Trip Planner:   Asia  /  Japan  /  Hokkaido  /  Otaru  /  Zoos & Aquariums  /  Otaru Aquarium

Otaru Aquarium, Otaru

(260+ reviews on the web)
Zoo / Aquarium
At Otaru Aquarium, see the only harbor porpoises in Japan and other curious species, such as Siberian salamanders and floating sea slugs. With nearly 250 different species and 5,000 sea creatures, this is the largest aquarium in Hokkaido. Meet walruses, earless seals, sea lions, and penguins. Acrobatic shows, a penguin walk, and hands-on feeding experiences with spotted seals, harbor seals, and sea lions remain the aquarium's highlights. Amenities include a lounge area, a shop, and a restaurant. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Otaru Aquarium by using our Otaru trip builder.
Create a full Otaru itinerary
map

Plan your trip to Otaru

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans in Otaru by other users

6 days in Japan BY A USER FROM JAPAN July, popular PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Noboribetsu & Otaru BY A USER FROM MALAYSIA July, popular PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 9 days in Japan BY A USER FROM MALAYSIA February, popular PREFERENCES: February ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Otaru BY A USER FROM MALAYSIA July, popular PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Otaru BY A USER FROM MALAYSIA August, popular PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 9 days in Hokkaido BY A USER FROM SINGAPORE September, popular PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 9 days in Hokkaido BY A USER FROM SINGAPORE September, popular PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 7 days in Hokkaido BY A USER FROM SINGAPORE September, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: September, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 6 days in Hokkaido BY A USER FROM SINGAPORE September, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: September, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 8 days in Hokkaido BY A USER FROM SINGAPORE September, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: September, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in Otaru BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES January, culture, outdoors, romantic, historic sites, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: January, culture, outdoors, romantic, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 10 days in Japan BY A USER FROM THAILAND November, relaxing, shopping, slow & easy, popular PREFERENCES: November, relaxing, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Slow & easy
View more plans
Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • In my mind during 2-hours train from Susukino; it may be dull and boring seeing these aquatic creatures at Otaru Aquarium, unfortunately I was WRONG ! We arrive 1:30pm at the station, then directly ge...  more »
  • My husband was reluctant to go at the first place and wanted to take a cab from Otaru Station. But the bus to the Aquarium is sooooo convenient and it is for me the must go place in Otaru! An aquarium...  more »
  • Wanted to go there because of the lumpfish. This aquarium has many fishes which are not common to see! The best thing here is the shows of the marine mammal park. Definitely cannot miss!!!! Highly rec...  more »
Google
  • The indoor section if the aquarium is small but had lots of interesting exhibits for its size and hands on section for children. It also has a dolphin and sea lion show in a separate building. The sea mammal park is much bigger with various shows and a penguin walk. Admission vibes with a free style rental, overall a great experience of you have children. I'm not sure if it's worth visiting in the winter though
  • This aquarium is partially outdoor. Best time to visit is spring and autumn when the weather is cool. and you can stay outdoor watching the shows. The display include Penguin parade, Sea lion show, Seal show, dolphin show and sea lion dives from high platform. There are restaurant inside the aquarium. There is a steep hill going towards the outdoor part of the aquarium. Kart is available for those who have difficulty climbing steep slope. You can purchase fishes to feeds the seals. Watch out for the seagull while you are feeding the seals. Bus are infrequent here. check the timing especially the last bus of the day.
  • Only recommend if you are traveling into Otaru with young kids in toll. A cozy aquarium to keep the children engaged for a few precious hrs.
  • Lovely fever sea animals! Really enjoy winter activities in Otaru Aquarium! 1.Lovely Penguin Snow Walk (11:30, 12:40, 14:40) 2. Feeding cute Seals (10:40, 14:30) 2016winter information
  • A bit old, but nice place for family. Penguin parades during winter