From Sapporo an excellent side trip is to travel to Otaru.
From Sapporo an excellent side trip is to travel to Otaru. Originally a fishing village was established here during the Edo Period (1603 to 1868) as an outpost of the Wajinchi district administered from the castle town of Matsumae. It is surrounded on three sides by mountains, while the fourth faces Ishikari Bay.
Otaru is a beautiful port, facing the Ishikari Bay. For decades the town has been one of Hokkaido’s economical center. The port and particularly the herring fishing industry helped the town to gain its nickname “the Wall Street of Hokkaido”.
Like many places in Hokkaido, Otaru’s architecture is a combination of Japanese and Western styles. Nowadays the town is a popular destination for tourists. The canal district is a peaceful place for a walk, with many shops where you can buy Kitaichi Glasses as souvenirs from Otaru, one of the town specialties. And for lunch we invite you to try one of the many restaurants serving fresh seafood.
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