This is a recommended course for sightseeing in the fall. The tour takes you to Otaru where you will have free time to explore the canal and Kitaichi Glass Factory area, then to the Otaru Aquarium. It will also take you to Shiroi Koibito Park.
●Free time in Otaru: main tourist attractions include: Otaru Canal Cruise – which takes visitors on a canal cruise in the historical and romantic city of Otaru. This new activity allows you to rediscover the charm of Otaru. Each captain, full of personality, will explain the sights on this 40 minute tour.
●Nitori Art Museum (Former Hokkaido Takushoku Bank Otaru Branch)…The former Hokkaido Takushoku Bank Otaru Branch was once the office at which writer Takiji Kobayashi worked. The vaulted ceilings that reach the 2F of what was the hall, are upheld by 6 impressive ancient pillars. The 4F exhibits the works of Japanese art by Daikan Yokoyama and Tamado Kawai, Western art by Western and Japanese artists such as Ryusei Kishida, and on the 2F, wooden sculptures by Koun Takamura and his understudies. The basement is an Art Nouveau and Art Deco glass gallery.
●Art Nouveau and Art Deco Glass Gallery (Nitori Art Museum B1)- Exhibits glass and lamps by Gallé, Daum Brothers and Lalique. The “Lamp Forest,” reminiscent of the Paris Expo in 1900, exhibits a large number of table lamps that illuminate the venue. Besides the beautiful glass, Art Nouveau and Art Deco furniture is exhibited, creating a glamourous interior.
●The Former Mitsui Bank Otaru Branch – The 6th generation of the bank rebuilt in Showa 2 (1927). It was designed by Tatsuzo Sone, a leading architecht of Japan at the time. It showcases Rennaissaince style with its bold and impressive stonework, vaulted corridors, and plaster ceilings. This beautiful building that possesses a sense of dignity and exquisiteness, provides visitors with a pleasant discovery of history, dating back to when the building was erected, not to mention the charm of bank construction itself.
●Stained Glass Museum (Former Takahashi Warehouse) The Former Takahashi Warehouse, built in the early 20th Century, is a Western-style, timber and stone building, typical of Otaru, and showcases queen post trusses. Approximately 140 stained glass windows that adorned churches in England between the late 1900′s and early 20th Century are on exhibit. The light shining through the glass in front of you, seems to spread in every direction, filling the room with showers of serene sunlight. The Otaru Art Base Museum shop next door is admission-free.
●Kitaichi Glass Factory : Glass ornaments and dishes are the typical souvenir of Otaru. among the glassware of Otaru, Kitaichi boasts the largest inventory of merchandise, as well as quality. Visitors can enjoy shopping, and gourmet foods as well.
●Otaru Music Box Musuem : The clear ring of an orgel(music box), accentuates the nostalgic streets of Otaru. This is a very popular tourist attraction among foreign visitors.
●Otaru Aquarium: Approximately 250 species, 5,000 fish and creatures of both the warm and cold seas are exhibited in about 70 small to large tanks.
The location of the aquarium, sitting facing the Sea of Japan, and surrounded by nature, is absolutely perfect. This course allows visitors to see the walrus, penguin, Steller sea lion, South American sea lion, dolphin and earless seal shows.