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Otaru first started out as a fishing village founded by the Ainu people. The name of the town was originally Otarunai and derives from Ainu language, which translates to “river running through the sandy beach.” In 1865, the Tokugawa Shogunate recognized the settlement as an actual village. Even when the bakufu, Shogunate, came to an end and the Meiji Restoration began, Otaru was a key factor to developing Hokkaido in 1871. In 1899, an imperial decree was made that Otaru would be an open port for trade with United States and United Kingdom.

Otaru Canal was used to transport materials from larger vessels and store them in the warehouses along the canal. First built in 1923, the canal was used by businesses to transport their merchandise to warehouses with smaller ships since the bigger ships could not directly unload their goods to their destinations. The city built walking paths next to the canal so now, during the day people can take leisurely walks about the scenic route. The walkways were designed with square shaped granite arranged in a ginkgo design. They added 63 old fashioned gas lamps along the path way. In the winter time is the Otaru Snow Light Path. It is a festival that lasts for 10 days with lanterns made of snow adorning different areas of the city. The Otaru Snow Light Path has two main areas to visit which are the Unga Kaijo and Temiyasen Kaijo. The Unga Kaijo is by the Otaru canal and covers about 300 meters worth of street. This area has gas lamps lining up against the canal with restored warehouses, which are restaurants, shops, cafes, workshops etc.

Located at the southern end of Sakaimachi Street (境 町通り) in a small cluster of buildings is the Music Box Museum in Otaru. The museum features over 1500 music boxes, orgel (オルゴール) in Japanese, which can be purchased or enjoyed. In 1912, the building, which the museum resides in, was constructed with an exterior of bricks while the inside is designed with wood. The largest building out of the cluster is the main shop and can be singled out with the steam clock placed in front. The steam clock was made by a Canadian clock maker named Raymond Sounders. Every fifteen minutes, the five steam chimes, plays a melody while the main steam whistles on the hour. Otaru is also famous for its refined craftsmanship with glass. Around the city you can visit different glass workshops and see the artisans at work.

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Charms of Hokkaido: Cherry Blossom Tour 2019 - 5/1
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Explore Southern & Central Hokkaido in spring while cherry blossoms are in full bloom.
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Charms of Northern Japan Tour (Reverse): Cherry 
Blossoms & Wisteria 2019 - 4/27

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Charms of Northern Japan Tour (Reverse): Cherry Blossoms & Wisteria 2019 - 4/27
Charms of Northern Japan Tour (Reverse): Cherry Blossoms & Wisteria 2019 - 4/27

9 Days 8 Nights | from US $3298.00

Ashikaga / Nikko / Matsushima / Hiraizumi / Morioka / Towada / Aomori / Seikan Tunnel / Hakodate / Lake Toya / Noboribetsu / Biratori / Otaru / Sapporo
The must see sights of Tohoku & Hokkaido...plus cherry blossoms & wisteria in Spring.

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Ashikaga / Nikko / Matsushima / Hiraizumi / Morioka / Towada / Aomori / Seikan Tunnel / Hakodate / Lake Toya / Noboribetsu / Biratori / Otaru / Sapporo
The must see sights of Tohoku & Hokkaido...plus cherry blossoms & wisteria in Spring.
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Charms of Hokkaido Tour: Hokkaido Winter Festivals 
2019 - 2/4

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Charms of Hokkaido Tour: Hokkaido Winter Festivals 2019 - 2/4
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Chitose / Biratori / Lake Shikotsu / Sapporo / Otaru / Asahikawa / Sounkyo / Abashiri / Lake Tofutsu / Akan National Park / Kushiro
See the Sapporo Snow Festival, as well as three other main Winter Festivals in Hokkaido.

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Chitose / Biratori / Lake Shikotsu / Sapporo / Otaru / Asahikawa / Sounkyo / Abashiri / Lake Tofutsu / Akan National Park / Kushiro
See the Sapporo Snow Festival, as well as three other main Winter Festivals in Hokkaido.
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Charms of Northern Japan: Cherry Blossoms & Baby 
Blue Eyes Flowers 2019 - 5/4

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Charms of Northern Japan: Cherry Blossoms & Baby Blue Eyes Flowers 2019 - 5/4
Charms of Northern Japan: Cherry Blossoms & Baby Blue Eyes Flowers 2019 - 5/4

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Sapporo / Otaru / Biratori / Noboribetsu / Lake Toya / Hakodate / Seikan Tunnel / Aomori / Towada / Morioka / Hiraizumi / Matsushima / Nikko / Hitachi Seaside Park
The must see sights of Hokkaido & Tohoku with spring cherry blossoms and baby blue eye flowers at Hitachi Seaside Park.

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Sapporo / Otaru / Biratori / Noboribetsu / Lake Toya / Hakodate / Seikan Tunnel / Aomori / Towada / Morioka / Hiraizumi / Matsushima / Nikko / Hitachi Seaside Park
The must see sights of Hokkaido & Tohoku with spring cherry blossoms and baby blue eye flowers at Hitachi Seaside Park.
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Charms of Northern Japan (Reverse): Autumn Leaves 
Tour 2019 - 9/16, 10/13

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Charms of Northern Japan (Reverse): Autumn Leaves Tour 2019 - 9/16, 10/13
Charms of Northern Japan (Reverse): Autumn Leaves Tour 2019 - 9/16, 10/13

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Nikko / Matsushima / Hiraizumi / Morioka / Towada / Aomori / Seikan Tunnel / Hakodate / Lake Toya / Noboribetsu / Biratori / Otaru / Sapporo
The must see sights of Tohoku & Hokkaido...plus fall foliage in Autumn.

