Since I’m currently waiting in line for a restaurant, I’ll post about my afternoon visit to Otaru. Found 35 minutes north of Sapporo, Otaru was formerly one of the main ports in Hokkaido. Today it’s mostly known for its preserved canal area, lined with old warehouses from its port days. Every February, this canal is lit up with dozens of lights and filled with snow sculptures, a lot of which were made voluntarily.
on the way back to the station, another light up path can be found at the site of a former rail track
I used the Sapporo – Otaru Welcome Pass (1700 JPY) for all my transportation this day (including subways in Sapporo). Not a bad deal!