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Otaru Museum(Annex)

(Otaru Museum of History and Nature)

Display image of canal buildingCanal building concept knowing Otaru


About canal building

Otaru Museum(Annex) introduces history and natural environments of Otaru-shi by display of about 20,000 points of materials of this hotel possession.
Building uses "former Otaru Soko" built in 1893. You can think of history of Otaru that prospered as merchant town while having you enjoy atmosphere of historic high-value building.
Canal building was opened as "Otaru-shi museum" until July, 2007, but was reborn to the opening of "Otaru Museum" as the annex. We have favorable reception about comfortable nature with Ayumi of Otaru-shi as facility which can learn more clearly.
You use "common admission ticket", and please observe.

The first exhibition room

Model and sail of goods-carrying merchant shipShip chestTool which cut and brought down soft stone used for wall of warehouse

The left: Model and sail (the real thing) | of goods-carrying merchant ship Medium Ship chest | The right: Tool which cut and brought down soft stone used for wall of warehouse


dainichihonshokugyobetsumeisaizukorenaishotarushiCircular: Nagai storeCircular: Ueno store

The left: dainichihonshokugyobetsumeisaizukorenaishotarushi | Medium Circular - Nagai store | The right: Circular - Ueno store


Fishing implements of herring fishingHerring flourishing business screen

The left: Fishing implements | of herring fishing The right: Herring flourishing business screen


The reconstruction merchant's familyOrganDisplay of Otamoi ryukyukaku

The left: Reconstruction merchant's family | Medium Organ | The right: Display of Otamoi ryukyukaku


We know Ayumi of history - town of Otaru
Otaru is town which developed by herring fishery to begin in the latter half in the Edo era and harbor maintenance after the Meiji era after long history of Ainu culture. As economic city again Hokkaido's best as the entrance of Hokkaido over the Taisho era from the Meiji era; became known. And Otaru Canal was existence to symbolize the prosperity.
In the first exhibition room, we introduce Ayumi of Otaru from the times of Ainu to modern times from various angles. Old photograph and ancient map which recorded information about goods-carrying merchant ship which linked Honshu to Hokkaido, information about herring fishery, the change of town of Otaru are the main highlight.
In addition, in the exhibition room latter half, we restore cityscape of the Taisho era when Otaru was the most gorgeous. There is section touched to old telephone and organ.


The second exhibition room

Insect of OtaruForest of diorama - OtaruSteller's sea lion whole body frame

The left: Insect 1,000 kinds | of Otaru Medium Forest | of diorama - Otaru The right: Steller's sea lion whole body frame


North fox at rabbitaokanabunCo-stag beetle

The left: North fox | at rabbit Medium aokanabun | The right: Co-stag beetle


We know natural - a variety of figures of Otaru
It is naturally comfortable town which Otaru that mountain touches the sea with is three-dimensional, and was full of changes. Construction of herring fishery, port where Otaru was a chance to develop can say that it is thing by benefit of nature of Otaru.
We introduce nature of complicated, various Otaru mainly on display of the animals and plants inhabiting Otaru in the second exhibition room. From leader - brown bear of forest of Hokkaido to insect, we display the 1000 or more kinds of animals and plants in specimen and photograph, diorama.

Abundant natural history material
This museum concentrated power on specimen collection of animals and plants which inhabited area from the beginning of opening. We display part of the natural history material of this hotel possession, about 2,000 points in the second exhibition room.
Whole body frame of huge Steller's sea lion in the exhibition room center is valuable specimen indicating the richness of the sea of Otaru with thing of wild individual cast ashore in Zenibako Coast. In addition, collection of insect specimen which covered all representative types to inhabit Otaru is must-see.

Living of people of Jomon periodThe remains of Oshoro earth-floored room exhumation thingFire revitalization experience corner

The left: Living | of people of Jomon period Medium Remains of Oshoro earth-floored room exhumation thing | The right: Fire revitalization experience corner


We know the ancient times of Otaru
In the second exhibition room latter half, we display excavation information about remains of Oshoro earth-floored room (last part of Jomon period, about 3,500 years ago) in the western part of Otaru-shi. We release valuable information on knowing life about those days including tool for ignition and lacquer product. In simulator, we can sense fire revitalization at the time bodily.

