Otaru is just 40 minutes from Sapporo. Just 25 minutes from the station by bus or sightseeing boat, 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. We boast remarkable shows.
Address：3-303 Shukutsu, Otaru City,Hokkaido
●Closed: 2020/11/24 - 2020/12/11
●Winter Season Operating Hours
2020/12/12 - 2021/2/28（10:00a.m.～4:00p.m.）
*Entry permitted until 30 minutes before closing time.
●Standard Operating Hours
2021/3/20 - 2021/10/15（ 9:00a.m. - 5:00p.m.）
2021/10/16 - 2021/11/23（ 9:00a.m. - 4:00p.m.）
The Otaru Aquarium is a large scale aquarium representative of Hokkaido with 350,000 visitors annually.
The west side of Hokkaido, about an hour by car from Sapporo, surrounded by nature facing the Sea of Japan, it's an incredible location.
Inside the large and small aquariums that number over 70, there are 5000 cold and warm water fish of 250 varieties on display.
The greatest feature of operating during the winter season may be the penguins taking a walk in the snow. There are many sights to see, including the fun dynamic dolphin show, the earless seal meal time, and the walrus cute performance.
You have to see the internationally uncommon display of porpoises.
You may even spot a wild Steller sea lion or earless seal in the sea facing the aquarium.
２．Guide for inside the building
■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.
You can view the otaria show and dolphin show in an all‐weather indoor setting.
The penguins stroll right in front of everybody vigorously. Going off course and turning the wrong way are daily occurrences.
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■Steller Sea Lions (wild)
You can watch wild Steller sea lions when you look toward the sea from the aquarium if you're lucky.
(Winter Season / January - March)
You can see spotted seals swimming lively in an outdoor pool.
■Marine mammal park
Steller sea lions and earless seals are kept in a pool taming the wild sea.
■Harbor Seals & Spotted Seals
You can feed the marine mammal park seals (fee applies).