Sakaimachi street and the Marchen intersection (or official known as "Sakaimachi intersection") are Otaru's leading sightseeing spots. On Sakaimachi street, there are many famous glass shops, souvenir shops, sweet shops and others including the famous Kitaichi Glass, and many tourists visit this street every single day. The Marchen intersection located at the end of Sakaimachi street is a five-track intersection where Otaru Music Box Hall, Otaru Pastry Shop Letao, Night Light etc. are located. The nearby "Steam Clock" tells the time every hour and plays a melody every 15 minutes.
To the Marchen intersection: Approx. 5 minutes by taxi from Grand Park Otaru
Along the 1km-long Otaru Canal, there are many nostalgic stone warehouses and buildings. In the nighttime, the gas lamps on the stone pavement and buildings along the canal are brightly lit, and you can enjoy a different view from the daytime. Otaru's scenery changes dramatically by the seasons, - colored by fresh green in summer, red leaves in autumn, snowy white in winter - you will enjoy beautiful scenery whenever you visit Otaru in different seasons. In recent years, the Canal is renowned as the event venue of "Otaru Snow Story" as well as the "Otaru Snow Light Path". On top of that, you can take a cruise boat on the canal and soak in a romantic atmosphere.
To the Otaru Canal (Asakusa Bridge): Approx. 7 minutes by taxi from Grand Park Otaru
"Mt. Tengu", an iconic symbol of Otaru, is a tourist attraction that has merited 1 star in the Michelin Green Guide Japon. The night view from the observation deck overlooking Otaru city is considered as one of "Hokkaido's three great night views" together with Mt. Hakodate and Mt. Moiwa. In winter, Mt. Tengu is also popular as a ski slope where skiers can enjoy oceanview and romantic night view in the night while skiing.
To the ropeway station: Approximately 15 minutes by car from Grand Park Otaru
The west end area of Otaru is designated as "Niseko Shakotan Otaru Coast Quasi-National Park" and there are many famous spots such as the very steep Akaiwa Cliff, strange-shaped Madoiwa Rock, and mysterious "Blue Cave". From the Shukutsu Panorama Observatory, you can overlook the beautiful coastline leading to Shakotan Peninsula. Also, during the summer, you can take some sightseeing boats to see the cliffs and the caves.
To Shukutsu Panorama Observatory: Approx 25 minutes by car from Grand Park Otaru