Surrounded by vast Japanese gardens, one of Hokkaido's best hot-spring inns

Otaru Kourakuen is located in the Asarigawa Onsen area of Otaru City, a 30-minute train ride outside of Sapporo.
It features a well-manicured garden laid out over a wide estate.
From the property you can reach central Otaru in only a few minutes by car, and take in the sights of the historic buildings that remain from Otaru's bygone days as an important trading center for Hokkaido.
You can also visit the Otaru Canal, which is growing in popularity as a tourist spot, and makes a great backdrop to take commemorative photos.
And don't forgot the Sakaimachi shopping district, which is famous for its wide array of stores offering glassware handicrafts, typical Hokkaido sweets, and fresh sushi.


Walks in the Japanese garden can be enjoyed each season.

Hot spring water with skin-beautfying effect.

Tatami flooring in the hall and corridor and guest room

Big private bath to put relaxedly

“Tatami” rooms to feel taste of Japan

28 guest rooms with open-air baths

We use the richest seasonal ingredients from Hokkaido

We interact with all guests with the spirit of “Omotenashi”(Japanese hospitality)

Basic Information

In/Out 15:00/11:00
Style of accommodation Japanese room
Toilets Western style & Toilet with shower
Meals available Evening meal & breakfast
Number of rooms 34 rooms
Capacity 160 people
Smoking/Non-smoking Non-Smoking
English speaking ability Yes

Hokkaido Prefecture Otaru of climate
( Temperature and precipitation )

Otaru annual average temperature : 12.3 ℃
annual precipitation : 1232mm
statistics period : 1981-2010


Our standard policy is a per-person charge which entitles each guest to one dinner and one breakfast for each night of stay, with a limit of 2 to 6 people per room.

Japanese Hospitality - OMOTENASHI -

Tatami room

A tatami is a mat used to cover the floor in a Japanese room.
It’s made of bundled straw and covered with tightly woven rushes called igusa.
Japanese sit down and lie directly on the tatami taking off their shoes here.

Japanese leather-soled sandals

Please take off your shoes within the hotel area.
When moving between facilities in the hotel, please use “Geta”(Japanese leather-soled sandals).

Toilet with shower

The Japanese have been using toilets with shower for over 30 years.
These toilets allow you to wash yourself with water of a comfortable temperature, and to dry yourself with breezy air.
These toilets are also equipped with heated seats and bidet.


You will find a yukata in the guest room.
Yukata is a kimono-style sleepwear.
You can also wear this to the public bath or to the public eating area.
There are Samue and pajamas in the guest room.
※Samue is traditional Japanese home wear which has become the top and bottom set.


At night, you sleep in futon on the tatami floor except certain guest rooms.
The staff will spread out the futon on the tatami floor after you’ve finished the dinner.

Japanese tea and snacks to go with tea

We'll serve you with Japanese green tea as a welcome drink upon your arrival.
Please also enjoy delicious Japanese confectionery together.

Automatic vending machine

A machine that gives out drinks you desired when coins or notes are inserted.

Internet access

Free internet access is available.



In 2016. we got 80% of our building renovated from the foundation. At that time, I faced my feeling and put an image in the Ryokan, Japanese-style inn where I'd like to go to stay overnight.

*Small space. Low ceiling and stairs.
*Quiet room with nice view
*A corridor under a dim light of a paper-covered lantern
*Served dinner inside the guest room. Also want to try small French dishes if possible
*Having breakfast with a grilled fresh fish and a light in the refreshing morning

I always remember Machiya style Japanese Ryokan, with getting glossy as it becomes old in old capital city, Kyoto.
To create such atmosphere with building a new building seems very difficult.
However I would like to try to welcome our guest, not with a big and luxury space, but with a “JUST NICE” space for you, without being proud of being new.
I'd like also to make an effort to collect staff's hearts and make the inside of the building warm so that all guests can be relieved.

I wish to make our Japanese-style hotel cozy little by little, with the nice sensitivity of every our visiting guests.


We are the Onsen Ryokan, Japanese-style inn, at a hot spring surrounded by the garden of the rich nature of Hokkaido, and 15 minutes drive away from famous Otaru canal.
Situated at the gate of Asarigawa Onsen area, and it takes about one hour from New Chitose airport and 30 minutes from Sapporo by expressway. The circumference of our vast site is a quiet residential area.

Owner two generations back has begun to built the garden, 26500 sq. with trees more than 100 years years old, from early Showa era, and now it is a famous place of Otaru where 200 cherry trees bloom in early May.
You can enjoy wisteria trellis and azaleas in late May and June, hydrangeas and the roses which we put great deal of effort in summer.
Autumn leaves of the end of October are my favorite seasons, and you may be moved by deep white snow in winter.

Number of our guest room is 34, and now 28 rooms have private open-air spa.
All hall is with tatami mats floor, so you can feel a traditional Japanese atmosphere.
We put seasonal flowers everywhere and welcome you with fresh spring water for your memorable stay.

The web site now you visit contains movies of seasonal garden, pictures of our cuisine and facilities. Please have a look and enjoy flowers and trees of our garden.

Wish to welcome you...

 Airline routes


 By JR Train




A special discount ticket offered by JR railways, geared towards individual foreign tourists. Ride as many bullet and express trains as you'd like (Nozomi and Mizuho trains excluded) within the given time period!

Accommodation facilities & more details

Internet access Yes(Wi-Fi)
Internet connection charges No(Free)
Pets Allowed No
Onsen hot springs on accommodation Yes


Service & tax
Service charge included
Consumption tax NOT included
SPA tax(150yen) NOT included
※ New Year, Obon ,seasonal periods such as the GW may be subjected to a different price.
Most common charge style Room with Dinner and Breakfast included (per person)
Child age 10~12 Dinner and Breakfast with Futon and amenity 12,000 yen.
age 7~9 Dinner and Breakfast with Futon and amenity 10,000 yen.
age 4~6 Dinner and Breakfast with Futon and amenity 6,000 yen.
age0~3 Free ※Option : Dinner only 3,000 yen
Payment Cash,Credit Card(VISA,Master,Amex)
Cancellation ※Cancellation fee
2~3 day prior :30% of the room rate
1 day prior : 50% of the room rate
Accomodation day : 100%
Use international cash cards and credit cards to withdraw Japanese yen!
7-ELEVEN (Seven Bank ATMs)

Address : 047-0152, Shinko, Otaru City, Hokkaido 1-10-14, Japan


Name of accommodation Otaru Kourakuen
Area Otaru Asarigawa Onsen(hokkaidou)
Address 18-2.Shinko 5. Otaru. Hokkaidou