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)

● Winter Season Operating Hours
 2023/12/16 - 2024/2/25 (10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.)
 * Closed: 2024/2/26 - 2024/3/15

 * Entry permitted until 30 minutes before closing time.
● Standard Operating Hours
 2024/3/16 - 2024/10/14( 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.)
 2024/10/15 - 2024/11/24( 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.)

1. Welcome

Otaru Aquarium is a large aquarium representative of Hokkaido and receives about 350,000 visitors annually.
It is on the west side of Hokkaido, about an hour's drive from Sapporo. The location, surrounded by nature and facing the Sea of Japan, is incredibly beautiful.

More than 70, large and small aquariums display 5,000 cold and warm water fish of 250 species.
We have many attractions to see, including the fun and dynamic dolphin show and earless seal feeding times.
Don’t miss porpoise exhibit—one of just a few in the world!

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 the lively swimming of the spotted seals 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)
Petting Area 'Sawatte Ezone' ■ Petting Area 'Sawatte Ezone'
You can touch the sea urchins, starfish, conchs and more creatures that live in the sea of Hokkaido.


Aquarium Shop ■ Aquarium Shop
'Lumpfish character Makoto-kun' and many other cute stuffed dolls are available at our shop.
Original towel handkerchiefs make great souvenirs.
Restaurant ■ Restaurant
How about a Kamenotaro-kun lunch? It’s an omelet with wieners and Hamburg-style steak arranged to look like a turtle ("kame" in Japanese)

Nursing Room ■ Nursing Room
There are 2 private nursing rooms, as well as hot-water, air conditioning, a sofa and diaper changing table outside the private rooms.
We offer stroller rental free of charge.


Otaru Aquarium Full Area Map

There is free Wi-Fi spot.

Guide for inside the building

Guide for inside the building

3. Introducing Events

★ South American sea lion and dolphin show

(Performance time: 20 minutes)
South American sea lion and dolphin show

The dolphin show full of daring and speedy jumps is unmissable.
The South American sea lion also makes an appearance before the dolphin show.

[Starting time]
1) 11:00 a.m. 2) 1:00 p.m. 3) 3:00 p.m.

★ Penguin Snow Walk

(Performance time: 10 minutes)
Penguin Snow Walk

The penguins take a lively walk on a course made from snow.

[Starting time]
1) 11:30 a.m. 2) 0:40 p.m. 3) 2:40 p.m.

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★ Feeding show of seals

(Performance time: 10 minutes)
Feeding show of seals

An explanation is given about the spotted seals by the caretaker.

[Starting time]
1) 10:40 a.m. 2) 2:30 p.m.

★ Petting Area 'Sawatte Ezone'

(Performance time: 30 minutes)
Petting Area 'Sawatte Ezone'

You can touch aquatic animals including a giant octopus in the coldest tank in Japan.

[Starting time]
1:45p.m.

★ The Penguin Hike to the Sea (Marine mammal park)

(Performance time: 20minutes)
The Penguin Hike to the Sea (Marine mammal park)

The Humboldt penguins walk right past you on their hike to the sea!
They play in the pool that's only just partitioned off the natural sea and head back home.
Come and watch the penguins being lively in the Nature of Hokkaido.

[Starting time]
■ 3/18-4/28, 9/1-10/15
 11:40 a.m.
■ 4/29-7/31
 11:10 a.m.

★ South American sea lion and dolphin show (Dolphin stadium)

(Performance time: 20minutes)
South American sea lion and dolphin show (Dolphin stadium)

The dolphin performs a jump out of the water touching a ball in the air. See the fantastic splash.

As the entrance to the stadium is free, you can view the irregular training and such activities freely.

[Starting time]
■ 3/18-4/28, 9/1-10/15
 1) 10:00 a.m. 2) 0:10 p.m. 3) 2:00 p.m. 4) 4:00 p.m.
■ 4/29-8/31
 1) 10:00 a.m. 2) 11:30 a.m. 3) 1:00 p.m. 4) 2:30 p.m. 5) 4:00 p.m.
■ 10/16-11/26
 1) 10:30 a.m. 2) 1:00 p.m. 3) 3:00 p.m.

★ Walrus Feeding Time (Marine mammal park)

(Performance time: 10minutes)
Walrus Feeding Time (Marine mammal park)

They love getting attention. The most versatile entertainers of the marine mammal park.

[Starting time]
■ 3/18-4/28, 9/1-10/15
 1) 11:00 a.m. 2) 3:00 p.m.
■ 4/29-8/31
 1) 10:40 a.m. 2) 3:00 p.m.
■ 10/16-11/26
 1) 11:20 a.m. 2) 1:50 p.m.

★ Seal Show (Marine mammal park)

(Performance time: 10minutes)
Seal Show (Marine mammal park)

We introduce you to the special features of seal anatomy through the show.

[Starting time]
■ 3/18-4/28, 9/1-10/15
 1) 11:20 a.m. 2) 0:50 p.m. 3) 3:20 p.m.
■ 4/29-8/31
 1) 0:10 p.m. 2) 1:40 p.m. 3) 3:20 p.m.
■ 10/16-11/26
 1) 11:40 a.m. 2) 2:10 p.m.

★ Penguin Show (Marine mammal park)

(Performance time: 10minutes)
Penguin Show (Marine mammal park)

Enjoy watching the free-spirited penguins as they do whatever they please,despite it being show time.

