Kitaichi Hall is an extension of Kitaichi Glass Otaru glassware company. The dark wood in this hall is illuminated by the light of 167 flames, painstakingly lit by the staff every morning. You can have a meal surrounded by chandeliers and oil lamps, along with a live piano performances every weekday afternoon; you’ll get a nostalgic yet romantic café experience unlike any other.
Otaru has been known for its glass since olden times. There are glass studios and shops all around the town, and it is fun to look at those glasses and to participate in glass making workshop such as glass blowing and engraving craft experience to create your own glass products.
Otaru Sushi Street was formed in the 1980s. The street is about 200m long and has 5-6 very large sushi shops linked to 20 smaller shops. Each are boasting a specialty of sushi for you to enjoy.
Otaru Canal is a popular tourist destination to enjoy its nostalgic atmosphere. The canal was built in 1923 to allow small ships to transport goods to the warehouses. In 1980’s, it was beautifully restored and the remaining warehouses turned into museums, shops and restaurants.
Catholicism Otaru Church Tomioka Temple of Confucius was built in 1929. The building emphasizes a feeling of rise to reach because of the octagonal turrets where they raise the cross from spire arch of the front entrance, so that the appearance will take in a Gothic style. Gentle light enters the second-floor chapel at the arch window which will put the stained glass together that will symbolize a holy space. It has also been designated as Otaru City Historical Building.
Shiroi Koibito Park is a fantastic space based on the ideals of deliciousness, fun and stories of sweets from a bygone era. The park has a cafe to allow visitors to savor Ishiya’s original sweets, the Cookiecraft Studio and the Rose Garden. The things visitors see, taste and experience here will make a truly “sweet” memory.
Odori Park is an oasis located in the center of the city and extends 1.5 km from east to west. The history of Odori Park began in 1871 when it was constructed as a large-scale firebreak to separate the downtown area to the administrative district in the north and the residential and commercial district in the south.
Sapporo Clock Tower is a prime gathering spot and beloved symbol of Sapporo. It has a museum and gallery on the ground floor dedicated to its own history and the accomplishments of graduates and teachers of Sapporo Agricultural College.
The Sapporo TV Tower, built in 1957, is a 147.2 meter high TV tower with an observation deck at a height of 90.38 meters. It is located on the ground of Odori Park, in the northern city of Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan. The tower is open to tourists where they can view Sapporo and Odori Park from above.
Omotesando Shopping Street is the busiest place in Miyajima for souvenir shops and restaurants. This area was formed from the land reclaimed at the end of the Edo period. This area became the main street during the Showa period, as the area developed economically. Both sides of the street are packed with souvenir shops and restaurants.
Itsukushima Shrine is a Shinto shrine on the island of Itsukushima (popularly known as Miyajima), best known for its floating torii gate. The shrine complex is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the Japanese government has designated several buildings and possessions as National Treasures.
Settle in a comfy chair with a nice cup of tea or coffee and a tasty snack at an old renovated Japanese-style house café & enjoy a relaxing and old-fashioned atmosphere.
Hiroshima Castle is a typical flat castle constructed by Mouri Terumoto. This castle tower was designated as a National Treasure in 1931. It was destroyed by an atomic bomb and later renovated the exterior of the castle in 1958. The interior was restored in 1989 & today, it has turned into a history museum featuring Samurai culture.
Okonomiyaki is a popular pan fried food that consists of butter and cabbage. Selected toppings and ingredients are added which can vary greatly - anything from meat and seafood to wasabi and cheese. The dish is available all over Japan, but is most popular in the west, particularly the cities of Hiroshima and Osaka.