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The area surrounding Sapporo, Otaru and Noboribetsu(Central Hokkaido)

Otaru Canal(Otaru)

The romantic mood makes this canal one of Hokkaido's most popular tourist spots.

Otaru, which was been developed as a gateway to Hokkaido development.

At that time, large ships stayed in the open sea and unloaded onto barges but together with an increase in the amount of freight, the Otaru Canal was constructed in order to get direct access as far as the storehouses area.
The canal became obsolete and one section of it was filled in and is maintained as a walkway, as a sightseeing spot, it is highly popular being crowded with many tourist who come to see it.

When the sunlight is fading, the 63 gas lamps on the walking path light up, illuminating the group of stone built storehouses.
Also the "Snow Light Path Festival" is held every year for the first 10 days in February, buoys that hold candles and snow candles are lined up.
You will be able to enjoy an increasingly romantic atmosphere as the slowly swaying and softly shaking lights also join in.

AddressMinatomachi, Otaru TEL0134-32-4111 (Otaru City Industrial Port and Harbor Department Tourism Promotion Office)
Hours- Closed-
Getting there
  1. From Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto Station
  2. to the Hakodate Airport by bus
  3. New Chitose Airport by air
  4. about a 15-minute walk from JR Otaru Station
  1. From Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto Station
  2. JR Sapporo Station
  3. about a 15-minute walk from JR Otaru Station
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Otaru Canal
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