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.
When I read Tweets, Sakaimachi-dori Street Marchen Crossroads seem to be popular.
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.
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.
Marchen Crossroads Can Be Watched on Youtube
|Admission fee||Free of charge|
|Parking lot||Pay parking lots is provided|
|Business hours||Open 24 hours|
|Regular closing day||Open all year round|
|Home page||Home page is not provided|
Refer to following websites for the accommodations around Marchen Crossroads.
|Former Okagawa Pharmacy(（旧）岡川薬局)|
|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)|
|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)|
|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)|
|Life House IPPO(Life House IPPO)|
|Otaru Nupuri Hostel (Female Only)(小樽ヌプリホステル)|
A page of Otaru is here