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The Best View and Dessert of Otaru



Fall in love with Japan since my first trip in 2012 and have visited the country 10 times exploring different places and their local food. 

If you want to discover some places of Otaru which are less commercialized, you should visit Mount Tengu and Otaru Canal Terminal. 


Mount Tengu, also called Mount Tenguyama, offers the bird’s eye view of Otaru city. Just a short cable ride to the peak of the mountain and I was surprised to see snow in summer time! On top of that, I get to take in the breathtaking view of the coastal city and feel the cool breeze from the Sea of Japan. This is one of the underrated observation spots in Hokkaido. 


Otaru Canal Terminal (bus station) is a hidden gem in Otaru area. Besides the function of a bus terminal, here offers many local dessert, souvenirs as well as antiques. The food you must try here includes a kind of local Japanese dessert called “panju (ぱんじゅう)”. Panju is similar to Malaysian kaya ball but they fill it with different types of fillings, such as red bean, rice cake & red bean, custard, chocolate, red bean paste with green tea, and caramel & cheese. This is the first time I tried panju in Japan. 

Other places of interest nearby includes:

Otaru Canal, Otaru Denuki Koji and Otaru Miyakodori Shopping District




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