“Recommended tour for sightseeing during winter. We will visit the Otaru Canal for free time to explore Kitaichi Glass and facilities nearby, Otaru Aquarium, and tours at Shiroi Koibito Park.
●Free time to explore Otaru : Recommended major tourist attractions
Otaru Canal Cruise – This new activity provides a look into the history of romantic city Otaru. The friendly captains of the boat will explain the sights along the canal over the course of 40 minutes.
●For details visit http://otaru.cc/
●Nitori Art Museum (Former Hokkaido Takushoku Bank Otaru Branch)
The building was once the office for Hokkaido Takushoku Bank Otaru Branch, where author Takiji Kobayashi once worked. The vaulted ceilings of the foyer are supported by six impressive ancient columns. The fourth floor features major Japanese artists such as Daikan Yokoyama, Tamado Kawai, and the third floor displays paintings by Japanese artist such as Ryusei Kishida, as well as Western artists. On the second floor there are wooden sculptures by Koun Takamura and his understudies, and the basement is an Art Nouveau and Art Deco Glass gallery.
●The Art Nouveau and Art Deco Glass Gallery (B1 Nitori Art Museum) features the magnificent works of Gallé, Daum brothers, and Lalique. Inside the “”Lamp Forest,”" which is reminiscent of the Paris Expo in 1900, numerous table lamps emanate a soft glow. Besides the beautiful glass works, furniture and other artifacts that represent the Art Nouveau and Art Deco age are displayed, creating a luxurious interior.
●The Former Mitsui Bank Otaru Branch was renovated in Showa 2 as the 6th generation of the branch. It was designed and built by the Sone Nakajo Architecture and Construction Company. The Renaissance-style exterior of the building is constructed with heavy stone, with corridors that surround the vaulted ceilings inside. Beautiful crown-moulding adorns the ceiling. Inside this refreshing and impressive atmosphere, are numerous artifacts and materials that date back to when the building was first erected.
●Stained Glass Museum (former Takahashi Warehouse) – Built in the early part of the 20th Century, the timber-framed building features a queen port trusses and stone, a Western-style of construction common for buildings in Otaru at that time. The museum features 140 pieces of stained glass windows that adorned the churches of England between the later part of the 19th Century and early 20th Century. When seen up close, the breathtaking beauty of light filtering through the stained glass spreads in every direction, showering the observer with beautiful light. The Otaru Art Base Museum shop next door is admission-free.
●For more details please visit http://www.nitorihd.co.jp/otaru-art-base/
●Kitaichi Glass Factory – When considering souvenirs from Otaru, sparkling glass work comes to mind. Of the many glass products available, Kitaichi boasts the largest inventory, as well as quality. Visitors can enjoy glass-making, delicious food and of course shopping.
●For details please visit – http://www.kitaichiglass.co.jp/index.html
●Otaru Music Box Museum – Discover the magical sound of music boxes that seem to add something special to the nostalgic streets of Otaru. The museum is highly famous, and a popular destination among tourists from around the world.
●For details please visit http://www.otaru-orgel.co.jp/j_main.html
●Otaru Aquarium – 70 tanks of all sizes exhibit over 5000 sea creatures and fish comprised of 250 varieties that live in both cold and warm seas.
The aquarium sits on a hill overlooking the Sea of Japan, and is surrounded by beautiful nature.
On this course passengers can see penguins, South American sea lions, and dolphins, and explanations on feeding of seals. We especially recommend the penguin’s walk in the snow.
●For details please visit https://otaru-aq.jp/