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Visit at Sakaimachi Street in Otaru!

Would you like to enjoy attractive street in Otaru? Sakaimachi Street (境町通り, Sakaimachi Dōri) in one of those streets. It is an attractive, preserved merchant street in central Otaru, a short walk from the city’s canal area. During the development of Hokkaido in the late 1800s and early 1900s, Otaru thrived as a port city, and many trading and shipping companies constructed impressive Western style buildings in the city center to house their offices and shops. In this article, I will focus what things you can enjoy there.

 

About Sakaimachi Street:

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  •         During the development of Hokkaido in the late 1800s and early 1900s, Otaru thrived as a port city.
  •         Many trading and shipping companies constructed impressive Western style buildings in the city center to house their offices and shops.
  •         Many of the buildings along Sakaimachi Street have since been converted into restaurants, cafes, souvenir shops, boutiques and museums.
  •         There are also a few glass workshops for tourists to enjoy a hands-on experience in creating the local Otaru Glass.

 

Music Box Museum

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  •         The Music Box Museum consists of multiple buildings scattered around the southern end of Sakaimachi Street.
  •         It is one of which houses a small museum about music boxes.
  •         The most prominent building, yet, is a large shop with a wide variety of music boxes on sale.
  •         In front of the building stands a steam clock, a present by the city of Vancouver.
  •         Hours: 9:00 to 18:00 (until 19:00 on Fridays and Saturdays in summer)
  •         Closed: No closing days
  •         Admission: Free

 

Museum of Venetian Art

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  •         The local glass producer Kitaichi opened this five-story museum dedicated to the arts of Venice.
  •         Inside visitors will find displays of Venetian glassware, clothing and furniture, as well as a full-sized gondola.
  •         Hours: 8:45 to 18:00 (entry until 17:30)
  •         Closed: No closing days
  •         Admission: 700 yen

 

Bank of Japan Museum

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  •         The Otaru branch of the Bank of Japan dates back to 1912.
  •         It was converted into a museum in 2003 and features a number of creative displays about Japanese money.
  •         The branch’s local history, including an old vault where visitors can feel the weight of a hundred million yen.
  •         Hours: 9:30 to 17:00 (from 10:00 in December through March)
  •         Admission ends 30 minutes before closing
  •         Closed: Wednesdays (open if Wed is a national holiday), Dec 29 to Jan 5
  •         Admission: Free

 

Glass Workshops

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  •         When the herring fishing industry declined in the 1950s, the makers of glass buoys shifted to the production of refined glassware instead.
  •         Today, Otaru benefits greatly from the reputation of its glassware, attracting many tourists to its glass shops.
  •         Besides selling Otaru glassware, many shops allow customers to make their own cups, bowls or vases for typically 2000 to 3000 yen.

Access:

  •         Sakaimachi Street is a ten-minute walk from Otaru Station or a five-minute walk from Minami-Otaru Station.
  •         Alternatively, two of the four Otaru Stroller’s tourist bus lines pass along the street, providing frequent connections with Otaru Station.

Source: https://www.japan-guide.com/e/e6704.html

So, guys, try to enjoy at beautiful Sakaimachi Street in Otaru as I have told you above. You will be amazed trying the beautiful Sakaimachi Street in Otaru. And I think you cannot ignore these amazing exploring Japan in a different way, guys. Your day is going to be excellent. Are not you feeling excited? If you want to explore Japan, you must try to enjoy Sakaimachi Street in Otaru. And I know you will be grateful to me because of suggesting this information. Happy journey, guys!! Have a good day!! And stay safe, guys!!

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