Otaru Unga

The city of Otaru is located in the western part of Hokkaido. A one hour train or car ride will take you to this appealing port town from Sapporo station. Founded in 1923, Otaru Unga (canal) is the only canal in Hokkaido. The promenades and gardens are beautifully laid out around this gently curved 1,140-meter-long canal. Stone warehouses that line the canal were used as temporary storage places of shipments in the past. Now they are utilized for tourism purposes such as restaurants or souvenir shops. The canal is lit up in the evening making the area very romantic.

Address
Minatomachi, Otaru-shi, Hokkaido
Contact No.
+81-134-33-2510
Access
10-min walk from Otaru Station on JR Line
Opening Hours / Holidays
Open all year round
Official Website
https://www.city.otaru.lg.jp/kankou/miru_asobu_tomaru/kankosisetu/otaruunga.html
Time Required
Half-day

※ Some information is displayed in Japanese and machine-translated English, which may not be accurate.
For the latest information, please check the official website for each spot.

Source:写真雑記帳

Cruises

Sightseeing on a cruise boat in this exotic and romantic popular port is highly recommended. Many boats are still docked in the northern part of the port, and there are chic cafes and live music venues as well. On the south side, you will see the beautiful Asakusabashi Gaien plaza and the promenade from the boat.

Asakusabashi Gaien

Otaru Asakusabashi Gaien is a plaza that is located at Asakusa Bridge. This bridge is where the canal and the street with historic buildings cross. This plaza is a popular among visitors to take photos of the canal and the historic stone warehouses. It looks beautiful during the day, but it is even more fascinating when the warehouses are lit up at night.

Renovated Restaurants

The stone warehouses remain almost the same as when they were built and are now utilized as restaurants and shops. There are huge restaurants that offer buffets of fresh local seafood and sushi. A wide variety of souvenir shops are located here as well and attract many visitors.

Source:fant diary

Snow Light Path

Yuki Akari no Michi or Snow Light Path is a fantastic festival where the old town is lit up by snow candles and floating glass candles on the canal. This festival draws 500,000 visitors every year. You will appreciate the peaceful and serene atmosphere of this town.

Source:Cafe Kitakamome

Otaru Unga

The city of Otaru is located in the western part of Hokkaido. A one hour train or car ride will take you to this appealing port town from Sapporo station. Founded in 1923, Otaru Unga (canal) is the only canal in Hokkaido. The promenades and gardens are beautifully laid out around this gently curved 1,140-meter-long canal. Stone warehouses that line the canal were used as temporary storage places of shipments in the past. Now they are utilized for tourism purposes such as restaurants or souvenir shops. The canal is lit up in the evening making the area very romantic.

※ Some information is displayed in Japanese and machine-translated English, which may not be accurate.
For the latest information, please check the official website for each spot.

Source:写真雑記帳

Cruises

Sightseeing on a cruise boat in this exotic and romantic popular port is highly recommended. Many boats are still docked in the northern part of the port, and there are chic cafes and live music venues as well. On the south side, you will see the beautiful Asakusabashi Gaien plaza and the promenade from the boat.

Asakusabashi Gaien

Otaru Asakusabashi Gaien is a plaza that is located at Asakusa Bridge. This bridge is where the canal and the street with historic buildings cross. This plaza is a popular among visitors to take photos of the canal and the historic stone warehouses. It looks beautiful during the day, but it is even more fascinating when the warehouses are lit up at night.

Renovated Restaurants

The stone warehouses remain almost the same as when they were built and are now utilized as restaurants and shops. There are huge restaurants that offer buffets of fresh local seafood and sushi. A wide variety of souvenir shops are located here as well and attract many visitors.

Source:fant diary

Snow Light Path

Yuki Akari no Michi or Snow Light Path is a fantastic festival where the old town is lit up by snow candles and floating glass candles on the canal. This festival draws 500,000 visitors every year. You will appreciate the peaceful and serene atmosphere of this town.

Source:Cafe Kitakamome

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