Otaru

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The Otaru canal and the gas lamp.
The main attraction was Otaru which is a small town in Hokkaido. Otaru is the most romantic towns, and its streets feel european. Snow was falling quite heavily in the morning, much to our delight, but as we reached Otaru, the snow became rain, and coupled with the huge wind, most of us choose to go into the shops to avoid the cold.
Otaru is famous for its musical box. I went up a tower to get a bird's eye view of the town. Ok, there was a mountain there which I suppose was quite famous, but due to time contraint , we didnt go up there. At Otaru, I also tasted the freshest scallop in my life. It was huge and the meat is tender and sweet. The obasang preparing the scallop for me just added soy sause to the meat, and cooked it over fire with the shells.
Winter lover factory. It looks more like a fairground.
It is a must try. My sis tried the corn, which was supposed to be famous, and we tried the different flavoured ice-cream in otaru too, green tea, cheese, melon and some others.
Had lunch at the mess, which sort of resembled food court, but it is a huge old warehouse turned into a place for restaurants to set up business. bEcause it was a own lunch, we had to communicate with the chef what we want. And we dont speak jap, and they dont speak english or chinese, it took us about 30 minutes before we can confirm our orders. The serving was huge and generous and the food was much better than the one we had been eating in hotel restaurants.
We had been eating buffet for reasons which I dont know. It seems that the tour agency had arranged that because they were concerned that we cant get use to the jap food.
But on the other hand, having buffet everyday is a torture.
We went to the white lover chocolate factory. because the production is limited daily, we had difficulty getting the chocolates. Therefore, our last hope is to get the fresh stock at the sirport the next day. The factory was like a children's play house. It has figures, and christmas sledge and plants and lights which we would have enjoyed thoroughly if not for the wind and rain.
We went back to sapporo for some more shopping, and waited until we went on to our last destination. The grand park and the clock tower, which was supposed to be the heritage building in Sapporo. Next, we went to the NHS tower, and me and my sis went up the cable tower for a view of the city. That concludes our journey and we went for our dinner, which was sabu sabu, and to us it is like seoul garden, so we loved it thoroughly. greasy, oily and marinated meat. Yum.
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The Otaru canal and the gas lamp.
The Otaru canal and the gas lamp.
Winter lover factory. It looks mor…
Winter lover factory. It looks mo…
The romantic streets of Otaru.
The romantic streets of Otaru.
The famous mountain of Otaru. Forg…
The famous mountain of Otaru. For…
The illumination for Christmas.
The illumination for Christmas.
The Sapporo tower.
The Sapporo tower.
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photo by: Mun