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Other Sightseeing Spots in Otaru / Kiroro / Shakotan Area

  • Otaru Canal
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    Hokkaido Otarushi Minatomachi
    Otaru Port played an important role as a gateway in the development of Hokkaido. During the late Taisho period small boats called “barges” were used to unload ships, but as the amount of cargo increased, the “Otaru Canal” was constructed so the barges could enter the warehouses directly. There are 63 gas lamps along the cobbled pathway and at night the lights create a nostalgic atmosphere. The warehouses along the canal are wooden frame and stone constructions kept in their original state, currently used as restaurants, etc.
  • Asahi Observatory
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    Hokkaido Otarushi Tomioka 2
    Asahi Observatory is located on a 190-meter-high hill behind Otaru Station. It provides superb views of Otaru’s streets and port, and on a clear day the peaks of Mt. Shokanbetsu, and Ishikari Bay, can be seen in the distance. There is a network of 18 hiking trails nearby, along with stone monuments commemorating the literary works of Kobayashi Takiji, making this a great place for a stroll.
  • Cape Kenashi Observatory
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    Hokkaido Otarushi Tenjin 4
    Cape Kenashi Observatory is situated on the slopes of Mt. Kenashi, adjacent to National Route 393 which links Otaru with Akaigawamura. It offers superb views of Otaru City, right across to Ishikari Bay. The Lookout is also a very popular spot for enjoying the Otaru nightscape. Please note that the parking area is closed in the winter months.
  • Otaru Sushi Street
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    Hokkaido Otarushi Hanazono
    Just off of National Route 5, this shopping area in Otaru City stretches 200 meters alongside the Otaru Canal. Both sides are lined with sushi restaurants making this a well-known meal spot for tourists. Seeing as some of these restaurants were founded more than 30 years prior this area has been given the nickname Sushi Town Otaru.
  • Funami-zaka Slope
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    Hokkaido Otaru-shi Inaho Tomioka
  • Otaru Historical Plaza
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    Hokkaido Otaru-shi Sakaimachi 2-12
  • Jigoku-zaka
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    Hokkaido Otaru-shi Tomioka Midori
  • Ogonzakitembodai
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    Hokkaido Shakotangunshakotanchou Bikunichou Funama
  • Kamuimisakitembodai
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    Hokkaido Shakotangunshakotanchou Kouzakichou Grass within
  • Shimatakeshikaigan
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    Hokkaido Shakotangunshakotanchou Irikachou
  • Fruit Kaido
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    Hokkaido Yoichi-gun Nikicho Otaru-shi Yoichi-gun Yoichicho
  • Shikanokayoiro
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    Hokkaido Otarushi Asarigawaonsen 2
  • hagemashinosaka
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    Hokkaido Otarushi Temiya 2-chome
  • Dangozaka (Hanazono)
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    Hokkaido Otaru-shi Hanazono 5-chome
  • Shokunin Zaka ( Yamadamachi )
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    Hokkaido Otaru Yamadamachi
  • Jukkenzaka (Nishikimachi)
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    Hokkaido Otaru-shi Nishikimachi
  • sambongikyuzaka
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    Hokkaido Otarushi Sumiyoshichou
  • Gaijinzaka
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    Hokkaido Otarushi Aioichou
  • Gohyakurakan no Saka (Shiomidai)
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    Hokkaido Otaru-shi Shiomidai 1-chome
  • Yashiro Ke Oka no Zaka (Okusawa)
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    Hokkaido Otaru-shi Okusawa 1-chome

Hokkaido Main Areas


Not just a prefecture but an island of its own, Hokkaido is the most northerly prefecture and island of the Japanese archipelago. Arriving in Hokkaido, which is rural and bursting with breathtaking nature, means entering a world where vast national parks, towering mountains, and natural hot springs can be found at every turn. Come December, these natural splendors freeze over and morph into a winter wonderland.

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