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Nikko / Matsushima / Hiraizumi / Morioka / Towada / Aomori / Seikan Tunnel / Hakodate / Lake Toya / Noboribetsu / Biratori / Otaru / Sapporo
The must see sights of Tohoku & Hokkaido...plus fall foliage in Autumn.
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Charms of Northern Japan (Reverse): Cherry 
Blossom Tour 2019 - 4/17

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Charms of Northern Japan (Reverse): Cherry Blossom Tour 2019 - 4/17
Charms of Northern Japan (Reverse): Cherry Blossom Tour 2019 - 4/17

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Omiya / Nikko / Matsushima / Hiraizumi / Morioka / Towada / Aomori / Seikan Tunnel / Hakodate / Lake Toya / Noboribetsu / Biratori / Otaru / Sapporo
The must see sights of Tohoku & Hokkaido...plus cherry blossom in Spring.

9 Days 8 Nights | from US $3298.00

Omiya / Nikko / Matsushima / Hiraizumi / Morioka / Towada / Aomori / Seikan Tunnel / Hakodate / Lake Toya / Noboribetsu / Biratori / Otaru / Sapporo
The must see sights of Tohoku & Hokkaido...plus cherry blossom in Spring.
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Wed. Apr 17, 2019 Thu. Apr 25, 2019 US $3298.00 Tokyo Sapporo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
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Charms of Hokkaido Tour: Summer Flowers in Hokkaido  
2019 - 7/7, 7/21

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Charms of Hokkaido Tour: Summer Flowers in Hokkaido 2019 - 7/7, 7/21
Charms of Hokkaido Tour: Summer Flowers in Hokkaido 2019 - 7/7, 7/21

9 Days 8 Nights | from US $3298.00

Furano / Biei / Sounkyo / Abashiri / Shiretoko / Kushiro / Biratori / Noboribetsu / Lake Toya / Otaru / Sapporo
Explore Hokkaido in summer flower season; featuring Natural World Heritage sites, nature, gourmet, culture, and rural villages.

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Furano / Biei / Sounkyo / Abashiri / Shiretoko / Kushiro / Biratori / Noboribetsu / Lake Toya / Otaru / Sapporo
Explore Hokkaido in summer flower season; featuring Natural World Heritage sites, nature, gourmet, culture, and rural villages.
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Sun. Jul 7, 2019 Mon. Jul 15, 2019 US $3298.00 Sapporo Sapporo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
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Charms of Northern Japan: Autumn Leaves Tour 2019 - 
11/2

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Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Charms of Northern Japan: Autumn Leaves Tour 2019 - 11/2
Charms of Northern Japan: Autumn Leaves Tour 2019 - 11/2

9 Days 8 Nights | from US $3298.00

Sapporo / Otaru / Biratori / Noboribetsu / Lake Toya / Hakodate / Seikan Tunnel / Aomori / Towada / Morioka / Hiraizumi / Matsushima / Nikko
The must see sights of Hokkaido &Tohoku...plus fall foliage in Autumn.

9 Days 8 Nights | from US $3298.00

Sapporo / Otaru / Biratori / Noboribetsu / Lake Toya / Hakodate / Seikan Tunnel / Aomori / Towada / Morioka / Hiraizumi / Matsushima / Nikko
The must see sights of Hokkaido &Tohoku...plus fall foliage in Autumn.
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Sat. Nov 2, 2019 Sun. Nov 10, 2019 US $3298.00 Sapporo Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
The Golden Triangle of Japan: Snow Monkeys & Sapporo 
Snow Festival Tour 2019 - 1/28

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The Golden Triangle of Japan: Snow Monkeys & Sapporo Snow Festival Tour 2019 - 1/28
The Golden Triangle of Japan: Snow Monkeys & Sapporo Snow Festival Tour 2019 - 1/28
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11 Days 10 Nights | from US $3998.00

Tokyo / Lake Kawaguchi / Matsumoto / Yudanaka / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Uji / Nara / Osaka / Otaru / Sapporo
Explore the two main winter attractions of Japan - Snow Monkeys and Sapporo Snow Festival.

11 Days 10 Nights | from US $3998.00

Tokyo / Lake Kawaguchi / Matsumoto / Yudanaka / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Uji / Nara / Osaka / Otaru / Sapporo
Explore the two main winter attractions of Japan - Snow Monkeys and Sapporo Snow Festival.
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Mon. Jan 28, 2019 Thu. Feb 7, 2019 US $3998.00 Tokyo Sapporo Deluxe Save this tour Sold Out
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Charms of Northern Japan Tour: Tohoku 3 Great Summer 
Festivals 2019 - 7/29

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Charms of Northern Japan Tour: Tohoku 3 Great Summer Festivals 2019 - 7/29
Charms of Northern Japan Tour: Tohoku 3 Great Summer Festivals 2019 - 7/29

12 Days 11 Nights | from US $4398.00

Furano / Biei / Otaru / Sapporo / Biratori / Noboribetsu / Lake Toya / Hakodate / Seikan Tunnel / Aomori / Akita / Kakunodate / Hiraizumi / Sendai / Matsushima / Urabandai / Aizu Wakamatsu / Nikko
The must see sights of Hokkaido & Tohoku...plus Tohoku 3 Great Summer Festivals.

12 Days 11 Nights | from US $4398.00

Furano / Biei / Otaru / Sapporo / Biratori / Noboribetsu / Lake Toya / Hakodate / Seikan Tunnel / Aomori / Akita / Kakunodate / Hiraizumi / Sendai / Matsushima / Urabandai / Aizu Wakamatsu / Nikko
The must see sights of Hokkaido & Tohoku...plus Tohoku 3 Great Summer Festivals.
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Mon. Jul 29, 2019 Fri. Aug 9, 2019 US $4398.00 Sapporo Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
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