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Minatomachi, Otaru 047-0007, Hokkaido
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Love the snow in Hokkaido ... it was so fine ... enjoyed the seafood and milk ice cream ... a must try when visiting Hokkaido-Sapporo

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank IcloUd98
Reviewed 3 days ago

A stretch of path along the canal decorated by candle displays, ice sculptures and frozen flowers/leaves in the evening. The walk from the Otaru station takes about 10 minutes and there are two areas where you can enjoy the festival as well. The view of...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Melanie_einaleM
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

The canal itself even with lights is so-so but it is delightful wandering the gift glass and food shops

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank travelskikayak1111
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Simply amazing but incredibly cold! It’s a very famous tourist but I recommend that you come here during the winter festival. Wear a lot of warmers! Don’t forget a pair of gloves.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank rpdbrpdbrpdb05301990
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The canals are worth a visit in concert with the main walking street. Some of the beautiful warehouses have been converted to shops, restaurants and bars. It is a heavy tourist area so expect moderate quality at higher prices. You can take a boat ride...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank ScambusterSZ
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Otaru Canal is a must place to visit. We have been spending our Christmas in Sapporo for the past 3 years but this is the first time that we went to Otaru Canal and we realized that we should have went here the first...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank 659MarcD
Reviewed 1 week ago

Went there at the start of the otaru snow festival. Light up from 5pm. A short walk from otaru JR station, 30 minutes from Sapporo via JR lines. Nice scenary along the way. Lighting start qt the canal area.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Ben69059
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I’m not sure what I expected from Otaru but it wasn’t the fantastic evening we had. It was a stop on our way to ski Niseko and the town and snow light festival is a beautiful, romantic and unique. Loved it. Can’t wait to come...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank basd1313
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This being our first stop in Hokkaido , was really excited about the evening walk by the canal and dinner. Firstly most restaurants shut at 8pm so be prepared. Second, we were here from 31Jan-1Feb, apart from lights we didn’t see any snow art. Was...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Sha_dsz
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Lots of fun. Easy train ride from Sapporo. Can be extremely cold but candles at night are especially beautiful.

Date of experience: February 2019
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February 6, 2018|
Response from lowc976 | Reviewed this property |
Got light up very year for the Otaru Snow Light Path Festival, this year from 9 -18 Feb.
August 18, 2017|
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Response from SharzilahT | Reviewed this property |
No halal food here but there are a lot of seafood reataurants along the main road.
January 1, 2017|
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Response from SlaveToTheBoys | Reviewed this property |
If the rapid trains are running, the JR train from Sapporo to Otaru is only about 30minutes, hence plenty of time for day trip. However, if traveling during the winter season, please check train schedules as there were bad... More
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Singapore, Singapore
Nearest ski resort with sled activities (2 Replies)
We are going Sapporro from 3-6 Dec and is planning a day trip to ski resort with sled activities for the kids. Where is the nearest ski resort from Sapporo station? Is JR ski resort near Otaru? Then I can combine sled and otaru canal on same day, would this be feasible? Thanks.
August 17, 2017|
Response fromDLi_hk|
Consider Bankei and Moiwa ski resorts in Sapporo city. Your timeline is early in the season so better check status online or consult with TIC when you arrive.
Singapore, Singapore
8 Days in Hokkaido (8 Replies)
Hi all, I will be travelling to Hokkaido with my parents (age 60+) and daughter (age 4) from 15 to 22 August 2015. Reaching Chitose airport in the morning and departing from Chitose airport in the early afternoon. We will be driving a rental car throughout our stay. Can someone advise if the below itinerary is feasible, taking into consideration that I will be travelling with a young child and 2 elderly. Will it be too taxing? Thanks in advance! Day 1 Chitose – Noboribetsu –...More
July 07, 2015|
Response fromWilliam512|
The route looks fine, but only half a day for sightseeing in both Noboribetsu and Toya-ko seems a bit tight. Another thing to note is that by mid August both lavender and sunflower would have past their full bloom period. Lavender is best during July and sunflower early August.
An enjoyable trip in Hokkaido indeed ! :-) (11 Replies)
Dear Amanda and Nessie, I must thankyou both for all the tips and tricks you have given. My itinerary from Sapporo-Noboribetsu-Toya-Hakodate-Tokyo seemed to be working really well indeed! (from 6 Oct - 17 Oct total 12days) There's lots of ways to get around other than driving in HOkkaido but i personally think that if travelling in 4, perhaps its worth it to drive. otherwise, taking JR train and purchase them from tourist info centre is very very easy and cheaper than those...More
October 17, 2007|
Response fromAmanda|
Food and naked with strangers - a real Hokkaido experience! Glad you had a good time...and you also saw wildlife! great! How were the fall colors in the places you visited? Nakajima Park here in sapporo is looking great now...