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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 northwestern direction 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.

      OTARU

        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

        ASARIGAWA ONSEN

          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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