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Minatomachi, Otaru 047-0007, Hokkaido
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Spent the day in Otaru this month (September 3rd, 2018). The canal area is very interesting with it’s industrial/historical feel. The canal boat ride takes you all the way down the canal and into the ocean. Less than a mile away you can see the...More

Thank liatgolan
Reviewed 5 days ago

This was a nice ride on the boat. You get a headphone with English so you can hear what the history is. Well worth the price.

Thank B138877
Reviewed 6 days ago

Nothing much to do here, except walking around the canal and taking photos. Suggest this as a quick stop before going to the shopping street (more to see in that street).

Thank 724sandyt
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Perhaps it is transformed into a magical winter wonderland, but without snow, it seemed a simple canal lined with old industrial warehouses that have been converted into upscale boutique shops, restaurants, and bars. A pedestrian path lines one side of the canal, and there is...More

Thank global3adventure
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It is only a 10 minutes walk along the attractive part, although it's very beautiful especially in the evening.

Thank dalaw1
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is an unexpected and unique area in Hokkaido. We enjoyed a lovely walk along Otaru when we visited during Golden Week. We took lots of photographs, loved the art displays along the canal and enjoyed the views. This is a lovely area, and you...More

Thank tingirl
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

the otaru canal is beautiful and there are a lot of interesting restaurant and dessert shops in that area.

Thank Tsuyoshi N
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Simple canal with old warehouses along on one side and a pedestrian path on the other. A good photo spot. Beautiful view with the mountain as background. It felt good and serene strolling along the canal. Night view was even better when the lights went...More

Thank Light-cruiser
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It can be romantic. Depending on the season I don’t think it won’t change the actual scenery. Nice to laze away . But with a tour group time goes really fast . It used to be known as Venice of the North according to my...More

Thank doctorfoxtrot
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It was my first winder in Otaru. Actually my first winter ever. Made a day trip from Sapporo by taking the JR train. The canal was beautiful. The weather was good for a nice stroll along the canal, though my finders were quite frozen by...More

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clang m
February 6, 2018|
Response from Low C | 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