Otaru is a port and city in Shiribeshi Subprefecture (Hokkaido Islabd, Japan) located northwest of Sapporo. The port faces Ishikari Bay, and has long served as the bay's main port. With many historical buildings, Otaru is a very popular tourist destination. A canal with Victorian-style street lamps runs through the city. Otaru attracts a large number of Japanese and Russian visitors.
As of July 31, 2011, the city has an estimated population of 131,700 with 67,300 households and a population density of 542 persons per km² (1,403 persons per ml2). Otaru's total area is 243.13 km2 (93.87 ml2). Although it is the biggest city in Shiribeshi Subprefecture, the capital of the subprefecture is the more centrally situated Kutchan.
A popular attraction on the city's west side is Nishin Goten (herring mansion). This big wooden building was created in 1897 and was once the house of a magnate of herring fishing industry, Fukumatsu Tanaka. It was initially built in nearby Tomari village and in 1958 moved from there. Visitors can see the difference between squalid conditions of the 1st floor sleeping quarters of 120 workers and ground floor luxury of magnate’s rooms.
Another notable building is Sakaushi residence, created by Yoshiya Tanoue, pupil of Frank Lloyd Wright. Another popular spot is the Tomioka Catholic church. Lots of the buildings have been titled as landmark architecture. In nearby Asarigawa Onsen village a new boutique resort that caters for outdoor leisure activity is under development by Wisbey brothers, scheduled for completion 2017. Otaru is famous for its beer. Otaru Beer, next to the canal, is a restaurant with medieval theme. The city is also known for its fresh sushi. Otaru has substantial bazaars and shopping arcades, though fewer than nearby Sapporo. Its prominent industries are arts and crafts like musical boxes and studio glass.
Highlights: Sapporo, Otaru Aquarium, Ainu Museum, Historical Village of Hokkaido
The Otaru cruise port map is interactive. It shows the port's exact location, along with the real-time cruise ship traffic (if any) in its vicinity - today, and right now. By zooming-out you can see other cruise ship ports located near Otaru, Japan.
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Port Otaru cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Otaru, Japan. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
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