- April 21st, 2017
[Shukutsu Panorama Viewpoint in Otaru] Good Place to See Beautiful Morning Sun and Sunset
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.
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 Shukutsu Panorama Viewpoint
A view of the Sea of Japan is popular, and the Otaru Aquarium, the Hiyoriyama Lighthouse and the Otaru City Herring Mansion can be viewed. Mt. Shokanbetsudake (暑寒別岳) can be seen if it is fine weather. Mt. Akaiwa (赤岩山) can be seen at the Hotel Neu Schloss Otaru side, too. In addition, Todo-iwa Rocks (Todo means "Steller’s sea lion" in Japanese) is close to here, and wild Steller’s sea lion inhabits there. By the way, Monument Engraved with Esashi-Oiwakebushi (江差追分節名歌碑) and Monument Engraved with Hokkai-Hamabushi (北海浜節民謡碑) are built here.
Shukutsu Panorama Viewpoint Can Be Watched on Youtube
|Admission fee||Free of charge|
|Parking lot||Parking is provided (10 Cars)|
|Business hours||Open 24 hours|
|Regular closing day||Open all year round|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Mapcode||493 841 255*10|
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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