Located in Hokkaido, the city of Otaru is full of old-world charm offering much to experience; here are some of the best attractions that should be on your itinerary.
The Otaru Canal is amongst the most beautiful spots to visit, be it day or night, summer or winter! Around a seven-minute drive from hotels like Grand Park Otaru, this historical canal has a path along the water, while boat rides are on offer too. It’s also lined with old warehouses now converted into cafes, pubs and museums.
Those finding Otaru accommodation beside the marina can easily visit Mount Tengu which provides what is known as one of the three best night views in Hokkaido. The journey to the summit is via Mount Tengu Ropeway and at the top, be prepared to be awe-struck by spellbinding panoramas of Ishikari Bay and the city.
A former merchant street with impressive buildings, Sakaimachi Street is ideal to explore. On your visit, you can head to attractions like the Otaru Music Box Museum, a steam clock and Kitaichi Glass with fascinating glass creations. Those with a sweet tooth will also find plenty of stores offering sweets, cheesecake and more!
To soak up some culture you can visit local markets in Otaru. Early risers can plan a trip to the Rinyu Market that opens at 4:00am and offers everything from fresh seafood to produce. Sankaku Ichiba (Triangle Market), open from 8:00am to 5:00pm, is also worth visiting and is where one can try seafood dishes too.