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[Otaru] Canal, Marchen Crossroads, Seafood and Hong Kong Style Chow Mein Can Be Enjoyed in Tourist City

April 24th, 2014

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.

Otaru Station
Otaru
Sushi Street
Otaru

Movie of Otaru

The Otaru is one of the oldest town in the Hokkaido, and was named after Ota-Oru-Nai that means "A river in sandy beach" in Ainu language. Mr. Kanuemon Yagi (八木勘右衛門), a wajin (和人 * Japanese), settled in Otaru in 1596 was kept a record. Herring fishing was at its peak in Meiji era, and a lot of people came to seek their employment from various places, and the economy was up. Therefore, branches of banks such as Dai Hyakusanju Bank (第百十三国立銀行) were established successively. The Otaru was active foreign trading port with Russia until the early 20th century, and was prospered as doorways of the Hokkaido together with the Hakodate, so a commercial town called Northern Wall Street was formed. In the Meiji era, the Hakodate and the Otaru were two of the largest cities in the Hokkaido, and the Sapporo was 3rd place city unexpectedly.

Former Dai Hyakusanju Bank Otaru Branch
Otaru
Former Temniya Line
Otaru

The Otaru has few nature tourist attractions, but it has historical tourist attractions reflected Meiji High Collar and Taisho Roman. A lot of tourists visit a neighboring of historical district around Otaru Canal (小樽運河), and Sakaimachidori Shopping Street and Marchen Crossroads (堺町通りとメルヘン交差点). So those with a romantic atmosphere are popular with women and couples. A night view of the Otaru is one of 3 major night views in the Hokkaido together with the Sapporo and Hakodate, and the splendid night view can be seen from Mt. Tenguyama (天狗山) and Mt. Kenashiyama (毛無山). In addition, Otaru Aquarium is also famous.

Former Nippon Yusen Kaisha Otaru Branch
Otaru
Night View from Mt. Tenguyama
Otaru
Street
Otaru

The attractive city is used as shooting places of a lot of Japanese movie or Japanese television drama such as Love Letter that Ms. Miho Nakayama (中山美穂), a famous actress, and Mr. Etushi Toyokawa (豊川悦司), a famous actor, play the leading character, and If Cats Disappeared from the World that Mr. Takeru Sato (佐藤健), a famous actor, plays the leading character. In addition, The Last Love Song on This Little Planet, Shota-no-Sushi and Golden Kamuy, famous manga, use the Otaru as the setting, too. So visiting the real-life locations (Love Letter, The Last Love Song on This Little Planet, Golden Kamuy) are popular, too. By the way, Speaking of onsen in the Otaru, Asarigawa Onsen (朝里川温泉) called a back room of Otaru (小樽の奥座敷) is famous. Except that, Hiraiso Onsen Ginrinso (平磯温泉 銀鱗荘) has a good reputation, and some hot spring public baths are built in the downtown of the Otaru.

Ginrinso
Otaru

Movie of Love Letter

Movie of If Cats Disappeared from the World

Movie of The Last Love Song on This Little Planet

Movie of Golden Kamuy

Sushi and Seafood Rice Bowl using fresh marine products are famous because some fishing ports face the sea, and those can be savored at the more than 100 sushi restaurants and Triangle Seafood Market (三角市場). Hong Kong Style Chow Mein (あんかけ焼きそば) is loved by Otaru people, and is served by about 100 restaurants. In addition, Naruto (若鶏時代なると) that is famous for Fried Half Spring Chicken (若鶏の半身揚げ) and Panju (ぱんじゅう) are local specialies of the Otaru, too. As for the Panju, 3 panju stores in the Otaru open a business in 4 panju stores in the Hokkaido. Letao, one of most famous confectionery stores in the Hokkaido, has developed business in the Otaru mainly, and extends their name. Speaking of highly reputed restaurants in the Otaru, Nikigi Kukizen (握 群来膳) is given 2-star by Michelin Hokkaido, Isezushi (伊勢鮨) is given 1-star by the Michelin Hokkaido, and Rakuten (らく天), Sushiya Koudai (すし屋 高大), Handmade Soba Ironai (手打ちそば いろない), Handemade Soba Kimura (手打ちそば きむら) and Nishizuka (に志づ可) are given bib gourmand by the Michelin Hokkaido.

