OTARU is a small harbor city, about half an hour northwest of Sapporo by train. Its beautifully preserved canal area and interesting herring mansions make Otaru a pleasant day trip from Sapporo.
And here are some must go spots to recommend.
Take a five minute walk from Minami-Otaru Station and reach the southern end of Sakaimachi Street, you can find an old-fashioned stone building right on the corner, the main building of Otaru Music Box Museum. It is a large shop where you will enjoy a dreamy world created by more than 25,000 music boxes, including glass music boxes unique to Otaru. On the other side of the street is the Antique Museum holds exhibitions of numerous well-preserved antique music boxes.
The music boxes are popular souvenirs from Otaru and as gifts for your friends and family. With the nostalgic interiors of the Music Box Museum and its wide variety of music boxes on display, the museum has an exquisite harmony of illusion you won’t enjoy at other places. All of the goods on sale are tax-free. Please take your time to fully enjoy your visit here.
Down the other end of the street is the Taisho Glass Head Store where you can buy a variety of original glass productions and also enjoycreating your original for \2,000 to 3,000 yen. In the glass workshop, you will have an unforgettable experience of the unique techniques of glass blowing with the careful instruction by the professional. One of the biggest happiness brought by glass blowing is to enjoy the beauty of uncertainty, said the professional. Would you like to know the infinite possibilities of glass?
When night falls, oil lamps on the cobbled streets are lit, and the town evokes a gentle, nostalgic mood.Here comes the best time of the day to enjoy the beautiful sceneries along the Otaru Canal. The canal was completed in 1923 and gradually developed as a walkway. It is an ideal place to enjoy a pleasant stroll during the day, as artists present their works to passing tourists, warehouses reflect off the water's surface and old fashioned gas lamps light the path at night creating a romantic atmosphere.
Please feel the charm of the city and make an unforgettable memory here in Otaru.
For more information please check the following sites:
Otaru tourist information
Otaru Orgel Doh
Taisho Glass Head