Leaves became bigger but not coming out yet...
anyway, what a good weather!!:-P
On the other hand...
I got information about beautiful SAKURA!!
This is a small cherry tree but sooo beautiful.
She is standing in front of "Otaru Masazushi Zenan"
(sushi restaurant. It's located quite near from Asakusa bridge.)
Hello, how are you??
I will give you good information today.
From tomorrow, Golden week will start when there are four national holidays.
May 5th is one of the national holidays, named "Children's day".
Otaru quarium has great service for children on the day.
Children's admission fee become...FREE!! :) (Under 12years old children)
Many buses run from Chuo-bus Otaru station terminal located in front of Otaru station.
I recommend some shows of sea lions, dolphins, seals and penguins.
Please enjoy Otaru aquarium!!!
Time schedule of the shows
This is one of Otaru's mascots named "Ungappa" (means Canal & Kappa).
Old Otaru canal is the most famous spot in Otaru.
They might live in this canal...
Many kinds of their goods can be purchased in Canal plaza.
Key chain, pen, picture book, chopsticks...etc
Please come to see them!! :)
When I walked down toward to Otaru canal from Otaru station, I found a vernal plant.
This is butterbur scape.
It's coming out along the Former Temiya railway. (The 3rd oldest railway in Hokkaido.)
Is this your country's vernal plant too?
Or does your coutry have any vernal plant?
I've started working at Otaru tourism association from the May of the last year and when I was going home, I took this photo in a train 2 days later from joining the company.
One of my friends taught me that around this season, we can enjoy splendid sunset.
I'd like you to see it in Otaru:)
Hello, how are you？
Today, an inspection party from Taiwan visited Otaru!!
They gave us wonderful messages. They hope that Hokkaido's tourism industry becomes cheerful as soon as possible.
We would like to do our best, thanks for coming to Otaru.
In addition, I got good chance to experience Japanese culture to welcome them.
That is...wearing Kimono.
Kimono is Japanese traditional clothes and you might think it's difficult to wear but there's nice shop in Otaru.
Name is "Otome no kimono" (乙女のきもの）.
This shop has many kinds of antique Kimono, little items, Japanese old bags, hair accessories and so on. They sell Kimono from 1,000 yen (about US$10) and has rental Kimono too.
Of course they help you to wear Kimono.
Would you like to stroll in Otaru wearing Kimono and feeling good old atmosphere of Otaru??
Hello, we made very useful guide for foreign tourists.
This is "Access Guide in Otaru".
It's mentioned that how to get on JR train, bus, cruise and hire bicycles in Otaru.
In addition, it shows bus stops and JR stations of four areas. (Mt.Tengu, Asarigawa hot spring, Shukutsu and Beaches.)
I drew some pictures myself. I would like you to see it :)
We have this access guide at each three tourist information. (JR Otaru station, Clanal plaza and Asakusa bridge) and you can download this guide on the website of Otaru tourism association. ⇒http://www.otaru.gr.jp/
There's some pictures to show how to fold it on the website. (Thanks a lot Mr.Harada!!)
When you come to Otaru, please get it and it will help your strolling!!
Hello, how are ya?
Otaru has many beauty spots of "Sakura" (Cherry blossoms).
I think you already know but, "Sakura" is Japanese national flower.
The best season to see Sakura in Otaru is from the begging to the middle of May.
Before this season, we have been making "Otaru Sakura Map" ourselves every year in the past, but this year, this map was changed and published a lot.
This map has eight areas information, but only in Japanese.
If you would like to visit these parks with this map, please visit our tourist information and ask staff. We will help you!!