The city of Otaru is a popular tourist destination on the island of Hokkaido, directly overlooking the beautiful Bay of Ishikari.

Otaru is certainly a favourite place on Hokkaido because here we find a beautiful sea framed by mountains and fine cuisine. Otaru could be called the city of sushi with its 130 restaurants that delight us with excellent fresh fish and delicious local beer. The sea in summer and the winter snow, in places like the Otaru Aquarium Ski Resort, (accessible by cable car), guarantee tourism all year round. Otaru is a Japanese city with a mix of ethnic groups and cultures. The canal is something of a symbol, with its beautiful and scenic stroll along the old warehouses.

Not to be missed:

• The Nishin Goten, residence of a wealthy fishery tycoon

• A romantic walk by the Otaru canals

• Sushi in Otaru