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Introducing Otaru

One of Hokkaidō's most popular tourist destinations for Japanese visitors, Otaru is a romantic port town steeped in a rich history that dates back to its glory days as a major herring centre. Otaru was the terminal station for Hokkaidō's first railroad, and today nostalgic warehouses and buildings still line the picturesque canal district. There are great options for foodies, and if you're into music boxes or any kind of glass object imaginable, you'll go gaga in Otaru.

JR Otaru Station is up the hill and inland from the canal and port. Head out the main doors and straight down Chūo-dōri for 10 minutes to get to the canal.