Neighborhood in Hokkaido:

Otaru

About Otaru

Otaru is a popular day trip option. It only takes half an hour from Sapporo Station to get there by JR. This seaside town is famous because of "Love Letters", a romantic movie by Toshihiko Iwai. The romantic glassware and music boxes also attract a lot of visitors. Of course, food lovers should not miss Otaru. The sushi, rokkatei and other delicious desserts there will blow your mind. Otaru City has retained a lot of its pioneering foreign-style architecture and historical sites, including the Otaru Canal. Every winter, the canal hosts the annual Otaru Snow Lights Road Festival, showcasing the city’s romantic appeal. Otaru is a small town that can be explored on foot. Slow down, walk through the ancient Otaru Canal, visit the Glass Whistle Museum, stop by the Music Box Museum, pass by the famous dessert shops, try some local sushi and enjoy yourself.

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Otaru Canal

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The Otaru Canal is a popular tourist attraction for its romantic walkway along the canal which is lined by ivy-covered warehouses that have been renovated into

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Otaru Beer Brewery and Restaurant Soko Number 1

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Famous Hokkaido beer brewery, former warehouse turned into a beer experience with tastings and a pub-fare food menu.

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Shofukuya

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Local sweets and Hokkaido soft serve ice-cream shop located in downtown Otaru, English menus available.

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Otaru Snow Light Path

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This candlelight festival is held for two weeks every year in February. Please check the official website for details.

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Otaru Beer Brewery and Restaurant Soko Number 1

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Famous Hokkaido beer brewery, former warehouse turned into a beer experience with tastings and a pub-fare food menu.

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Shofukuya

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Local sweets and Hokkaido soft serve ice-cream shop located in downtown Otaru, English menus available.

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Otaru Canal

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The Otaru Canal is a popular tourist attraction for its romantic walkway along the canal which is lined by ivy-covered warehouses that have been renovated into

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Otaru Snow Light Path

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This candlelight festival is held for two weeks every year in February. Please check the official website for details.

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Otarunai Backpackers Hostel Morinoki

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Morinoki is a backpackers hostel located near Minamiotaru station.

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Otaru Park

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Otaru Park was opened to the public in 1893 (Meiji 26). There are around 1000 or more sakura trees, since they are on top of the hill, they make a very stunning

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Ginrinsou

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Ginrinsou is a traditional onsen (hot spring) ryokan built in 1873, located about 5 minutes from Otaru station by car.

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Minshuku Aotsuka Shokudo

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Aotsuka Shokudo is a guest house and popular cafeteria style restaurant in northern Otaru. This style of restaurant was especially common in Japan in the 1970s

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Shukutsu Panoramic Observatory

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An uphill hike from the Otaru Aquarium, the Shukutsu Panoramic Observatory offers breathtaking views of the surrounding coastline.

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Nikka Whisky Distillery

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Whisky Distillery with tour for one of Japan's iconic Whisky makers.

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Kakizaki Shoten Kaisenkobo

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Kaisenkoubou is a cafeteria-style seafood restaurant specializing in donburi (rice bowls).

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Mount Teine Ski Resort

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The Mount Teine Ski Resort, also called Sapporo Teine, is one of the smaller ski resorts of Hokkaido and located in Sapporo.

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Maeda Forest Park

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This multipurpose park was constructed in Sapporo in 1982. The area was originally established as a natural fence bordering the city. The grounds boast both a 6