Otaru Canal

Otaru Canal imageOtaru Port developed as doorway of Hokkaido reclamation. We unloaded using barge (daisen), but quantities of load to handle increased, and need to perform carrying task effectively came out to the offing by big ship in those days night. It is "Otaru Canal" that there was by filling up sea level to lengthen distance that lighter can come alongside the pier.

As Otaru Canal is completed in 1923 and we fill up offing of the shore and were made not canal which digs the inland, and was crowded, what curve not straight line gently characterizes.

However, the times change, and the mission will tell the end by maintenance of wharf (futou) quay of port if it becomes after the war.

In 1986, canal filled up a part after debate over landfill for more than ten years, and half of width became road, and paths of walk and town garden was reborn as maintained current figure.
Full length of canal is 1,140m, and, as for the width, as for the part along Rinkosen Street, 20m, the northern part (under an alias: north canal) become 40m on the way with being original.
63 gaslights are installed in walk road and Ishizukurisokogun along canal is left as figure at the time and is reused in restaurants.
We burn, and Ishizukurisokogun is lighted up, and, at dusk, gaslight creates atmospheres different in the daytime.


The north canal where figure same as old days remainsOtaru Canal to burn gaslightOld Otaru CanalCanal where flirting ice was put on

We perform gaslight repair construction of Otaru Canal. (we remove the north canal.)

With gaslight repair construction of Otaru Canal, we perform work in walk road in the following schedules (except Sunday).

  • From Monday, December 9, 2019 to 25th Wednesday
  • From the middle of February, 2020 to the middle of March (plan)

Walk road is passable, but please be careful.

In addition, there is all no night gaslight lights out as it is daytime work.

  • Contact information: Otaru construction Management Department business room business section, telephone: 0134-54-7670

Facility information

FenceFence is doing white birch which is tree of city in motif.




MonumentThere are three monuments along the canal.




Walk roadIn the walk road, dice-formed granite is buried in ginkgo design.




ReliefRelief about history of Otaru is fitted in four pocket space.




Asakusa Bridge town gardenPhotography spot includes tourist information center in famous Asakusa Bridge town garden, too.




Otaru YukiakarinomichiIt becomes venue of event Otaru Yukiakarinomichi in winter.




Neighboring information



It is an 8-minute walk from JR Otaru Station



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