A blissful time to spend while feeling the connection between the climate and culture of Otaru.

A museum of literature on the 2nd floor of the building that was the Otaru Regional Savings Office at that time, in a corner of the street where banks and such in Otaru City, which was also called Northern Wall Street, were lined up. You can appreciate books and materials of novelists, poets, and haiku poets related to Otaru such as Takiji Kobayashi, Sei Ito in the building built in 1952. Valuable items such as handwritten manuscripts and letters, and the Takiji's death mask as well as artists’ biographies and photographs are displayed in the exhibition room where the scent of old books seems to waft. Among them, there are personal bags and cameras that the writers actually used. There is also a section where the personality and characteristics of the writers are explained, and you can get to know a new aspect of the writers. In addition to the permanent exhibition, special exhibitions and themed exhibitions are held on various themes such as literature lectures and literature walks to visit places related to the writers and their works.

Otaru City Museum of Literature

  • 【Address】1-9-5 Ironai, Otaru
  • 【Business Hours】9:30~17:00(Last admission time 16:30)
  • 【Fee Admission】General 300 yen, High school students / City residents over 70 years old 150 yen, Junior high school students and younger Free * There are common admission tickets available with the museum of art
  • 【Regular Holiday】Monday (if the same day is a national holiday, the day after next). The day after a national holiday (if the same day is Saturday, Sunday, or a public holiday, a day after Tuesday will be substitute). From December 29th to January 3rd.
  • 【Parking Lot】Available for 20 cars(free)
  • 【Access】
    (Train) About 10 minutes by walk from JR Otaru Station, 
    (Car) About 7 minutes from Otaru IC.
  • 【Official website】https://www.city.otaru.lg.jp/docs/2020093000181/
  • 【Contact Us】TEL 0134-32-2388、FAX 0134-32-2388
  • 【Notes】
    * the museum may be temporarily closed. 
    * Group discount available