Otaru Canal the romantic place that i knew trough japan movie 'Love Letter', but this canal have their own history. Otaru Canal, 1140m in length and 40m in width, was completed in 1923 after nine years of construction work. At first, the canal was crowded with bargeｓcarrying coal or marine products.
Around that time, many stone warehouses were built to store these goods. But after the piers were built at Otaru Port, enabling goods to be carried directly from ships onto trucks, the canal fell into disuse and the water became stale and smelly. At first, the city planned to fill in the entire canal and build a road over it. But citizens resisted the plan, and ten years later, in 1986, the city finally gave in and agreed to preserve the canal.Though it had already been partly filled in, most was left intact. Walking paths were built alongside, and 63 gas lights were installed. Now Otaru Canal is a popular tourist destination. The old stone warehouses have been turned into restaurants, shops, and museums.
When i was there, the temp was -5.8. I can't stay longger.
I enjoy viewing snow candle light reflecting on Otaru Canal Water and along the verge of the path