Otaru City, Hokkaido
An atmospheric port town with a romantic canal
The port town of Otaru became a centre for business and trade in Hakkaido during the Meiji and Taisho periods (1868-1926).
Many of the stately stone buildings of the banks and trading companies that were built in those days still remain, forming a romantic cityscape around Otaru Canal. Some of these historical buildings have been transformed into hotels, restaurants, and stores. Otaru is known for its fresh seafood, and abundant hot sprigs.
From Sapporo Station, it’s a 30 to 35-minute rapid train ride to Otaru.
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