Nihon Yūsen Building
Lying behind the park at the northern end of the canal is the old Nihon Yūsen Company Building. Before the collapse of the herring...
Walk beneath the old Victorian-style gas lamps lining this historic canal and admire the charismatic warehouses dating from the late...
Old Bank of Japan Building
Don't miss the old Bank of Japan (日本銀行), a classic brick building that was designed by the same architect responsible for Tokyo Station....
Otaru Sōko No 1
Housed in a converted warehouse on the harbour side of the canal, Sōku No 1 offers a nice selection of microbrewed drafts, plus German...
For Japanese travellers, eating in Otaru is all about sushi – local specialities include sake (salmon), ikura (salmon roe), uni and...
Otaru Museum information
This small but engaging half of Otaru Museum, known as the Ungakan (運河館), is housed in a restored warehouse dating from 1893 near the canal. It has displays on Hokkaidō's natural history, some Ainu relics, and various special exhibitions on herring, ceramics and literature.