Otaru, Japan

  • Otaru, Japan

Otaru, Japan

Facing Ishikari Bay, Otaru has developed and prospered as "the sea entrance of Hokkaido" over the last 100 years. A great canal, built in 1923 and lined with gaslight street lamps and a stone-paved promenade, runs through the city. Otaru's most prominent industries are arts and crafts, such as studio glass and intricate musical boxes. Museums, workshops and gift stores celebrate these creative endeavors. Otaru's nickname is "the town of hills" as there are so many. There is an observation point on Mt. Tengu-yama, and the panoramic view including the whole of Otaru and its port area is absolutely wonderful. There are also cable cars to take you to the mountaintop for an unforgettable view of the city and the sea.