Sushi
Otaru
Seafood Rice Bowl
Otaru
Hong Kong Style Chow Mein
Otaru

Movie of Otaru

The Otaru has much events, too. Otaru and Yoichi Snow Stories (小樽余市ゆき物語) is held from November to mid February, and Otaru Snow Light Path (小樽雪あかりの路) is held between 10days in mid February. Then Otaru Spring Festival (おたる春祭り) is held between 3days in late May, Otaru Shukutsu Herring Festival (おたる祝津にしん群来祭り) is held between 2days in early June, Otaru Canal Road Race Tournament (おたる運河ロードレース大会) is held only in a day, mid June, Otaru Asakusabashi Oldies Night (おたる浅草橋オールディーズナイト) is held between 3days in mid July, Otaru Ushio Festival (おたる潮まつり) is held between 3days in late July, Otaru Sakaimachi Yukata Wind Chime (小樽堺町ゆかた風鈴まつり) is held between 2days in early August, Takashima Fishport Fireworks Display (高島漁港納涼大花火大会) is held only in a day, mid August, Otaru Tenguyama Night View (天狗山夜景の日) and Otaru Tenguyama Festival (小樽天狗山まつり) are held in one each day, late August, Otaru Anime Party (小樽アニメパーティー) is held between 2days in early September, and Otaru Squilla Festival (小樽しゃこ祭) is held between 2days in mid November.

Shkutsu Fireworks Display
Otaru
Otaru Shukutsu Herring Festival
Otaru
Otaru Snow Light Path
Otaru
Takashima Fishing Port Fireworks Display
Otaru
Otaru Canal Road Race Tournament
Otaru

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.

List of Tourist Attractions

Speaking of the Otaru, the Otaru Canal is famous after all, and is the most popular tourist attractions in the Otaru, and is full of many tourists. Similarly, history inheritances around the canal are main tourist attractions, too. Historical buildings such as former Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Otaru Branch (旧三井住友銀行小樽支店), Canal Plaza (運河プラザ) are built, and stores in connections with the Otaru such as Kitaichi Glass (北一硝子館) and Otaru Music Box Museum (オルゴール堂) line up along Sakaimachidori Shopping Street (堺町通り). In addition, the Mt. Tenguyama, Shukutsu Panorama Viewpoint (祝津パノラマ展望台), Otaru Aquarium (おたる水族館) and Otaru Synthesis Museum (小樽市総合博物館) are famous tourist attractions. My visited places are as follows.

Otaru Synthesis Museum
Otaru

Movie of Otaru Aquarium

Otaru Canal

Otaru Canal (小樽運河) is a canal in the center of Otaru city, and is located in the east part of the Otaru Station, and the distance between the Otaru Canal and the station is about 700 m. It takes about 10 minutes through Chuo Street (中央通り) on foot. It is well-known as one of most famous tourist attractions in the Otaru, and is an established spot that almost all 8 million tourists that visit the otaru go to see. At Ironai area once called Northern Wall Street (北のウォール街) beside the canal, historical buildings of the Bank of Japan (日本銀行), Former Nippon Yusen (旧日本郵船), Former Mitsubishi Bank (旧三菱銀行), Former Yasuda Bank (旧安田銀行) and Former Hokkaido Takushoku Bank (旧北海道拓殖銀行) make poeple feel a splendid atmosphere of Meiji period. The stone canal goes well with the Ironai area, and the tourists feel Taisho Roman (大正浪漫). Admission free. There are toll parking lots around here. Article is here

Otaru Canal
Otaru Canal

Sakaimachidori Shopping Street and Marchen Crossroads

Sakaimachidori Shopping Street (堺町通り) and Marchen Crossroads (メルヘン交差点) are tourist attractions between Otaru Station (小樽駅) and Minami-Otaru Station (南小樽駅), and is located in the east part of the Otaru Station, and the distance between the Sakaimachidori Shopping Street and the station is about 900 m. It takes about 15 minutes through Chuo Street (中央通り) on foot. The street with atomosphere of Taisho Period and Medieval Europe is one of most popular tourist attractions in the Otaru along with Otaru Canal, and is an established spot that almost all 8 million tourists that visit the otaru go to see. Otaru Sakaimachi Yukata Wind Chime (小樽堺町ゆかた風鈴まつり) is held between 2days in early August. Admission free. There are toll parking lots around here. Article is here

