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Stone Road and Stone Buildings Create Fairy-tale Atmosphere -Sakaimachi-dori Street Marchen Crossroads in Otaru-

April 21st, 2017

Sakaimachi-dori Street (堺町通り) and Marchen Crossroads (メルヘン交差点) are between Otaru Station (小樽駅) and Minami-Otaru Station (南小樽駅), and are popular tourist spots with atomosphere of Taisho Period and Medieval Europe. A lot of tourists come to restraunts, popular souvenir shops such as Kitaichi Glass (北一硝子), Otaru Music Box Museum (小樽オルゴール堂) and LeTao (ルタオ) that stand side by side along the Sakaimachi-dori Street with stone pavement of about 1 km in length.

Sakaimachi-Dori Street
Sakaimachi-dori Street Marchen Crossroads in Otaru
Otaru Music Box Museum
Sakaimachi-dori Street Marchen Crossroads in Otaru
Distant View of Sakaiya
Sakaimachi-dori Street Marchen Crossroads in Otaru
Sakaiya Japanese Style Old Store
Sakaimachi-dori Street Marchen Crossroads in Otaru
Kitaichi Glass
Sakaimachi-dori Street Marchen Crossroads in Otaru

When I read Tweets, Sakaimachi-dori Street Marchen Crossroads seem to be popular.

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A official name of the Marchen Crossroads, 5 other forked roads, is "Sakaimachi Crossroads (堺町交差点)". I tried searching why it was called "Marchen Crossroads" on the internet, but I didn't know. I guess the stone pavement and stone buildings are associated with fairy tales of Medieval Germany for Otaru people. I think that is a cathy name. There are Joyato (常夜灯 * a light that lit all through the night.) and the steam clock (蒸気時計) around the Marchen Crossroads, and those are one of representative something of the Marchen Crossroads. The Minami-Otaru Station is most nearest station to the Marchen Crossroads.

Otaru Music Box Museum and Steam Clock
Sakaimachi-dori Street Marchen Crossroads in Otaru
Steam Is Given Off at 15‐Minute Intervals
Sakaimachi-dori Street Marchen Crossroads in Otaru

As for the LeTao, there are 5 stores, LeTao Head Office (ルタオ本店), Pathos Branch (パトス), Le Chocolat Branch (ルショコラ), Cheese Cake labo Branch (チーズケーキラボ) and Plus Branch (プラス) along the Sakaimachi-Dori Street. At the LeTao Head Office, They sell sweets items on first floor, and there is a coffee shop on second floor, and they served head office-limited sweets, too.

LeTao Head Office
Sakaimachi-dori Street Marchen Crossroads in Otaru
Sweets Combo with Temptation of Chocolate (ショコラの誘惑セット)
Sakaimachi-dori Street Marchen Crossroads in Otaru

Marchen Crossroads Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Marchen Crossroads

Admission fee Free of charge
Parking lot Pay parking lots is provided
Business hours Open 24 hours
Regular closing day Open all year round
Telephone number +81-134-32-4111
Home page Home page is not provided
Mapcode 493 661 579*54

Accommodations

Refer to following websites for the accommodations around Marchen Crossroads.

Former Okagawa Pharmacy((旧)岡川薬局)  
Uomatsu Ryokan(魚松旅館)    
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)  
Tabino Sanpoyado Otaru Ekimae Guest House Ito(小樽駅前ゲストハウスIto)
Smile Hotel Otaru(スマイルホテル小樽)
Oyado Sakurai(御宿 櫻井)  
Etchuya Ryokan(越中屋旅館)  
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)    
Otarukitaunga Kamomeya(おたる北運河かもめや)  
Life House IPPO(Life House IPPO)    
Otaru Nupuri Hostel (Female Only)(小樽ヌプリホステル)    
Booking.com

A page of Otaru is here

Otaru

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