Landmark architecture - former Otaru Soko

The appearance of canal building = former Otaru SokoOtaru Soko opening ceremonyShachihoko made of tile

The left: Appearance | of canal building = former Otaru Soko Medium Otaru Soko opening ceremony | The right: Shachihoko made of tile


This hotel is opened using a part of "former Otaru Soko" built in 1893. Otaru Soko was used for business to keep grains or marine products in warehouse for business made by shojinseidemagohidarieimon, seitani*hachi of Kaga, and to receive.
Building becomes style peculiar to warehouse architecture of Otaru called "wooden frame stone construction" that set up soft stone around wooden outer wall. Roof is characteristic of big shachihoko being fished by rare tile-roofing in Hokkaido.

Store material and digital archive

Otaru Soko of the Meiji eraSnow scene and human power sledOtamoi ryukyukaku

The left: Otaru Soko | of the Meiji era Medium Snow scene and human power sled (the Taisho era) | The right: Otamoi ryukyukaku (the prewar days period of the Showa era)

In this hotel, we continue history and culture of Otaru-shi, collection, preservation business of information about nature, and store material score is given more than 100,000 points. Material which is always released is only the copy, but other than that utilizes exhibition at various opportunities, too.
Above all, collection of old photograph reaching 20,000 points is store material on behalf of this museum. These are data-processed digitally, and, other than display, production of publication and picture is utilized in various scenes. We search with attached PC in hall and can read photograph which you cannot see by display. In addition, please use casually as service (pay) of printout goes.

Topic exhibition and gallery talk

Topic exhibitionGallery talk

The left: Topic exhibition | The right: Gallery talk


We always hold "small plan exhibition" in corner of exhibition room. We introduce store material which is not usually released or new material which we collected newly on various themes.
We hold "gallery talk" that curator comments on display material regularly. As you tell about schedule on this hotel homepages, please confirm.
In addition, sleeve notes for visits of group and school goes, too (reservation required). Please feel free to contact.

Demonstration of Takashima Echigo Bon festival danceYear-end annual mochi poundingWe play slowly in courtyard

The left: Demonstration | of Takashima Echigo Bon festival dance Medium | with year-end annual rice cake The right: We play slowly in courtyard

We touch culture of native district happily and learn
We hold event that can get close to traditional event and culture including mochi pounding and viewing the moon in Doll's Festival and Children's Day every season. In addition, we can enjoy top and Kendama, play of traditional child including winter sled play in courtyard.

Floor map

Canal building floor map


  • The visit time required is approximately one hour from 30 minutes.
  • There is restroom for wheelchair.



Canal building map

From Otaru Station to canal building

  • It is about 10 minutes on foot from Otaru Station to Otaru Canal direction.


From main building to canal building

  • It is taken route bus by "general museum". We get off in "Chuodori Street" and are about 7 minutes on foot in the Otaru Canal area.
  • Or walk "the north canal promenade", about 20 minutes (1.5 kilometers).


Parking lot

  • It is to about 100 meters west from entrance.
  • 20 (free).

Parking lot


Admission charges

Person 150 yen living in general 300 yen, high school student, the city 70 years or older

Free of charge younger than junior high student

※Use of group (more than 20 people) is 20% discount

※Person having certificate of the physically disabled, nursing notebook or mental patient health welfare notebook and the caregiver are free of charge

※We may make special price for cases such as temporary exhibitions separately


Common admission charges

We can enter 2 building among canal building, general museum Main Building, former Nippon Yusen K.K. Otaru Branch (effective for two days)

Person 250 yen living in general 500 yen, high school student, the city 70 years or older

We can enter Temiya Cavern Preservation Center (limited within validity)


Annual passport

We can enter canal building, general museum Main Building, former Nippon Yusen K.K. Otaru Branch again and again (effective for one year)

Person 500 yen living in general 1,000 yen, high school student, the city 70 years or older

We can enter Temiya Cavern Preservation Center (limited within validity)


Contact information

〒047-0031 2-1-20, Ironai, Otaru-shi

Telephone 0134-22-1258

Fax 0134-22-2350

Email [email protected]


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