Travel guide in Otaru – Places of interest

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Being the location selected for Hokkaido’s first railway line connecting to Sapporo, Otaru is a city that clings on to elements of the past. It is the perfect place to explore on a day trip with its many restored sites. Here are a few places to check out:

Otaru snow light path festival

This festival takes place each year in February where the streets are lit up with lamps made of snow. This goes on for 10 days at a stretch. Shops, as well as houses, decorate the entrances as well. The most stunning and romantic view, however, is the lit up Otaru Canal.

Otaru Canal

爵士迷 at Chinese Wikipedia [Public domain], from Wikimedia Commons
爵士迷 at Chinese Wikipedia [Public domain], from Wikimedia Commons
Locally called Otaru Unga, the canal played a major part in the first half of the 20th century. It used to be the central port for unloading items from large vessels. In the modern day, Otaru Canal does not operate any longer, instead, it is restored and provides wonderful scenery.

Nishin Goten

Nishin-Goten | Image Credit - タクナワン, CC BY-SA 3.0 Via Wikimedia Commons
Nishin-Goten | Image Credit – タクナワン, CC BY-SA 3.0 Via Wikimedia Commons

Situated just a 16-minute drive away from Otaru accommodation properties such as Grand Park Otaru, this is a mansion that has been restored from the late 19th century. This sort of mansion was built in early times by wealthy fisherman as residence for themselves and employees.

Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery

Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery | Image Credit - y.ganden, CC BY 2.0 Via Wikimedia Commons
Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery | Image Credit – y.ganden, CC BY 2.0 Via Wikimedia Commons

This is one of Japan’s most famous Whiskey producers. The whiskey distillery is situated in Yoichi, a small town a short distance away from Otaru. Visit and find out exactly how whiskey is made.

Roland Lefevre is a travel writer who specializes in creating features on leisure as well as business travel destinations across the globe.

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