Otaru Rickshaw Tour 64 reviews
Otaru, Japan

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Operates every day, all year round
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What you can expect during your visit
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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Activity Highlights
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Pass By: Otaru Canal, Minatomachi, Otaru 047-0007 Hokkaido

iconic scenery of Otaru

Pass By: Kitaunga, 3 Ironai, Otaru 047-0031 Hokkaido

north part of Otaru canal

Stop At: Former Nippon Yusen Kaisha Otaru Branch, 3-7-8 Ironai, Otaru 047-0031 Hokkaido

visit inside the old post office

Duration: 15 minutes

Pass By: Former Japanese National Railways, Temiya line, 1-chōme-15-14 Ironai, Otaru, Hokkaido 047-0031, Japan

old rail tracks

Pass By: Otaru Denuki Koji, 1 Chome-1 Ironai, Otaru, Hokkaido 047-0031, Japan

small alley

Pass By: Asakusa Bridge, 5 Minatomachi, Otaru 047-0007 Hokkaido

The most popular bridge in Otaru! From here you have a fantastic view on the Otaru canal lined with the old warehouses.

Pass By: Otaru Port Marina, 5-7 Chikko, Otaru 047-0008 Hokkaido

A quick stroll through the Otaru Marina, a vital part of the fishing town Otaru.

Activity Details
This port city of the north has four distinct seasons, the nice sea breeze in summer, to the snow covered winter views that will give you the chills. Piers, canals and stockyards will remind everyone of the bustling old days, and you will feel the dashing spirit of Otaru.
Departure & Return
Departure PointJapan, Hokkaido, Otaru, 中央橋
ReturnReturns to original departure point
What's Included
  • Local driver/guide
  • Rickshaw ride
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Entry/Admission - Former Nippon Yusen Kaisha Otaru Branch
Additional Information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Expecting mothers in their first 16 weeks of pregnancy are not permitted to ride a rickshaw
  • Adult pricing applies to age 6 and over
  • Child rate (age 5 years or under) applies only when children sit on an adult’s lap without occupying a seat
  • A maximum of 2 adults per rickshaw. Up to 2 children (age 5 years or under) can ride with 2 adults (children have to ride on an adult's lap)
  • While rickshaws are able to fit two adults, each rickshaw is 29.1 inches (74 centimeters) wide, and it is sometimes more comfortable to book individual rickshaws for each passenger. For passengers of size, we recommend booking a rickshaw for each participant to ensure a comfortable ride. Passengers who do not both fit in one rickshaw but wish to participate in a tour at the same time will be required to purchase an additional rickshaw, which may not be available on the date of the tour with an English-speaking guide if not booked in advance. Those customers who do not purchase an additional rickshaw at the time of booking cannot be guaranteed availability.
  • Wheelchair and stroller friendly
  • May be operated by a multi-lingual driver, subject to availability; please ask for a driver who speaks your language at Departure Point
  • Selected starting time is not automatically guaranteed. The time will be confirmed by email within 24 hours of booking.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
  • COVID-19 vaccination required for guides
Cancellation Policy
Free Cancellation - upto 24 hours in advance
Traveler Reviews

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  • We had a fun ride with our Rickshaw driver Yuki. We liked his attire. He provided us with interesting information about Otaru. He was professional and friendly. We highly recommend him if you are coming here.
  • A rather unique way to get around but if you can handle other tourists taking photos of you, one I endorse. The fitness of our driver (puller?)Mitsu was amazing for a 2 hour tour with only short breaks for photos. He took several photos of us in the rickshaw as well, which turned out excellent. Otaru is a compact city and much can be seen in a short time. If you do take a rickshaw in Otaru I suggest asking for Mitsu who apart from his rickshaw capabilities also speaks English. Very handy for non Japanese speaking Australians.
  • This was one of our best tours we had 2 for the four of us and both young men were great Really enjoyed it
  • Going around otaru with rickshaw is really the best choice, we have 30min tour and enjoy otaru with the best view frim rickshaw, the guide also can speak english to guide!
  • We had a wonderful and knowledgeable guide who made every minute of the rickshaw tour exciting. It was obvious he had studied the areas we toured, had a superb sense of humor, and fine talent in photography. Photography is his hobby and he set up our photos so that the lighting for each shot was perfect. Looking at the photos he took of us in the richshaw will bring back unforgettable memories of that day in snowy Otaru. We were so happy that we signed up for this event and had the luck of being assigned the tour guide that we had. I'm sorry I forgot this talented young man's name but I'm sure you can find his name in your records.

