- November 26th, 2014
[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.
Asarigawa Onsen (朝里川温泉) in Otaru city is a hot-spring resort located in the northwestern direction 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
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.
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
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.
Asari Dam and Lake Otarunai Can Be Watched on Youtube
|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 Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the Otaru. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.
A page of Otaru is here
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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