Sakaimachi-Dori Street
Sakaimachidori Shopping Street Marchen Crossroads in Otaru

Mt. Tenguyama

Mt. Tenguyama (天狗山) is a mountain with about 533 m in height in the southwest of Otaru city, and is well-known as a symbol of the otaru, and turns into a ski resort in a winter. A ropeway station is built on the mountainside, and Otaru city and Gulf of Ishikari (石狩湾) can be viewed from a rooftop observation deck. A night view from Mt. Tenguyama is especially famous, and and is one of three major night views in Hokkaido together with Mt. Hakodateyama (函館山) and Mt. Moiwayama (藻岩山). In addition, They got one star rating in Michelin Green Guide Japan, and the view is evaluated by the world. Article is here

Night View from Mt. Tenguyama
Mt. Tenguyama in Otaru

Shukutsu Panorama Viewpoint

Shukutsu Panorama Viewpoint (祝津パノラマ展望台) is a lookout on a hill of about 70 m altitude in the northeastern part of Otaru city, and literally was named after 360-degree view, and is famous for seeing the beautiful morning sun and the beautiful sunset. There are Otaru Aquarium (小樽水族館), Otaru City Herring Mansion (小樽市鰊御殿), Hiyoriyama Lighthouse (日和山灯台), Shukutsu Marina (祝津マリーナ), Old Aoyama Villa (にしん御殿 小樽 貴賓館), Hotel Neu Schloss Otaru (ホテルノイシュロス小樽), Minshuku Aozuka Shokudo (民宿 青塚食堂), Hamanoya Shokudo (浜の屋食堂) and Ebisu Shrine (恵美須神社) around here. Otaru Coastal. Nature Trail (小樽海岸自然探勝路) is built, too. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge. Article is here

View from Shukutsu Panorama Viewpoint
Otaru Shukutsu Panorama Viewpoint

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. Article is here

Downtown of Otaru
Asahi Observation Deck in Otaru

Kenashiyama Viewpoint

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. Article is here

View from Kenashiyama Viewpoint
Kenashiyama Viewpoint in Otaru

Cherry Blossoms of Temiya Park

Temiya Park (手宮公園) is a comprehensive park on a hill around the center of Otaru city, and has been established since 1900, and has Temiya Botanical Garden (手宮緑化植物園) and Otaru Temiya Park Arena (小樽手宮公園競技場), and the Temiya Botanical Garden is famous for the cherry blossoms. The best time to see is from late April to early May. In addition, it is said that night view from here is very good, too. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge. There is a public restroom beside the parking lot. Drive carefully because the parking lot is small. Otaru Synthesis Museum (小樽市総合博物館), Otaru Steam Locomotive Museum (小樽市蒸気機関車資料館), Temiya Cave (手宮洞窟) and The Place of Railway's Birth in Hokkaido (北海道鉄道発祥の地) are relatively near here. Article is here

Combination of Blue Sea and Pink Cherry Blossoms
Cherry Blossoms of Temiya Park in Otaru

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. Article is here

Asari Dam
Asari Dam and Lake Otarunai

Triangle Seafood Market and Seafood Rice Bowl

Triangle Seafood Market is nearby Otaru Station, and was named because the shape of the market's land was a triangle. It is famous for the seafood rice bowl, and a lot of visitors come. They sell foods such as dried fishes or vegetables as well as marine products, and local people visit the market to buy fresh seafood, too.

Triangle Seafood Market
Triangle Seafood Market

Atmosphere of Triangle Seafood Market Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Triangle Seafood Market

