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05 Best Things To Do In Otaru – Best Of Hokkaido

The colonial charms of Otaru are quite a treat to savour; the pretty city has many attractions which offer one a chance to savour past traditions and styles. From cruising on the colonial style canal to visiting stone buildings and dining at classy eateries, here are the best things to do in Otaru.


Explore Mount Tenguyama

One of Otaru's most popular tourist destinations, Mount Tenguyama is a pretty precinct to explore. Equipped with a 'ropeway station' the mountain is set up with a rooftop observatory where one can enjoy sweeping views across the countryside. Once done savouring the astounding views head over to the observatory restaurant for a range of tasty drinks and food. Look for an Otara hotel near Jr station and you will be able to discover easy links to all parts of the city; choose from the likes of Grand Park Otaru and other centrally located hotels in Otaru city centre.


Savour The Seafood At Sankaku Fish Market

The Sankaku fish market is noted for its policy of serving fresh seafood minus any sauces, preservatives or any other additives. Hence, savouring the dishes served at the many stalls there will help you discover the authentic flavor of traditional seafood. Stalls there specialise in a number of fresh seafood cuisines such as prawns, octopus and salmon while some of the most popular is the crab specialties, which you must try.


Trek The Wintery Confines Of Mount Tengu

If you love ancient folklore then do go explore Mount Tengu, the place, as per folklore, is home to groups of fabled avian creatures linked to many of Tengu's mythical tales. Placed amongst Japans top 200 mountains Tengu is made up of two peaks; Mount Higashi and Mount Nishi Tengu.


Explore The Bank Of Japan Otaru Museum

This fascinating museum is located within a vintage building home to a marvelous collection of insightful displays. Go explore each of the exhibits which deal with enlightening visitors on the history of money and past banking structures. While there are models of varied financial institutions to contemplate over, you will be able to step inside a very large vault for a fascinating encounter.


Dine At Kitaichi Café

One of the best places to go relax at, Kitaichi Café is easy to reach from your hotel in Otaru. One of the city's most popular tourist destinations, the complex the restaurant is located at was once a warehouse. The café is lit up with a staggering 167 oil lamps and even offer tours to see how the lamps are lit. You will discover a very impressive menu of coffees, salads, appetizers, hearty main courses and a lovely range of desserts to choose from.


Eat Sushi

Lovers of sushi should head over to Waraku Sushi Conveyor where you get to savour a delicious range of sushi, popular amongst the locals and tourists. The café is housed within a vintage stone building offering the perfect ambience.

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