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.

Sights in Otaru

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Otaru Canal

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

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

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Shofukuya

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

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Otaru Snow Light Path

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

Morinoki is a backpackers hostel located near Minamiotaru station.

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Otaru Park

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

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

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

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