I wanted to stay longer in Otaru at night, because I know their harbor view is really lovely with canals and old warehouses by the sea. But it was such a cold day that I had to give up exploring further:/
Maybe next time.
random snapshots from Otaru
Otaru is located along the coast line, so it’s naturally famous for its good sushi too.
But this time, I had this huge fried chicken for lunch instead of seafood.
It’s my second time to visit this restaurant, and it’s still my No.1 place!
I visited Otaru, a small port town, while I was staying in Sapporo.
It takes less than an hour to get there by train. It’s literally the next town of Sapporo, but the landscape is quite different there.
In a word, it’s wilder and prettier!:D
Look at all those beautiful lamps all over the windows at Otaru station! Their glass work is famous nationwide:)
I bought Kitaca, the IC prepaid train ticket from JR Hokkaido just for fun. I have Suica already, which I used to use in Tokyo.
The name Kitaca is a nice pun. KITA means NORTH, which relates with Hokkaido of course, and besides, when we hear the word “kitaka”, it sounds like “You did come at last!”. I think this very wise and nice naming, because it makes sense when we consider that Hokkaido is an isolated northern island:)
In Kansai where I live now, we have Icoca. “Ikoka” sounds as if someone says “Let’s go” in Kansai dialect. I think it’s nice naming, too:D