Movie of Takinami Shokudo

List of Tasty Foods

Speaking of the Otaru, the Sushi and the Hong Kong Style Chow Mein are famous. More than 100 sushi restaurants open their businesses, and about 100 restaurants serve the Hong Kong Style Chow Mein in the Otaru. In addition, Naruto (なると) that is famous for a fried half spring chiken, Otaru Beer and Otaru Wine are well-known by tourists. As for the popular restaurants, the Nikigi Kukizen is given 2-star by the Michelin Hokkaido, the Isezushi is given 1-star by the Michelin Hokkaido, and the Rakuten, the Sushiya Koudai, the Handmade Soba Ironai, the Handemade Soba Kimura and the Nishizuka are given bib gourmand by the Michelin Hokkaido. Grill Ginrinso (グリル 銀鱗荘), La Cheminee and Ramen Tokaiya (らーめん 渡海家) are given Michelin Plate. Except those, Shirokuma Shokudo (シロクマ食堂), Takara Sushi (宝すし), Aigues Vives, Otaru Masa Zushi Head Office (おたる政寿司 本店), Kita-no-Donburiya Takinami Shokudo (北のどんぶり屋 滝波食堂), Yoshi (よし), Naruto Head Office (なると 本店), Ramen Shodai (らーめん初代), Ichiba Shokudo Ajidokoro Takeda (市場食堂 味処たけだ), Soba Ryori Yabuhan (蕎麦・料理 籔半), STAR Head Office are popular in particular. My visited restaurants are as follows.

Naruto

Naruto (なると) is a long-established restaurant in Otaru city, and has been established since 1952. Otaru citizen has been using the regular restaurant for a long time. I heard about the Naruto from a photographer, my friend, from the Otaru. He told me that a fried half spring chicken was famous. Both the appearance and the interior decoration had an atomosphere such as a good old Japanese restraunt. There were a lot of tables and family customers seem to enjoy. Article is here

Fried Spring Chicken, Rice, Miso Soup, Tofu and Pickles
Fried Spring Chicken Combo -Naruto in Otaru-

Hong Kong Style Chow Mein

The Hong Kong style Chow Mein is one of the local dishes loved by Otaru citizen. It is said that Mr. Koji Kondo (近藤庫司) that was acted as an executive chef in Otaru Center Hotel (小樽中央ホテル) spreaded it. About 100 restaurants serve the Hong Kong Style Chow Mein. There are few restaurants that Hong Kong Style Chow Mein is not written in a menu. Tororian (とろり庵), Ryuho (龍鳳), Chinese Restaurant Kuro (中華食堂 くろ), Chinese Restaurant Keien (中華食堂 桂苑), Katano (かたの) and Wuxiang Hanten (五香飯店) are popular in particular. My visited restaurant is as follows.

Ryuho

Ryuho (龍鳳) is a popular chinese restaurant in Otaru city and was founded in 1977. A large serving of hong kong style chow mein (あんかけ焼きそば) is famous. Speaking of the hong kong style chow mein in Otaru, it is said that Mr. Koji Kondo (近藤庫司) who acted as an executive chef at Otaru center hotel (小樽中央ホテル) spreaded over the hong kong style chow mein. A little less than 100 restaurants adopted the taste on a menu. At most restaurant in Otaru city, the hong kong style chow mein is placed on the menu. It is great influence! Article is here

Ryuho
Hong Kong Style Chow Mein -Ryuho in Otaru-

Ramen

Ramen is hardly called "Otaru Ramen", but the Otaru has tasty ramen restaurants. Shodai (初代), Mikan (みかん), Tokaiya (渡海屋), Mahoro (麻ほろ) and Tororian (とろり庵) are popular in particular. My visited restaurants are as follows.

Shodai

Shodai is a popular ramen restraunt in Sumiyoshi-cho, Otaru city and was founded in 1994. There is a building over a hill from Sakaemachi street. The ramen restraunt is a stone storehouse and is just siutable for Otaru with a long history. The restraunt inside had a high ceiling and I felt comfortable. A wooden counter table has depth. Article is here

Soy Sauce Broth Ramen
Otaru Ramen -Shodai-

Mikan

Mikan (みかん) is a popular ramen restraunt near Nantaru market (南樽市場) in Shintomi-cho, Otaru city. An owner trained cooking at famous ramen restraunt Sumire (すみれ) and went into business on his own account in 2005. Mikan was named after Mikansei (未完成 * the uncompleted way of ramen) because he has not mastered the way of ramen perfectly and is improving it step by step. Mikan means a Mandarin orange in Japanese, and I thought so, But it is not even close to the truth. Article is here

