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Kitaichi Glass Otaru - Hokkaido

Kitaichi Glass Otaru ( 北一硝子 ) is known for its impressive collection of glassworks and its restaurant called Kitaichi Hall. It is  located at 7-26 Sakaimachi, Otaru City in Hokkaido Prefecture,  Japan . Kitaichi Glass Otaru Kitaichi Glass Otaru details Built sometime in 1891, Kitaichi Glass Otaru was once referred to as the Sangokan Warehouse . The current Kitaichi Glass No. 3 Building is a timber-framed stone-clad warehouse. The timber structure is made of Ezo and Todo pine, with cypress serving as the primary material underneath the floor. The exterior wall is made of soft Otaru stone. Soft stone makes a good wall material for warehouses because of its outstanding heat insulation qualities. Kitaichi Glass Otaru  - Otaru City, Hokkaido Prefecture It was originally used to store processed fish products such as dried herring but when the herring era ended the warehouse's function evolved based on the need of the time. Inside Kitaichi Glass Otaru The warehouse was converted into th

Sakaimachi Street - Hokkaido

Sakaimachi Street ( 堺町通り ) is a well-preserved 900-meter-long historic shopping street in Otaru City. It is located in Sakaimachi District in Otaru City, Hokkaido Prefecture, Japan . Sakaimachi Street Sakaimachi Street details Sakaimachi Street  is a charming destination in Otaru City,  Japan , that shouldn't be missed by any traveler. The street is lined with beautifully preserved merchant houses that date back to the late 1800s and early 1900s. These buildings are now converted into various shops, cafes, and museums, making it a great place to explore the city's rich history and culture. Sakaimachi Street - Otaru City, Hokkaido Prefecture For those who love shopping, Sakaimachi Street is a paradise. The street is filled with art galleries, souvenir shops, and handicraft stores that sell traditional Japanese goods such as pottery, glassware, and textiles. The Kimura Glass Shop is one of the most popular stores on the street, and visitors can watch artisans at work as they cr

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