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[Otaru Canal] Illumination Can Be Enjoyed at One of Most Famous Tourist Attractions in Otaru

Otaru Canal

Otaru Canal (小樽運河) is a canal in the center of Otaru city, and is located in the east part of the Otaru Station, and the distance between the Otaru Canal and the station is about 700 m. It takes about 10 minutes through Chuo Street (中央通り) on foot. It is well-known as one of most famous tourist attractions in the Otaru, and is an established spot that almost all 8 million tourists that visit the otaru go to see. At Ironai area once called Northern Wall Street (北のウォール街) beside the canal, historical buildings of the Bank of Japan (日本銀行), Former Nippon Yusen (旧日本郵船), Former Mitsubishi Bank (旧三菱銀行), Former Yasuda Bank (旧安田銀行) and Former Hokkaido Takushoku Bank (旧北海道拓殖銀行) make poeple feel a splendid atmosphere of Meiji period. The stone canal goes well with the Ironai area, and the tourists feel Taisho Roman (大正浪漫). Admission free. There are toll parking lots around here.

Otaru Canal
Otaru Canal
Otaru Station
Otaru Canal
Historical Building
Otaru Canal

Movie of Otaru Canal

The Otaru was once called a northern commercial town (北の商都) in the Meiji period, and was the center place for developing the resources of Hokkaido, and had a population that was much larger than that of Sapporo. The Otaru was developing by financial business, warehousing business and shipping business, and the Otaru Canal was built in 1923 because efficient unloading was required in the shipping business. But ways of the transport became diverse, and the marine transport was on the decline. Then all the canal was threatened with destruction, but a part of the canal named "North Canal and South Canal" has been preserved as a cultural site, and it turns into a popular tourist attraction at present. The stone canal and brick buildings along the canal make the tourists feel exoticism at that time. By the way, Otaru Snow Light Path (小樽雪あかりの路) is held during about 10 days in mid February, and the canal is decorated by illumination as one of main venues.

Buildings Made of Stone
Otaru Canal

There are Sakaimachi-dori Street that is famous for Kitaichi Glass (北一硝子), Otaru Music Box Museum (小樽オルゴール堂) and Letao and Otaru Beer Brewery (小樽ビール醸造所) around the canal, and there are also restaurants, sweets shops, souvenir shops and accommodations, so it is a convenient place. I visited Shofukuya (正福屋) and Kuwataya (桑田屋) near here, and Panju was tasty.

Sakaimachi-dori Street and Marchen Crossroads

Sakaimachidori Shopping Street (堺町通り) and Marchen Crossroads (メルヘン交差点) are tourist attractions between Otaru Station (小樽駅) and Minami-Otaru Station (南小樽駅), and is located in the east part of the Otaru Station, and the distance between the Sakaimachidori Shopping Street and the station is about 900 m. It takes about 15 minutes through Chuo Street (中央通り) on foot. The street with atomosphere of Taisho Period and Medieval Europe is one of most popular tourist attractions in the Otaru along with Otaru Canal, and is an established spot that almost all 8 million tourists that visit the otaru go to see. Otaru Sakaimachi Yukata Wind Chime (小樽堺町ゆかた風鈴まつり) is held between 2days in early August. Admission free. There are toll parking lots around here. Read More

Sakaimachi-Dori Street
Sakaimachi-dori Street Marchen Crossroads in Otaru

Panju of Shofukuya

Shofukuya (正福屋) is a panjyu store in Inaho, Otaru city. They sell panju (ぱんじゅう), mini japanese sponge cakes (ベビーカステラ) and so on. They succeeded to recipes of famous panjyu store "Tanaka-no-Panjyu (田中のぱんじゅう)" in Otaru and famous panjyu store "18ban (十八番)" in Sapporo and opened a business in Sapporo in 2007 and moved to Otaru in 2014. The panjyu is a muffin which put Japanese muffin containing bean jam and octopus dumplings together. It is baked wheat flour dough with bean jam or custard cream and so on. Hokkaido has the panjyu stores in Otaru, Sapporo, Yubari, each Panjyu seem to be different in kind of bean jam and form. Read More

Chocolate Flavor
Sweets Panjyu -Shofukuya in Otaru-

Panjyu of Kuwataya Head Office

Kuwataya Head Office (桑田屋本店) is a panjyu (ぱんじゅう) store at Otaru canal terminal (小樽運河ターミナル) in Ironai, Otaru city and was founded in 2000. They sell a bun with bean-jam filling (まんじゅう) other than the panju, too. The panjyu is a muffin which put Japanese muffin containing bean jam (今川焼き) and octopus dumplings (たこ焼き) together. It is baked wheat flour dough with bean jam or custard cream and so on. Hokkaido has the panjyu stores in Otaru, Sapporo, Yubari, each panjyu seem to be different in kinds of bean jam and form. Read More

Panjyu from Top
Sweets Panjyu -Kuwataya in Otaru-

A highway bus "Otaru-go (おたる号)" runs between the Otaru and the Sapporo. Unfortunately, the express bus does not run between New Chitose Airport and the Otaru. Besides, Rent-a-car can be rented around Otaru Station.

