Otaru—Hokkaido’s most scenic city

Otaru is a city and port in Shiribeshi Sub-prefecture, Hokkaido, Japan, northwest of Sapporo. It is not popular outside of Japan but which is famous locally as it is the home of a fantastic arts scene which also features a glass blowing industry. Otaru has a lot of seafood staple and this means that you can enjoy on some of the most mouth watering sushi in the region.

Otaru Canal is a famous sightseeing spots in Hokkaido. Otaru canal was built in 1923 and is bordered by a walkway which you can stroll during the day, when artist present their art works to the passing tourist, and when it is evening, vintage style gas lamps are lit that provides a romantic atmosphere and releasing an old world vibe. You can also take to the water on a canal boat which takes around 40 minutes if you want to view the city from a different angle. The canal also serves as the main site of the town’s Snow Light Path Festival. Aside from the Otaru canal, the city is also well known as one of the main glass producing parts of Japan and it is famous for its glass balls and oil lamps which originally used in the fishing industry. Though in modern times, the glass industry now also produces a range of decorative items and there are glass workshops dotted around the town which make great places to shop for souvenirs. You may enroll to a class here and pick up the skills on how to blow your own glass pieces. Kitaichi Glass is the most famous spots in the city for its handmade glass pieces which has crystals and are sold all over Japan.

 

Where to Stay?

Finding a place to stay for a long term basis in Otaru is easy but the problem is that a lot of accommodations are already taken or you may need to travel from one place to another in order to just find a place to stay. If ever you can find one online, you still need to travel in order to settle the paperwork you need in order to stay in an apartment on a long term basis. However, it is easy to eliminate these problems with KaguAruoo.

KaguAruoo offers something that others do not have, a way for the landlords and the tenants to communicate and process transactions in the most convenient way. You can directly communicate with the landlord through their in-app messaging so having no Japanese contact number is not a problem. All transactions are also processed through the website such as the payment and the contract signing.

The website is also very foreigner-friendly as most of the landlords can also speak English and KaguAruoo itself have their own English Support Team. So if you are looking for an apartment to stay wherever in Japan, KaguAruoo is your place to go.