Miso Broth Ramen
Miso Broth Ramen -Mikan in Otaru-

List of Sweets

The Otaru has historical confectionery stores such as Kagetsudo (花月堂) founded in 1851 and Niikuraya (新倉屋) founded in 1895, and it is said that those are the oldest native confectionery stores in the Hokkaido. In addition, Otaru citizen love sweets such as cookies of Amatou (あまとう) and the panju. There are new confectionery stores such as Letao, too. The Letao Head Office (小樽洋菓子舗ルタオ 本店), Amatou Head Office (あまとう 本店), Kitakaro Otaru Branch (北菓楼 小樽本館), Ice Cream Parlor Misono (アイスクリームパーラー美園), Rokkatei Otaru Canal Branch (六花亭 小樽運河店), Marie Laurencin Cake and Café (マリーローランサン喫茶店), Yamanaka Ranch Otaru Branch (山中牧場 小樽店), Pudding Un Delice (アンデリス), PASCOLO (パスコロ) and Otaru Niikuraya Head Office (小樽新倉屋 総本舗) are popular in particular. My visited sweets confectioneries are as follows.

Amatou

Amatou Head Office is a long-established confectionery store in Otaru city and was founded in 1929. It is the store that everyone know in Otaru. There is a coffee shop at a building, too, and sweets such as Cream Zenzai (クリームぜんざい * Zenzai with ice cream) is popular. Article is here

Cookie of Amatou
Otaru Amatou

LeTao

LeTao (ルタオ) is a popular confectionery store in Otaru city, and has been established since 1998. Kotobuki Spirits Co. Ltd. (寿スピリッツ株式会社), a famous confectionery company in Tottori prefecture, is a parent company. I thought that an origin of the Letao inverted Otaru in Japanese, but it was wrong. It is an initial "Dear tower of Otaru in French language (Le Tour Amitie Otaru)". That was unexpected. Along Sakaimachi-Dori Street, there are 5 stores, LeTao Head Office (ルタオ本店), Pathos Branch (パトス), Le Chocolat Branch (ルショコラ), Cheese Cake Labo Branch (チーズケーキラボ) and Plus Branch (プラス). I visited LeTao Head Office and Pathos Branch.

Sweets Combo with Marvelous Meltable in Mouth
Otaru Letao
Venezia Rendez-Vous of Letao
Otaru Letao

Panjyu

Panjyu is a muffin which put Japanese muffin containing bean jam (今川焼き) and octopus dumplings (たこ焼き) together, and is a baked wheat flour dough with bean jam or custard cream and so on. The Hokkaido has 4 panjyu stores, and there are 3 panju stores in the Otaru. Each Panjyu seem to be different in tyeps of bean jam and its shape. I visited Nishikawa Panju Store (西川ぱんじゅう店), Shofukuya (正福屋), Kuwataya (桑田屋).

Shofukuya

Shofukuya (正福屋) is a panjyu store in Inaho, Otaru city. They sell panju (ぱんじゅう), mini japanese sponge cakes (ベビーカステラ) and so on. They succeeded to recipes of famous panjyu store "Tanaka-no-Panjyu (田中のぱんじゅう)" in Otaru and famous panjyu store "18ban (十八番)" in Sapporo and opened a business in Sapporo in 2007 and moved to Otaru in 2014. The panjyu is a muffin which put Japanese muffin containing bean jam and octopus dumplings together. It is baked wheat flour dough with bean jam or custard cream and so on. Hokkaido has the panjyu stores in Otaru, Sapporo, Yubari, each Panjyu seem to be different in kind of bean jam and form. Article is here

Panjyu from Top
Sweets Panjyu -Shofukuya in Otaru-

Kuwataya Head Office

Kuwataya Head Office (桑田屋本店) is a panjyu (ぱんじゅう) store at Otaru canal terminal (小樽運河ターミナル) in Ironai, Otaru city and was founded in 2000. They sell a bun with bean-jam filling (まんじゅう) other than the panju, too. The panjyu is a muffin which put Japanese muffin containing bean jam (今川焼き) and octopus dumplings (たこ焼き) together. It is baked wheat flour dough with bean jam or custard cream and so on. Hokkaido has the panjyu stores in Otaru, Sapporo, Yubari, each panjyu seem to be different in kinds of bean jam and form. Article is here

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Panjyu from Top
Sweets Panjyu -Kuwataya in Otaru-

Nishikawa Panju Store

Nishikawa Panju Store (西川ぱんじゅう店) is a panju store facing Miyako street (都通) in Inaho, Otaru city and was founded in 1965. It is known as the most historical long-established panju store in Otaru. Because it is written as the most tasty in Otaru on a shop sign, they will be confident of their traditional taste. Article is here

