Make your own glasswork; the only one in the world, in Otaru!
Otaru is a town in Hokkaido famous as a popular tourist spot in Japan, and also famous for craftworks. This is a tour to discover why it is called “the town of craftworks”.
You will make your own glasswork on this tour! An up-and-coming craftsman will teach you how to make one. Although it is a bit hot when you are crafting, the feeling after your work has done is beyond description!
You will also visit other kinds of craft and professional shops such as an embroidery shop, a candle shop and a “Soba” restaurant, a popular Japanese noodle made from buckwheat flour. You will be surprised by their passion and skill!
Don’t forget to book your trip to discover the “town of craftworks”!
・Make your own glasswork taught by an up-and-coming craftsman! The studio is a bit far from the tourist spot but your otomo guide will take you there so there is no need to worry about it. This is the only place where you can craft a glasswork while appreciating the beauty of the Sea of Japan.
・You will also get on a ferry boat! Seeing from the sea, you will find a totally new Otaru compared to being in the town. You can feed seagulls if you are lucky!
・Explore the spots known to those in the know! Your otomo guide will take you to spot not so famous but loved by locals.
・You will also hit a candle studio. These handmade candles are really beautiful! Maybe you can make one yourself!
・Try “Soba”, a popular Japanese noodle made from buckwheat flour! We will take you to a locally popular “Soba” restaurant.
・kim glass design: A glasswork studio of an up-and-coming craftsman who is becoming famous not only in Otaru but in Japan. You can make your own one of a kind glasswork here while you are watching the Ses of Japan.
・Otaru Ferryboat “AOBATO”: A ferryboat that will take you to Otaru from its harbor in the North. The town seen from in it is also beautiful, but from the ferryboat is magnificent! If you are lucky, you might see seagulls!
・OTARU TIMES GARDEN: A café located along Otaru Canal. It is really chilling here since you can watch the canal from the café and even relax on a hammock! Make yourself comfortable in your own way!
・Hataitou: A factory of “Tairyobata”, fishermen’s flags that are hoisted to indicate a big haul. Once you step in the factory, which is older than 140 years, you will see “Tairyobata” and towels and “Happi”, a traditional costume worn during festivals. There are many craftworks here supported by the craftsmen's skill here.
・Otaru Candle Studio: A shop specialized in candles. They have an extended lineup of candles from those they make it there to those from all over the world. There are many candles only available here, which will be a great souvenir! You can also make a candle yourself.
・Yabuhan: A “Soba” restaurant that is really popular among locals. “Soba” is a popular Japanese noodle made from buckwheat flour. The “Soba” you eat there in a traditional Japanese styled interior is the best of the best! You can choose between “Soba” that use only buckwheat flour produced in Hokkaido and the one that mixes flours produced in Japan and outside Japan.
・Please note that this tour is only available from the end of April till early October and that it is not available on Sundays and public holidays.
・The glasswork you will make in this tour will be sent to your place later. Both your place in your country and in Japan are available. Please confirm your address especially if you want to receive it at the place you stay in Japan.
・It is recommended that you bring a short-sleeve shirt since it is really hot when crafting your glasswork. Especially during the Summer, you won’t stop sweating.
・This tour includes a lunch/dinner venue.
・On Tuesdays ""Yabuhan"" is closed and on Wednesdays ""OTARU TIMES GARDEN"" is closed. If any of the scheduled places are closed on the day you visit, your tour guide will take you to an alternative location.
【How to get to Otaru】
From Sapporo: JR Hakodate Line or Airport express (Bounded for Otaru) 32min~46min JPY460
From New Chitose Airport: JR Airport express (Bounded for Otaru) 1h15min JPY1,780
The following expenses are not included in the tour fee. Please bring extra money to experience this tour to its fullest.
-Travel expenses and entrance fees (about JPY 1,000)
-Money for food, souvenirs and extra activities not mentioned in the explanation of the tour above.
By the ticket gate of Otaru Station, JR Line.