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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. Put Otaru Canal and other Otaru attractions into our Otaru travel itinerary maker, and watch your holiday take shape.
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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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  • nice walk in the night during summer. it was pretty short but still worth the effort...bring a camera.  more »
  • It is very easy to get to the canel from the JR station. Cross the road after exiting the station and walk down slope. There is also a tourist info desk at the station to recommend things to see and d...  more »
  • The first night we cycle off to the left had a great time photographing an exploring all the old buildings The second day we went off to the right and where met by such a horrible conglomeration of gi...  more »
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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