After Otaru Aquarium, we came back to the town area and walked and looked around there little more having a break and shopping. Especially, a variety of local sakes at Tanaka Shuzou made us excited. Actually we got something great for our home and souvenir.
For the second night of our stay, we went to an izakaya restaurant Taimu in Renga Yokochou (Redbrick Alley) and the raclette served there was fantastic! It was not only authentic but also really tasty and nice; we loved the creamy rich melting cheese taste and touch. Topping it on the baguette was usual and of course, nice; but on shiitake mushroom was also juicy and delicious. It went very well with both beer and wine; so we had a great time.
We never can see and enjoy every sightseeing spots and attractions there with those short stay. I want to visit Otaru again someday in near future. Thank you Otaru! (End)
The first Saturday of August, Ms. N and I went to ALOHA YOKOHMA 2016 that had been held at OSANBASHI YOKOHAMA INTERNATIONAL PASSANGER TERMINAL also known as the Back of Whale. With our friend Mr. I, we totally enjoyed beers and foods featuring Hawaii, beautiful girls wearing like loco or in beach, talking, an art exhibition all under the summer blue sky, and also shopping.
(Especially, the girls made me feel hot more than the sun…)
We really spent a great time including the night after that, this year too. Thank you, ALOHA YOKOHAMA, see you next summer again!
Otaru Aquarium was our main purpose of this short travel. I would love this place when I was child and lived in Sapporo. It never had been changed and excited me as same as those days.
It locates very along the sea and has great ocean view worth visiting just to see that but it is only a part of many reasons making it so interesting and enjoyable aquarium. Especially, the Marine Mammal Park is remarkable; visitors can see variety of seals, steller sealions, penguins, and even a family of walrus at the many pules made in the rocky shore with original nature things and form.
The sea lions’ show is must see. It could be a spectacle not only with their large bodies and howls but also their abilities and powers; their diving and speed swimming and loud crapping could be a spectacle really overwhelmed us and told how they stood on the top of food chain of northern sea. But when we bought fish buckets (\1000 for large and \500 for small) and feed them, they even looked friendly dogs.
Marching penguins and walrus family were remarkable too. Penguins, actually they do nothing special and they are never well tamed even, but anyway, cute and devilish lovable. Father walrus Uchio is very smart and also have a sense of humor in its large body with the scaring ivories. We saw he had fun surprising a boy head-butting the glass wall. Baby girl walrus Sizuku was super pretty! She had gotten over 100 kilo grams in her first four months life and now maybe will get more, still, she could stay “sweet big baby” for a little while. (Never miss it.)
We saw Dolphin and Otaria show too; it was usual but fan to see, and left there to the downtown of Otaru again.
Otaru Sankaku Ichiba (Triangle Market) is obviously one of the best place to have fresh and tasty local sea foods; visitors can shop and eat a variety of fish from northern sea including some unusual and special of this area. Even having breakfast there could be a great activity; it must stuff and satisfy you amazingly and inexpensively.
It locates very next to Otaru station; it can be seen in the left from the exit so it is easy to go too. Ms. N and I actually had breakfast at Kawashima in the market and it was… really excellent, totally more than expected!
July 8th, Friday, Ms. N and I took a day off for each and went to Otaru, one of the most popular sightseeing cities in Hokkaido, for our weekend trip.
Otaru is famous with the canal, glass products, seafood, and its background it used to be a center of commerce and economic of the northland (as known as the Wall Street in Hokkaido) in the late 19th to the middle of 20th century; helped by Heling business first, and railroad later. After the World War II, it once declined but now hang on with tourism (the population keeps reducing though). Visitors can still feel and see a kind of the rest of the atmosphere of the era especially with the old stone built architectures standing in both sides of the streets or along the canal. Almost all of them were historical important buildings and reused with their original aspects for many deferent use such as museum, hotel, information center, shops, restaurant and café. Those are even lighted up in the night. It can be budget friendly for the municipality and also really good to preserve those old things for the future with the history and culture.
Hotel Vibrant Otaru we stayed this time is one of those historical building; it used to be a large bank. Not only the outside but also the inside is very dignified and tranquilized and beautiful.
We joined with my mother living in Sapporo and had a dinner at a local beer brewery’s restaurant served nice food and of course, its beer. We totally had great time but actually, Ms. N and I wanted to spent the time out drinking a little more after we sent my mother to her home. We did not know the fishermen town slept down earlylike that…
Born in Sapporo, Hokkaido and moved to Tokyo after graduated high school. Live in Yokohama with my partner Ms. N since 2004. Love movie, coffee, beer, watching soccer, taking pictures and learning languages. Please check http://www.consadole.net/masamaru/ too!