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Otaru Kihinkan

3-63 Shukutsu, Otaru 047-0047, Hokkaido
+81 134-24-0024
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Impressive art and architecture

This beautifully constructed house and garden, with some priceless pieces of furniture and art, are... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
WIllied425
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BEDFORD
A place worth visit in Otaru

Otaru Kihinkan, Shukutsu 小樽貴賓館(旧青山別邸) The Old Aoyama Villa, a Herring Mansions which was built by... read more

Reviewed 21 October 2016
Cheng C
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Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan, Malaysia
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3-63 Shukutsu, Otaru 047-0047, Hokkaido
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+81 134-24-0024
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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

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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

6  Thank Cheng C
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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

2  Thank Paul A
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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

1  Thank Kate M
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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.

3  Thank Julia G
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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

1  Thank Francoise1948
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Reviewed 28 May 2016

I like old buildings, old houses, and I do make it a point to try and visit at least one whilst in a new place. Pros: If you are into old houses, architecture, interior decorations, history, nice rock garden and I bet the flowers would...More

3  Thank cuh888
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Reviewed 27 October 2015

Japan is a country which can keep/maintain the historical building in a good conditon. The tour guide book does not mention much about this sightseeing. It is not easy to travel bus to get there and the bus service is not frequent too. The building...More

1  Thank Wing L
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Reviewed 10 September 2015

It's a bit of a trek to get out here from Otaru. Information was quite adamant about taking 2 different buses in and out but the bus driver told me he would go back to the train station and he did! Admission is also expensive...More

1  Thank tropicalnorth
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Reviewed 13 August 2015

Kyu Aoyama Bettei is an exquisite early-20C Japanese house. The Aoyama family built the property using massive wealth gleaned in the heyday of Otaru's mackerel harvests. The house features amazing natural and man-made touches: lacquered floors, beautiful calligraphy and artwork, knot-free seamless wood beams stretching...More

3  Thank Andrew1234
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lomax7006
26 July 2016|
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Response from Kate M | Reviewed this property |
I don't know that, we were on a pre-purchased cruise tour.
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lomax7006
26 July 2016|
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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.
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