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7 sweets and souvenir shops in Otaru handpicked by our writers!

7 sweets and souvenir shops in Otaru handpicked by our writers!

Date published: 9 July 2018
Last updated: 30 August 2018

Otaru is a popular city full of historical buildings and romance. Their main attraction, "The Otaru Canal", features many famous sweets and souvenir shops that can only be found in this area. This time we have picked 7 shops that we recommend you see when you visit Otaru. We will introduce sweets shops where take out is available so you can enjoy your treat while you walk around and enjoy the city skyline in search of all the unique souvenirs of Otaru.

Limited items at The LeTAO Main Store!

Limited items at The LeTAO Main Store!

The LeTAO Honten in Otaru, has a fascination with making cheesecake. Their "Double Fromage," a signature product, was inspired by their love of Japanese sweets. The head office is nestled in between the sightseeing spot Marchen Intersection and the Otaru Canal. This multi-level building is like a tower with their shop on the first floor, a cafe on the second floor, and an observatory on the third floor.

Check out the Tea room on the 2nd floor. You can enjoy your sweets while watching the famed "Marchen Intersection" from the windows.

The name of the store "LeTAO", is an acronym for the French phrase "La Tour Amitie Otaru" meaning "Beloved Otaru Tower." As its name suggests, LeTAO became the sweet shop loved by the people of Otaru, which celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2018.

They have many flavors that can only be tasted at their main office, such as freshly made "Nama Double Fromage" (972 yen with a drink set) that can be enjoyed with seasonal teas. Be sure to try their ice cream (from 360 yen) like the LeTAO Fromage.

Here we see the "Miracle mouth-watering set" for 1404 yen. This is a freshly made Nama Double Fromage (left) and their "Venetian Rendezvous" cheesecake (right) that tastes of a crème brûlée and can be tasted together with this Main Shop Limited Menu Item.

Hours: 9: 00a.m. ~ 6: 00p.m., cafe 9: 00a.m. ~ 5: 30p.m. (times may vary based on season)
Closed: Always open
Access: Five minutes on foot from JR Minami Otaru Station

The birthplace of the popular Baumkuchen: 'Kitakaro Otaru Honkan’

The birthplace of the popular Baumkuchen: 'Kitakaro Otaru Honkan’

A popular Japanese confectionary shop can be found in Kitakaro, a part of Sunagawa-shi, Hokkaido. Every day from Sapporo, New Chitose Airport, and Otaru, people flood to this shop to get their sugar fix with these products that are made with authentic Hokkaido materials.

One of the signature products of their store, the popular "Baumkuchen Fairy's Forest," (height 4 centimeters 1296 yen, 6 centimeters 1944 yen, 8 centimeters 2592 yen; photo is 6 centimeters) noted for its sweetness and moistness was first created at the commemoration of the opening of the Otaru Honkan.

The Baumkuchen is prepared by craftsmen that carefully bake each individual cake and has gained popularity as a souvenir as well as a gift for the seasons. Inside the cafe, you can enjoy the "Otaru Honkan Baumkuchen set" (515 yen) that includes Baumkuchen, ice cream, and a drink. This set is a seasonal treat available between May to October.

Upper left: Jumbo Cream Northern Dream Dome; upper right: Jumbo Pie Cream Dream Wonder; left bottom: "Chigiri cream biscuit" characterized by its flaky texture; lower right: soft serve ice cream that uses fresh cream and milk

The "Jumbo Cream Northern Dream Dome" (180 yen) is a delight that allows you to enjoy the crisp texture of biscuit dough with the rich flavors of custard and cream. This treat goes well side by side with the "Jumbo Pie Cream Dream Wonder" (180 yen). This cream puff has a mix of creamy fillings and is baked until crisp. Along with these items, there are a large variety of cream puffs with different textures and fillings to be enjoyed. If you are considering ordering takeout, we recommend the soft serve ice cream (360 yen) with its thick flavors, made with raw cream and fresh milk.

