小樽運河 Otaru Canal
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- Around Otaru
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A nostalgic city
Otaru is located city only 30 minutes away from Sapporo by JR rapid train.On the way to Otaru you can enjoy a nice view of the sea of Japan from the train. Otaru faces the sea of Japan and was so much more prosperous than Sapporo in the past that it was nicknamed “the Wall Street of the North”! Many interesting spots are within walking distance from JR Otaru station and the city itself feels very nostalgic.
The Otaru Canal is the most popular tourist spot in the area, and just walking seaward from the station, on the way you will pass the former Temiya railway line which is the third oldest railway in Japan. The canal was completed in 1923 as a shipping site for coals, woods and grains, and after the decline of industries it was restored in 1986 as a sightseeing area. It features retro timber framed stone construction warehouses reflecting on the water which are now used as restaurants and pubs, well prepared stone pavement with 63 gas lanterns, a canal boat tour, riding a rickshaw, illuminations in the evening etc.
For taking photos of the canal, Asakusabashi bridge and Chuobashi bridge are good spots. You should go up the stairs to the observatory of the tower of Denukikoji which is just on the opposite side of the Asakusabashi bridge too.
I would like to recommend a very nice brewery & beer pub : Otaru Beer in Otaru Soko No.1 which is housed in the warehouse just lined with the canal. It has German craft beer and a brewery inside the building! The brewery tour is available at for free and you can learn how the beer is brewed in about 20 mns.
If you visit the canal in February, the most beautiful and romantic scene of the canal can be seen, there is Otaru Snow Light Path festival. It is the most popular winter festival in Otaru attracting more than 500 thousand visitors. The promenades in the snow are lit up by many candles together with handmade snow and ice objects.The main site is the canal, where the candle lights in the glass float on the freezing surface of the canal are wavering and lighting up the old warehouses.
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