Otaru Sakaimachi Street
Otaru Sakaimachi Street
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10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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Anthony
Hong Kong, China20 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
We took the early morning train from Sapporo to Otaru Minami Station then walked to the Otaru JR Station where trains for Yoichi depart for our late afternoon Nikka Whisky tour. It was noon when we were at the canal. It was nice but not the “wow” as that in snowy wintery night photos. The best part of the walk was Sakaimachi Street. It is touristy but fun. You really want to spend time there, not to souvenir hunt, but to leisurely enjoy the local treats and crafts. We love LeTao and Kitaichi Glass. If you were to bring some home, it would be for their merits more so than as souvenirs.
Written 9 May 2024
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msquared
Kaneohe, HI532 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
This is a fun tourist attraction with lots of shops and food you can buy on the street. Some of the best candy and soft cream that you can get in Hokkaido. So much to do and see here it should have a PO to abroad variety of tastes.
Written 4 October 2023
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Phi Somchai
Bangkok, Thailand3,753 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
This is most lively area in Otaru. Lots of shops selling souvenirs and sweets. There also different dining outlets and dessert shops here.

You can easily spend half a day here to eat and shop.
Written 23 August 2023
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2001NH
743 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Great shopping up and down this street. Bustling with great stores, dessert shops, glass stores, seafood restaurants, jewelry stores, and more! Highly recommend a visit here while in Otaru
Written 5 July 2023
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Crofton M
Airlie Beach, Australia2,053 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
The street has some old buildings with a variety of shops and places to eat with plenty of things to see
Written 22 March 2023
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Franie
Manila, Philippines51 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Solo
Like a Christmas village in winter with the powdery snow and the shops. Its gets very busy with tourist groups coming back. I wish there were more things to do than shop though.
Written 27 February 2023
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J&S_Singapore
Singapore, Singapore5,289 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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, Philippines160 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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, Italy814 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
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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