- April 23rd, 2017
[Kenashiyama Viewpoint in Otaru] Good Lookout to View Downtown and Night View of Otaru
Kenashiyama Viewpoint (毛無山展望台) is a parking lot on the mountainside of Mt. Kenashiyama (毛無山) at 470 m above sea level along National Route 393 in the southern part of Otaru city, and is far from the downtown of the Ortaru. There is no facility except Kenashiyama Tenbodai Parking Lot (毛無山展望台駐車場). It is well-known as a good place to see the downtown and a night view of the Otaru. Kenashi (ケナシ) means "A place that trees grow thick" in Ainu language. But Kenashi (毛無) means "Baldness" in Japanese. In any case, maybe this place is related to hair. In addition, Mountains in Mashike (増毛) can be seen, if it is fine whether. Mashike (増毛) means "Increasing the hair" in the Japanese. I am curious about that the hair is increasing or decreasing. Admission free. The parking lot is free of charge. The parking lot is closed in a winter.
Otaru (小樽) that 120,000 people live is the 9th largest port city in Hokkaido, and is 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
Look of Kenashiyama Viewpoint
The downtown of the Otaru can be viewed here. This place is a famous tourist attraction for the night view, and views of the mountains are very good, too. In a summer, a lot of couples come here. Some benches are built at the site.
|Admission fee||Free of charge|
|Parking lot||Parking is provided (20 Cars)|
|Business hours||Open 24 hours|
|Regular closing day||Winter season|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Mapcode||493 541 352*86|
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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