Otaru Museum Annex
Housed in a former warehouse, the exhibits in this museum show the history of the local herring fisheries, and how the city of Otaru developed.
Old Aoyama Villa
This magnificent structure was built by the Aoyama family, whose huge wealth was derived from herring fishing. Lavishly decorated and filled with artworks, the villa has been designated as a national tangible cultural asset.
Asahara Glass studio
This glass studio was established in 1900 by the great-grandfather of the present owner, Asahara Saiichiro. The studio makes a wide range of glass items, including traditional glass balls and fishing floats. Visitors can try their hand at glass-making if they reserve in advance.
From Shin-Chitose Airport, there is a rapid train service that takes about 90 minutes to reach Otaru.