    List of Means of Transportation

    Highway buses run between the Otaru and the Sapporo. Refer to following the means of the transportation in the Hakodate. As for car rental comparison websites, you can compare vehicle rental prices on Tabi-Plaza Rental Car Reservation (旅ぷらざレンタカー予約), Jalan Rental Car (じゃらんレンタカー) and Rakutem Travel Rental Car (楽天トラベルレンタカー).

    (Chuo Bus)中央バス From Sapporo to Otaru
    Jalan
    Rakuten
    (Chuo Bus)中央バス From Otaru to Sapporo
    Jalan
    Rakuten
    Times Car Rental(タイムズカーレンタル) Their office is near the Otaru Canal.
    Toyota Rental Lease(トヨタレンタリース) Their offices are near the Otaru Station.
    Jalan
    Station Rent-a-car(駅レンタカー) Their office is near the Otaru Station.
    Nico Nico Rent-a-car(ニコニコレンタカー) Their office is near the Otaru Station.

    OTARU

    Otaru (小樽) that 120,000 people live is the 9th largest port city in Hokkaido, and is located in the located in the northwestern part of Sapporo city. It takes about 30 minutes from the Sapporo to the Otaru by a train. The Otaru is one of most popular tourist cities in the Hokkaido, and about 8 million people visit here. It is also well-known as a city with a lot of slopes, and there are 30 slopes with its name, so the Otaru has a lot of slope lands, and has a lot of narrow roads. It is famous as a city with a lot of sushi restaurants, too, and more than 100 sushi restaurants open their businesses. Fresh seafood caught in the Sea of Japan facing the Otaru or caought in various places of the Hokkaido can be enjoyed. As for a climate, the Otaru has calm climate, it is cold in a summer, and it snow hard. The Otaru was called an inaccessible land in the old days because all transportation facilities paralyzed by a heavy snow. Read More

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    Night View from Mt. Tenguyama
    Otaru

    Look of Otaru Canal

    The length of the canal preserved as a cultural site is 1,140 m. The canal is roughly divided into the North Canal and the South Canal. As for the North Canal, it is still in the same condition as when it was built, and the width of the canal is about 40 m. The South Canal was repaired, and the width of the canal is about 20 m now. It is famous as a tourist attraction, and a lot of the tourists come the canal between Asakusa Bridge (浅草橋) and Chuo Bridge (中央橋). Stone walks and 63 gaslamps are build beside the canal. In the evening, the canal is lit up, and it makes visitors feel romantic, so a lot of couples whisper their love. A sightseeing boat is in service at the South Canal, and passengers can see the canal on the water, too. The canal in a summer or a winter or daytime or the evening is worth seeing.

    Otaru Canal (South Canal)
    Otaru Canal
    Otaru Canal (North Canal)
    Otaru Canal
    North Canal Has Few Tourists
    Otaru Canal

    Otaru Canal Can Be Watched on Youtube

    Movie of Otaru Canal

    Admission fee Free of charge
    Parking lot Pay parkings are provided
    Business hours Open 24 hours
    Regular closing day Open all year round
    Telephone number +81-134-32-4111
    Home page Home page is here
    Mapcode 493 690 678*50

    Otaru Snow Light Path

    The Otaru Snow Light Path is held during about 10 days in mid February. About 500,000 tourists come the event, and large and small venues are built in various places of the Otaru, and the Otaru Canal is one of the main venues. Fences and gaslamps are decorated by the illumination, and blue LEDs in the dark are beautiful. In addition, Champagne Tower that turns into 7 colors and Glass Float Tree are built aroud Canal Plaza Tourist Information (観光運河プラザ案内所) are built, and are worth seeing. Admission free.

    Winter Night View of Otaru Canal
    Otaru Canal
    Otaru Canal in Winter
    Otaru Canal
    Winter Night View of Otaru Canal
    Otaru Canal
    Blue Lights Are Beautiful
    Otaru Canal
    Sightseeing Boat with Blue Lights
    Otaru Canal
    Glass Float Tree
    Otaru Canal
    Champagne Tower at Canal Plaza Tourist Information
    Otaru Canal
    Canal Plaza Tourist Information
    Otaru Canal

    Movie of Otaru Snow Light Path

      List of Activities

      Various activities are held in the Otaru. Refer to following websites for the activities. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.

