Otaru Canal
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  • minnieShellharbour
    151 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Quaint village feel
    Such a beautiful quaint place to go and visit. Lots of gift syle stores and they really specialized in glass making. Lots of different rrstaurant to eat at as well. We caught the train up from Sapporo and it was a really pretty train trip
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 29, 2023
  • taffandhubby
    Cardiff, United Kingdom277 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A very pleasant walk ……..
    …….. that is popular with tourists to this historic port. It is pleasant and flat, so an easy walk. In the surrounding area there are many good places to eat, buy snacks or gifts, explore several museums, and it is an easy walk uphill to the train station. The steam clock at on end of the tourist street is a popular sight, with an equally interesting clock over the road.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 14, 2023
  • Gretha
    Las Vegas, Nevada115 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Cute City of Hokkaido is Otaru
    Otaru is a very cute city for me. It is more laid-back than Tokyo and Osaka. The Food is Great. The Ramen here is delicious. Otaru Canal is the Gem of this city, it is similar to the Amsterdam vibe but with an Asian twist. 😄 The City is very clean. We’ve noticed that there are only a few restaurants that are open at Day time and some open in the late afternoon for example at 17:00. However, we managed to find a good restaurant before that.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 8, 2023
  • L D
    4 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Otaru Canal sightseeing by a Rickshaw!
    The Otaru Canal is a great place to take your time. A rickshaw is the best way to get around the sights around the canal. Ebisuya-san is cheerful, energetic, and gives detailed explanations. It's was an ultimate Japanese experience. 小樽運河は、じっくり時間をかけて回るのがいいですね。運河の周りの見所を回るのは、人力車がお勧めです。えびす屋さんは、明るく、元気で、丁寧な説明をしてくださいます。
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written February 3, 2024
  • 4.0 of 5 bubbles
    View in the snow is the best!
    The view is much better in winter than summer. The canal light festival was yet to begin in December. But the canal in daytime is beautiful! There’s a lot of shops and restaurant in canal area. So we could spend a whole day walking around.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 4, 2024
  • 197gabes
    Singapore, Singapore149 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must see attraction of Otaru
    You can never claim that you have visited Otaru without dropping by the Otaru canal for a couple of customary photos to post on social media. The unique thing about the canal is that its scenery is equally beautiful and mesmerizing regardless of the seasons. Making this a must stopover when visiting the city. There is practically no bad spot to take a photo of it. If you have time to spare then highly recommend taking the canal cruise for a whole different perspective of the canal. But if really short of time, then just head to the Asakusa bridge for a quick snap of the canal. Throw in this one as a tip to make your visit to Otaru canal a little more memorable. If you happen to be thirsty from all the walking and want to grab a cold one, there is the city own namesake beer at the warehouse brewery along the canal which also offers a great view. Just be careful as life vest is not included with your drink and you will literally be able to sit at the edge of the canal to enjoy it. Will always be looking forward to explore this place again and again.
    Visited June 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written June 10, 2024
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197gabes
Singapore, Singapore149 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
You can never claim that you have visited Otaru without dropping by the Otaru canal for a couple of customary photos to post on social media.
The unique thing about the canal is that its scenery is equally beautiful and mesmerizing regardless of the seasons. Making this a must stopover when visiting the city.
There is practically no bad spot to take a photo of it. If you have time to spare then highly recommend taking the canal cruise for a whole different perspective of the canal. But if really short of time, then just head to the Asakusa bridge for a quick snap of the canal.
Throw in this one as a tip to make your visit to Otaru canal a little more memorable. If you happen to be thirsty from all the walking and want to grab a cold one, there is the city own namesake beer at the warehouse brewery along the canal which also offers a great view. Just be careful as life vest is not included with your drink and you will literally be able to sit at the edge of the canal to enjoy it.
Will always be looking forward to explore this place again and again.
Written June 10, 2024
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leo r
Manila, Philippines127 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
it is best to take the train from Sapporo. as soon as you go out of the facade of the train station cross the street and go straight until you see otaru canal. best to see it during winter. drop by otaru beer garden.
Written February 17, 2020
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taffandhubby
Cardiff, UK277 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
…….. that is popular with tourists to this historic port. It is pleasant and flat, so an easy walk. In the surrounding area there are many good places to eat, buy snacks or gifts, explore several museums, and it is an easy walk uphill to the train station. The steam clock at on end of the tourist street is a popular sight, with an equally interesting clock over the road.
Written October 14, 2023
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Suyo Wong
Jakarta, Indonesia868 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Family
I visit Otaru Canal in February 2020 means lots of snow, cold, -6°, windy and snow festival all along the street and park.
I stop at Otaru Canal, this is the most romantic winter view, lots of candle from the winter festival volunteer. The view was dramatic and lots of people as well.
But I take some picture for you.
Please check the winter festival around the Otaru Canal before you visit here
But in others seasons, Otaru will be fine and beautiful as well. Hope I can visit here again and again.
Written March 9, 2020
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Thiha S
Singapore, Singapore203 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Family
The canal is normal but the history is rich. Worth to visit the place and walk along the canal.
Recommend to take the canal cruise which will explain the history of the canal and other interesting fun facts.
Written December 8, 2022
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Gretha
Las Vegas, NV115 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Otaru is a very cute city for me. It is more laid-back than Tokyo and Osaka. The Food is Great. The Ramen here is delicious. Otaru Canal is the Gem of this city, it is similar to the Amsterdam vibe but with an Asian twist. 😄
The City is very clean. We’ve noticed that there are only a few restaurants that are open at Day time and some open in the late afternoon for example at 17:00. However, we managed to find a good restaurant before that.
Written November 8, 2023
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LFCho
Singapore, Singapore337 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Couples
If you are in Otaru, I think this would be a must see. Short walk from the JR station and most attractions are nearby. We arrived quite early hence was not too crowded for photos. Lovely canal to take photos.
Written February 7, 2023
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minnieShellharbour
shellharbour151 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
Such a beautiful quaint place to go and visit.
Lots of gift syle stores and they really specialized in glass making.
Lots of different rrstaurant to eat at as well.
We caught the train up from Sapporo and it was a really pretty train trip
Written June 30, 2023
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L D
4 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
The Otaru Canal is a great place to take your time. A rickshaw is the best way to get around the sights around the canal. Ebisuya-san is cheerful, energetic, and gives detailed explanations. It's was an ultimate Japanese experience.
小樽運河は、じっくり時間をかけて回るのがいいですね。運河の周りの見所を回るのは、人力車がお勧めです。えびす屋さんは、明るく、元気で、丁寧な説明をしてくださいます。
Written February 3, 2024
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Angelightz
Singapore, Singapore106 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
This signature canal is a must-visit in Otaru. A row of stone-walled warehouses lie on one side of the bank and cobbled stone pathway on the other bank. In winter, bits of snow and melted ice scatter on the pathway and even though it's very slippery to walk, the whole ambience is very lovely and romantic. Come during sunset and it's even more magical!
Written January 6, 2020
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