Otaru
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Water Conservancy Project
E49***88Nice 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.
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Herb香草There is a large music clock at the entrance of Xiaoxuan Music Box Hall, which rings at full hour, music playing with white smoke, always gathers tourists to take pictures, and the music box displays a variety of music boxes in the music box hall, the arrangement is very dreamy, is a must-visit attraction to Xiaoxuan.
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小思文The Kosaka fairy tale crossroads is also a very suitable area for shopping, many Japanese commercial shops are distributed here, the shops here are also very good, pure Japanese goods can be bought, there are many interesting.
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Mountain
M18***13Would have liked to see the view of Otaru from up the top where there is access road, much like Mt Isana in Nagasaki but the road was closed.
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小思文The building itself is very well preserved. The route to visit is very simple. It can be found along the Otaru Canal. The environment itself is very interesting to experience Japanese culture.
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fly_me_to_the_moonThe Music Box Hall has a total of three floors. There are all kinds of music boxes to buy, and you can also diy your own music boxes. Because of this, many parents bring their children to visit and play. I always want to buy a music box when I come here, so I can take the memories of Otaru home. ✈️ This habit of buying local souvenirs was developed when I went to Taiwan to travel around the island in 12 years. Everywhere I go, I buy local gadgets, a key ring or a refrigerator sticker, and I can rely on memory to keep warm after the trip. Finally, I chose a music box in the shape of a puppy. The music is beauty and the beast. The price is not expensive. I remember that it was only more than 2,000 yen. The clerk packed it very carefully and beautifully, so that more than 3 months have passed since my trip to Hokkaido. I didn’t open the box~ Besides, the toilet is very special~

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Hokkaido is famous for its volcanoes, natural hot springs (onsen), and ski areas, the northernmost of Japan's main islands. The territory of Hokkaido is 83,456.58km2, which is 22 percent of the country's total land area. Hokkaido, as a country, is currently the world's 21st largest island. The people of Japan are proud of the big island, where nature combines so well with the lives of people. Hokkaido is famous for its high quality and freshness of its seafood because the cold waters around the northernmost prefecture of Japan are ideal for fish and sea vegetation. It was formerly known as Yezo, Yeso, Ezo, or Yesso. Some areas in the county are particularly famous for a specific commodity, such as Rishiri and Rebun's uni (sea urchin).
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Interested in spend your summer vacation in Japan? Hokkaido summers are very interesting. In addition to the blooming flower fields and the lavender flowers, the highlight of summers in Japan is the summer festivals and the firework festivals that become quite lively during this time. You also cannot miss the delicious summer fruit and ice cream.
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Otaru retains a lot of European architecture and heritage sites. It is well known for its glassware, music boxes, and sushi. It only takes half an hour to travel from Sapporo to Otaru via the JR line. This could be arranged as a day trip, or visitors may prefer to arrange a night stay at the hot spring hotel.
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About Otaru

Otaru is a famous port city in Hokkaido. It was once the center of economic development and the bustling commercial capital of Hokkaido. It is even known as the “Northern Wall Street” of Japan and is now a well-known tourist town and City of Romance. The Otaru Canal can be said to be a legacy of the prosperous historical period. There are still hundred year old extant warehouse buildings located along the riverbanks. Under the reflected lights of kerosene lamps, the canal and the nearby red brick warehouses create an exotic romantic atmosphere. The taste of history is intoxicating. Otaru has a very mature glass industry, so consider purchasing some of the exquisite glass work on your visit. The 1995 Japanese film Love Letter was set in Otaru and many fans like to come here to get a feel for the movie's scenic backdrop.

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Weather Forecast and Travel Tips for Otaru
Oct 27, 2021 Otaru Weather: Clear, Northeasterly Wind: 0–10 kph, Humidity: 73%, Sunrise/Sunset: 06:03/16:36
Otaru Driving: Suitable, Running: Suitable, Cycling: Suitable

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Here are the best places to visit in Otaru, including: Otaru Canal,Otaru Music Box Museum Main Building,Tenguyama
I recommended Cape Kamui, Shioya Beach, Otaru Dream Beach, Otarunai Lake, Okobachigawa River.
There is no direct bus from Asahikawa to Otaru and a transfer is required. 2 If you are sitting in JR, you should also take the Sapporo transfer. Any express service from Asahikawa to Sapporo can be taken, and you can get off at Sapporo and transfer to the Hakodate Main Line or JR Express isikari liner or JR Express Airport to Otaru. The whole journey is more than 2 hours, 5040 yen.
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