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3-63 Shukutsu, Otaru 047-0047, Hokkaido
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Reviewed 20 October 2018 via mobile

The house and garden of a rich herring family was very interesting because of the quality and features of its build. It was one of the highlights of Otaru away from the commercial main tourist street.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 30 July 2018 via mobile

This was the home of the boss of the herring boats in otaru. You'll see pictures of the herring catch that provided the funds to build this home. They allow you to walk the rooms and see belongings of the owner and wife. Ajisai flowers...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed 2 June 2018 via mobile

I was impressed by the villa, it made by woods and well decorated with paintings and furniture. It is not allowed to take any pictures inside the villa. Can buy the entrance tickets using vending machine. Now is the season for peonies, although not in...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank lowc976
Reviewed 7 May 2018

Its a really nice house, and nice to experience the story behind the daughter and the father who built the house, as he had another house in Otaru. Worth a visit.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank helgamog
Reviewed 13 April 2018

This beautifully constructed house and garden, with some priceless pieces of furniture and art, are well worth seeing. Screens, carved and inlaid wood, and other elements are museum-quality. Little English is spoken but there is a printed pamphlet. The #10 bus in front of the...More

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank WIllied425
Reviewed 21 October 2016

Otaru Kihinkan, Shukutsu 小樽貴賓館(旧青山別邸) The Old Aoyama Villa, a Herring Mansions which was built by one of the wealthiest fishermen in the Taisho Era (1912-1926), it took 6 and half years to completed in 1923. Worth visited place in Otaru. Fully recommend to come if...More

Date of experience: October 2016
6  Thank Cheng C
Reviewed 15 September 2016

You can get here on the local bus form the centre of the city or via taxi. This villa is a must see and your senses will be awaken just to see such a beautiful villa, its surrounding gardens and the workmanship that has gone...More

Date of experience: September 2016
2  Thank Paul A
Reviewed 24 July 2016

We traveled here in Summer with a group and unfortunately at the time we arrived so did several other large tour groups, so it was a little crowded. However it was still a lovely visit and we were glad to see something so lovely. The...More

Date of experience: June 2016
1  Thank Kate M
Reviewed 13 July 2016 via mobile

Don't bother visiting if you're not Asian. We waited to be attended. The staff ignored us while waiting on and serving others. So blatantly racist toward us. There are so many other places to go where you won't be treated like this.More

Date of experience: July 2016
4  Thank T9194LCjuliag
美智夫 佐, マネージャー at Otaru Kihinkan, responded to this reviewResponded 22 July 2018
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その節はお客様のご気分を害してしまい、申し訳ございませんでした。 弊社は世界各国様々なお客様がいらっしゃいますが、お客様...More

Reviewed 29 May 2016

The Aoyamas made their fortune in the herring business but Masakichi and his daughter Masae had very sophisticated sense of beauty which is reflected in all aspects of the construction, decoration and furnishings of this villa. In addition, it is surrounded by three beautiful gardens...More

Date of experience: May 2016
1  Thank Francoise1948
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25 July 2016|
Response from Kate M | Reviewed this property |
I don't know that, we were on a pre-purchased cruise tour.
25 July 2016|
Response from Kate M | Reviewed this property |
I am sorry I don't know that. We were on a pre-purchased tour with our cruise ship, that took us from port to the venue.