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Otaru — A quaint little town where music is in the air Special

Otaru - The Otaru canal, lined by old brick and stone warehouses now used as museums and restaurants, offers visitors an atmosphere of nostalgia and romance enhanced by many historical buildings and delightful handicraft shops selling glassware and music boxes.
 

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Otaru s main Japan Railway Station. Otaru Station is about 35 minutes from Sapporo in the Hakodate L...
Otaru's main Japan Railway Station. Otaru Station is about 35 minutes from Sapporo in the Hakodate Line. Rapid trains connect Otaru, via Sapporo, with New Chitose Airport.
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Otaru charms. Music boxes  clocks and colourful Tiffany lamps.
Otaru charms. Music boxes, clocks and colourful Tiffany lamps.
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A walk along Miyaku-dori Shopping Arcade is a pleasant experience because of the variety of stores i...
A walk along Miyaku-dori Shopping Arcade is a pleasant experience because of the variety of stores including charming tea-houses, souvenirs shops, glassware, music boxes and even seafood!
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Music boxes in the shape of Nigiri-sushi  surrounded by a multitude of  Lucky Maneki Neko  cats. Man...
Music boxes in the shape of Nigiri-sushi, surrounded by a multitude of "Lucky Maneki Neko" cats. Maneki Neko (literally "beckoning cat") is one of the most common lucky charms in Japan. Its purpose is to attract business and promote prosperity. They call customers to come into the store.
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Near the Otaru Canal is Sakaimachi Street. Sakaimachi-Dori has several historic buildings  stores se...
Near the Otaru Canal is Sakaimachi Street. Sakaimachi-Dori has several historic buildings, stores selling glassware and music boxes, and many seafood shops offering live crabs, scallops and oysters.
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Chuo-Dori. Otaru s Main Street; links the Japan Railway Station and the Otaru Canal.
Chuo-Dori. Otaru's Main Street; links the Japan Railway Station and the Otaru Canal.
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The picturesque Otaru Canal is very popular with artists who line the walkway near the Asakusa Bridg...
The picturesque Otaru Canal is very popular with artists who line the walkway near the Asakusa Bridge to paint the canal. Top, right, is the Chuo Bridge.
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“Rokkatei” of Hokkaido - Otaru store. Rokkatei fine confectionery is a very prestigious brand in...
“Rokkatei” of Hokkaido - Otaru store. Rokkatei fine confectionery is a very prestigious brand in Japan and other countries in Asia. Note the signs on the left and the pile of boxes on the right showing the beautiful floral designs of Hokkaido-born botanist and graphic artist Naoyuki Sakamoto (1906-1982). (No advertisement intended).
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“Marusei” Butter Cookies  a confection made with a mix of Hokkaido butter  California raisins  a...
“Marusei” Butter Cookies, a confection made with a mix of Hokkaido butter, California raisins, and white chocolate, sandwiched with butter biscuits. Floral designs by Japanese botanist and painter Naoyuki Sakamoto. (No advertisement intended).
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The Otaru Canal is the symbol of the city. The old brick and stone warehouses used during the herrin...
The Otaru Canal is the symbol of the city. The old brick and stone warehouses used during the herring fishing period have been converted to restaurants and museums.
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The Otaru Canal is a symbol of the city. At night  the old-style gaslights (now electric)  illuminat...
The Otaru Canal is a symbol of the city. At night, the old-style gaslights (now electric), illuminate the stone stairs and canal-side promenade, providing a nostalgic, romantic atmosphere.
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Beautifully decorated music boxes are one of the trademarks of the town of Otaru. The quality of Ota...
Beautifully decorated music boxes are one of the trademarks of the town of Otaru. The quality of Otaru music boxes is recognized all over Japan.
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Sakaimachi Dori in Otaru  Hokkaido.
Sakaimachi Dori in Otaru, Hokkaido.
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