Semicircular Panju
Sweets -Nishikawa Panju Store in Otaru-

List of Onsen

The Asarigawa Onsen is located in the southeastern part of the Otaru, and is a little far away from the downtown. Hot springs gushes out in the downtown, too. The Hiraiso Onsen Ginrinso is near Otaru Chikko Station (小樽築港駅), and tourists can also take a day trip onsen at Otaru Onsen Osupa (小樽温泉オスパ), Konami Sports Club Otaru (コナミスポーツクラブ小樽) and Otaru Natural Onsen Yunohana Temiyaden (小樽天然温泉湯の花手宮殿). The public baths using hot springs are Fuji-no-Yu Onsen (富士の湯温泉), Otaru Taisho Onsen (小樽大正温泉), Shinbutsuyu Onsen (神仏湯温泉), Minamiyu Onsen (南湯温泉), Matsu-no-YU Onsen (松の湯温泉), Komachiyu Onsen (小町湯温泉)、Sakuramachi Onsen Waka-no-Yu (さくら町温泉若の湯). My visited place is as follows.

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. Article is here

Hotel Musashitei
Asarigawa Onsen Hotel Musashitei Asarigawa Onsen in Otar

List of Events

Various events such as the events using the tasty foods or using snow are held from the spring to the winter.

Movie of Otaru Shukutsu Herring Festival

Movie of Otaru Ushio Festival

Movie of Takashima Fishport Fireworks Display

Movie of Otaru Anime Party

Otaru Snow Light Path

The Otaru Snow Light Path is held during about 10 days in mid February. About 500,000 tourists come the event, and large and small venues are built in various places of the Otaru, and the Otaru Canal is one of the main venues. Fences and gaslamps are decorated by the illumination, and blue LEDs in the dark are beautiful. In addition, Champagne Tower that turns into 7 colors and Glass Float Tree are built aroud Canal Plaza Tourist Information (観光運河プラザ案内所) are built, and are worth seeing. Admission free. Article is here

Winter Night View of Otaru Canal
Otaru Canal

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
Sotoasobi

Blue Cave Cruising

Movie of Blue Cave Cruising

Hokuo Sangyo(北欧産業)
ASOVIEW
Sotoasobi
Salt Valley 408(ソルトバレー408)
Jalan
Sotoasobi
KANEHIDE MARINE(カネヒデマリーン)
Sotoasobi
Prorow Marine(プロロマリン)
Sotoasobi

Rickshaw

Movie of Rickshaw

Jinrikisha-no-Ebisuya(人力車のえびす屋)
Sotoasobi

Experiences of Making

Taishou Glass Palace(大正硝子館)
ASOVIEW
Jalan
Sotoasobi
Otaru Glass Ayaya(小樽硝子の灯・彩や)
Sotoasobi
Otaru Orgel Doh Yukobo(小樽オルゴール堂 遊工房)
ASOVIEW
Jalan
Sotoasobi
Otaru Candle Studio(小樽キャンドル工房)
ASOVIEW
Jalan
Sotoasobi
Shoya(硝屋)
ASOVIEW
Jalan
Sotoasobi
Joie Joie Glass Collection(ジョワ・ジョワ グラスコレクション)
ASOVIEW
Jalan
Sotoasobi
Otaru Handmade Glass Studio(小樽手作り硝子工房)
ASOVIEW
Jalan
Sotoasobi
Otaru il PONTE(小樽 il PONTE)
Sotoasobi

Sightseeing Taxi

Otaru Hana Sightseeing Taxi(小樽観光個人はなタクシー)
Sotoasobi
Otaru Ikuta Sightseeing Taxi(小樽観光個人生田タクシー)
Sotoasobi
Takahashi Taxi(高橋タクシー)
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Sotoasobi
Mayama Taxi(真山タクシー)
Sotoasobi

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)
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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)
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Etchuya Ryokan(越中屋旅館)
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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)
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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)
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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)
Hotel Musashitei(ホテル武蔵亭)
Korakuen(宏楽園)
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Kanpo-no-Yado Otaru(かんぽの宿 小樽)
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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)
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Jalan
Pension Shadow Classe(ペンション・シャドウクラッセ)
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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)
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Jalan
Rakuten
Tabi-no-Ie Sha Tomaya(旅人の家 舎 とまや)
Booking
Rakuten
Booking.com

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