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Otaru Canal
Otaru Top 1 in Can't Miss Attractions

1,075 Reviews
Liked by 37
Open all day
Recommended Sightseeing Time: 1-3 hours

What people are saying:

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.

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  • WEKP
    Batavia, Ohio, USA

    good location

    The canal is nothing great but it goes through the historic section of town where the museums are so you might as well take a walk along it while visiting the area

    Reviewed on /Date(1604054272000+0800)/
  • Goldyellow33

    Peaceful & good shopping

    Canal itself is ordinary but the main retails street was lovely & peaceful We had fresh seafood lunch & afternoon tea in cafe

    Reviewed on /Date(1593553447000+0800)/
  • Lowell-Fin


    Like Netherlands in Japan. This is the perfect romantic gateway for old couples. Very charming. the Landmark of Otaru.

    Reviewed on /Date(1593281986000+0800)/
  • H8848FKcristinam
    Philippines, Asia

    Worth a visit!

    My husband and I specifically went to visit the Otaru canal for the Otaru Snow Light Path Festival last February 2020. We took the JR Train from Sapporo station to Otaru Station. It took us almost a...

    Reviewed on /Date(1589316414000+0800)/
  • Suyo W
    Suyo W
    Jakarta, Indonesia

    Romantic canal walk

    I visit Otaru Canal in February 2020 means lots of snow, cold, -6°, windy and snow festival all along the street and park. I stop at Otaru Canal, this is the most romantic winter view, lots of candle ...

    Reviewed on /Date(1583695938000+0800)/

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Additional Information


Otaru Canal was built in the Meiji and Taisho periods, and although only half has been preserved, it is still full of charm. The Victorian-style kerosene lamps and the red brick exterior walls of the riverbank warehouses add an exotic feel to the place. Restaurants, grocery stores, and other shops are converted from warehouses and are popular choices at which tourists can buy souvenirs or eat local delicacies.
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Attractions inside

Attractions Near Otaru Canal

Otaru City General Museum Ungakan

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Chuo Bridge

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Kokkaido Kamishoji Bldg. - Former Dai-Shijushichi Bank Otraru Branch Bldg

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Former Yasuda Bank Otaru Branch

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Otaru Asahi Sushi

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