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.

Otaru Aquarium

Address:3-303 Shukutsu, Otaru City,Hokkaido
TEL +81-134-33-1400

Otaru Aquarium official site (Japanese)

●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.

Main building

2.Guide for inside the building

Inside the Otaru Aquarium ■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.
Dolphin stadium ■Dolphin stadium
You can view the otaria show and dolphin show in an all‐weather indoor setting.

Gentoo Penguins ■Gentoo Penguins
The penguins stroll right in front of everybody vigorously. Going off course and turning the wrong way are daily occurrences.
(Winter Season)
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Steller Sea Lions (wild) ■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)

Spotted seal ■Spotted seal
You can see spotted seals swimming lively in an outdoor pool.
(Winter Season)
Marine mammal park ■Marine mammal park
Steller sea lions and earless seals are kept in a pool taming the wild sea.
(Summer Season)
Common Seals & Harbor Seals ■Harbor Seals & Spotted Seals
You can feed the marine mammal park seals (fee applies).
(Summer Season)