Once a vital part of the city's bustling port, Otaru Canal serves as a popular destination for waterside strolling and enjoying the outdoors. Wander along this restored historic canal, dating back to the early 20th century, to explore its many repurposed warehouses, which house restaurants, shops, and museums. You'll find the promenade lined with Victorian-style gas lamps, as well as numerous brick buildings from as early as the 19th century. Work out when and for how long to visit Otaru Canal and other Otaru attractions using our handy Otaru road trip site .
Tours to Otaru Canal
Otaru Rickshaw Tour BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $43
Duration: 30 to 60 minutes
Private Otaru Tour with Licensed Guide - Nikka Whisky Distillery can be included BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $55
Duration: 7 hours
Otaru Canal Reviews
거의 대부분의 관광객은 오타루 방문목적이 오타루운하 때문일 것이다. 하지만 나처럼 시간과 날씨를 잘못 맞춘다면 정말 볼품없는 운하를 경험하고 오게 될 것이다. 낮에 보는 오타루운하는 정말 볼것이 없다. 그냥 바닷가 운하 옆에 오래된 창고가 있는 별볼일 없는 그런 경치다. 그래서 밤까지 기다려보려 했으나 비가 오고 바람이 불면서 너무 추워서 오타루운하의 밤은... more »For almost all tourists, the purpose of otaru is to visit the Otaru Canal. But if you misalign the time and the weather like me, you'll be experiencing a truly tacky canal. There is really nothing to see in the daytime. It's just a sight to behave with an old warehouse next to the seaside canal. So I tried to wait until night, but it was raining and windy and it was so cold that I returned to Sapporo because I couldn't see the night on the Otaru Canal. It was windy and rainy, and the cruise didn't run. If i had been there for a night because of the weather, I would have remembered the prettiest. It's a great place to stay if you're visiting Otaru. Just remember this. Come on a sunny evening.
倉庫街を散策して、歴史的建物をまわってから小樽運河沿いを歩いて駐車場に向かう。昼間の喧騒と違う小樽運河があります。観光客も少なくベストな写真が撮れました。 more »Take a walk through the warehouse district, wander around the historic buildings, and walk along the Otaru Canal to the parking lot. There is a Otaru Canal which is different from the bustle of daytime. There were few tourists and the best pictures were taken.
Pretty place in the winter. Both sides of the canal full of snow. Amazing scenery! Came in the morning so less people. Feel in peace. Would come again to try the seafood next time since most of the shops are closed in the morning.
The ice festval was great and Otaru is a charming city. If you have time during winter at the festival period, explore this! Otaru is accessible via bus and train (About 1 hours) from Sapporo and can be a really nice detour. Winter is cold and even colder when not being in a big city, though, so don't forget your jacket.
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