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Getting around

The main part of town is small enough to tackle on foot. Tourist buses loop through the city taking in most of the sights (¥200 per trip or ¥750 for a day pass). Buses leave about every 20 minutes from Otaru station, starting at 9am and finishing at 6.30pm.

You can rent bikes at Charinko Otaru (32-6861; per hr shopping bike/mountain bike ¥500/700; 8am-10pm); go straight out from the station, turn right at the third corner and it’s right near the KFC.