Otaru’s famous attraction, other than the beautiful view from the top of Tengu Mountain, is the Otaru Canal. The city of Otaru faces the Ishikari Bay; historically, Otaru was served as a port and the canal carried many goods. Later on there was talk of destroying the canal, but the villagers thought it helped them a lot so they saved part of it that we still see today. The Victorian style lamps by the canal have become a symbol of the canal itself now, and it’s a very romantic place for couples to visit!
They also sell delicious soft serve ice cream nearby… Shiroi Koibito flavour! Hokkaido’s famous cookies. Creamy and just sweet enough, it was much better than the milk flavoured one!
Shiroi Koibito for those who don’t know what it is:
Hokkaido has many souvenirs to buy, mostly food. There’s also a famous rum raisin butter cookie sandwich from 六花亭, Yubari melon candies, Hokkaido milk candies, and unique caramel flavours such as corn and potato!
Otaru also has many cute shops, most notably their glass workshop and their music box museum, shown below:
There is a steam clock right outside the museum, and MilkTea noticed that there was an engraving of Vancouver, Canada near the bottom of the clock! Upon closer inspection, we saw the plaque that explained why! Turned out that the clock was made by a horologist from Vancouver, and it was cast from the original wood casting of the Gastown steam clock in Vancouver, Canada! It felt nice to see a little piece of home in a foreign place. :) I have two homes: Vancouver and Taipei. Sometimes I feel like I don’t belong in either place!
Inside the music box museum:
Delicious cheesecake place in Otaru called LeTAO:
I got to try a sample of their most famous cheesecake, the double fromage. Delicious and creamy. There were two layers, so two different textures, and double the cheese! MilkTea found a place in Taipei that serves LeTAO! We plan to go there someday.
Otaru is quite a cute city, and it was too bad that we couldn’t stay there for longer! I think I could’ve spent the whole day there. There was so much I wanted to see, but not enough time!