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Sakaimachi, Otaru, Hokkaido
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Reviewed September 27, 2018 via mobile

It's a nice little intersection..which marks the end of the shopping street.... There is also a nice music box store at this intersection...

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank JulianF584
Reviewed September 19, 2018

Stroll along the vibrant tourist street, which is full of gift shops, restaurants etc, and this is a good spot to sit and quietly watch the world go by before continuing exploring Otaru.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank taffandhubby
Reviewed August 18, 2018

We had a short break after a long walk at this place. Surrounded by trees and nice buildings, it was a small peaceful area amidst busy streets. The timing was just right that we managed to view the steam clock and the nice bell.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Light-cruiser
Reviewed August 7, 2018

It makes a perfect meeting point. Can have an ice cream and see the world goes by. Not much of an attraction but can have pictures taken with colonial buildings a background.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Ruyati
Reviewed January 12, 2018

The intersection was lit up at night during Christmas when we were there. We took some really nice photos here and it captures the nice buildings around.

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank rayean88
Reviewed January 4, 2018 via mobile

Nothing special here just a building a bit taller than the others .... shouldn't be even listed as an attraction...

Date of experience: January 2018
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Reviewed December 6, 2017

Visited in early August on a Sunday with a festival going on. There was a musical stage set-up on one side of the square and Sakaimachi street was closed to traffic and crowded with pedestrians. The intersection had interesting buildings around it, but what made...More

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank 184DonP
Reviewed November 30, 2017

This town square in front of the music box museum is picturesque for it's antique clock, lamps and pedestrian friendly sidewalks with lots of cafes.

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank 1Ming
Reviewed September 22, 2017

The perfect place to begin your visit to Otaru's famed Sakaimachidori street is to meet at Marchen Intersection. All you have to tell your friends is to meet you either at the Steam Clock or at the Bell Tower. The plaza area is large enough...More

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank StuartGustafson
Reviewed August 18, 2017

Apart from the canal, this is the landmark of Otaru. Great for photo and great to serve as a meeting point. There is also one of the only two steam powered clocks in the world!,

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank skydownkuo
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jess g
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Hokkaido visit in Apr 16 (1 Replies)
Hi, Any body try to rent a car to cover the below area and where shld i go first and last since i hv very limited time only (ard 1 day) in those area, 1)Noboribetsu -Bear Park,Jigokudani,River Oyunuma foot bath,Noboribetsu Historical village 2)Lake toya-Sairo Observator,Toya Mizunoeki,Lake Toyako,Mt Usu Funka Memorial park 3)Niseko -Road station niseko view plaza,Kanrosui,Annupuri ski area (photo only) 4)Otaru-Otaru canal,Musuem,Former temiya railway track,Marchen Intersection ...More
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Hi Is this one day for ALL of this? Or one day each? If one day for all of this: You should do Noboribetsu and Lake Toya, back thru Niseko for quick photo stop and then back to Sapporo via Kimombetsu and Nakayama Toge. I wouldn't do Otaru on the same day - too much already. You can visit Otaru from Sapporo by train. And I wouldn't go to Yoichi in April. Nothing growing yet. Still snowy in fact. Amanda