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Otaru, Hokkaidō

Administration
Full nameOtaru
Native name小樽
Native name langja
Settlement typeCity
CountryJapan
RegionHokkaidō
PrefectureHokkaidō
Government
MayorYoshiharu Nakamatsu (since May 2011)
Geography
Total Area93.8 sq mi (243.13 km2)
Demography
Total Population131706 (July 31, 2011)
Density (pop.)541.71/km2 (1403/sq mi)
Other information
Time zoneJapan Standard Time (UTC+9)
- TreeShirakaba (Siberian Silver Birch)
- FlowerAzalea
- BirdAobato (Japanese Green Pigeon)
Phone number0134-32-4111
Address2-12-1 Hanazono, Otaru-shi, Hokkaido
047-8660

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|} is a city and port in Shiribeshi, Hokkaido, Japan, northwest of Sapporo. The city faces the Ishikari Bay, and has long served as the main port of the bay. With its many historical buildings, Otaru is a popular tourist destination. Because it is a 25-minute drive from Sapporo, it has recently grown as a bedroom community.

As of July 31, 2011, the city has an estimated population of 131,706 with 67,308 households and a population density of 541.71 persons per km2. The total area is 243.13 km2. Although it is the largest city in Shiribeshi Subprefecture, the subprefecture's capital is the more centrally-located Kutchan).


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