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Otaru with Kids: Hokkaido’s Best Hidden Gem

Best Thing to Do with Kids during a Trip to Otaru

Those who are looking for a family-oriented holiday destination in Japan will find no finer alternative to Otaru. Here are some of the best things to do in this underrated gem of a vacation hub.

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As one of the most unique points of interest in Otaru, a trip to the Otaru Music Box Museum is likely to be an unforgettable experience for families. Having been a fixture in the city for decades, the evolution and the aesthetics of classic music boxes might have changed over the ages but its appeal is still palpable during a tour of this venue.

Cruise around the Canal

While it may be a historic attraction, the Otaru Canal is also a leisure hub for travellers of all ages thanks to the engaging boat rides and cruise options available on the canal. Families who head down to this area during the winter season can also catch the Otaru Snow Light Path Festival which takes centre stage.

Wine and Dine on Fluffy Pancakes

A dining encounter at the Otaru Cafe x Hello Kitty restaurant is likely to create memories to last a lifetime for kids with a passion for the pop culture icon. Ideally situated close to the Otaru Steam Clock, this Hello Kitty-inspired cafe served everything from fluffy pancakes to frothy milkshakes in an atmosphere that appears to be straight out of a cartoon. Easily accessible to those based at Grand Park Otaru or any of the many hotels in Hokkaido, Japan.

Explore the Otaru Aquarium

Located in the heart of Otaru City, the Otaru Aquarium is not only home to seals and penguins but also dolphins. If you are travelling with kids, this is certainly an attractions not to be missed!




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