The Otaru Canal is a major landmark in Otaru and even Hokkaido. Today, the canal has been transformed into various craft shops. The kerosene street lamps along the canal and the retro masonry warehouses all demonstrate the city's art, and many artists paint and take photos on the shore.
The Otaru Canal is 1,140 meters long and 20-40 meters wide. It is located in Otaru City, Japan. It is the only and oldest canal in Hokkaido. It is the same age as Hokkaido's pioneering history, about 120 years. In order to solve the transportation problem of food, vegetables, clothing and other necessities, the pioneers designed and dug this river canal. It is a symbol of the pioneering history of Hokkaido
Nice view with traditional Japanese atmosphere. I went there in April 2019, the weather was warm (upto 26-28C during day time) Stayed in Otaru for 2 nights, so I can see the different views during daytime and night time. Like Otaru Canal very much, the canal, fresh air and the view seems liked bring you back to 100 years ago. Wanted to go again in Winter time, must be a very different scenes.
A must see in Otaru. But not somewhere you will need to spend a lot of time at. Take photos once during daytime and then at nighttime.
I really like wandering along the canal beside the fishing warehouses, some of which have been converted into restaurants and shopping.
The Otaru Canal was Otaru's main artery when it was primarily a fishing and trading port and played an important role in the city's economic growth. The Otaru Canal is still important to Otaru, but tourists and canal boat rides have taken place of the trading boats. People come to visit to see its quiet beauty and then enjoy delicious seafood meals along the banks.