Otaru is a nostalgic port town grew rapidly since the 1880s, a number of major trading companies and banks opened branch offices. This city has overtaken Sapporo in population during the Meiji period. Today the historic buildings and stone warehouses still remain throughout the city.
TO DO 01
Seeking Out the Whisky & Fishing History in Yoichi
Just 20km west of Otaru, the engaging town of Yoichi is a main gateway to the Shakotan Peninsula and on the route for Niseko. The main attractions here are the Scottish-style whisky distillery and the old fishing houses.
TO DO 02
Fruit Picking in Yoichi & Niki
With many kajuen (orchards) scattered the countryside between Yoichi and Niki, so you can experience fruit picking from mid June to early November. It is worth stopping to stroll if you are passing.
TO DO 03
Cruising the Coastlines in Bikuni
A 40-minute underwater observation ship New Shakotan-go runs around the scenic coasts and islands from late April to October.
TO DO 04
Hiking the Ridges along Shimamui Coast
The northernmost area of Shakotan Peninsula, Shimamui Coast boasts clear cobalt blue ocean with panoramic viewpoints.
TO DO 05
Admiring the Shakotan Blue Ocean on Kamui-misaki
Shakotan Peninsula’s most favorite pocket, Kamui-misaki is a 100m-high impressive rocky cape overlooking clear blue ocean.
TO DO 06
Following the Coastal Byway on Western Shakotan
If you are traveling along Shakotan’s scenic western coast, the rocky hallowed ground of Sai-no-kawara, Benzaima coastal bridges and the picturesque island Benten-jima are good stopover points.