Enchanting Otaru: A 1-Day Cultural Journey

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by Joseph

May 7, 2024 · 1 min read

Otaru 1 Day Itinerary

Embark on a one-day journey through Otaru, a city that seamlessly blends history with natural beauty. Start your day with a visit to the iconic Otaru Canal, where the reflections of historic warehouses on the calm waters set a serene mood for your adventure. Spend an hour soaking in the museum-like atmosphere, and perhaps catch a glimpse of the canal's famous gas lamps lighting up the promenade. Next, let the enchanting sounds of the Otaru Music Box Museum captivate your senses. With an hour to explore, you'll discover intricate music boxes that are as melodious as they are beautifully crafted. Finally, ascend to Tenguyama, a location that offers more than just panoramic views of Otaru and its port. Spend three hours here, indulging in the museum's offerings and the mountain's natural splendor. From the summit, witness the harmony between Otaru's urban charm and Hokkaido's majestic wilderness. This compact itinerary is designed to give you a taste of Otaru's best, leaving you with memories of a city where culture resonates and landscapes inspire.

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TOP 1
Grand Park Otaru
Grand Park Otaru
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Hotel Torifito Otaru Canal
Hotel Torifito Otaru Canal
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Hotel Dormy Inn Premium Otaru
Hotel Dormy Inn Premium Otaru
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Hotel Sonia Otaru
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Authent Hotel Otaru
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Unwind Hotel & Bar Otaru
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Itinerary at a Glance
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1 Day in Otaru Itinerary: Day 1

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Otaru Canal

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Begin your Otaru adventure with a serene stroll along the historic Otaru Canal. Set against a backdrop of old warehouses and stone-paved pathways, this picturesque waterway offers a glimpse into the city's rich mercantile past. Spend an hour soaking in the romantic atmosphere, perhaps with a gentle boat ride or a leisurely walk under the gas lamps that line the canal, creating a scene straight out of a nostalgic dream.

Attraction Info

  • 047-0007 Minatomachi, Otaru, Hokkaido
  • Suggested tour duration: 1-3 hour

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Otaru Music Box Museum

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Next, let the enchanting sounds of the Otaru Music Box Museum guide you through a melodious journey. Just a short walk from the canal, this magical museum is home to an exquisite collection of music boxes, from intricately crafted miniatures to grand orchestral pieces. Dedicate an hour to explore the various displays, and don't miss the opportunity to create your own music box as a unique souvenir from this auditory haven.

Attraction Info

  • 〒047-0015 Hokkaido, Otaru, Sumiyoshicho, 4丁目4−1
  • Suggested tour duration: 1-2 hour
  • Open from 9:00am-6:00pm
18 min,9.43 km
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Tenguyama

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Cap off your day with a visit to Tenguyama, a mountain that offers panoramic views of Otaru and the surrounding sea. A three-hour stay gives you ample time to ride the ropeway to the summit, indulge in the natural beauty, and perhaps even partake in seasonal activities. Whether it's lush greenery in the summer or a snowy wonderland in the winter, Tenguyama is the perfect finale to your Otaru itinerary, providing both tranquility and adventure.

Attraction Info

  • 2 Chome Tenguyama, Otaru, Hokkaido 047-0012, Japan
  • Suggested tour duration: 3-5 hour
  • Open from 9:30am-9:00pm

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Top Things to Do in Otaru-2024

