Kitaichi Venetian Art Museum
Otaru had a thriving herring fishing trade. Glass buoys were used to light up fishing boats at night to attract herrings. A glass industry flourished in Otaru to support the herring trade. When the herring fishing industry declined in the 1950s, the makers of glass buoys diverted their business to produce refined glassware, as the demand for buoys plunged. Kitaichi Venetian Art Museum features a huge gondola in the middle of the ground floor, and on other floors there are recreations of affluent lifestyle of Renaissance-era Italy. Activities including the opportunity to dress in period costumes for memorial photograph, purchase Venice-imported glass items, and you can even take a rest in the cafe.