3 must-see places in Otaru - Hokkaido

Otaru is a famous port town located across from Ishikari Bay, in Hokkaido Prefecture. This place used to be a place of very prosperous development until the first half of the 20th century, featuring the Otaru water canal system and classical architecture, giving us the feeling of living and experiencing Japan in the past century ago.

Mar 16, 2023 - 12:30
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3 must-see places in Otaru - Hokkaido

Referring to Otaru cuisine, we will immediately mention sushi dishes, because this place is famous for hundreds of places, restaurants and eateries specializing in sushi. So what's more interesting about Otaru cuisine, and what are some special places that tourists can't miss when coming here? We will explore together in this article!

1. Triangle market - famous seafood market
As soon as you get off JR Otaru station, visitors should immediately visit the triangle market - which specializes in providing fresh seafood, just caught by fishermen, and countless quality seafood dishes. The market is built right on a gentle slope, so visitors just need to walk along the slope to discover all the features of the market with shops lined up close together.

If it is not convenient for you to buy fresh seafood, then do not forget to enjoy the taste of these typical seafood dishes. There are many shops that both provide seafood and process dishes at the request of diners at a very affordable cost. For example, the Takinami Shokudo store, with more than 70 years of business in the market - where visitors can find for themselves the best dishes.

  • More information:
    Address: Address: 3-10-16 Inaho, Otaru, Hokkaido
    Phone number: 0134-23-1426
    Access: 1 minute walk from JR Otaru . Station

2. Come to Ryuho to taste the unique Ankake Yakisoba
Ankake Yakisoba are quite popular dishes in Otaru, they started to become popular in the third decade, during the Showa period. Ankake Yakisoba is actually a type of fried noodles with a special salty sauce, with the perfect combination of meat, seafood and vegetables.

If you want to enjoy the authentic taste of Ankake Yakisoba, then come to Ryuho - which is considered to be the place with the most unique Ankake Yakisoba. However, under the development of society, there have been many variations of Ankake Yakisoba, with various processing methods and different flavors.

  • More information:
    Address: Address: 449 Inaho, Otaru, Hokkaido
    Phone number: 0134-23- 9918
    Access: 8 minutes on foot from JR Otaru Station.

3. Half fried chicken at Naruto Main restaurant
Fried chicken dishes, fried chicken must have been not too strange to any visitor. But did you know, half fried chicken is considered one of the specialty dishes, the culinary soul of Otaru. True to the name of the dish, half fried chicken is only half fried, the other half is just fried. But it is this uniqueness that has created a popular dish that is loved by everyone. The deep-fried young chicken parts are dark brown, crispy skin, plump meat fibers, bold meat sweetness is the flavor that the dish brings.

A very famous place for this half fried chicken is Naruto Main restaurant. If you visit the restaurant in the afternoon or evening for a meal, then you should choose the menu called Wakadori Set Meal, with a full meal including half fried chicken, thighs, steamed rice, miso soup and pickles.

  • More information:
    Address: Address: 3-16-13 Inaho, Otaru, Hokkaido
    Phone number: 0134-23-3280
    Access: 5 minutes on foot from JR Otaru . Station
    Website: http://otaru-naruto.jp/naruto/index.html
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