Sakaimachi Dori also known as Sakaimachi Street, can be found in the city centre of Otaru, Japan and offers much to experience be it soaking up local culture or visiting museums.
Planning a Visit
Sakaimachi Street lies close to the canal area and those alighting at Otaru Train Station can walk there (about 20 minutes) or take a Stroller’s Bus which provides regular connections. Only about a five-minute drive from Grand Park Otaru, this locale is walking distance away from the Minami-Otaru Train Station.
What to Expect
A hub during the time this area thrived as a port city, Sakaimachi Street was where many shipping and trading companies set up in Otaru. Accommodation options nearby give one an ideal chance to wander around this locale and take in these striking buildings now converted into charming shops, museums, cafes and restaurants.
Along this street one will find the Music Box Museum; it features multiple buildings including one where you can learn more about music boxes; there’s a large shop that sells music boxes too. Also of interest is the Museum of Venetian Art with everything from clothing to glassware and the Bank of Japan Museum.
The city is also known for its refined glassware and one can find many glass shops and workshops along Sakaimachi Street. Amongst the most unique things to do in Otaru is to visit one of these workshops where you will get the chance to create your very own glassware be it a vase, bowl or cup!