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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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  • We visited Otaru Canal last night. It's not that pretty now vs winter time. The canal don't light up during this time. But still a good walk around the canal region.  more »
  • Ivy maple in Otaru city lights and the red and yellow colors, Canal reflection was very beautiful. I think you should just shop around 6 pm most afraid, buy souvenirs, meals before and enjoyed the night slowly.
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  • The daytime is not special, but it is very atmosphere after the Snow Festival light at night! There are a lot of tourists. He will dry flowers, red leaves, add snow light, good beautiful good romance. A working person will keep mending the light.
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  • I like this place I really do. The canal area does not feel like Japan and more like a western country. In any season it's beautiful and perfect for a romantic walk. Recently a lot of tourists flock the area though so if you're looking for an empty street come very early in the morning.
  • A romantic place especially in winter night. The candlelight along the bank can make you fall in love.
  • Delicate canal aligned with warehoused from the old time. Lots of tourists
  • Not your typical average Japanese destination. The place has a very western influence. There are some violinists and buskers/art sellers along the canal, which enhances the tranquil mood there.
  • Nice place to stroll along and they have alot of talented Japanese artist that can draw painting and other handicraft stuffs

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Where to stay in Otaru

Historic little Otaru brings in significant numbers of visitors every year, with its scenic old canals and relaxed bayside charm. Take a peek at the converted warehouses in the canal district for some of the most stylish accommodations in town, with boutique hotels decorated with a keen eye for detail. Standard and luxury hotels line the newer commercial streets around town, while well-kept, traditional (or traditional-looking) "ryokan" (guesthouses) sit on the older commercial thoroughfares. Budget hostels can be found throughout, offering private and shared rooms.
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