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[Asahi Observation Deck in Otaru] Comfortable Views of Otaru Can Be Enjoyed at Real-Life Location of The Last Love Song on This Little Planet

Asahi Observation Deck

Asahi Observation Deck (旭展望台) is an observation platform on a hill at about 190 m above sea level in the back side of Otaru Station (小樽駅), and visitors can look over Otaru city. It is well-known as a real-life location of The Last Love Song on This Little Planet (最終兵器彼女), a popular anime, and is also famous as a good place to enjoy a night view in the Otaru, one of the best night viwes in Hokkaido. A literary monument of Mr. Takiji Kobayashi (小林多喜二), a novelist, and a monument inscribed with a poem of Mr. Kankei Oda (小田觀螢), a poet, are built at the site, and there are a public restroom and benches beside a parking lot. 18 walks named "Walks around Asahi Observation Deck (旭展望台周辺遊歩道)" with 14 km length in total are built, and nature walk can be enjoyed, too. Admission free. The parking lot is free of charge. A mark is Otaru Commercial High School (小樽商業高校) along Jigoku-zaka Slope (地獄坂), and the visitors turn right in front of the school, and advance along a road, and reach to the Asahi Observation Deck. Be careful not to over a precipice, because the road is narrow. The road is closed in a winter.

Downtown of Otaru
Asahi Observation Deck in Otaru
Monument of Takiji Kobayashi
Asahi Observation Deck in Otaru
Monument of Takiji Kobayashi
Asahi Observation Deck in Otaru
Benches and Public Restroom
Asahi Observation Deck in Otaru

Movie of The Last Love Song on This Little Planet

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

Night View from Mt. Tenguyama
Otaru

Look of Asahi Observation Deck

A hut like a gazebo is built at an observation platform. Its altitude is lower than Mt. Tenguyama (天狗山), so whole downtown of the Otaru can not be viwed, but buildings are moderately close to the observation deck, and a view is comfortable. The beautiful morning sun can be seen in the early morning. A few visitors come here, so here is a good little-known tourist attractions.

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Admission fee Free of charge
Parking lot Parking is provided (30 Cars)
Business hours Open 24 hours
Regular closing day Winter season
Telephone number +81-134-32-4111
Home page Home page is here
Mapcode 164 718 317*36

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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