Otaru is a port city on the coastline of Ishikari Bay, which joins to the Sea of Japan, on the island of Hokkaido and is north west of the nearby Sapporo. Otaru is both a popular tourist destination and satellite city of Sapporo, with many residents driving the 25 minutes to Sapporo each day for work. Otaru attractions include the Nishin Goten (mansion), a large wooden building constructed in 1897 and once the home to the herring fishing magnate Hunkumatsu Tanakaa. Other Otaru attractions include the nearby ski fields. Otaru is famous for its fresh sushi and Otaru Beer.
Otaru, Hokkaido Prefecture.
Otaru is indicated by the red marker.
For a larger version of this map see: Otaru Map
Author: Craig Fryer