Otaru, Hokkaido Canal Town

Otaru is a small town northwest of Sapporo. It is about 1 hour by train. We went there on Thursday.

In Japan, all of the different towns have different, cute manhole covers.

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Otaru’s manhole covers feature cute sea otters!

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This was the first railroad built in Hokkaido. It was used from 1880 to 1985.

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Here is a shot I took while walking down the tracks.

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Along the tracks are beautiful flower beds.

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One of Otaru’s famous features is its canal.

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Fishermen on the docks.

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It was a really misty day. Here is a ship coming into the port.

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The seagulls waited around the fishermen. One of the fishermen caught a fish that was too small (I guess?) so he fed it to the seagulls. The one gulped it down in one bite – even though it was bigger than its head!

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The fountain at Canal Park.

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Here is the canal.

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This intriguing character is Marimokkori. Marimo are little moss balls that grow in the ocean near Hokkaido. They sell them, but apparently the ones they sell are fakes because the REAL marimo are an endangered plant that is listed as a national treasure. Marimokkori is a popular Hokkaido character. You can buy Marimokkori goods in many places in Hokkaido (though I really saw him mostly in Otaru).

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This building was in the main square in Otaru.

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This clock played a song and blew out puffs of steam with each note on the hour.

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I enjoyed this random cat climbing up a building.

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This was part of a decoration outside of a bar.

Well, that is all for Otaru! The next post will be about the Nikka Whisky Distillery!

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