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Otaru

3.4
Bodies of Water · Landmarks · Gift & Specialty Shops
Town of Hills
The port city of Otaru has long attracted domestic visitors, drawn in by the city's many historic buildings, and has started to garner international attention, too. The canals that work their way inland are still dotted with old warehouse buildings, now converted into leading sushi restaurants, shops, and restaurants. Music boxes and glasswork represent two major cultural exports of the city, once known primarily for its herring. Nowadays, however, the chance to see artisans at work and musicians at play stands out as a highlight of any visit to Otaru. Our Japan trip planning site combines visitor reviews with your personal interests to make an itinerary informed by experts, but tailored to suit your style.
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Popular things to do in Otaru

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Water Body
Otaru Canal
3.7
Duration: 1 hour
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Gift & Specialty Shop
Otaru Music Box Museum Main Building
3.9
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Historic Site
The Site of Temiya Line
3.4
Duration: 1 hour
Landmark
JR Otaru Station
3.4
Duration: 30 minutes

Side trips from Otaru

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Distillery
Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery Yoichi-cho
4.5
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Ski Area
Niseko Hanazono Resort Kutchan-cho
4.4
Duration: 8 hours
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Ski Area
Rusutsu Resort Ski Rusutsu-mura
4.5
Duration: 6 hours

Museums in Otaru

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Specialty Museum
Otaru Museum, Bank of Japan
4.0
Duration: 1 hour
Specialty Museum
Otaru-shi General Museum
4.1
Duration: 1 hour
Specialty Museum
Otaru Orgel Museum 2nd Building Antique
3.9
Duration: 1 hour
Specialty Museum
Taishougarasu Museum
3.9
Duration: 1 hour

Shopping in Otaru

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Flea Market
Sankaku Market
3.3
Duration: 1 hour
Gift & Specialty Shop
Otaru Sakaimachi Street
3.8
Duration: 4 hours
Shopping Mall
Unga Plaza
3.0
Duration: 1 hour
Gift & Specialty Shop
Snoopy Chaya Otaru
4.0
Duration: 1 hour

Hidden gems in Otaru

Church
Tomioka Catholic Church
5.0
Duration: 1 hour
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Neighborhood
Otaru Miyakodori Shopping District
1.0
Duration: 1 hour
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Specialty Museum
Ishihara Yujiro Memorial
3.8
Duration: 1 hour
Landmark
Former Nippon Yusen Kaisha Otaru Branch
3.9
Duration: 1 hour

Historic Sites in Otaru

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Religious Site
Suitengu
3.6
Duration: 1 hour
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Historic Site
Sumiyoshi Shrine
4.0
Duration: 30 minutes
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Historic Walking Area
Ryugu Shrine
3.7
Duration: 30 minutes
Religious Site
Soenji No Gohyaku Rakanzo
4.0
Duration: 1 hour

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