Friday, January 1, 2010
Otaru, a beautiful city of western Hokkaido also called 'The town of hills' for local people as there are some hills surrounding the city. It took me only 30 minutes by Kamuy express train from Sapporo and it was a quick visit to this port city famous for its canal. I didn't have enough time to visit the observation point on Mt. Tengu-yama to enjoy the wonderful panoramic view of Otaru and its port area though, still I enjoyed my half day scrolling down the famous Otaru canal and sushi-dori street. As I arrived at Otaru station, I just walked down the main street to Otaru Music box museum and enjoyed scrolling the streets with glassworks shops, coffee shops, restaurants lining up along the canal. The shops and buildings have distinctive and attractive architectures and when the night falls the lights and oil lamps are lit, creating even more charming sceneries. Walking down Otaru's streets, you will see some spots in Otaru used for filming some Japanese and Korean movies and serries.
Here are some photos from my half day visit in Otaru, a city of Hokkaido with lots of cafes full of irresistible sweets.
Main street of Otaru
Cafes along the street
Music box museum
The famous canal of Otaru
Night view from the canal
'The real drug store' in Otaru :)
Baikinman in Otaru
Almost forgot that it's New Year's day, Happy New Year to you all fellas!