The Otaru Canal is a popular tourist destination for Japanese and foreign visitors who flock to the canal year round to enjoy its nostalgic atmosphere. The canal was built in 1923 to allow small ships to transport goods to the warehouses. Once modern docking facilities were built, the canal became obsolete and was no longer in use. Land filling of the canal was planned in the 1980's, but thanks to a citizens movement, the canal was instead beautifully restored and the remaining warehouses turned into museums, shops and restaurants. The canal is an ideal place to enjoy a pleasant stroll during the day, as artists present their works to passing tourists, warehouses reflect off the water's surface and old fashioned gas lamps light the path at night creating a romantic atmosphere.
The canal is a five minute walk from Otaru Station.
Otaru Snow Light Path Festival is just a quick trip from Sapporo and offers a romantic romp through a candlelit snowscape.
Otarunai Backpackers Hostel Morinoki is a great budget accommodation option in the heart of Otaru
Just situated at the end of Sakaimachi Street and opposite the famous photo point of the Otaru Canal is a small congregation o..
Travel and eat a halal cuisine in canal city, Otaru.
Press Cafe is a beautiful retro cafe in Otaru, Hokkaido.
Otaru Snow Light Path Festival is a magical winter festival to enjoy in the port city of Otaru, Hokkaido.
Close to the Sapporo Snow Festival in Hokkaido is Otaru's Snow Light Path Festival. Here you can enjoy the romantic glow of..
Otaru's interesting history as a mercantile and financial center in Hokkaido is very well preserved to this day. To get the..