Otaru Sakaimachi Street
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10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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J&S_Singapore
Singapore, Singapore3,914 contributions
Oct 2022
Sakaimachi Street-dori (境町通り) is an attractive, preserved merchant street in central Otaru with many impressive Western style buildings. This shopping street is close to the JR Otaru Station, and a short walk from the Iconic canal area, just going northeast direction. The north entrance is just at the east of Bank of Japan Otaru Museum. The length of the one-way street about 900 meters.
We were here on a Saturday morning, after traveling from Niseko. We started off at the south entrance which is a five-street intersection, and called Meruhen-Kôsaten. In front of the intersection, there is an orgel shop (Orgel Doh Co.,Ltd.) in the old building and the steam clock in front of the shop is popular spot for photo taking. Here that’s the famous Music Box and also Hello Kitty shop! We spent quite some time in both shops and gotten some great buys especially the Music Box (separate article). Moving down the streets there are glass craft workshops that represent Otaru, western sweets shops and others. We are particularly interested in the food and souvenirs portion; Next to Rokkatei Otaru Canal Shop is the Kitakaro Otaru Main Shop. Kitakaro is a famous sweets shop for items such as the Hokkaido Kaitaku Okaki. Another popular item is the Baumkuchen Mori no Yousei. And of course there is the LeTAO Main Store with its nice café at Level 2! A few sushi stores also lined the street; Tatsumi sushi, Otaru takeno sushi & Fuji sushi... There is also the 北一硝子三号館 (Kitaichi Glass Emporium 3), a superb lovely handmade glass crafts shop in the 1891 warehouse where one will find everything from mug cups to accessories. We also dropped by the Tourist Info Center to grab a few maps, will be useful for our free-and-easy next time here!
We find the street offerings all forms of shopping and food rather unique to Otaru, and connected with Otaru and its history Definitely a pleasant spending time here, will be on our revisit List when in Hokkaido!
Written 10 November 2022
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jennyng86
Singapore, Singapore3 contributions
May 2020 • Family
Been here twice during our self drive trip in last nov...shops here sellling special items like classic DIY musicial box... perfect scenery with good japaness food. A MUSt go place in otaru...
Written 2 May 2020
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Celine A
Metro Manila, Philippines156 contributions
Oct 2019
Visited with family. Best to visit right after breakfast.

Pros:
1) The streets of Otaru are quiant, clean, and interesting lined with mouth blown glass shops, musical boxes, Japanese matcha shops, local restaurants, traditional desserts, museum, arts and crafts.
2) With a wide variety of shops and restaurants, one will not leave empty handed nor hungry.
3) Walk leisurely, you will find the shops interesting.
4) A famous ice cream shop called Kita No is in Otaru. It has peculiar flavours such as seaweed and squid ink.
5) Easy to navigate

Cons:
1) Allot at least 1 full day to get a good experience of the place. Though the streets are quiant, the train station is quite a walk.

Highly recommended!
Written 8 April 2020
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Marco Grava
Rome, Italy834 contributions
Feb 2020
What should I say? Just a very nice old street converted into a shopping street packed with shops, some of them interesting, some others full of merchandise that sells well among tourists, and restaurants. For me it was good just for a stroll
Written 25 February 2020
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Woo
7 contributions
Dec 2019 • Family
This is my favourite area in Otaru, my family can easily spend 2 whole days there sampling snacks from the various shops that offer samples for trying before buying.

We are also never sick of getting our favourite extra thick green tea ice cream from the specialty green tea sweets shop Sawawa.

We love looking at the various music boxes, there are 2 places- one is more of a music box shop specializing in selling music boxes, we prefer the other one in a building across from it that is more of a museum, they not only have various music boxes on display, they also explain (in Japanese) and play some of the antique pieces during their mini tour (its free, happens after their music box concert, also free). Then there is another much smaller shop that offers music box making. My kids really enjoyed choosing the onarments to glue on and decorate their chosen type of music box.

Glass blowing experience is also fun and interesting for my 10 year old. For smaller kids they can try dragon ball glass bead making instead. This is where you get to use a very small flame to melt and shape the glass into an animal or any design of your choice. Actually the staff mostly just lift the kid's hand and do all the work but still my 6 year old kid enjoyed the experience alot.

Last but not least, Saichaimachi street has so many restaurants we are always spoilt for choice. There was never a worry about where or what to eat but if we still have space in our stomach to take in more food. We love Seafood Bowl En for its reasonable price and generous seafood in a bowl.
Written 11 February 2020
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Amirul Afiq
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia46 contributions
Dec 2019 • Business
Donburi Chaiya is muslim friendly restaurant. Here we can get souveniors. Visit steam clock and music box museum. All in one street! Comboooo. And not so far from Otaru Station and along the way to Otaru Canal Cruise.
Written 26 January 2020
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Angelightz
Singapore, Singapore100 contributions
Dec 2019
There isn't much shopping to be done in Otaru except for the Sakaimachi shopping street where you can find lots of quaint shops selling unique and handmade Japanese crafts and snacks. This is where the famous Music Box Museum and Kitaichi Glass Museum are located, as well as other quaint cottages selling exquisitely handmade music boxes, glass crafts, accessories and other specialty souvenirs. Prices are a bit high but it's worth to bring back a memory of Otaru. There are also no lack of eateries along these streets. But walking in the winter cold in this seemingly endless street is quite a physical challenge. Do drop by the famous Letao shop, their signature cheese cookies are worth every mouthful!
Written 6 January 2020
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M. San
68 contributions
Dec 2019
It was getting dark at 3pm ++ but with snow on the road and white everywhere, it was a totally different world. It was beautiful.
Written 30 December 2019
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Natalia T
Singapore, Singapore2,233 contributions
Oct 2019
This is a busy street in Otaru, with lots of shops selling souvenirs, snacks, clothes and lots of other stuff. Lots of tourists around.
Written 17 December 2019
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Phi Somchai
Bangkok, Thailand3,652 contributions
Nov 2019 • Family
This is the busiest street in Otaru. Lots of historical restored buildings on both sides of the roads. The shops here are selling souvenirs, food and snacks.
Written 5 December 2019
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