A group of students from Otaru University of Commerce have created a brochure about currency exchange locations along with ATM locations where you can withdraw Japanese Yen using overseas credit cards. Inside, you can find a chart with details about each location such as business hours, available currencies, exchange limits, etc.
Available at each tourist information center in the city, be sure to pick up this very handy map while visiting Otaru.
Otaru may be
famous for the winter festivals “Snow Story” and “Snow Light Path” that transform
the city into a winter wonderland but there’s a large festival in the summer
called USHIO MATSURI that we are equally well known for.
Otaru Ushio Matsuri,
or Tide Festival, is an enormous event held every year on the last Friday,
Saturday and Sunday of July. As Otaru is a port city, the festival is held to
show gratitude for the sea and hope for the development and prosperity of the
city. Some of the highlights of the festival include:
Friday July 28, 2017
Dancing parade to announce the beginning of the festival.
An offering of sacred water and taiko drumming performance.
Magnificent fireworks will light up the sky!
Saturday July 29, 2017
Dancing parade where companies, students and
associations or groups, each in matching yukata uniforms
dance to the
traditional Ushio-Ondo dance song.
If you were
looking for an opportunity to participate in an event, here’s your chance! The
dance is easy to learn and there is a group designated for people/visitors who
wish to join and participate in the dancing parade.
July 30, 2017
Maritime parade of a fishing fleet
from the Takashima and Shukutsu
People from various neighborhoods gather to carry “mikoshi” or
Great Fireworks Display
Grand finale of the 3-day event include spectacular
lots of other events held at the Pier No.3 main stage
as well as various booths so if you’ll be in town during these days,
be sure to stop by and experience
firsthand Otaru’s magnificent summer omatsuri!!