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Hokkaido Sights

Otaru Canal Glass Factory (Otaru Unga Kogeikan)

  • Ironai 2–1–19 Map It
  • Otaru
  • Industrial Site/Mill/Factory

Updated 09/20/2013

Fodor's Review

In the 19th century, Otaru craftsmen made glass buoys and gas lamps for the fishing fleets. Now you can blow your own colorful souvenirs (glasses ¥1,365, tumblers ¥1,785, candleholders ¥1,680) in 90 minutes. Advance reservations are necessary; your creations are ready for you to pick up the next day or can be shipped anywhere for ¥2,000. Touring the factory is free. Children over 10 are welcome to try their puff in the furnace room.

Sight Information


Ironai 2–1–19, Otaru, 047-0031, Japan

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Sight Details:

  • Free
  • Oct.–Mar., daily 9:30–6; Apr.–Sept., daily 9–7

Updated 09/20/2013


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