Sunday, October 12, 2014

Otaru Day Trip

Yesterday we decided to take a trip to Otaru.  We had driven to Otaru once before (see post here) and it was a long drive so we took the train yesterday.  We left home at 8:40 am to catch the 9:15 am train, which took 102 minutes to get to Otaru. Much easier than driving!

At the train station in Otaru there was something going on with some children and their drawings and some dogs and the coke machine.  We never really know what is going on here.



 
We walked toward the canal and took a few photos, then looked out on the harbor. It was a little chilly, but still nice to be out and about.




 
We stopped at Otaru Beer, which seems to be the thing to do when in Otaru.


 
There were some bears and ducks.


 
We visited three museums – the music box museum, the Bank of Japan museum, and the Art Museum, but I only have pictures of the bank museum.




 
These signs were in the toilet.  I understand “flash toilet paper”, but I don’t know what “stanch water” is about.


 
We ate at a Viking restaurant, which means we ate too much!  It was a good day and we got home around eight o’clock.  I had to go to bed early because we have another big day planned for today.

5 comments:

  1. Looks like it's normally used as stanching blood flow from a wound, but it means to stop a liquid from spreading, which makes some sense. :)

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  2. Sounds like a great day! I haven't heard of a viking restaurant in years! My family and I used to go to one in St. Augustine, FL and loved it! What a fun day trip :)

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  3. Miranda got it right, the message in the toilet asks you to turn off the water tap after washing your hands.
    I think the event at the station has something to do with traffic awareness week, and the Doggy Patrol - I guess it is a 'neighbourhood watch while walking your dog' campaign.

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  4. Lovely to see photos of Otaru and to hear you enjoyed your day out. They have spruced up the area a lot since I lived there in 1980. Perhaps because they have more tourists?

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