  • Kitakaro Otaru Main Shop
    北菓楼 小樽本館
    • Address 〒047-0027 北海道小樽市堺町7-22/7-22, Sakaimachi, Otaru-shi, Hokkaido, 047-0027, Japan
    • Phone Number 0134-31-3464

    Hours: 9:00a.m.-6:30p.m. (Last drink order 4:30p.m., last ice cream order 6:00p.m.),
    Winter Hours 9:00a.m.-6:00p.m. (Last drink order 4:30p.m., last ice cream order 5:30p.m.)
    Closed: January 1st
    Access: Ten minutes on foot from JR Minami Otaru Station

Check out these new products and limited menus at Rokkatei Otaru Canal Store!

Check out these new products and limited menus at Rokkatei Otaru Canal Store!

"Rokkatei" is popular among many Japanese-style confectioneries sticking to high-quality ingredients made in Hokkaido. At the Otaru Canal store, their big seller, "Marseille Butter Sand" (125 yen per piece), is available alongside many other Rokkatei products.

Take a look at our choice, the "Marseille butter cake" (125 yen each, photo below). This treat is a favorite regardless of age or gender, and as you can see is a sandwiched chocolate ganache on a buttery sponge, that has exploded with popularity since its release in 2016.

The shop is located on the first floor with a cafe space on the second. Their Snow Cheese Cake Biscuits feature crispy cocoa biscuits and baked cheesecake (photo: left one piece 200 yen) that come with an expiration date of only two hours after purchase! This store uses no additives making this a pick for an eat-in experience. Another great pick for this store is their ice cream "Pure Snow and Powder" (photo, right 300 yen).

  • Rokkatei Otaru Canal Store
    六花亭 小樽運河店
    • Address 〒047-0027 北海道小樽市堺町7-22/7-22, Sakaimachi, Otaru-shi, Hokkaido, 047-0027, Japan
    • Phone Number 0120-12-6666

    Hours: 9:00a.m.-6:00p.m.
    Closed: Always open
    Access: Ten minutes on foot from JR Minami Otaru Station

Visit Otaru`s representative pastry shop, "Otaru Amato"

Visit Otaru`s representative pastry shop, "Otaru Amato"

Established in 1929, the old-fashioned sweet shop "Otaru Amoto" set up its head office in a corner of the local shopping street known as the Otaru Shopping District. Here on the first floor you can purchase one of their signature items, the "Marron Colon" (1 piece 195 yen) as well as cakes and other goodies. The second floor is an aromatic coffee shop with a retro atmosphere.

Take a look at the "Marron Colon," a best seller with its crisp texture and harmony of chocolate.

"Cream Zenzai" (photo: Above S size 230 yen, M size 320 yen): This treat puts red beans and rice cake on top of ice cream and is a good choice for eating on the move as well as a good souvenir.

If you decide to spend time inside the coffee shop, why not taste the limited menu "Strawberry Cream Zenzai" (photo: Below S size 530 yen, M size 730 yen).

  • Otaru Amato
    小樽あまとう本店
    • Address 〒047-0032 北海道小樽市稲穂2-16-18/2-16-18,Inaho, Otaru-shi, Hokkaido ,047-0032,Japan
    • Phone Number 0134-22-3942

    Hours: 10:00a.m.-7:00p.m.
    Closed: Thursdays
    Access: Five minutes on foot from JR Otaru Station

If you are looking for Japanese sweets, head to the "Kasyo Otaru Nikuraya Hanazono Honten"

If you are looking for Japanese sweets, head to the "Kasyo Otaru Nikuraya Hanazono Honten"

Kasyo Otaru Nikuraya was established in 1895, and is an old-fashioned Japanese confectionery store rooted in Otaru. The Hanazono head office is in the downtown area near the Otaru Sushi Street.

Left: "Ishikura Kurumi Mochi" (1 piece 140 yen, tax not included). There is also the "Sesame topped with sesame flavor" seen here on the bottom left. On the top right you can see their "Hanazono three color dango," perfect for souvenirs as it has a long shelf life (3 pieces 360 yen, tax not included). Bottom right: Their new milk bean paste product "Light Snow Road" (one piece 120 yen, tax not included)

Their "Hanazono Dango" (one piece 90 yen, tax not included) is one of their items that can only be purchased in Otaru City. Another item, "Ishikura Kurumi Mochi," is made with the image of the stones piles found in Otaru city (one piece 140 yen, tax not included). They also have the popular winter item "Light Snow Road (Michi)" (one piece 120 yen, tax not included) named after the popular event in winter. These sweets make perfect souvenirs.

