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5 Best Things to Do in Otaru - A city that holds so much more than what meets the eye!

Otaru is a harbour town that has many historical structures and buildings. It offers an opportunity to explore the country's' rich history and culture. Here are some of the places you shouldn't be missing out on!


Otaru Channel

For the ultimate view, one has to head to the Otaru channel. This city prospered back in the day due to this channel where large ships came here to load and unload market goods. But today, half of these area has been reclaimed to be made into a Promenade and road. The former warehouses, that lined one side of this channel, have been turned into restaurants and shops which in turn has made this part of town a tourist hotspot. After dusk, the area completely transforms where it is lit up by gas lamps and looks like a scene from a storybook. To get around, make sure to book an Otaru hotel near Jr Station. For instance, you can check out properties like Grand Park Otaru, for a centrally located accommodation type.



Did you know Otaru is popular for glassware? This is one of the primary glass production cities of Japan and is famous for the glass balls as well as oil lamps. These decorative items can be used purchased as souvenirs or gifts to take back home. You also have the chance to attend a few classes in order to make a mind-blowing glass piece of your own making.


Otaru Museum

This is quite a historic city where Otaru's history and significance are strongly embedded in commerce. This museum is actually located in a beautiful warehouse that was built back in the year1893. Do you want to make a guess where this museum is located at? Well, a former warehouse was mentioned so you can ex-pect it to be quite close to Otaru canal. If you would like to learn more about this beautiful city this museum would be a good starting point.



Cruises are very popular among tourists and Otaru will give you a beautiful experience. As the city is locat-ed close to water bodies you can expect this to be one of the main activities you can try out. The cruise starts along this beautiful channel here. However, if you would like to view Otaru from a different vantage point then you can try cruises at the harbour here. Many cruise line operators can give you an amazing time here in these waters while commentary in English is played pointing out all the interesting details of the places you pass by. Some of the cruises even stopover in order to feed water birds too.



When in Japan, especially when in Otaru, you have to give in to all your sushi cravings because this is one of the best destinations in the country that can give you the ultimate experience. They use fresh ingredients and fresh fish making the flavours all the better. You can find all kinds of crabmeat, salmon and sea urchins served with rice bowls making it a hearty meal!

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