[Starting time]
■ 3/18-4/28, 9/1-10/15
 1) 1:00 p.m. 2) 3:30 p.m.
■ 4/29-8/31
 1) 0:20 p.m. 2) 1:50 p.m. 3) 3:30 p.m.
■1 0/16-11/26
 1) 11:50 a.m. 2) 2:20 p.m.

★ Steller Sea Lion Show (Marine mammal park)

(Performance time: 10minutes)
Steller Sea Lion Show (Marine mammal park)

The dynamic northern sea lion show is on a magnificent scale the sort that you wouldn't expect to see in a Japanese aquarium!

[Starting time]
■ 3/18-4/28, 9/1-10/15
 1) 11:30 a.m. 2) 1:10 p.m. 3) 3:40 p.m.
■ 4/29-8/31
 1) 11:00 a.m. 2) 0:30 p.m. 3) 2:00 p.m. 4) 3:40 p.m.
■ 10/16-11/26
 1) 0:00 p.m.  2) 2:30 p.m.


4. Information Regarding Operating Hours and Admission Fees

Regarding Operating Hours
Winter Season 2023/12/16 - 2024/2/25 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Normal Season ① 2024/3/16 - 2024/10/14
② 2024/10/15 - 2024/11/24
① 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
② 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Admission Fees
Winter Season 2023/12/16 - 2024/2/25 Adults: 1300 yen, Elementary and Middle School Students: 500 yen, Aged Over 3: 300 yen
Normal Season 2024/3/16 - 2024/11/24 Adults: 1800 yen, Elementary and Middle School Students: 700 yen, Aged Over 3: 350 yen

Tickets can be purchased in advance on the web.

You can enter without standing in line at the ticket booth on the day of your visit. Please present the QR code received by e-mail at the time of purchase at the entrance.
*Membership registration is required / Payment method: Credit card / Cancellation is not possible.

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★ Amusement park (Shukutsu Marine Land)



Season of Operation
2024/4/20 - 2024/10/14 (Winter season closure)

Free entry, tickets required for access to rides.
Ticket prices vary depending on ride, 100 yen to 300 yen (per person)




■ Neighborhood Information

★ Herring Fishery Lodge (Otaru-shi Nishin Goten)



The Herring Fishery Lodge is a Herring lodging house on Takashima Cape 5 minutes walk from Otaru Aquarium.

Season of Operation
From early April to late November, 2023 (Winter season closure)
Admission Fee
aged 19 and over: 300yen
aged between 16 and 18: 150yen
aged 15 and under: Free

5. Friends at Otaru Aquarium

Allow us to introduce you to some friends at Otaru Aquarium.
There are many more for you to meet, so please come and say, "Hello!"

Porpoise Porpoise
Bottlenose dolphin Bottlenose dolphin
Harbor Seals Harbor Seals
Bering wolffish Bering wolffish
Dolly Varden Dolly Varden
Sturgeon Sturgeon
Siberian salamander Siberian salamander
Okhotsk atka mackerel Okhotsk atka mackerel
Pacific herring Pacific herring
Lumpfish Lumpfish
Sakhalin taimen Sakhalin taimen
Red king crab Red king crab
Fringed blenny Fringed blenny
North Pacific giant octopus North Pacific giant octopus
Halibut Halibut

6.Otaru Aquarium Access

From JR Shin Chitose Airport Station Approximately 72 minutes (Express)
From JR Sapporo Station Approximately 32 minutes (Express)
■By Bus
 Get of the train at JR Otaru Station → Take the chuo bus for 25 minutes
 from the 3rd bus stop at Chuo Bus Terminal in front of Otaru Station.
■By Sightseeing Ship (no operation in winter)


Bus Timetable (a selection)

 ■from Otaru Station to the Aquarium (Week days)  ■from the Aquarium to Otaru Station (Week days)
  (11)Shukutsu line around the mountain (10)Otaru Aquarium line   (11)Shukutsu line around the mountain (10)Otaru Aquarium line
08:00 a.m. 10 40 10:00 a.m. 10 40
09:00 a.m. 10 40 11:00 a.m. 10 25
10:00 a.m. 10 40 00:00 p.m. 30
11:00 a.m. 40 00 01:00 p.m. 10 25
00:00 p.m. 20 02:00 p.m. 10 50
01:00 p.m. 40 00 03:00 p.m. 40 20
02:00 p.m. 20 50 04:00 p.m. 10 50
03:00 p.m. 35 05:00 p.m. 40 20
 ■from Otaru Station to the Aquarium (Saturday, Sunday and national holidays)  ■from the Aquarium to Otaru Station (Saturday, Sunday and national holidays)
  (11)Shukutsu line around the mountain (10)Otaru Aquarium line   (11)Shukutsu line around the mountain (10)Otaru Aquarium line
08:00 a.m. ◆20 10:00 a.m. 10 55 ▼25
09:00 a.m. 10 35 11:00 a.m. 55 ▼25
10:00 a.m. 10 40 ▼00 00:00 p.m. 40 ▼25
11:00 a.m. 40 ▼00 01:00 p.m. 10 50 ▼25
00:00 p.m. 20 ▼00 02:00 p.m. 40 ▼25
01:00 p.m. 20 ▼00 03:00 p.m. 10 50 ▼20
02:00 p.m. 20 ▼00 ▼50 04:00 p.m. 40 ▼20
03:00 p.m. 20 ▼50 05:00 p.m. ◆10 ◆50 ▼20

* Change on December 1, 2023
* ◆ indicates that service will not run January 1st. ▼ indicates that service will not run between December 31st and January 3rd.
* Between December 29 and January 3 will run on Saturday, Sunday and holiday schedule.


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