Otaru: Sankaku Market, Otaru Canal, Sakaimachi Street, North Wall Street

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I visited Otaru and Sapporo to see winter festivals – “Otaru Snow Light Path Festival (Otaru Yuki Akari no Michi)” and “Sapporo Snow Festival (Sapporo Yuki Matsuri)”.

It was a four-day three-night trip and in this article, I write about the first day.

* Day 1: Otaru (Sankaku Market – Otaru Canal – Sakaimachi Street – North Wall Street – Otaru Snow Light Path Festival)
* Day 2: Otaru (North Canal – Otaru City Museum) – Sapporo (Sapporo Snow Festival)
* Day 3: Sapporo (Former Hokkaido Government Office Building – Sapporo Clock Tower – Maruyama Zoo – Hokkaido Shrine – Shiroi Koibito Park)
* Day 4: Sapporo (Sapporo Central Wholesale Market – Sapporo Snow Festival – JR Tower Observatory – Sapporo Beer Museum – Sapporo Factory)

[Travel Date]
2015.02.08 – 11

[Main Part]

I arrived at Otaru Station. It took about 1.5 hours from New Chitose Airport by train.小樽駅 写真

The Otaru Snow Light Path Festival was held at night, so I walked around Otaru area during the day.

First, I visited “Sankaku Market”, a local fish market.小樽 三角市場 写真1

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Lunch.小樽 味処たけだ 写真2

Then, I moved to Otaru Canal, which should be one of the highlights in Otaru sightseeing. Unfortunately, the weather was cloudy.小樽運河 写真1

I saw many foreign tourists around there.小樽運河 写真2

View from Asakusa Bridge (Asakusa Bashi) – a famous photo spot小樽運河 写真3

After I left Otaru Canal, I walked around “Sakaimachi Street”, a shopping district. There were a variety of shops in this street, such as Cafe and souvenir shops. As specialty products in Otaru, there were several shops that sell glassware and music box (Orugoru).

“Otaru Taisho Glass Place” – they sell glassware products.小樽 大正硝子館 写真1

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“Otaru Candle Studio” – they sell candle products.小樽 キャンドル工房 写真1

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“Kita Ichi Hall” – Cafe小樽 北一ホール 写真1

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“Otaru Orgel Doh” – they sell music box (orgel or orugoru).小樽オルゴール堂 写真1

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At an intersection, called “Meruhen Intersection”. 小樽 メルヘン交差点 写真

Then, I walked around North Wall Street. There were lots of historical buildings that were build around 1900 in this area.

The most famous building is “the former Otaru branch of Bank of Japan”.小樽 日本銀行旧小樽支店 写真1

Now the building is used as a museum.小樽 日本銀行旧小樽支店 写真2

Dinner time.小樽バイン 写真1

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After having dinner, I returned to Otaru Canal again to see evening view and night view there.小樽運河 夕景 写真1

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Then, I visited the Otaru Snow Light Path Festival and will write about it in the next article.

To be continued.

[Related Link]
Otaru Tourism Association (English)
Otaru Taisho Glass Place (Japanese)
Otaru Candle Studio (Japanese)
Otaru Orgel Doh (English)


  1. Hi, we planned (3 of us) to travel to Hokkaido in February. We have 9 nights. What is your best recommendations . Is it too adventurous to cover Sapporo and Hakodate. Or can we just stayed at Sapporo and do the nearby tour.
    Hope to hear from you.

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