小樽運河 北海道 Otaru Canal Hokkaido JAPAN
Otaru Canal 小樽運河 was a central part of the city's busy port in the first half of the 20th century. Large vessels were unloaded by smaller ships, which then transported the goods to warehouses along the canal.
The canal became obsolete when modern dock facilities allowed for direct unloading of larger vessels. Thanks to a citizens' movement, a part of the canal was beautifully restored in the 1980s instead of being landfilled, while the warehouses were transformed into museums, shops and restaurants.
The canal makes for a pleasant stroll during the day, when artists present their works to passing tourists, and during the evenings when old fashioned Victorian-style gas lamps are lit and provide a romantic atmosphere.The town's nostalgic, old-fashioned mood is enhanced by its architecture and layout. A beautiful large canal flows through it.
The city attracts a large number of Japanese tourists as well as Russian and Chinese visitors.
Otaru is well known for its beer, and Otaru Beer, next to the canal, is a popular restaurant with a medieval theme. Otaru is also known for the freshness of its sushi. The town also has substantial shopping arcades and bazaars, but fewer than nearby Sapporo.
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撮影地 : 北海道 撮影日 : 2014/10/16