Otaru is one of the most popular tourist destinations to visit in Hokkaido. Step out onto the streets here and there is much to explore from historic landmarks to little cafes that sell some of the most delicious cakes and other sweet treats. Here are some of the places you ought to check out if you happen to visit.
Begin your exploration at Sakaimachi Street offering a glimpse into the essence of Otaru. Hop into Kitaichi Glass for a lesson on glassmaking. Discover Otaru Music Box Museum which was once an old bank and check out the Steam Clock, a unique that releases steam every 15 minutes.
Lined with warehouses on one side and a promenade on the other, Otaru Canal was used to unload vessels and small ships transporting goods to warehouses. Today, the canal is obsolete, however, it has also become the most famous attraction in Otaru. Taking a walk by the canal at any time of the year offers a wonderful experience. A romantic night cruise though is a must-try here!
Otaru is certainly one of the most unmissable places to visit in Hokkaido for all those dessert enthusiasts. LeTAO is just a 6-minute drive from Grand Park Otaru and is the place to be if you are particularly fond of cheesecake. There are many other sweet shops to hop into and get a taste of Japanese cakes and local traditional sweets too.
The night view
This city boasts some of the most breathtaking night views in Hokkaido. If you are staying at hotels in Otaru located close to Mt. Tengu, take an easy hike to the top for rewarding vistas of the city lights that glow like stars.