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Otaru Canal

Minatomachi, Otaru, Hokkaido 047-0007, Japan
+81 134-33-2510
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Ranked #2 of 40 attractions in Otaru
Type: Bodies of Water
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Seremban, Malaysia
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35 reviews 35 reviews
16 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014 NEW

Must visit twice. day and night. Both day view and night view are nice. Night, the lights are sparkling. Day, Crowded and able to buy some souvenirs from canal side.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

I visited Otaru this afternoon, 30 June 2014 and understand why Lonely Planet had only a one line write up. I would not recommend Otaru unless you're very bored in Sapporo. Thankfully the journey by train was only 30 mins. Few tourists so its possible to chill out for a coffee. Very touristy and only shopping - available in Sapporo.... More

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Singapore, Singapore
18 reviews 18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014 via mobile

We took a train from Sapporo to Otaru but after the long day of fighting the strong winds and rain and cold that lashed away at us in Otaru, we realized we should have alighted at Otaru Minami station, which would have been nearer to all the gourmet shops and sightseeing spots. We didn't quite make it to a few... More

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57 reviews 57 reviews
36 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

We didn't take the canal cruise but slowly strolled along it while taking pictures. The view there was really nice and there were plenty of other tourist attractions nearby too. I do feel that the view would be nicer if taken at night with all the lights though.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

Not a canal by Western standards in that it is not that long, but it does serve as a good reason to take a stroll along the waterway and get a feel for old Otaru. As you get nearer to the centre of town the crowds increase as you approach the brick warehouses. These are worth a look providing you... More

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61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

Otaru's canal is pretty short and while it is great they restored it and kept it, it would be great if they continued to fix up the warehouses on the port side to give it a little more life. The photo op spot was crowded with tourists and the walk is pleasant enough, but this is one of Otaru's main... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

It's just an ordinary looking canal by the road but the view with reflections in the water makes this place unique. You will get different "feel" during different seasons. I was there during the beginning of winter with light snow around...the view was nice. Hey, beware of the slippery ground if you plan to go during winter.

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New Delhi, India
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

I would recommend Otaru as a side-step from Sapporo, a nice afternoon away from the big city. It is a small, pleasant town with lots of small eateries, particularly sushi. The canal itself is not as atmospheric as most tourist brochures make it out to be. It's a somewhat broad canal with warehouses on each side which, in a particular... More

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75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

It's only 30 minutes from Sapporo station. We stopped at Minami Otaru and walked about 10 minutes to Otaru city hall. There are lots of shops selling local foods, cakes. We went to the crystal handmade shops, chopstick shops and glass making shops. There are lots of restaurants selling local foods. The Canal ... To be honest is not as... More

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Miri, Malaysia
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51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

Visited in early spring. Just a canal lined by back portion of old warehouses on one side and the other by main road. Water is clean and able to see reflection of warehouses. This attraction would be more enjoyable when covered with snow as in the photographs. Can enjoy yourself on a human cart ride with a fee, one elderly... More

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