Otaru

We took daytrip to a tiny sea port town called Otaru today. Otaru is like a pokemon town in reality and it looks very much like this.

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The train ride to Otaru was absolute scenic! From ice capped mountains to the wide open sea and absolutely blue skies, it was so refreshing. Also, everyone here put so much effort into their outer appearance. Its either they’re ridiculously good-looking or well dressed or both.

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The moment I got off the train, I fell in love with the town. The station, located at the top of a small hill overlooks the vast sea in the distance and from the one straight road down the middle of the station, you could see end of the town, the ports.

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The town doesnt feel very Japanese with its Russian/European like streets and buildings but with cute soothing Japanese music playing throughout the town, it definitely feels very Japanese. For some reason this town also reminds me of the North Pole in The Polar Express. The broadcasted music, the snow, pastries and bells of churches.

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However the downside to this quaint little town is that everything is so pricey. We ended up at a basic hotel buffet for 1180 yen because it was the cheapest meal we found. Sushi places and dons costed at least 2000 yen and above.

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This is the famous Otaru Canal. It would have been amazing to see the canal pavements covered in thick white snow.

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Happened to see a tiny statue, like a little shrine and we tried to follow the instructions in the background to get some blessings. Apparently touching different parts of the body asks for different blessings. An older Japanese lady saw us trying to figure this out and approached us speaking a fast train of Japanese and motioning us to touch the statue on its head and legs and nose hahaahha. She was so cute! And she wanted us to touch its arm but then realised later its for some pregnancy thingy and then went “ah no no no”. Hahahha I love Japanese people already! They’ve such adorable personalities!

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Headed to Otaru Park only to find that the pathways and stairs are blocked out by huge mountains of snow. We found a way up the hilly park through the back of some houses and had a nice view of the residential area from the top. However we got stuck again because to get down we either had to retrace our steps which was way too long or we had to walk through the steep hills of snow which was rather dangerous. We choose the latter because it seemed more adventurous but ended up getting our legs buried in snow up to knee deep.

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Got off the hill and walked a great deal uphill to get to Mt.Tengu to take a cable ride up to the highest point of Otaru. But
unfortunately the ropeway services are suspended with effect from today till next Tuesday and we only found out when we got to the top hahaha. But nonetheless we still got a really really good view.

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Took a break with some rice rolls at 7-11. Seriously for a dollar and a few more cents, the rice rolls are sucha a good deal. Its so fucking good, even better than the sushi we get in restaurants in Singapore Also, I found Japan’s version of the huge yoghurt drink I got in China!

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Walked around a little more into some smaller streets that were really quaint but soon realise they were all closing. Apparently most stores in the town close at six.

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Found a pastry shop specializing in custard and cream puffs! My favoriteeeee! The custard puff was heavenlyyy~

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Decided to head back to the canal one last time for a night view before we caught the train back to Sapporo city where we got a quick dinner at a fast food chain called Sukiya.

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Its been a long day for my legs today and I am exhausted. Tomorrow is gonna be a longer day and I need to gather all the energy I have for some adrenaline in the snow. Goodnight!

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