February 12, 2009

Sapporo - Day Three (Trip to Otaru)

On Sunday we took a day-trip from Sapporo to Otaru, a small town about 30 minutes from Sapporo by train. The train ride takes you alongside the mountains and the sea, and the snow beaches. Otaru was deep deep in snow drifts, and it was snowing when we arrived. It is a picturesque little town, with the main walking/shopping district near an old canal lined with old warehouses.

Otaru is famous for glass-blowing and for music-boxes. The buildings that house the glasswares and music-boxes are big and beautiful. Here is Jacob checking out the music-boxes.

Some glass sushi:

One of the neat stores that we explored was a nori store, filled with all types of snacks made of seaweed. The shopkeepers were very friendly, insisting on us trying everything. Lauren loved the dried seaweed snacks!

Jacob also got to try his hand at glass-blowing; he made his own souvenir mug, which we shipped back to Kobe.

Otaru had a bunch of neat snow and ice creations too:

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