Otaru, Hokkaido, is one of the most-popular tourist destinations in Japan. Famous for interesting architecture, such as the Otaru Canal, beautiful night views, amazing sea views, and tasty seafood, choosing the right hotel is important so that you can maximize your time there. Here are some hotels you should consider to fully enjoy your Otaru trip!
About 15 minutes from JR Otaru station, Hotel Neu Schloss Otaru is located in a quiet area with a magnificent ocean view.
Hotel Neu Schloss Otaru is located at the end of a cape where you can view the beautiful sunset and even the Isaribi (fire used by fishermen to attract fish) at night. In fact, all the rooms offer a splendid view of the sea.
The rooms are designed in a retro-yet-modern manner, which creates a relaxing atmosphere. A French restaurant, Blau Kuste, is also located within the hotel, and it serves delicious meals that use local Hokkaido products. There is also a bar lounge that you can enjoy.
Not only does the hotel have an onsen (hot spring with bathing facilities), each room in the hotel comes with an open-air bath too! The natural seawater used in the onsen is said to be good for the skin.
Although Hotel Neu Schloss Otaru may be slightly inconvenient due to its location, free shuttle bus services are available, and is a great place for those who want a peaceful accommodation with a beautiful sea view! (Please check the shuttle bus timings with the hotel.)
Hotel Neu Schloss Otaru
Address: 047-0047 Hokkaido, Otaru, Shukutsu 3-282 (see map)
Access: 15 minutes from JR Otaru Station by car
Contact: +81 134-22-9111
The best ayu breakfast: Hotel Suimeikaku
Yoichi is a town famous for its whisky industry, and there are various distilleries around the town. It is most famous for the Nikka Whisky Distilling that was founded by Masataka Taketsuru – the man who introduced whisky to Japan. Hotel Suimeikaku was originally a Japanese restaurant but was later established as a hotel, and its name was given by Masataka Taketsuru.
The rooms in Hotel Suimeikaku come in both the Japanese style and the Western style, and an onsen and sauna is also available. Rooms also provide a great view of Yoichi River that flows right in front of the hotel.
What makes Hotel Suimeikaku special is its luxurious breakfast. The meals served there makes great use of the seasonal food from Hokkaido, such as sea urchins in summer and shrimp from spring to autumn. You can even enjoy abalone dishes from winter to spring. It is best known for the ayu (a type of fish) cuisine with various types of dishes – grilled, fried, soups, and more.
If you visit Hotel Suimeikaku during the breeding season of the ayu fish (mid-July to August) you might even be lucky enough to view the ayu fish swimming up Yoichi River!
Address: 046-0012 Hokkaido, 687 Yamadacho, Yoichi-gun, Yoichi-cho
Access: 5 minutes from Yoichi Station by car
Contact: +81 135-22-2838
Grand Park Otaru is located at the romantic Otaru Bay area and is only 5 minutes from Otaruchikkou station. The waterfront hotel gives you a great view of the port and, at night, lights from the ferries and yachts look like jewels on the ocean. You can also enjoy the refreshing sunrise view in the morning.
The rooms are available in both a Japanese and Western style, and a total of 5 restaurants and bars are available. One of them is the Terrace Brasserie where breakfast is served buffet style. Although international cuisine is mainly served, there are numerous seafood dishes as well as sushi!
Not only is Grand Park Otaru in a convenient location, it is also located near Wing Bay Otaru, a shopping mall with numerous dining and entertainment options. To add to this, the bus stop right in front of the hotel has a direct bus to Mount Tengu where you can enjoy the marvelous Otaru night view. (The bus ride is about 35 minutes.)
Grand Park Otaru
Address: 047-0008 Hokkaido, Otaru, Chikko 11-3 (see map)
Access: 5 minutes’ walk from JR Otaruchikkou Station
Contact: +81 134-21-3111
Otaru Furukawa is conveniently located right beside the symbolic Otaru Canal. An ashiyu (foot- bath) is located at the entrance to welcome you from the cold environment, and a heart-warming whisky and tea is served when you check-in!
Otaru Canal is not only famous for its scenery in the day, but is also known for its fantastic night views when it is illuminated from the gas lamps along the boulevard. From Otaru Furukawa, you can have an exclusive view of the Otaru Canal all for yourself!
The hotel has two onsens, of which one is an open-air bath. Various types of bathtubs are available in the onsens, which will give you a relaxing rest, especially during winter. Furthermore, a private onsen can be reserved for 2,200 JPY (20 USD) per 50 minutes, which you can enjoy with your family and friends.
Breakfast is served within the hotel with a choice of Western or Japanese cuisine. Both cuisines make full use of Hokkaido’s local seafood, including sashimi, and will be a great start to the day.
Address: 047-0031 Hokkaido, Otaru, Ironai 1-2-15 (see map)
Access: 15-minute walk from JR Otaru Station
Contact: +81 134-29-2345
Dormy Inn Premium Otaru is possibly one of the most-convenient hotels around Otaru city – it is only a minutes’ walk from Otaru station. Popular amongst not just tourists but also with business guests, there are various services that may entice you to choose this hotel.
The members of staff smoothly attend to guests and check-in is extremely speedy; staff members are used to dealing with a large number of guests. Also, the hotel lobby has self-service coffee and tea as well as various free pamphlets in Japanese, English, Chinese, and Korean.
The rooms are designed in a luxurious manner, and an onsen with a sauna is also available. Furthermore, in Dormy Inn Premium Otaru, free ramen service is available after 9:30 pm! Breakfast is served buffet style within the hotel and includes both Japanese and International cuisine. Of course, fresh seafood dishes are available, including red caviar and scallops.
Various shopping malls, convenience stores, and eateries are located near the hotel too, making it an ideal hotel during a vacation to Otaru.
Dormy Inn Premium Otaru
Address: 047-0032 Hokkaido, Otaru, Inaho 3-9-1 (see map)
Access: 1 minute walk from Otaru Station
Contact: +81 134-21-5489
Hotel Vibrant Otaru is found along the “Wall Street of the North”, one of the popular destinations of Otaru. The buildings that line the street there are those that supported Otaru when it was developing as a trade hub, such as the former Otaru Branch, Bank of Japan, and former Otaru Branch of Mitsui Bank.
There is little wonder why Hotel Vibrant Otaru fits in at the “Wall Street of the North” so well – the hotel is located in the former Hokkaido Takushoku Bank building. The grand hotel lobby certainly does carry the atmosphere of a bank.
The rooms in Hotel Vibrant Otaru are simple and clean, and basic amenities are also provided. However, Hotel Vibrant Otaru is more famous for two of the rooms available there – former bank vaults! The hotel actually renovated and transformed the bank vaults into rooms. The huge metallic doors of the rooms gives a grand atmosphere and your dream of spending a night inside a bank can actually come true!
Breakfast is served at the lobby for free, with bread and coffee available.
Hotel Vibrant Otaru
Address: 047-0031 Hokkaido, Otaru, Ironai 1-3-1 (see map)
Access: 9-minute walk from JR Otaru Station
Contact: +81 134-31-3939
Luxury at its best
Comfort and good service are almost must-haves for hotels today, and these hotels certainly provide them. Exclusive views and amazing food, on the other hand, can only be enjoyed at certain places. Definitely consider these hotels for the best Otaru experience ever!
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