'll introduce 3 perfect hotels in Otaru with great locations, amazing views, and at reasonable prices!

* Article information is as of the date published. Prices and contents are subject to change.

Table of Contents
  1. 1. Otaru Furukawa Hotel: Classic onsen ryokan hotel near Otaru Canal!
  2. 2. Hotel Nord Otaru: An elegant Western-style Otaru hotel with a gorgeous canal view
  3. 3. Hotel Neuschloss Otaru: Guest rooms with panoramic view and open-air onsen baths
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1. Otaru Furukawa Hotel: Classic onsen ryokan hotel near Otaru Canal!

1. Otaru Furukawa Hotel: Classic onsen ryokan hotel near Otaru Canal!
The Asakusa Bridge, a small beautiful bridge over the Otaru canal, is a minute walk from Otaru Furukawa Hotel

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

The lobby and front desk reproduce a merchant house of the Meiji period
The foot bath you can use while you’re sightseeing

Otaru Furukawa 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 Otaru 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 two public onsen hot springs in Otaru Furukawa Hotel. They are alternated Gentlemen and Ladies depending on the day. “Ichi-no-Yu,” which is on the first floor, uses Otaru freestones on its bathtub. “Ni-no-Yu” is on the second 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.

2. Hotel Nord Otaru: An elegant Western-style Otaru hotel with a gorgeous canal view

2. Hotel Nord Otaru: An elegant Western-style Otaru hotel with a gorgeous canal view
The dome on the top is a landmark of the Otaru hotel in front of the canal

Hotel Nord Otaru is in a straight way from Otaru Station toward Otaru Canal. You will find it easy to find thanks to its unique-shaped roof dome on the top of this Otaru hotel.

Nord means "north" in Italian, and this Western-style building would seem to capture the grace of that architectural style.

The lobby of Hotel Nord Otaru 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 exceptionally 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

This Otaru 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 Nord Otaru
    ホテルノルド小樽
    • Address 1 Chome-4-16 Ironai, Otaru, Hokkaido 047-0031
    • Nearest Station A 7-minute walk from the JR Otaru Station.
    • Phone Number 0134-24-0500
    • 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.

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

3. Hotel Neuschloss Otaru: Guest rooms with panoramic view and open-air onsen baths
A resort surrounded by the ocean and nature

This Otaru hotel resort was built on the small cape of Shukutsu, a 15-minute drive from Otaru City. You can see the majestic ocean from the guest rooms of Hotel Neuschloss Otaru.

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.

The inside of Hotel Neuschloss Otaru 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 Otaru 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 this gorgeous Otaru accommodation 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.

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

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. (* Advance booking is required.)

  • Hotel Neuschloss Otaru
    ホテルノイシュロス小樽
    • Address 3 Chome-282 Shukutsu, Otaru, Hokkaido 047-0047
    • Nearest Station 15 minutes away from the JR Otaru Station by a car.
    • Phone Number 0134-22-9111
    • 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 Hotel Neuschloss Otaru is available in English.
      You can see the web site in Japanese and English

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*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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