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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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  • 4/3 Otaru visitors visit this was 4 years ago. Last time I Hakodate to was absolutely not is (and driving) and spend the night in Sapporo and Otaru into the next morning so we from Hakodate kuromatsu in via Otaru with. Time was close to dusk. I think is certainly Canal the snow is beautiful and would like to go, but for beginners looks and Walker falls quite a mid-March visit from around the top and thought what better. I would take off my still everyday sushi and suites, gourmet attractions such as herring Palace, Aquarium, Bank track, Railroad Park (last time doing nothing) is of course attraction is here not only. I'm just for taking a personal impression, goes to blocked some foreign tourists recently. And spit out the bridge famous filming location to see the stayin' is indescribable, but thank goodness the economic effects of the Otaru, and I think this would be true for Hokkaido tourist and I think. I think basically, good location.
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  • Otaru canal has become the picture of the State seal of JAL. That as well as the brick building was dimly light the dark light flickered. But the surprise was a flaw in jade donkey assertive too (laughs)
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  • There are many customers from Sapporo. Lined with brick buildings and often include a bank site. Tourism in the night is beautiful.
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  • Very beautiful place to visit in the winter. There are snowmen all around build by the owners and please don't touch or you may destroy them. I would suggest to plan for 4 hours there. We took a group tour and spend only 2.5hours there, which is not enough. The are many cheap and good food around. We had fresh salmon with miss soup and rice for only 800yen (It will easily cost around 1200yen in other part of Japan).
  • Otaru is also a place that is called the ‘Town of Glass’. There are so many things to check out, from sushi, ramen, ice cream, cream puff, sweet souvenirs to cafes. This place is so beautiful, it’s worth spending one whole day exploring this town with different views during the day and night time. Will miss this place. It’s easy to get from Sapporo Station to Otaru Station and it’s within walking distance from Otaru Station to Otaru Canal.
  • Any season of the year, this is definitely a place you would not want to miss in Hokkaido. Your selfies always look good with the breathtaking canal behind you. The whole historic area is a sight to behold. Plenty of things to see, do, eat and enjoy.
  • Otaru Canal is what you expect it to be ! Just a canal that happens to be amazingly beautiful, with buildings overlooking the canal, picturesque scenery regardless of the time of day and season, also the lights that come on at night. There is a path by the canal that everyone can walk on, and occasionally there will be a Japanese man at the start of the canal with a DSLR, helping tourists take a photo for a fee. Overall, a great place to get some selfies and photos for your social media platforms. With little editing to no editing, it's easy to get a phenomenal picture to show your family and friends !
  • Scenic location near the sea side that's perfect for a short walk to unwind. The view is amazing both during the day and the night, when the lights reflect on the water to create a soothing image. There's also boat rides available here if you're up for a little sightseeing whilst resting your feet. Various restaurants and onsens available along the canal should you choose to unwind and dine at the same time without missing the view. Just a ten minutes walk away from Otaru train station

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