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Otaru Canal, Otaru

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Once a vital part of the city's bustling port, Otaru Canal serves as a popular destination for waterside strolling and enjoying the outdoors. Wander along this restored historic canal, dating back to the early 20th century, to explore its many repurposed warehouses, which house restaurants, shops, and museums. You'll find the promenade lined with Victorian-style gas lamps, as well as numerous brick buildings from as early as the 19th century. Work out when and for how long to visit Otaru Canal and other Otaru attractions using our handy Otaru road trip site .
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  • Visit Buri almost ten years and went to see the Canal at night. And moving small cruise ships, it was crowded. But is the warehouse of the Canal in the incredibly shabby treatment and very sad. In the coin-operated parking very difficult, so use the hollowed out through a refractory remain unburdened. While food and beverage stores also opening of bikkuri donkey! Bad another opening of bikkuri donkey had both history and style is not not something allows anyone? I even remembered.
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  • Got in about 20 minutes on foot from Otaru. It was about 5 o'clock in the morning, so few people. It was crossed paths with the locals at times to walk the dog. Therefore able to take lots of photos, without worrying about the reflections of the people. Recommended lead the carry case, Canal towpath is increasingly bumpy with tiles, so it is not.
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  • More and more foreigners, some feel has gone bad. Also Otaru's atmosphere is a good place as a little night of fun if you can do it? I think. Tourist ships too close, so also ideal for passing
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  • Otaru Canal is a good sightseeing spot albeit there’s not much else to do. It makes a good spot for taking pictures. You can also hop on to a gondola-like boat to explore the canal. The best time to visit this spot is in the afternoon. From the canal, You can walk about 200-300 meter to find Otaru Shopping Street and spend more enjoyful site seeing there.
  • Really lovely old town. The more developed parts of town have a great industrial vibe to them. If you can manage a steep climb, the temple overlooking the town gives you a fantastic view over Otaru
  • We visited on a sunny day in May where the tourists were few and weather was marvelous. The canal is a lot shorter and smaller than people think it is. In other words, it's hardly the "Venice of Japan" so please don't expect it to be. The walk is complete in under 15 minutes. A few rickshaw guys approached us for a tour but we weren't interested - perhaps they knew more paths less travelled?
  • It's a nice experience walking along the canal especially in the evening enjoying the golden sunset and follows with a good dinner at all the nice restaurants along the canal. When you are at Otaru, it's a must visit attraction.
  • We went in the day, which limited its appeal somewhat. Still, it's quite pretty, with some tax free shops nearby. Would drop by if I were in the area, but I wouldn't come all the way out from Sapporo for it.
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