Starting from the 20th century onwards, Otaru has gained an excellent reputation for producing some of the finest glassware in Japan, so much so that it is known as ”The City of Glass”.
The Kitaichi Venetian Art Museum
Quite a popular tourist attraction in Otaru, the museum is a reproduced palace from the Renaissance period in Italy. Visitors can take in the lavish and luxurious way, the aristocracy of that time lived along with over 3,000 delicate Venetian glass pieces boasting of a history spanning 1,000 years. The museum also features a gondola which Princess Diana once rode in.
The Kitachi Venetian Art Museum is located on 5-27 Sakaimachi Road, Otaru-Shi and is a mere 10-minute walk from the Minami Otaru Station, the JR Hakodate. It also can be accessed by popular choices of Otaru accommodation situated in the vicinity including the likes of Grand Park Otaru.
Things to Do
Once having taken a good look around, visitors can head over to the souvenir shop and purchase some beautiful glass keepsakes. If you wish to get a bite to eat, the café on the 5th floor serves some great biscotti. Visitors also have the option of dressing up in period costumes and having their pictures taken!
The museum is open to visitors daily from 8.45 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. with entrance fees for adults being 700 Yen, 500 Yen for high school and university students and, 350 Yen for elementary and middle schoolers.
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