Otaru

A small harbor city, known for its beautiful canal, Western-style buildings, museums, and aquarium.

Otaru is a city and port in Shiribeshi Subprefecture, Hokkaido, Japan, northwest of Sapporo. The city faces the Ishikari Bay, and has long served as the main port of the bay. Otaru has many historical buildings, such as Nishin Goten (herring mansion), the Sakaushi residence, and The Tomioka Catholic Church. A canal adorned with Victorian-style street lamps runs through Otaru. Many of the buildings in Otaru have been designated as landmark architecture. Otaru is also known for the freshness of its sushi. The town also has substantial shopping arcades and bazaars. Otaru's prominent industries are arts and crafts, such as studio glass and musical boxes.
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