Visitors need not fear losing their way to these museums since the tinkling sounds from the music boxes can be heard metres away. Simply follow your ears. If you are still not sure, look out for the steam clock that stands in front of the main building (it actually steams). Both buildings are located diagonally from each other. The buildings themselves are of historical significance, dating back to the 1900s, when Otaru was in its heyday. The red-brick main building houses hundreds of music boxes for sale, while most of the antique music boxes can be found in the No 2 Otaru Music Box museum. Visitors can create their own "one-of-the-kind" music box at the third level of the main building. Admission to these buildings is free. They are open from 9am to 6pm.
Interspersed among these buildings are old warehouses that are now shops selling soft toys, souvenirs, ice cream, confectionary, and seafood. For a panoramic view of Otaru, go to the Le Tao, the corner confectionary shop across the No 2 Otaru Music Box Museum. Take the lift to the top most level and climb the stairs for the remaining way. The view is magnificent; it is also a quiet place to rest and take a breather.