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Former Nippon Yusen K.K. Otaru Branch (旧日本郵船株式会社小樽支店)


Historical Monument

Construction of the two-story brick building of modern European revival style began in 1904 and was completed in 1906. It is now designated as a National Important Cultural Property. Otaru, once the base city of Hokkaido’s development, is now a city reminiscent of the state-of-the-art technology and works by leading architects of the time. It can be said that the representative building is “Former Nippon Yusen K.K. Otaru Branch”. It is where the Russo-Japan border demarcation meeting was held, and the meeting room where the acanthus patterned wallpaper, “gold-cordered paper (kinkara kawakami)”, reflecting the light of the chandelier is a must-see.


Hokkaido Otarushi Ironai 3-7-8 (Otaru / Kiroro / ShakotanArea)



Review of Former Nippon Yusen Kaisha Otaru Branch

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
Reviewed:2018/10/07 Dont miss this part of Shanghais history -
I lived in Shanghai several years and never visited this historical place. During my last visit I wanted to go there accompanied by a Shanghai friend. Absolutely NO regret!! Why did I wait so long to...
Reviewed:2016/12/21 Beautiful, quaint and tranquil
Nippon Yusen Kaisha is one of the oldest and largest shipping companies in the world. Otaru Branch was built in 1906.

The beautiful building itself is now an important cultural property of Japan...
Reviewed:2016/04/02 Grand western style building
We were wandering around the port area very early in the morning and noticed a sign saying Canal Park so we wandered in and looked at a couple of statues there of prominent guys then across the road...

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Hokkaido Otarushi Ironai 3-7-8 [map]
Otaru / Kiroro / ShakotanArea
Tuesday (Next Weekday for Public holiday)
General300yen, High School Students/For those 70 years or older living in the city 150yen, Junior High School Students and below Free
Parking Lot
Available 10 spaces
*No access during construction
Credit Card
Not available
*Main building is closed for maintenance and repair work until 2022/3 (Scheduled), long-term closed
*Contact information is Otaru City Board of Education Lifelong Learning Section (Ext. 531)

Information Sources:  NAVITIME JAPAN


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          Hokkaido 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.