Otaru Canal Cruise

Rediscover historic Otaru!

Otaru Canal Cruise is the new must do activity for visitors to Otaru! Otaru once prospered as the gateway to Hokkaido and retains a rich history from that time. Our captains will each introduce that history in their own way during a leisurely, 40-minute cruise down the Otaru Canal.


Today's Timetable (April 2)

Cruise No.DepartureArrival
1Day Cruise10:0010:40
2Day Cruise10:3011:10
3Day Cruise11:0011:40
4Day Cruise11:3012:10
5Day Cruise12:0012:40
Cruise No.DepartureArrival
6Day Cruise12:3013:10
7Day Cruise13:0013:40
8Day Cruise13:3014:10
9Day Cruise14:0014:40
10Day Cruise14:3015:10
Cruise No.DepartureArrival
11Day Cruise15:0015:40
12Day Cruise15:3016:10
13Day Cruise16:0016:40
14Day Cruise16:3017:10
15Day Cruise17:0017:40
Cruise No.DepartureArrival
16Day Cruise17:3018:10
17Day Cruise18:0018:40
18Night Cruise18:3019:10
19Night Cruise19:0019:40
  • Ticket sales for each cruise close 15 minutes before departure.
  • Cruises may be cancelled because of poor weather conditions.

Bookings, Reception & Boarding

Making a booking
Even if you have not made a booking, you can take our cruises if seats are available. However, to be safe, we recommend booking in advance. Our English and Chinese speaking staff may not be at the ticket center when you call, so please use the contact form when booking. Again, please be aware that it is necessary to book in advance for cruises for large groups and for charters.

Reception & Boarding
Please come to the ticket center at the Chuobashi Bridge at least 15 minutes before departure whether or not you have booked in advance.

0134-31-1733 (Japanese only) Contact Form (English OK)

Prices (tax included)

- Day Cruises
Adults (13+)¥1,500Children¥500
- Night Cruises
Adults (13+)¥1,800Children¥500
  • One infant may ride for free with each paying adult.
  • The times for day cruises and night cruises change in accordance with the time the sun sets.



Our ticket center and dock are located at the Chuobashi Bridge. Please come to the ticket center at least 15 minutes before departure.

  • From JR Otaru Station - 10 min. on foot
  • From the Asakusabashi Bridge - 7 to 8 min. on foot
  • From Märchen Square - 20 to 25 min. on foot

We do not have parking facilities for our passengers at present. We recommend making use of the nearby user-pays parking facilities. The closest is 3 minutes on foot from the ticket center.

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