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Otaru Canal

Minatomachi, Otaru, Hokkaido 047-0007, Japan
+81 134-33-2510
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Ranked #4 of 40 Attractions in Otaru
Type: Bodies of Water
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Singapore, Singapore
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256 reviews 256 reviews
112 attraction reviews
105 helpful votes 105 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

Well, good food and drinks in this place, and a stroll away from the old town. I already miss it. Be sure to buy the hokkaido chocolate milk and check out the musical box place.

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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41 reviews 41 reviews
9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

This is where you can almost find the best collection of Sapporo in one area: 7 layers ice cream, Hokkaido Milk, Grilled Sea Food (should not missed the Alaskan Crabs), Hokkaido Mellon and of course the souvenirs.

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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32 reviews 32 reviews
6 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

The old canal has a pleasant pathway from which to admire views of the town & the old trading warehouses.

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Vancouver, Canada
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28 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

A nice historic stroll - by day or evening a charming time - an hour max is all the time you'll need once you reach the canal. Otaru makes a great day trip or perhaps stay a night if also going to Yoichi. Some excellent places to get a great beverage or meal nearby - look closely to maximize your... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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80 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Otaru is a central part of the city's busy port in the first half of the 20th century.Large vessels were uploaded by smaller ships which then transported the goods to warehouse along the canal. Its a 10min walk from the station.A nice and calming place to stroll along the river side. There are resturant and souvenior shops along the sides.... More

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26 reviews 26 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

visited otaru as a round day trip although i regret not to stay one night. take train from sapporo about 2 hours to otaru. the city is very touristic and simply beautiful for walking. foods are great with many store selling unique souvenirs. the main attraction is the canal. once u arrive at otaru, just walk directly to the canal,... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Canal is very nice view/atmosphere to walk around. Also, restaurant / souvenior whop area along the street is a nice plce to walk.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

It is just like other water view, feeling romantic when walking by the cannel. The location is quite crowded in the evening. If you want to take nice photo with less visitors, you'd better go there around 8.30am.

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Tokyo, Japan
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Knowing the structure and history of Otaru canal, canal tourism will become more wonderful.We have already strolled the right half of canal by ourselves. We were just little bit tired of walking. At that time,a rickshaw man spoke to us. We wanted to go to the Shinto shrine=Jinjya near the JR OTARU station. Because a festival was held there. So... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Actually I think the area feels nice and tranquil. With the row of houses and nice water, blue skies over it. But too many tourists! Tour buses rolling along. Hordes of tourists taking individual or group shots, tour group large photos also taken in front of the canal. Be prepared to jostle for your space during the holiday peak seasons.... More

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