Beautiful scenery of old-fashioned, nostalgic canal buildings
Otaru, one of the most popular tourist destinations in Hokkaido, is symbolized by the Otaru Canal. In recent years, the number of tourists from overseas has also increased, making it a popular area along with Hakodate City in Hokkaido. The Otaru area is full of beautiful scenery and delicious food where red bricks stand out, so you won’t get tired even if you take your time all day.
The Otaru Canal is a spot where you can enjoy the historic scenery that supported the shipping of Hokkaido, completed in 1923. This is one of the highlights of Hokkaido sightseeing that you should definitely visit. The attraction is, of course, the beautiful scenery of old-fashioned, nostalgic canal buildings.
Along the canal, there are 63 gas lamps installed, and at dusk the canal and stone warehouses are illuminated, giving you a different atmosphere than during the day.
Strolling along the canal is wonderful because it is emotional, but you can also cruise the canal. “Otaru Canal Cruise”, where you can go sightseeing by boat instead of walking on the Otaru Canal, is gaining in popularity.
Regardless of the season, there are day cruises in the daytime and night cruises in the night, so you can enjoy the night view.
Introducing access to Otaru. From New Chitose Airport, take the Japan Railway Chitose Line (Airport Line) and, via Sapporo, board the Japan Railway Hakodate Main Line. Get off at “Otaru Station”. The access from the airport to Otaru Station is about 70 minutes and good. It is about a 10-minute walk from Otaru Station to the cruise ship ticket office.
Charms and Highlights of Otaru Canal Cruise
Retro atmosphere and exotic cityscape
Otaru attracts many people to the scenery that makes its history feel and fresh seafood that can be taken in the near sea. Speaking of the tourist attraction is still “Otaru Canal”. The stroll road of the cobblestone which melted in retro atmosphere and exotic cityscape is always crowded with tourists regardless of the season. There are lots of gourmet spots and sights in the surrounding area. The climate is relatively good from June to September, which is the top season of sightseeing, and you can stroll without worrying about heat and cold.
From the Taisho era to the Showa era, the Otaru Canal was used as a waterway to bring cargoes to warehouses. Since the walking path was improved in 1986, it became a tourist spot representing Otaru. Because there are benches that can take a break everywhere, it is safe even with a small child. Along the 1140-meter long canal, there are scattered spots and monuments including “Asakusa-bashi Roadside Garden”.
From the Asakusa-bashi Bridge on the southern side of the Otaru Canal, it is fresh to enjoy the canal from the waterway for about 40 minutes traveling around the Otaru Port and the North Canal. A special made ship that matches the scenery of the canal is designed to be difficult to overthrow, so you can ride with confidence. The experience of being able to see the scenery from the inside of the canal, unlike land, is perfect for making memories. The cruise ship departs every 30 minutes, but it is very crowded depending on the season, so it is recommended to reserve in advance. Captains rich in character on the ship serve as guides, and let us tell you a fun story. At night cruises operated after sunset, you can see a romantic sight different from daytime. You can enjoy fantastic scenery such as lighted-up warehouse group, walking path illuminated by gas light, city lights in the surroundings.
Nostalgic rows of the buildings along the canal
“Otaru Canal” which is popular as one of Hokkaido’s leading tourist destinations. That charm is still a beautiful scenery with good old, nostalgic rows of the buildings along the canal.
The Otaru Canal was completed in 1923. It is the waterway which played a role in marine transport in the port city “Otaru” which supported the development of Hokkaido. It is the historied place where the traditional warehouse stands in a row along a waterway. After finishing the role as a canal, a part was landfilled in 1986, the walking path and the street garden were well-developed.
Cruise Otaru town over 40 minutes under the boatman guide
On that Otaru Canal, there is the service called the “Otaru Canal Cruise”. You can cruise Otaru town over 40 minutes under the boatman guide called captain. The scene of beautiful Otaru every season can be enjoyed such as the autumnal leaves in autumn and the cherry blossoms in spring.
Different atmosphere from the daytime
There are 63 gas lamps on the walking path along the canal. The canal and the stone-made warehouse are lighted up at the time of twilight. You can enjoy a different atmosphere from the daytime as well.
Beautiful street illuminated by a faint light
Although this Otaru Canal cruise can be fully enjoyed even if you participate in daytime, but if you have time, please try going to the night by all means. The view of Otaru illuminated by a faint street light in the boardwalk is very beautiful.
Northern countries likeness in winter
When it is winter, snow accumulates on the stone warehouse or sidewalk where old-fashioned appearance is left, and it seems to be northern-countries-likeness.
Information(Access, Price/Charge, Tel, Address, Official site, etc.)
|Name:||Otaru Canal Cruise|
|Address:||Minatomachi 5-4 Otaru, Hokkaido 047-0007 Japan|
|Access:||JR Hakodate-honsen Line “Otaru-eki” Station (10 minutes walk)|
1,500 yen (Adult:13+)
500 yen (Children)
1,800 yen (Adult:13+)
500 yen (Children)
Please refer the official web page.