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Otaru Canal

Travel Guide - Otaru Canal


This area is Otaru's most popular tourist spot. The canal, 1,140 meters in length and 20 to 40 meters in width, built in 1923, was used to discharge cargo from a ship at Otaru Port, and it played an important role in the development of Otaru City. It takes about 30 minutes to walk all the way along the canal.
There is a collection of stone warehouses that retain their original appearance along the canal. Many have been made into restaurants and other establishments. In the evening the buildings are lit up with 63 gas lamps and present a scene completely unlike that enjoyed during the daytime.

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  • Open 24 hours


  • No closing days

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  • Admission Free

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  • 8 minutes walk from JR Otaru Station

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    JuNNeL.sKieS @nixjunnel - 2019-02-21
    day and night~otaru canal... #Otaru #hokkaido #birthdaytrip02192019 #enjoy #fun #crazy https://t.co/ss1VKHvqml
    Cat Herrera, MM, PMP @katisha888 - 2019-02-20
    Passing by Otaru Canal

    #otarucanal #otarucanalhokkaido #travelOtaru #otaru #travelhokkaido #travelJapan… https://t.co/wGxc7iKcn9
    CHYJ @crystarlia - 2019-02-18
    Visited Otaru Canal and headed to a Music Box workshop. I chose not to decorate mine as I think simplicity is best.… https://t.co/zsop2p6dSg
    I Miss Seokjin 석진 @AwakexSeokjin - 2019-02-18
    Otaru Canal, Hokkaido, Japan

    BGM: #Epiphany
    (Jin's soaring vocals fits every beautiful scenery)

    I'm the one I sh… https://t.co/AxgNLUKwao
    Noor Hasmiza A @mieza_capri - 2019-02-18
    The Famous Otaru Canal 🖤
    words and pictures can’t describe how beautiful this place is... i’m so coming back and… https://t.co/Nm8HOzPqiV
    Jerry Suppan @tokyojerry - 2019-02-17
    We took a day trip from Sapporo to Otaru City by train (about 30 minutes) on the northern coast of Hokkaido. The da… https://t.co/QRXjqvdQwa
    Avery Holm @HolmisthisWay - 2019-02-16
    Otaru Yuki Akari at the Otaru Canal. I really want to see this town during other seasons if winter is this beautifu… https://t.co/udPhWDg0i9
    Nick Narigon @NickOfTime2020 - 2019-02-14
    The candlelight illuminations at Otaru Canal in Hokkaido are quite serene. #ResilientJapan https://t.co/IxY0SezFea
    thephilbiznews @thephilbiznews - 2019-02-12
    To maximize your trip in Hokkaido and have a memorable experience at https://t.co/Q2pinzWkBG, before going to Nikka… https://t.co/hMp42JTzZb
    Richard Carter @rdctokyoAFP - 2019-02-11
    @EarthUncutTV @ReedTimmerAccu @iCyclone That on the canal at Otaru? I couldn't believe some of those icicles. Abunai or what??
    wageslaverouge @wageslaverouge3 - 2019-02-11
    #Morning shot at #otarucanal .
    This #canal connects port and #Otaru city center located just north in the city. 場所:… https://t.co/us27o7QRSc
    wageslaverouge @wageslaverouge3 - 2019-02-11
    Real #olaf #snowstatue at #Bridge side of #Canal in :#Otaru #Japan.
    Maybe a part of #otaruyukiakarinomichi . 場所: Ot… https://t.co/YxPHDjLTNZ
    𝓽 𝓱 𝓲 𝓬 𝓬 𝓽 𝓪 𝓴 𝓾 ✨@Japan🇯🇵 @thiccandtired - 2019-02-11
    Last night at in Otaru - going to the canal to see the snow lights 💖✨ https://t.co/WMxPlnzhtx
    Summer Glitter @culive2ride - 2019-02-10
    The canal in Otaru was absolutely stunning at night! https://t.co/WzXhHKbtMt
    Miku Fan USA @MikuFanUSA1 - 2019-02-08
    Otaru-ships canal is frozen! Wow. https://t.co/IiBlJJeJiG
    local partnership MOFA JAPAN @LocalMofa - 2019-02-08
    Otaru-city, Hokkaido. Even snow freeze on the canal...❄️❄️❄️ https://t.co/sQDXlmaOHQ
    brandonperezbriones @brandonbriones - 2019-02-07
    from yesterday's trip to the Otaru Canal. click the link and subscribe to my channel.LOLS

    ムゲン執行官@小樽 - PPSS開始!☆ @AgentMugen - 2019-02-07
    Golden Kamuy highlights in Otaru - we raided the bank and left with a katana, visited Sugimoto and Asirpa at the Ot… https://t.co/bXQZZF8Ynz
    ムゲン執行官@旭川 - PPSS開始!☆ @AgentMugen - 2019-02-07
    Golden Kamuy highlights in Otaru - we raided the bank and left with a katana, visited Sugimoto and Asirpa at the Ot… https://t.co/bXQZZF8Ynz
    ムゲン執行官@東京 - PPSS開始!☆ @AgentMugen - 2019-02-07
    Golden Kamuy highlights in Otaru - we raided the bank and left with a katana, visited Sugimoto and Asirpa at the Ot… https://t.co/bXQZZF8Ynz
    brandonperezbriones @brandonbriones - 2019-02-06
    lights on! beautiful otaru canal.😊😍❄️☃️🇯🇵 https://t.co/aeXDev0u3F
    brandonperezbriones @brandonbriones - 2019-02-06
    made a trip to the mesmerizingly beautiful Otaru Canal for our last day in Hokkaido. truly a wonder and a magical e… https://t.co/5AIMVb8zUY
    JeremyLumb @JeremyLumb - 2019-02-02
    Beautiful and icy cold down by the canal in Otaru this morning 🥶 https://t.co/clexVNtGWo
    Joseph K @_JosephK_ - 2019-02-02
    Taking in the beautiful scenery at the Otaru canal before a snowball fight

    #小樽 #雪まつり @OnlyGreatsPics https://t.co/7FzDfmI3Ls
    In Hokkaido’s Otaru, of course Otaru Canal and Otaru Music Box Museum are the must-see sightseeing spots. But I wil… https://t.co/9s2mjicg0q
    ALO JAPAN @alojapan - 2019-01-30

    #Otaru Canal has a beautiful face for e ...
    #Airline #JapanAirline #japanairline #japanairlinesjal #Relaxtime… https://t.co/kSq3x2niJc
    Tin Wong @wongtin17 - 2019-01-24
    here's the link for the full video: https://t.co/8BNu9cxJaI
    tricia pang @triciapang - 2019-01-18
    Le Tao at Family Mart because it’s too mainstream to eat at the cafe 😅Well we visited it wayyy too late. Everything… https://t.co/o8WnsoIWG2
    tricia pang @triciapang - 2019-01-18
    Today is all good with uniqlo shopping and driving through treacherous snowy weather. Change of weather within 30mi… https://t.co/K2njo025P8
    Joche @jochendria - 2019-01-17
    Picture perfect: KathNiel at Otaru Canal. 💑 #KathNielLovesJapanDay4 https://t.co/X6DMZ0H7i1


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