Otaru-shi, Hokkaido is a town flourished fishing very much from the Meiji period through the Taisho period.
Previous fishing spots of Akita and Toyama moved up to the north to the coast of Hokkaido after 1910, the catches of nishin (herrings) have increased explosively in Otaru or Wakkanai. With the scale of many herring to crowd, the surface of the sea seemed to glisten with silver as far as the eye could see.
The Aoyama built millions wealth by herring fishing from Meiji to Showa era. The mansion which Masakichi Aoyama, who is one of the three major fishermen’s bosses, and his daughter Masae built is “former Aoyama annex”.
The villa of 630 square meters in wooden 2 stories was built in the site of approximately 5,000 square meters in 1917, and it took time of more than six and a half years. There are 18 rooms of 6 to 15-jo (about 11 to 27 square meters) in the villa and is different of each.
The “Hassennin no ma” (room of the eight hermits), which the eight hermits is drawn on 13 fusumas (papered sliding door), is in particular the best part. It was designated as a registered tangible cultural property of Japan on 2010.
In the same site, the Japanese restaurant is added, too. You can enjoy the luxurious ceiling picture by the Japanese painter related to Hokkaido in the first-floor hall. The refined Japanese-style food which took in fresh seafood is offered at the restaurant, Including a menu using herring.
|Name:||Otaru Kihinkan (Guest House)|
|Adresse:||Shukutsu 3-63 Otaru, Hokkaido 047-0047 Japan|
|Access:||JR Hakodate-honsen Line “Otaru-eki Station” (20 minutes by bus)|
|Price:||1,080 yen (Adult)
540 yen (Under 12 years old)