    This was our first experience with Viator and we were so pleased not only with the event, but how they set up the tour purchase and provided excellent contact information with their on-site office. I was able to contact a real person from the time of purchase as well as in the days prior to the tour for confirmation purposes. Because of this, I will continue to book with Viator in the future.

    Patti B and Ed L of Aiea, Hawaii

  • We did a 2 hour Rickshaw Tour Of Otaru with Ebisuya. This is our second Rickshaw Tour, first one was last year in Arashiyama in April during Sakura Blossoms. As with our first tour our guide, “Toshi” was amazing. We went around in Otaru in the snowy street and learned a lot about Otaru’s history and it’s buildings and scenic sites. We ended up with the best photos of our vacation, taken by Toshi. I brought a gift from San Francisco for our Rickshaw Guide, last time I had to force our guide to accept our tip. I brought a hoodie with San Francisco, CA logo and See’s Candy. I’m so glad I did because we really appreciate our guide. It was a beautiful sunny day with snowy slippery roads which made it harder for our Rickshaw Guide. Thank you Toshi for a wonderful trip.
  • Our super friendly guide (Gucci) took us on a tour of the canal area for half an hour. Even with snowy weather we wrapped up warm and were taken on a 30 min tour of Otaru with our English speaking guide. A great experience and would recommend it to anyone.
  • I an travelling with a friend on a one day trip to Otaru and we highly recommend the rickshaw tour activities to do. Our rickshaw guide, Shota is the best. Although his English is limited, but his explanation about the area is well enough for us to understand. And he is very kind too. Not to mention, very professional at capturing candid photo. We highly recommend for those who is visiting Otaru. These guys are amazing runners and they bring you to the less crowded place where you get to see the old buildings of Otaru.
  • I would recommend this fun and informative guided tour. We arrived in Otura aboard a princess cruise and were met by the guides at the pier. We had booked two rickshaws before we left Australia and they were waiting just a we got off the ship. The two young men were very helpful in getting us settled in and they showed us around Otura for one hour, stopping along the way with information and photo stops. they took plenty of photos of us in the rickshaws with tourist back drops. IT was a very rainy day and we did not get wet with all the extra rain wear they placed over us. Overall it was a great way to see Otura.
  • We (couple) were lured to have a ride on a rickshaw near the Chuo Bridge over the Otaru Canal. A young boy took us around for about fifteen minutes with some sketchy explanations. Frankly speaking, it wasn’t worth the price. It was too short, guiding information too simple to truly enjoy the historical background of the region, and too expensive at JPY4,000 for the contents (ride and guiding.) The tour should be at least 60 minutes, but it will be way too expensive at JPY17,500 for two people. Not recommended.
  • On a recent trip to Otaru, the rickshaw staff were very friendly amd informative about local information. Especially Murakami Takuto was welcoming. I recommend this company for a fun, relaxing way to enjoy Otaru!!
  • Our best memory in Otaru. We've learnt a lot about Otaru from this tour. Our guide Toshi is very fun and informative. Very friendly guy and he took beautiful pictures too. We will never forget about this tour. So, it's a must do if anyone ever visit Otaru.
  • Our guide was super amazing! He seems to be our age which makes it more easier to interact. He took us to the places that it not so touristy but we still got very nice views AND pictures of course. Overall, I would definitely recommend this and our guide to everyone!