      Otaru Canal Cruise

      Movie of Otaru Canal Cruise


      Otaru Canal Cruise(小樽運河クルーズ)
      Jalan

      Blue Cave Cruising

      Movie of Blue Cave Cruising


      Hokuo Sangyo(北欧産業)
      ASOVIEW
      Salt Valley 408(ソルトバレー408)
      Jalan
      KANEHIDE MARINE(カネヒデマリーン)
      Prorow Marine(プロロマリン)

      Rickshaw

      Movie of Rickshaw


      Jinrikisha-no-Ebisuya(人力車のえびす屋)

      Experiences of Making

      Taishou Glass Palace(大正硝子館)
      ASOVIEW
      Jalan
      Otaru Glass Ayaya(小樽硝子の灯・彩や)
      Otaru Orgel Doh Yukobo(小樽オルゴール堂 遊工房)
      ASOVIEW
      Jalan
      Otaru Candle Studio(小樽キャンドル工房)
      ASOVIEW
      Jalan
      Shoya(硝屋)
      ASOVIEW
      Jalan
      Joie Joie Glass Collection(ジョワ・ジョワ グラスコレクション)
      ASOVIEW
      Jalan
      Otaru Handmade Glass Studio(小樽手作り硝子工房)
      ASOVIEW
      Jalan
      Otaru il PONTE(小樽 il PONTE)

      Sightseeing Taxi

      Otaru Hana Sightseeing Taxi(小樽観光個人はなタクシー)
      Otaru Ikuta Sightseeing Taxi(小樽観光個人生田タクシー)
      Takahashi Taxi(高橋タクシー)
      ASOVIEW
      Mayama Taxi(真山タクシー)

      List of Accommodations

      Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the Otaru. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.

          Ginrinso(銀鱗荘)
          Jalan
          Former Okagawa Pharmacy((旧)岡川薬局)
          Booking
          Uomatsu Ryokan(魚松旅館)
          Booking
          Jalan
          Hotel Sonia Otaru(ホテルソニア小樽)
          Unga-no-Yado Otaru Furukawa(運河の宿 小樽 ふる川)
          Hotel Nord Otaru(ホテルノルド小樽)
          Dormy Inn Premium Otaru(ドーミーインPREMIUM小樽)
          Authent Hotel Otaru(オーセントホテル小樽)
          Hotel Inaho(ホテル稲穂)
          Booking
          Tabino Sanpoyado Otaru Ekimae Guest House Ito(小樽駅前ゲストハウスIto)
          THE GREEN OTARU(ザ グリーン オタル)
          Oyado Sakurai(御宿 櫻井)
          Booking
          Etchuya Ryokan(越中屋旅館)
          Booking
          The Otarunai Backpacker's Hostel Morinoki(おたるないバックパッカーズホステル杜の樹)
          DORMITORY L(ドミトリー L)
          HP
          Jalan
          Otarukitaunga Kamomeya(おたる北運河かもめや)
          Booking
          Life House IPPO(Life House IPPO)
          Booking
          Rakuten
          Otaru Nupuri Hostel (Female Only)(小樽ヌプリホステル)
          Jalan
          Rakuten
          Otaru Guest House(小樽ゲストハウス)
          Booking
          Otaru Villa Mount Tengu(小樽ヴィラマウンテング)
          Otaru Tenguyama Honkan(小樽天狗山 本館)
          Booking
          Jalan
          Rakuten
          Otaru Tenguyama Sanrokukan(小樽天狗山 山麓館)
          emina backpackers(えみな バックパッカーズ)
          Hotel Neu Schloss Otaru(ホテルノイシュロス小樽)
          Tabi-no-Ie Sha Tomaya(旅人の家 舎 とまや)
          Booking
          Rakuten
          Otaru Nature Village(おたる自然の村)
          Booking
          Jalan
          Rakuten
          Hotel Musashitei(ホテル武蔵亭)
          Korakuen(宏楽園)
          Booking
          Otaru Asari Classe Hotel(小樽朝里 クラッセホテル)
          Otaru Ryotei Kuramure(小樽旅亭 蔵群)
          Winkel Village(ウィンケルビレッジ)
          Pine House(パインハウス)
          Booking
          Jalan
          Pension Shadow Classe(ペンション・シャドウクラッセ)
          Booking
          Pension Puti Hotel Roman(ペンション プチホテルろーまん) Only Tel:+81-134-52-2118
          Ryobo Hanaemi(旅房はなえみ)
          Booking
          Jalan
          Rakuten
          Otaru Boyo Schanze Automobile Campsite(小樽望洋シャンツェオートキャンプ場)
          Booking
          Jalan
          Rakuten
          Asarigawa Onsen Automobile Campsite(朝里川温泉オートキャンプ場)
          Booking
          Jalan
          Rakuten
          Booking.com

          A page of Otaru is here

          Otaru

          By the way, Club Tourism (クラブツーリズム), a Japanese tour travel agency, provides various types of tours such as day trip tours or ordinary tours. In the case of bus tours, tourists do not drive their cars themselves, so they can savor alcohol. Choosen tourist attractions are national parks such as Rishiri and Rebun, Shiretoko, and popular tourist places such as Furano and Biei, and some activities such as hiking and fruit picking are also enjoyed depending on seasons. If you are interested in tour trips, you should visit the club tourism's website for details.

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