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[Sakaimachidori Shopping Street Marchen Crossroads in Otaru] One of Most Popular Tourist Attractions in Otaru

April 21st, 2017

Sakaimachidori Shopping Street

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.

Kitaichi Glass
Sakaimachidori Shopping Street Marchen Crossroads in Otaru
Sakaimachi-Dori Street
Sakaimachidori Shopping Street Marchen Crossroads in Otaru

Movie of Sakaimachi-Dori Street

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

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. Article is here

Night View from Mt. Tenguyama
Otaru

Look of Sakaimachi-Dori Street

The Sakaimachi-Dori Street is adjacent to Ironai area once called Northern Wall Street (北のウォール街) and the Otaru Canal. About 900 m-length one‐way street from Otaru Canal Terminal (小樽運河ターミナル) to Marchen Crossroads (メルヘン交差点) is called "The Sakaimachi-Dori Street". About 90 restraunts, popular souvenir shops such as Kitaichi Glass (北一硝子), Otaru Music Box Museum (小樽オルゴール堂) and LeTao (ルタオ) are built side by side along the stone pavement road, and a lot of tourists come here. I recommend taking a walk along the street because it is hard to find the parking lots. My visited places are as follows.

Otaru Music Box Museum
Sakaimachidori Shopping Street Marchen Crossroads in Otaru
Distant View of Sakaiya
Sakaimachidori Shopping Street Marchen Crossroads in Otaru
Sakaiya Japanese Style Old Store
Sakaimachidori Shopping Street Marchen Crossroads in Otaru
LeTao Head Office
Sakaimachidori Shopping Street Marchen Crossroads in Otaru

Marchen Crossroads

A official name of the Marchen Crossroads, 5 other forked roads, is "Sakaimachi Crossroads (堺町交差点)". I tried searching why it was called "Marchen Crossroads" on the internet, but I did not know. I guess the stone pavement road and stone buildings are associated with fairy tales of Medieval Germany for Otaru people. I think it is a cathy name. Joyato (常夜灯 * a light that lit all through the night.) and a steam clock (蒸気時計) are built around the Marchen Crossroads, and those are one of most famous objects of the Marchen Crossroads. The Minami-Otaru Station is most nearest station to the Marchen Crossroads.

Otaru Music Box Museum and Steam Clock
Sakaimachidori Shopping Street Marchen Crossroads in Otaru
Steam Is Given Off at 15‐Minute Intervals
Sakaimachidori Shopping Street Marchen Crossroads in Otaru

Marchen Crossroads Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Marchen Crossroads

Admission fee Free of charge
Parking lot Pay parking lots is provided
Business hours Open 24 hours
Regular closing day Open all year round
Telephone number +81-134-32-4111
Home page Home page is not provided
Mapcode 493 661 579*54

LeTao Head Office

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). We visited the LeTAO Head Office this time. They sell sweets items on first floor, and there is a coffee shop on second floor. Because they served head office-limited sweets, we ordered those. Those are sweets combo with Marvelous Meltable in the Mouth (奇跡の口どけセット) and sweets combo with Temptation of Chocolate (ショコラの誘惑セット). As for the price, each one was JPY 1,296. A drink is served as sweets combo, too. About 10 minutes later, those were served. Article is here

Sweets Combo with Temptation of Chocolate (ショコラの誘惑セット)
Sakaimachidori Shopping Street Marchen Crossroads in Otaru

Pathos Branch

Along Sakaimachi-Dori Street (堺町通り), 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 purchased a small venezia rendez-vous (小さなヴェネチアランデブー) at the Pathos Branch this time. The price was JPY 350. Article is here

Small Venezia Rendez-vous
LeTAO pathos in Otaru venezia rendez-vous

List of Events

Otaru Sakaimachi Yukata Wind Chime is held between 2days in early August.

Movie of Otaru Sakaimachi Yukata Wind Chime

List of Activities

Speaking of activities along the Sakaimachi-Dori Street, experiences of making glass and orgel are popular.

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

List of Accommodations

Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the Otaru. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.

広告

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)
Smile Hotel Otaru(スマイルホテル小樽)
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
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)
Booking
Kanpo-no-Yado Otaru(かんぽの宿 小樽)
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

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