TOP 1
Otaru Canal
Otaru Canal
4.5/5 · 976 review
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Highlights:
The Otaru Canal is a major landmark in Otaru and even Hokkaido. A row of masonry warehouses along the coast has been transformed into specialty shops such as glass handicraft stores. On the other side are kerosene street lamps, which are very retro and look particularly beautiful on winter nights. . The canal opened in 1923 and was used to load and unload goods, witnessing the prosperity of the "Northern Wall Street" in this area. Half of the current Otaru Canal is filled in for road use. Walking along the Otaru Canal during the day is a very pleasant thing to do. On one side of the river is a long pedestrian path. There is a Victorian-style kerosene street lamp standing at intervals on the road. It is very nostalgic, and many artists can often be seen painting here. On the other side of the river is a row of warehouses with brick and stone exterior walls, which is somewhat exotic. Against the background of blue sky and white clouds and reflections in the water, it is very delicious to take pictures. Brick Warehouses and Food These small shops such as grocery stores and restaurants converted from warehouses will be the best choice for you to buy Otaru souvenirs or eat local delicacies. The restaurant mainly serves beer and seafood. Among them, the Otaru Canal Canteen is a very popular one. The interior is decorated in the style of the Otaru street during the Showa period in Japan. It is very retro. Genghis Khan barbecue, crab, conveyor belt sushi and other delicacies, you need to wait for a table during the peak dining period. A popular photography spot is the Asakusa Bridge at the southern end of the canal, which is a good location for taking classic pictures of the Otaru Canal. Looking from the bridge, the section extending to the central bridge in the distance is the unmissable view of the Otaru Canal. There is a visitor center on Asakusabashi where you can pick up some maps and brochures with tourist information, and there are rest seats outside. Experience the rickshaw Next to the Asakusabashi Bridge, you will see rickshaw drivers in traditional costumes. If you are interested, you can get on a nostalgic rickshaw and experience the retro Otaru scenery. The fare for a 10-minute ride along the canal is generally 2,000 yen/person, 3,000 yen/2 persons, and the driver will warmly introduce the scenery to you in Japanese. Cruise Sightseeing You can also take a cruise to visit the Otaru Canal. The central bridge is the ticket office and the boating point. The river cruise takes about 40 minutes. The price is 1,500 yen during the day (500 yen for children) and 1,800 yen at night (500 days for children). Yuan). Check the specific schedule: http://otaru.cc/zh/timetable. Charming night At night, the kerosene street lamps are lit, and the old warehouses by the canal and the reflections in the water interweave a romantic and beautiful scenery, which is intoxicating. If it is snowing in winter, the quiet night will be particularly beautiful and charming. In addition, there are Taisho Glass Museum, Otaru City General Museum Canal Museum and other attractions near the Otaru Canal, which can be visited together.
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TOP 2
Tenguyama
Tenguyama
4.7/5 · 225 review
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Tengu Mountain is 532.5 meters high and is the commanding height of Otaru. From the top of the mountain, you can overlook the panorama of Otaru City. Especially at night when the lights are dim, Otaru along the coastline looks like a jewel inlaid. It is also known as the three major Hokkaido night views of Hakodate Mountain and Sapporo Night View of Mount Moiwa. night view. When the film "Love Letter" was filmed in winter, the entire Tiangu Mountain was covered with snow, and the romantic atmosphere was particularly attractive, and the snow scene in the film "Love Letter" was taken from here. Climbing overlooking Otaru Take the aerial cable car that can accommodate 30 people, and it only takes 4 minutes to reach the mountain from the foot of the mountain. After getting off the cable car, there is a rooftop observation deck, which can overlook the scenery of the city of Otaru. Otaru Bay and Ishikari Bay are all in sight. On a sunny day, you can also see the mountains and the Shakotan Peninsula in the distance. There are also Tengukan and Otaru Ski Museum, both of which are free to visit. There are 3 other observation decks around the cable car station, overlooking Otaru from different angles. Among them, the first observation deck has a good angle of view that can take pictures of the city of Otaru and the cable car at the same time. Long-nosed tengu There is a statue of a long-nosed tengu at the back of the cable car station. It is said that touching its long nose will make your wish come true. You may wish to try it. Next to the Tengu statue is a Tenguyama Shrine. The natural beauty of the mountain continues to turn around on Mount Tengu. There is a cherry tree named "Tengu Sakura" facing Otaru and the sea in the distance. It is a good place to take pictures. There are also tulips, German swallow flowers, chamomile and other flowers on the mountain, which decorate