Sapporo, Japan

Sail along the beautifully preserved canal and interesting herring mansions of Otaru

Just about half an hour northwest of Sapporo by train, Otaru is a pleasant day trip destination for local residents and tourists alike. Developed as “the sea entrance of Hokkaido” over the last 100 years, this historic port city of Japan is best known for its long canal system which was once busy with smaller ships transporting the goods throughout the city. The canal area is now beautifully preserved with may old stone-built or brick-built warehouses, giving it a special character reminiscent of past decades. Within a short walk from here, visitors can explore the charming merchant street of Sakaimachi with impressive Western style buildings, many of which have been converted into restaurants, boutique shops and museums, such as Music Box Museum, Museum of Venetian Art, and Glass Workshops. About five kilometers outside of the city center, you will see another highlight of Otaru, the large preserved Herring Mansion (Nishin Goten) standing on a hill. This mansion was built by wealthy fishermen during the heyday of herring fishing in Otaru, and today is open to the public displaying fishermen's tools and living conditions.

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Treasures of Hokkaido

Hakodate→Shikotsu Toya→Sapporo→Furano→Sounkyo
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Enjoy a guided sightseeing day tour exploring Hakodate’s highlights, including Onuma Quasi National Park, Motomachi District, and Goryokaku Park

Be awestruck by a multitude of stunning caldera lakes and volcanic attractions in Shikotsu Toya National Park before discovering some mountains nearby

Free to explore Sapporo’s iconic sites such as Odori Park, Clock Tower Building, Botanic Garden and its local specialty

Take a pleasant walking tour around the charming streets and canals of Otaru with a chance to try some of the freshest sushi in Hokkaido

Admire the breathtaking rolling fields of lavender in Furano before savoring a local lunch with famed Furano wine

See the renowned blue pond of Biei, one of the most photographed sceneries of Hokkaido

Discover the nature wonders of Daisetsuzan National Park for beautiful sceneries and hiking opportunities

Soak in the outdoor onsen like a true local for a relaxing and rejuvenating experience in Sounkyo

Ride the Mt. Kurodake Ropeway for a splendid view of Daisetsuzan Mountain Range

Hakodate→Shikotsu Toya→Sapporo→Furano→Sounkyo

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