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Home - Travel - Sightseeing Guide - Hokkaido
Otaru 
# 28   of 178 destinations
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Otaru (小樽) 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 or a nice stop en route to or from Niseko or the Shakotan Peninsula.

From the early days of Hokkaido's colonization in the late 1800s, Otaru served as a major trade and fishing port. It was hence chosen as the terminal station of Hokkaido's first railway line that connected the port with nearby Sapporo. Many old warehouses and former office buildings by shipping and trade companies give Otaru's city center a special character reminiscent of past decades.

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Attractions
 1  Otaru Snow Light Path
Festival with small illuminated snow statues.
User rating: 91/100 (50 votes)
Visited by: 95 users
 2  Canal Area
Beautiful canal lined by old warehouses.
User rating: 82/100 (293 votes)
Visited by: 605 users
 3  Nikka Whisky Distillery
Whisky distillery in neighboring Yoichi Town.
User rating: 89/100 (9 votes)
Visited by: 21 users
 4  Herring Mansion
A wealthy fisherman's former mansion.
User rating: 80/100 (40 votes)
Visited by: 86 users
 5  Sakaimachi Street
Attractive street in the city center of Otaru.
User rating: 79/100 (73 votes)
Visited by: 147 users
 6  City Museum
Museum about the history of Otaru.
User rating: 75/100 (67 votes)
Visited by: 163 users

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