Otaru is a popular tourist destination representative of Hokkaido Prefecture, where history and emotional cityscapes make an impact. There are many sightseeing spots where you can enjoy nostalgic landscapes, including historic buildings such as the stone warehouses, as well as the Otaru Canal. This harbor town is home to some delicious sushi, but Otaru also has a variety of souvenirs, including other types of seafood, classic confectioneries, and glassware. After leisurely enjoying sightseeing tours, how about choosing souvenirs? Next, we will introduce popular souvenirs recommended in Otaru.
Beautiful Otaru Glass, "Kitaichi Glass"
Kitaichi Glass is a well-established glass manufacturing company located in Otaru City, Hokkaido. There are several stores in the city, offering many beautiful Otaru glass products. Among the stores, the “Kitaichi Glass Building Number Three,” full of highlights such as a fantastic floor lit with oil lamps and an abundance of handmade glass products lined up. Japanese glass products, stained glass, accessories, and so on are recommended for souvenirs.
There is also a cafe in the hall, where you can taste coffee and delicious sweets in an atmospheric setting. In the “Kitaichi Glass Garden Store” you can also experience glass carving, so how about one for an elegant memory?
- Spot name: Kitaichi Glass Building Number Three
- Street address: 7-26 Sakai-cho, Otaru-shi, Hokkaido
- Access: About 10 minutes on foot from JR Minami Otaru Station
Souvenir Shopping at Otaru Station
"Ekinaka Mart Tarche" located on the premises of JR Otaru Station features a vast selection of local gourmet treasures, not only from Otaru, but neighboring areas, such as Niseko and Yoichi. Here you’ll find carefully selected local products, such as vegetables and dairy, marine products, sweets, and sake. It’s especially convenient as shoppers can easily buy seafood right by the station, without needing to go to the canal area of Otaru. Some seafoods are processed into smoked or bottled products, which are ideal for souvenirs.
Also, inside the store is a local authentic sushi shop called "Ise Sushi," where you can taste authentic sushi created by artisan chefs. Feel free to get a taste Otaru enjoying your shopping.
- Spot name: Ekinaka Mart Tarche
- Street address: Otaru station premises, Inaho 2-chome, Otaru
- Access: Immediately out of JR Otaru station