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The Otaru Canal was built in the last days of the Taisho era and half of it remains today. Although the canal helped Otaru flourish as a commercial seaport, changes in marine transportation diminished the role and over time, the canal became less important as larger ships could dock in more modern facilities larger than the canal. Rather than face destruction or be converted into a landfill, citizens' movement lead to a beautification process to preserve the canal. It's promenade was improved and gaslights were installed while the former warehouses were converted into museums, shops, and restaurants. The citizens' efforts revitalized Otaru Canal into a popular sight-seeing spot, especially for young lovers who want to take a romantic stroll with the gaslights lining the way. While the canal is usually gorgeous when the sunsets and the lamps begin to turn on, it is also home to the town's beautiful Snow Light Path Festival. This festival is an absolutely breathtaking event highlighting the beauty of Otaru Canal.
Bring your loved ones and enjoy a romantic walk along the canal while we travel through the highlights of the northern island on our fully-guided Hokkaido Japan Tours and luxury custom packages available May through December.
Wall Street of the North
Shopping District in Otaru's Historic Buildings
One of the largest museum shops in Japan featuring music boxes in Hokkaido
Glass creation workshop in Hokkaido, Otaru
Signature curry dish in Sapporo
Red Brick Building of Hokkaido
The most famous Cookie Sandwiches of Hokkaido
Recreation of Hokkaido in the Meiji to Showa Period