Otaru canal was an important part of the city especially during the 20th century. The ports in Otaru were always abuzz with activity back in the day with transporting goods to store in warehouses by the canal.
In the 1980’s the canal and the surrounding area was renovated the warehouses were converted to shops, museums, and restaurants. The perfect time to visit this area is in February, during winter, when the city becomes adorned with snow in lights and small snow statues for ten days.
Snow Light Path Festival
The Snow Light Path Festival is held in February in Otaru Canal where many locals display lanterns in their residence or shops. If you are planning to visit this part of the country during February for the Snow Light Path Festival, you will also have the chance to visit the Sapporo Snow Festival on the same trip. Ensure to reserve your stay at a hotel such as Grand Park in Otaru which is a Otaru hotel near Jr Station you can easily access canal in a short drive.
You will come across a great spot for photographs when you walk from the canal to the Marchen Crossroads. With its Victorian style buildings, steam clocks and night lights, this area exudes an exotic atmosphere during winter.
Roland Lefevre is a travel writer who specializes in creating features on leisure as well as business travel destinations across the globe.