The music box befits this city of history and romance. Otaru Orgel Emporium is Japan’s largest shop specializing in music-boxes. Hundreds of models are on display, both large and small, including early 19th century antique examples for sale. Location: Sumiyoshi-cho 4-1. Tel.0134-22-1108. 9:00am-6:00pm every day (until 7:00pm in summer). Take the Otaru Sansaku Bus.
Otaru Orgel has a second emporium dedicated to precious antique music-boxes. Exhibits including elaborately mechanized clowns and large-scale pipe organs provide a memorable visit. Location: Sakai-machi 6-13. Tel.0134-34-3915. 9:00am~6:00pm every day (until 7:00pm in summer). Also on the Otaru Sansaku Bus route.
Kaimeirou is a shop was refurbished from a Taisho-era (early 1910s to mid-1920s) building and has a collection of antique music boxes from such countries as Switzerland, Germany, Belgium, the United States. You can hear a concert of these music boxes for 20 minutes. Location: Ironai 1-2-17. Tel: 0134-23-6505. Open 9:30am~8:00pm every day (until 9:00pm in summer). Adults ¥525. 10 min walk from Otaru JR Station.