A Winter Look at Otaru Canal
[Otaru Walking Guide]
Otaru … one of my first point of visit upon reaching Sapporo, Hokkaido. There were quite a fair bit of snow on the ground around by the time we landed in Hokkaido in mid December from Singapore. But what made this place really memorable was that upon stepping out of the train station (Otaru Station), while orientating our direction to walk towards the Otaru Canal, the first snow flakes came dropping from the sky! While this was not the first time see snow flakes from the sky, nevertheless, it gives us a childish delight … like …. “Ooohh! Look at the snow flakes floating from the sky … onto our gloved hands, into our faces …haha!”
While I can’t really point and give a good reason why this is a MUST GO, the snow by the Otaru Canal left us a deep impression of the place … in white beauty reminiscent of the past years that has long gone by.What was unfortunate is that I lost also some of my photos taken from Otaru and Rusutsu, only managing to recovered a portion of the photos in thumbnail resolution like the above. Even so, the low-resolution photos does still exudes a rustic charm from the old looking buildings by the Canal. Walking up from the the Canal to the Marchen Crossroads which looks like a kind of city centre road intersection, the old office buildings around the intersection intermixed with others that looks kinda like old Victorian-style buildings gives it a nostalgic colonial feel, making it a spot for good photographs. By Marchen Crossroads, there is also the famous Otaru Music Box Museum where one can find all sorts of different musical boxes. What’s more, one could actually also get to do a DIY Musical Box here! Here as in not in the Museum, but in another building a stone throw away from this Museum. This is the entrance of the DIY Musical Box building (below). Scrolling further down, you will see the beautiful hand-crafted DIY Musical Boxes that we did! In fact, it was so much fun that we bought the accessories for another 2 sets to do it at our own leisure pace when we were back home in Singapore later.