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Otaru
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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Otaru Canal
4.4/5
1,072 Reviews
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.
Otaru Music Box Museum Main Building
4.6/5
473 Reviews
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行走地球的猫The Otaru Music Box Museum is very close to the South Otaru Station. It takes only five or six minutes to walk from the station. There is a large iconic steam bell at the door, so you will not miss it. Walking in is like entering the world of fairy tales. The sound of Ding Ding Dong Dong music is endless, and the shape of the music box has its own merits. Cartoon, traditional, elegant, and romantic are all so exquisite and dazzling. There are antique music boxes from all over the world upstairs. You can also choose your favorite music box to buy, the price ranges from a few hundred yen to tens of thousands of yen, and there are many choices. And don’t forget to sit next to the bear and make a card to remember this wonderful moment.
Tenguyama
4.6/5
234 Reviews
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.
Kitaichi Glass Otaru
4.4/5
199 Reviews
Artisanal Workshop
Featured Neighborhood
行走地球的猫Beiyi Whistle Museum is actually a glass shop. The glass products of Neon Country are exquisite in workmanship, beautiful in shape and colorful. Beiyi Whistle Hall is a famous shop, and the products are even more exquisite. If you have the conditions to carry it, you can buy a few beautiful things you like, which is definitely more reliable than Haitao. If you have the opportunity, you can try to make it yourself, isn't it more meaningful?
Marchen Intersection
4.5/5
103 Reviews
Featured Neighborhood
C-xiao-tongIt would be more romantic if it’s snowing. I saw the fairy tale crossroads in the circle of friends. I was really looking forward to it. But when I came here, I only felt that there were tourists everywhere and there was no snow. Where can the fairy tales come from? Words. However, the surrounding buildings are quite beautiful. There is a high-tower LeTAO main store. The white and white building is a fairy tale; there are also the music of steam bells from time to time, and the dazzling array of music boxes in the Music Box Hall. , Can make people happy instantly.
Otaru Taishou Glass Palace
4.4/5
150 Reviews
Artisanal Workshop
Leow Cheng LamCan see thousands types of music box which made by various pattern and materials such as glasses, wood and porcelain. Although the prices are expensive but many people like to buy it home for gifts.

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Otaru Canal
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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.
Summer Vacation in Japan: Things to do in Hokkaido
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Otaru
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.
A Complete Guide of Otaru (Where to Eat, Drink and Play)
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The milk produced in Hokkaido is famous for its rich fragrance and mellow taste. Desserts made from the milk here are very popular in Japan. Here, we will recommend desserts that must be tasted when you come to Hokkaido, so that you can experience true happiness when you travel there.
Happiness That Melts On the Tip of Your Tongue. Must-eat Desserts in Hokkaido
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Happiness That Melts On the Tip of Your Tongue. Must-eat Desserts in Hokkaido

Otaru Weather

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Weather Forecast and Travel Tips for Otaru
Nov 29, 2020 Otaru Weather:Clouds, Northeasterly Wind:0-10 kph, Humidity:68%, Sunrise/Sunset:06:46/16:03
Otaru Driving:Suitable, Running:Not Recommended, Cycling:Not Recommended

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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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