The harbour city of Otaru is only half an hour’s journey away from Sapporo but is an absolutely magical destination especially during the winter. Here are some places you must visit if you are planning to go to Otaru for a holiday.
1. Visit the Otaru Canal
The main attraction in Otaru. The canal is a quick walk from Grand Park Otaru. Visiting it at night is a completely different experience from walking along it in the morning.
2. Nikka Whiskey Distillery
Did you know that Otaru is not only home to some of the best Hokkaido accommodation you can find, it is also the birthplace of Japanese whiskey. Learn more about the history at the Nikka Whiskey Distillery.
3. Sakaimachi Street
Sakaimachi Street looks like the set of a Ghibli movie. It is home to many different souvenir shops, quirky cafés and museums. There are so many interesting nooks to explore.
4. Otaru City Museum
The Otaru City Museum is a great place to learn about the development of Hokkaido as well as the stories of the indigenous Ainu people of Japan.
5. The Otaru Mount Tengu Ropeway
Top off your trip with a ride to the top of Mount Tengu ropeway. There will be some fantastic snow-covered beauty to look at as you come down the hill.