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[Lake Otarunai in Otaru] Appearance of Asari Dam and Asari Sky Loop Are Cool

Lake Otarunai and Asari Dam

Lake Otarunai (オタルナイ湖) is a man-made lake in the southeastern part of Otaru city. Asari Dam (朝里ダム) was built in 1993, and the lake was born. Hokkaido Road 1 is built along the lake, and the watere surface area is 0.43 km2. The Asari Dam is a concrete gravity dam for the purposes of the prevention of disaster and securing drinking water in the upper of Asarigawa Onsen (朝里川温泉), and its height is about 74 m. The appearance looks very nice, and I think that it is a classic dam. Walks, Asari Dam Memorial Hall (朝里ダム記念館) and a tennis court are built as recreation and relaxation for Otaru citizen around the dam. In addition, Asari Ohashi (朝里大橋) called Asari Sky Loop (朝里スカイループ) near the dam catches visitors's eyes. Addmission free. A parking lot is free of charge.

Lake Otarunai
Asari Dam and Lake Otarunai in Otaru
Asari Dam
Asari Dam and Lake Otarunai
Asari Sky Loop
Asari Dam and Lake Otarunai in Otaru
Asari Dam Memorial Hall
Asari Dam and Lake Otarunai in Otaru

Movie of Lake Otarunai and Asari Dam

Asarigawa Onsen

Asarigawa Onsen (朝里川温泉) in Otaru city is a hot-spring resort located in the northwestern part of Sapporo city, and is called a back room of Otaru (小樽の奥座敷), so it is popular as a famous resort between the Sapporo and the Otaru. The Asarigawa Onsen extends north and south along Asari River (朝里川) and Hokkaido Route 1 (道々1号線), and 10 accommodations dot for about 3 km. Because the resort is surrounded by mountains, there are a lot of leisure facilities such as Sasson Golf Club (札樽ゴルフ倶楽部), Sapporo Park Golf Course (札幌パークゴルフ場), Asarigawa Onsen Ski Resort (朝里川温泉スキー場) and Asarigawa Auto Campsite (朝里川オートキャンプ場), and visitors can enjoy great outdoors. Some restaurants and cafes are built around the center of the Asarigawa Onsen. In addition, there is a convenience store near Kokuraen (宏楽園) at the entrance of the Asarigawa Onsen, and there are not any convenience stores at the center of the Asarigawa Onsen. Read More

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Asarigawa Onsen Hotel Musashitei Asarigawa Onsen in Otar

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.

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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 Lake Otarunai and Asari Dam

A park is built at foot of the dam, and the dam can be looked up. Dropping water, the Asari Sky Loop and the Lake Otarunai can be viewed on the top of the dam, and the Sea of Japan can be seen if it is fine weather. Fall foliage is beautiful, and a conbination of the lake and the fall foliage is comfortable. Asari Dam Lookout (朝里ダム展望広場) is built to see the whole dam near the dam, but a road to the lookout sometimes is closed down. By the way, A dam card is distributed at Otaru Otaru Construction Management Department (小樽建設管理部事業課), Asari Dam Manegement Office (朝里ダム管理棟) and the Asari Dam Memorial Hall.

Top of Dam
Asari Dam and Lake Otarunai in Otaru
Mountainous Scenery
Asari Dam and Lake Otarunai in Otaru

Asari Dam and Lake Otarunai Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Asari Dam and Lake Otarunai

Admission fee Free of charge
Parking lot Parking is provided (8 Cars)
Business hours Open 24 hours
Regular closing day Open all year round
Telephone number No telephone number
Home page Home page is not provided
Mapcode 493 455 733*04

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
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
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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