Whether you prefer to eat-in or take-out, we recommend their "Dorayaki Soft" (380 yen, tax included) topped with heavy cream made with Otaru water and Hokkaido milk with dorayaki peel and plenty of bean paste.

  • Kasyo Otaru Nikuraya Hanazono Honten
    菓匠小樽新倉屋 花園本店
    • Address 〒047-0024 北海道小樽市花園1-3-1/1-3-1,Hanazono, Otaru-shi, Hokkaido ,047-0024,Japan
    • Phone Number 0134-27-2122

    Hours: 9:30a.m.-6:00p.m.
    Closed: January 1st
    Access: Ten minutes on foot from JR Otaru Station

"Kitaichi Glass Building No.3," where you can enjoy sake at a fantastic tea room.

"Kitaichi Glass Building No.3," where you can enjoy sake at a fantastic tea room.

Here we can see "Kitaichi Glass," known as Otaru's representative glass crafts shop. Here we visited the main store in the city called "Kitaichi Glass Building No.3." This facility is a refurbished building which was previously used as a fishery warehouse more than 120 years ago. The building features the Kita Hall where there are167 oil lamps, themed areas such as Japanese, Western, and Country. There are lots of places to enjoy gourmet dishes as well as view glass products. In the hall you can enjoy delicious sweets, meals and drinks while listening to live piano performances from Monday to Friday with exceptions on holidays.

The second floor of the building has the "Japanese area." Here you can find items and instruments that arrange facets and sandblasts in contemporary style. The standard price starts at 850 yen, with high-end items ranging from tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands of yen.
In front: "Chopstick placer" (750 yen). Middle row left: "Medium bowl" (12500 yen). Middle row Right: "Beer Cup" (8800 yen). Rear row: "small bowl" (10500 yen), “small bowl (Basket)"(1296 yen)
Here we see the stained lamp corner on the 2nd floor of the "Western area." These exotic glass lamps are lined up throughout the area. The items in this area start at a price of 700 yen, but there are also high-end items costing one million yen or more.
Stained glass "Good night lamp." (10,000 yen)
In Building No. 3`s "Country area", you can purchase miniature glass that model animals in Hokkaido and glass products made by Otaru. The average item price in this area can be anywhere from 500 yen ~ 50,000 yen. Accessories such as miniatures are available from 300 yen.
The small lamp on the left side is the "Two-minute candle light" (5000 yen), the big lamp on the right side is the "Five-minute candle light" (6800 yen)
Left: The oil lamps in the hall are lit one by one starting at 8:45 every morning. Right: The popular hall item "Kita Ichi Milk Tea Soft Cream" 450 yen

Price: Free admission
Hours: 8: 45a.m. ~ 6: 00p.m. (Kitaichi Hall last order 5: 30p.m.)
Closed: Always open
Access: Ten minutes on foot from JR Minami Otaru Station

A selection of souvenirs in a fairytale world: "Otaru Orgel Doh Honkan"

A selection of souvenirs in a fairytale world: "Otaru Orgel Doh Honkan"

The Otaru Orgel Doh Honkan is a familiar photo spot facing the "fairy tale intersection." Here they exhibit and sell a number of music boxes that echo rich tones collected from all over the world including the Otaru Orgel.

They have over 25,000 items, with their music boxes ranging anywhere in price from 1000 yen (tax included) to around 20,000 yen. Luxury music boxes with more than 20,000 yen are sold on the second-floor. The most expensive music box is sold for the unimaginable price of 20 million yen. On the other side of the spectrum, small and affordable items such as magnets are available from around 324 yen (tax included).

You can take a short one minute walk from the store to find the "Otaru Music Box Hall Handmade Experience Studio" where you can create your own unique music box (about 1500 yen). Why not commemorate your trip to Otaru with a music box of your own?

Be sure to go to the Otaru Music Box Hall Handmade Experience Studio to create your very own music box.

Price: Free admission
Hours: 9:00a.m.-6:00p.m. (During July-September, on Fridays, Saturdays, and the day before holidays, hours are 9:00a.m.-7:00p.m.)
Closed: Always open
Access: Seven minutes on foot from JR Minami Otaru Station

*This information is from the time of this article's publication.
*Prices and options mentioned are subject to change.
*Unless stated otherwise, all prices include tax.

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