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A Slice of Coastal Charm in Japan

Otaru, a quaint port city on Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido, is a destination brimming with charm and history. Often overshadowed by its more famous neighbour, Sapporo, Otaru offers a more laid-back, culturally rich experience. From its well-preserved canal area to its unique museums and delicious seafood, Otaru is a city that invites exploration and delight.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Stroll Along the Otaru Canal

The Otaru Canal is a perfect starting point for your adventure. Once a bustling hub for trade, the canal is now a time capsule dotted with old warehouses. A walk here, especially in the evening when the gas lamps are lit, is a truly romantic experience.

Visit the Otaru Music Box Museum

For a complete Otaru experience, you must discover the city’s famous boxes. Just four minutes from Grand Park Otaru is the Otaru Music Box. Located in the heart of the city, the museum is home to a vast collection of intricately designed music boxes. Admiring craftmanship isn’t the only thing you can do here; you can also create your own custom music box!

Explore Sakaimachi Street

Known for its historic buildings, boutique shops, and cafes, Sakaimachi Street is a lively thoroughfare. You can find everything here, from glasswork and ceramics to sweets and seafood. Don’t miss out on local ice cream and the city’s renowned fresh sushi. If you’re a foodie and love exploring culture, consider staying at an Otaru hotel near Sakaimachi Street.

Enjoy the Seafood at Otaru’s Markets

Otaru’s proximity to the sea means that fresh seafood is a culinary highlight. The city’s markets, like the bustling Otaru Sankaku Market, are the best places to experience this. Here, you can savour some of Hokkaido’s best seafood dishes, including sushi, sashimi, and crab.

 

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