Otaru was developed in 1870 as an entry point to Hokkaido. It’s a small harbor city with a port at its center. It has a beautifully preserved canal where you can see old warehouses and office buildings.
For a while there, we felt like we were in Europe! :)
Here are some photos:
It was a long walk from Otaru station to the Canal area. When we got there, we were tired from walking! Good thing there was a canal cruise! Julian was so excited! He loves boat rides. :)
We bought tickets for the 1 p.m. cruise. (Sorry I forget how much they cost.)
There was a short briefing before we took off.:
The tour guide spoke in Japanese, but they gave us this English guide.:
Here are photos of the cruise.:
The cruise took about 30 minutes.
I took the photos below while walking back to the station.:
We had a late lunch then we went back to our hotel.
This is the JR Otaru station.:
This Ferris wheel is located right outside our hotel. :
The night view from our room.: :)
(The photos above were taken on April 1, 2015.)
The next day, before leaving for Niseko, we killed time in the hotel’s restaurant.
What I like about this hotel is, you get the snowy mountain view on one side, and the ocean view on the other side. :)
The view from the restaurant:
We left for Niseko around noon. :)
(“Next-day” photos were taken on April 2, 2015)
On our third day in Sapporo, we took it easy in the morning, and checked out of our hotel at 12 noon. We then took a 30-minute train ride to Otaru. :)
People, usually, just do a day tour of Otaru. But I figured, since we were going to Niseko, and we have to change trains in Otaru on the way there, might as well stay a night. Otaru is also one of the recommended places to see while in Sapporo.
I found Otaru quite charming! :)
Our hotel is located beside the Otaru-Chikko station.
This is right outside the station:
We booked a room at Grand Park Otaru and it is connected to a mall, which is connected to the train station. It’s so convenient! :)
We booked a twin room through Booking.Com and we paid 7,680 Yen for the night.
Our room was really spacious! :)
After settling down, we headed back to Otaru-Chikko station to go to Otaru Canal. To get to the Canal, we had to take a train ride to Otaru station. It was just one train stop away from our station.
Outside Otaru station:
We just walked from the station to Otaru Canal. It was a long walk.
Here are some sights.:
(Photos were taken on April 1, 2015.)
We’ve been waking up so early the past 2 days so on this day, we decided to just laze around and take our sweet time. :)
This is the view from our room. :
We had breakfast in the room, then went out around noon already.
This was taken right outside our hotel.:
This was our walk to the subway.:
There’s the McDonald’s that Julian loves. They have the best french fries!: :)
Inside the JR Tower:
This was outside JR Tower:
We spent the afternoon just walking around. :)
That night, we went to Ramen Alley to try the restaurant that Anthony Bourdain featured in his show “No Reservations”. I found the video and I’m sharing it here.:
I didn’t order the Ramen that Anthony Bourdain ate because I’m allergic to crabs. I ordered the Miso Ramen instead, and it was sooo good!:
This is outside Ramen Alley. It started to drizzle.:
Our walk back to the hotel.:
(Photos were taken on March 31, 2015.)
I love Sapporo!!! :)
We arrived at Chitose airport around 9 a.m. As soon as we arrived, we went to the JR ticketing office to get our 7-day JR Passes.
This is our JR Exchange Order which we bought in Manila. We booked our passes for April 1-7, 2015.:
The train ride from Chitose airport to Sapporo took about an hour. We booked a room at Mercure Hotel Sapporo because it had really good reviews.
Check-in was at 2 p.m., and we arrived at the hotel around 11 a.m. We dropped off our luggage then looked for a place to eat for lunch.
This is right outside our hotel.:
We saw a huge McDonald’s along our street, Susukino, and Julian wanted to eat there (as usual), so we did.
This was the view from our table: :)
After lunch, we looked for a grocery store to buy some supplies, then we headed back to our hotel.
We got a twin room for 18,600 Yen for 2 nights.
This is our room.:
After resting for a while, we headed out again. Our itinerary for that day was to go to Odori Park, and the Botanical Gardens.
On the way to Odori, we passed by this shopping aracade.:
This is the Sapporo TV Tower:
We saw the Former Hokkaido Government Office Building along the way.:
We stayed there and took a couple of pictures.:
We didn’t reach the Botanical Gardens. Julian was getting tired so we decided to just head back to our hotel.
(Photos were taken March 30, 2015)
We were up at 4 a.m. that day, and we’ve been traveling for the past 2 days. Julian was getting really tired and he just wanted to go back to the hotel and relax in the room.
This was our walk from the old Government building back to our hotel. We passed Odori Park and the TV Tower again. :)
Hubby wanted to go up the TV Tower, but Julian didn’t want so we decided to split up. I handed hubby my camera and he took these wonderful photos.: :)
When hubby got back to the hotel, it was my turn to go out. I went out to look for Ramen Alley. We plan to have dinner there the next day. It was just a block away from our hotel! :)
My mission was to look for that place where Anthony Bourdain ate. :)
The alley was really small.
It wasn’t hard to find the place.
We’re having dinner here the next day. :)
Julian was too tired to go out so on my way back to the hotel, I grabbed some dinner.:
This is our street, Susukino, at night. :)
(Photos were taken March 30, 2015)