After I got off the train at Otaru Station, all the fairy-tale images in my mind disappeared as I stared at the normal-looking houses just across the tracks. Was this usual-looking Japanese town the location of the beautiful canal I’ve seen in many postcards and pictures?
I was disappointed…
…so I ate the biggest fried chicken I’ve ever had in my life:
My full stomach gave me the optimism to face any disappointment that would further ruin my expectations, but, thankfully, none came. I walked through concrete roads to a cobblestone path, watching as modernity changed into antiquity, until I found myself in one of the pictures I saw on the internet. I was at Otaru canal. It was charming and picturesque, and I would have sat down and read a book happily if not for the heat of the summer sun.
Honestly, there wasn’t much to see (and I lost all my pictures of the canal!!!!) but I enjoyed strolling by the canal, where I saw boats slowly go by and independent artists with their interesting artworks. Since I like walking I would have stayed longer and walked the whole length of the canal but I only had one day in Otaru. Also, I couldn’t wait to get to Sakaimachi Street where delicious Hokkaido cheesecake awaited.
ACCESS TO OTARU FROM SAPPORO VIA TRAIN:
Take the JR Hakodate Line from Sapporo Station to Otaru Station.