Our 1st trip to Otaru was a cold April evening 7-8 years ago, after a day of flying, and me struck down by a terrible migraine attack. Honestly speaking my memory of Otaru was the Otaru Canal at night and nothing else~
While waiting for the scheduled hotel bus we took some photos around the Piano hotel.
|Lovely snowy mountains|
|Hotel church where by Hokkaido natives hold their weddings?|
|J enjoying the snow~|
|Lots of snow in his hands~|
|He had such good memories of the place, especially the fun with the snow~|
The hotel bus would bring us back to Otaruchikko JR station and from there we took the train for 1 station to reach the main Otaru Station. 1st thing we saw at the station was a store selling the famous LeTao cheesecakes. Had some in Sapporo station and it was decently good. Yet many things in Hokkaido taste good~ As we traveled along the main street from JR station to the canal we walked past many shops selling all sorts of seafood and desserts...
|LeTao... sounds like 乐到 to me!|
|Random seafood shop selling all sorts of seafood don in the market around Otaru Station|
|Seafood and more seafood~|
|Quite expensive shop along the main street leading to the canal|
|How's this for a postcard?|
|J cannot keep his hands off the snow... -_-;|
|Many such godowns have been converted to restaurants and shops.|
|You can't go wrong with sushi in Hokkaido~ (unless you are allergic to seafood!)|
|One of the many shops in the godowns|
|Bear, little bear and .... bear-wannabe|
|Hidden street with lots of snacks like crepes, softees etc|
|Good sushi restaurant + good price tag coming right up!|
|Master at work!|
|Ika soba - basically noodle made of strips of fresh squid|
|Fabulous plate of sushi~|
To be honest having 2 sushi meals within hours was a bit too much. Was it worth it? I think the 1st meal could have been a small bowl of ramen instead. But hey~ whatever's in the stomach leave it in the stomach~ What we missed we just leave it for another day~
On our way back we went to Otaruchikko for our bus. Of course the kids were more interested in shopping at Wing Bay Otaru
We spent the new few hours shopping. I remember we spent alot of time in ABC Mart as the elder kids love shoes... Most of them have more shoes now than I ever had in my lifetime!
|J showing off the Pokemon toy we bought at a random shop|
Next day Sapporo!