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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.

Popular Attractions in Otaru

Otaru Canal
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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.
Otaru Music Box Museum Main Building
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Converted from Hokkaido's office for rice and grain trade, Otaru Music Box Museum exudes a certain European feel. With outer walls comprised of meticulously arranged dark red bricks, and a beech wood interior, the old stairs, corridors, and railings of the hall complement each other beautifully. In addition to viewing the variety of music boxes inside, visitors can also head to the third floor and try their hand at making a music box themselves.
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The Tengu, who is squinting and has a long nose, is a Japanese monster. The Tengu Mountain behind Otaru City Street has the name of Tengu Mountain because it looks like a Tengu. Tiangu Mountain is about 532.5 meters high and is the commanding height of Xiaoyan. On the top of the mountain, you can overlook the panoramic view of Otaru City. Especially when the night is over, the small dragonfly that stretches along the coastline is inlaid with jewels. The Hakodate night view of Hakodate Hill and the Sapporo night view of the Momoyama Mountain are called the three major Hokkaido. night view.
Kitaichi Glass Otaru
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Artisanal Workshop
Kitaichi Glass Otaru is one of the main attractions in Otaru. Located near the music box museum, Kitaichi Glass occupies one of the city’s many historical buildings. Visitors can try their hand and glass carving or making small beads. The glass art experience is a popular thing to do and quite fascinating for learning about the techniques and skill required to be an effective glass maker. Certainly anyone interested in artistry or craft work will appreciate the things on offer in Kitaichi Glass Otaru. It is very much a place worth visiting.

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Trip Moments


A Complete Guide of Otaru (Where to Eat, Drink and Play)
Outdoor Recreation
Gourmet Food
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.
TripBlog   Dec 27, 2019
Must-do activities for Hokkaido in the summertime
Outdoor Recreation
Natural Landscapes
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.
TripBlog   Dec 27, 2019
Happiness That Melts On the Tip of Your Tongue. Must-eat Desserts in Hokkaido
Gourmet Food
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.
TripBlog   Dec 17, 2019

Frequently Asked Questions

I recommended Cape Kamui, Shioya Beach, Otaru Dream Beach, Otarunai Lake, Okobachigawa River.
Here are the best places to visit in Otaru, including: Marchen Intersection, Otaru Canal Warehouse Group, Otaru Snow Light Path, Steam Clock, Asari.
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.