the four seasons of Tengu Mountain. There is also a free chipmunk park nearby where you can buy some bait to feed these adorable chipmunks. Walk towards the top of the mountain and come to the "Mountain Bathing on the Peak" nature trail, where you can get closer to nature and have the opportunity to see wild birds. It takes about 20 minutes to walk a week. Other entertainment activities There is also an exciting entertainment experience project "Tengu Mountain Slide" at the top of the mountain. You can take children to slide on the grass together, and the cost is 310 yen. If you go to Tengu Mountain in winter, the beautiful snow-capped mountain landscape will definitely leave a deep impression on you. At that time, the foot of the mountain will become a ski resort. If you don't know how to ski, there are also simple and interesting experiences such as snowshoe hiking.
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TOP 3
Otaru Music Box Museum
Otaru Music Box Museum
4.7/5 · 408 review
Highlights:
Otaru Music Box Hall is not only a popular souvenir shop in Hokkaido, but also a music box museum with several branches. Music boxes are one of Otaru's famous products. Here you can not only enjoy precious antique music boxes, but you can also buy one as a souvenir if you like. There are many styles and different prices. The retro appearance of the main hall From the outside, the main hall of the Music Box Hall itself is very distinctive. It is a rare European-style brick building in Otaru, and the inside is a wooden frame structure. There is a 5.5-meter-high steam clock in front of the main building, which uses steam to play a melody every 15 minutes, which is a very popular photo spot. There are more than 3,000 kinds of music boxes from all over the world, including doll music boxes with high collection value and automatic playing music boxes, etc. There are many music boxes that are almost invisible on the market. Traditional music box, very ornamental. Music boxes of various styles enter the Music Box Hall. Various music boxes are placed in the spacious and elegant space. They are made of Otaru specialty glass, as well as wooden, ceramic, metal, etc. The shapes are also very diverse, such as tricks Caimao, HelloKitty, sushi, Ferris wheel, merry-go-round, etc. are really attractive. Wander around casually to the melodious sound of music boxes, intoxicating. Featured branch recommendations In addition to the main hall, Otaru Music Box Hall also has branch halls and derivative stores such as Hall 2 (Antique Museum), Sakaimachi Store, Yugongfang, etc., all of which are very close and can be visited for free. It is recommended to visit Hall 2, which collects and displays antique music boxes such as the Aeolian pipe organ with a history of more than 100 years, which is very precious. This pipe organ can be played automatically, 10:00-12:00, 14:00-16:00 every hour for 15 minutes. Music box DIY experience If you don’t think it’s fun enough to watch, you can go to the game studio not far away to experience a music box DIY, and combine different parts into a unique music box by yourself. There are different price points for buying music boxes sold by Otaru Music Box Hall or your own DIY music boxes, you can choose the one that suits you. When the tax-included price of the purchased product exceeds 10,800 yen, tax-free (currently 8% consumption tax in Japan) is available. For details, please contact the store staff.
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TOP 4
Kitaichi Glass Otaru
Kitaichi Glass Otaru
4.5/5 · 153 review
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Highlights:
"Glass" means glass in Japanese, and it is also a famous specialty of Otaru. Among the many shops dealing in glass products in Otaru, Kitaichi Glass has a long history and was founded in 1901. Today, there are several Kitaichi Glass shops and art galleries around Sakaimachi-dori, a tourist and shopping street in Otaru. You can visit, select handicrafts, and experience the fun of glass making. Among so many shops, the most famous one is Beiyi Glass No. 3. The store itself is renovated from a stone warehouse building built in the Meiji period and a European-style building, which is very retro. Walking into the hall (North One ホール), 167 gas lamps are beating and flickering lightly, which complements the surrounding crystal clear European-style glass products, creating a warm and romantic atmosphere. The glass products in Hall 3 are divided into different categories and have their own characteristics, including Japanese style, natural country style, and classical Western style, with different shapes; Aesthetic and practical in one, it is worth watching carefully. .
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TOP 5
Shiroi Koibito Park
Shiroi Koibito Park
4.6/5 · 1,020 review
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A famous white chocolate dessert of Hokkaido, Shiroi Koibito is bought as a souvenir by almost every visitor to Hokkaido. Shiroi Koibito Park refers to the tourist attraction based solely on this famous snack. Visitors here not only can tour the factory and see the entire process of how the chocolate dessert is made, but they can also try making it themselves.
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