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Top 5 Things to Do in Otaru with Family – It’s a City Your Kids would Love!

Otaru, which lies bordering the Ishikari Bay, is a port city in Hokkaido, Japan. It is also the perfect vacation destination for that much-awaited getaway with your family. By diving into this place, you can discover the best places where your kids will enjoy and even learn a thing or two!


Otaru Music Box Museum

The Otaru Music Box Museum houses over 3000 variations of music boxes in its glorious three-storey building. It truly is one of a kind place with an extraordinary collection that holds a charm over its visitors. On the first floor, you will be revealed to a fascinating assemblage of music boxes such as glass angel music boxes, sushi music boxes, and jewellery case music boxes. The second floor greets you with an intricate variety of handcrafted music boxes, whereas the third floor offers you Japanese music boxes and other miscellaneous items. Your kids will simply love this place as it features soft toys from Hokkaido limited and other famous characters. It's the best place to have a fun-filled, musical experience with your family!


Otaru Literary Museum

This would be the perfect place to visit if you've got any bookworms or eager writers in your family. Literary magazines, work of many writers, letters, and manuscripts are some valuable literary assets that are showcased at this museum. The manuscripts of Ito Sei and Kobayashi Takiji, who are famous literary figures of Otaru, occupy a foremost place in this collection. What you can also see at this venue are some exhibits that focus on a mélange of literary themes. The museum is located approximately 10 minutes away from many an Otaru hotel near JR Station the likes of Grand Park Otaru.


Visit Tenguyama

The best time to visit Tenguyama is at night when you and your loved ones can enjoy the magnificent cityscape that looks dreamy with its twinkling lights from the observation deck. You can also enjoy some tasty food and refreshing drinks at the observatory restaurant. The ski resort offers a ski school and a snowboarding school. For those who are familiar with skiing, a ski equipment rental facility is available to facilitate a wonderful time at this place. Moreover, a summer-time visit will greet you with a refreshing bath course in the mountain forest.


Otaru Canal

The Otaru Canal area offers the perfect ambience for an evening stroll with your loved ones. Although the canal was initially created as a means of transporting goods, at present, the canal has its name made popular as a major attraction in Otaru, Japan. Besides the canal, you can find the old warehouses converted into restaurants, where you can grab a delicious bite and try out unique dishes of the country. The Snow Light Path Festival is yet another attraction of the city, which revolves around the Otaru Canal. It is a must-visit time when the paths beside the canal are lit using old-fashioned gas lamps that are handmade by locals and some volunteers from Korea and China. Visiting this festival site at night will offer you picture-postcard views of snow and icicles bathed in the glow of lamps.


Sankaku Fish Market

For any seafood lovers in the family, the Sankaku Fish Market is the ideal place to be! The site is known to offer fresh and high-quality seafood in the city. Have your kids take their pick from the vast array of stalls at this market, which offers many mouth-watering delicacies such as crab dishes that are cooked to perfection and other varieties like dishes inspired with salmon, octopus, and prawns.

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