  • Our guide was Gucchi-San. He was charming, funny, and a great photographer too! Every little detail of the trip, from hot packs on the seat and double blankets to keep us warm, to his detailed and interesting "walking" history tour of the older warehouse district was just fantastic. Gucchi-San made what could have been a boring trudge through nameless buildings a real treat. It did feel a bit strange having someone carry us about town like that, almost exploitative, but we really had a good time. If you find yourself in Otaru, which has a beautiful canal flanked by centennial architecture, I highly recommend taking the time to enjoy this amazing service. You won't regret it!
  • Best [email protected] !! Mr Kotoro (小澤虎太郎) is very super friendly and informative about the history of the [email protected] and he is very entertaining throughout the conversation. We are parents travelling with 2 kids (9 & 6 years old) and my kids loved the tour and the guides too ! Highly recommended for families with young children and the pick + intro is swift at Chuobashi [email protected] Best 👍👍👍
  • This is the first time in my life that I try Rickshaw service, the man who service me today is Masaya. He speak English very well and can explain me for all the historical places that we visit. He also be the very good and creative photographer. He do the best as he promise to show me the important place, he also recommend the nice place for lunch and dinner. I'm very impressive and really recommend you to try, this make me enjoy and complete Otaru Trip within short time. Thank you Masaya for the nice pics : )
  • We enjoyed a wonderful experience through the streets of Otaru, Japan,on a rickshaw with wonderful commentary about the area and its history. Our guide also stopped every now and then to take photographs of our experience and these were fabulous! I would highly recommend this tour, reasonably priced, fun and delightful. Loved it! Thank you - arigatou gozaimasu - ありがとうございます
  • Our driver Kotaro took us on a 30 min rickshaw ride around Otaru and it was definitely one of the highlights on our trip in Hokkaido. . It was a cold and damp day with a little bit of rain in the starting of the ride. Kotaro took us around the city with enthusiasm and big smiles. He is informative, funny, and spoke clear English. He is a good tour guide and a good photographer as well - not just good but expert !. he took many great pictures for us during the trip. We really enjoyed the trip with him. Thank you Kotaro !
  • Taking the rickshaw ride was the best decision we made. Yukito San was my tour guide. Together with Shiro San, they brought me and my family around Otaru on their rickshaw. What was really great was that they brought us to places we wouldn't have gone on our own. They told us stories of Otaru's past, which added another dimension to our appreciation for the city. While most tourist will take their obligatory stroll along the canal with a short detour along shopping street. I am really glad that we spent an hour with our humorous and engaging tour guides, and got to experience Otaru in a different way.
  • Otaru is really an awsome place to visit with family , just localised at 45 minutes from the Sapporo city and 1h from Niseko. It was my second time there but first time in summer. This time as i was with my kids, i decided to take a private coach with an english speaking driver, I was there with the "Discover Hokkaido Tours" the guide was japanese and spoke english , the guy knew everything! i was just amazed and my kids really enjoyed his kindness. The shopping street and the Canal was so untypical for a Japanese city but it was really refreshing. I recommend to visit the city in Summer and Winter (beware the ice). An Awsome day tour! I definitively recommend to visit Otaru city, and a great thanks to you Mr. Matsuda
  • To get on the rickshaw was not planned in my schedule, but I really love it. Thanks for Mikuni Toshiyuki (三国壽之) that gave me a wonderful 30 minutes.
  • I had a great time there. and the driver(?) or rider TADA航太 brought me and my sister to many places with the history, and took lots of beautiful pictures. I'm looking forward to the next time to Otaru again. 這次跟妹妹一起去到小樽,意外的搭了人力車,但我覺得這是一個非常好的經驗,因為拉著我們的司機--航太先生,他是一個很棒的導遊,他帶我們到了許多的地方,還我們拍了很多很棒的照片,但我還了不及整理照片。
  • After a long afternoon walking around and passing the rickshaw guys several times I decided to end my day with a short rickshaw tour. The ride was nice and stopped at some interesting spots. The runner, Yasu Yuki, was knowledgeable about the sights and cool to talk to.
  • We had such a great time cruising round the North Otaru with 山田真生! He's not only knowledgeable, he's simply a very energised & eagle-eyed young man. Chatting with him increased our knowledge of this magnificent Otaru!
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