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Otaru Kihinkan

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Address: 3-63 Shukutsu, Otaru 047-0047, Hokkaido
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Beautiful historical building 傳統的日本建築物

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... read more

Reviewed 26 October 2015
Wing L
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Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan, Malaysia
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68 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 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 you interested. - Open hours: 9:00~17:00,fees : ¥1080 (I think its closed on winter Nov-... More 

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Maldon, United Kingdom
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283 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
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 into making this place. When it was built no expense was spares. Afterwards take a... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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30 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 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 area is kept beautifully. We enjoyed learning more about the history of the building, the... More 

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San Diego, California
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45 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 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.

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San Francisco, California
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115 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
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 (a peony a garden which was in full bloom when I visited in late May),... More 

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Makati, Philippines
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36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 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 bloom once in the ideal season. Cons: A bit far and you have to research... More 

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China
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 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 is the traditional Japanese building with Japanese garden. The building is detailed with some Chinese... More 

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Whitehorse, Canada
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437 reviews
148 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 201 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 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 and if you are not into architecture or Japanese art and older houses, don't bother.... More 

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Aomori, Japan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 264 helpful votes
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 over 30 feet, wonderfully intricate shoji screens, etc. Words don't do justice...you've got to see... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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1,110 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 351 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 July 2015

What it's worth seeing is the former Aoyama Family Villa, not the Kihinkan Restaurant. Unlike the Otaru City “Nishin Goten” or herring mansion which is a large work house, the former Aoyama Family Villa is a real luxury mansion completed in 1923 after six and a half years of construction period by the Aoyama family that amassed their fortune from... More 

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