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Otaru Canal
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Reviewed April 15, 2014

It's only 30 minutes from Sapporo station. We stopped at Minami Otaru and walked about 10 minutes to Otaru city hall. There are lots of shops selling local foods, cakes. We went to the crystal handmade shops, chopstick shops and glass making shops. There are lots of restaurants selling local foods. The Canal ... To be honest is not as good as the one in the brochure, we just took photos and it was really cold and windy on that day too. Overall it's good experience to see the old traditional Lifestyle of Hokkaido.

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Reviewed April 12, 2014

Visited in early spring. Just a canal lined by back portion of old warehouses on one side and the other by main road. Water is clean and able to see reflection of warehouses. This attraction would be more enjoyable when covered with snow as in the photographs. Can enjoy yourself on a human cart ride with a fee, one elderly guy and the other a young man. Both are friendly and handsome. Otherwise, plenty of shopping and people watching nearby. Enjoyed lightly grilled soft and juicy fresh scallops. Also have plenty of food, drinks and confectionery along streets nearby. Only spend about half hour or less at canal. Shopping however, can spend whole day if time and wallet permits. There are other attractions nearby such as Kitaichi Glass Workshop, Music Box Museum.

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Reviewed April 5, 2014

Maybe it was the weather in April, but I've seen blue skies and waters in photograph and was expecting the same... It didn't look like the photos we've seen in any way. We stopped at Miami otaru and took a stroll to this place.

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Reviewed April 2, 2014

Otaru is a just a 20 minute JR ride from Sapporo. Once you alight at Otaru Station, the Canal is a 10 minute walk. It's particularly beautiful during and after sunset. Along the canal there are several shops where you can pick up souvenirs and seek shelter from the snow

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Reviewed March 15, 2014

My first winter in Otaru.
My 3rd winter lights festival for year 2014.
First was Tsuruga Castle in Aizuwakamatsu.
Second was Hirosaki Lantern lights in Hirosaki Castle.
Third was Otaru's Hikari No Michi
So you could say I'm quite used to the effects now. Snow and fire. Cold and warmth.
Otaru lights should be about the same as the rest.
However, I was pleasantly surprised.
Otaru winter light festival has a very different feel.
Warm, intense, eerily beautiful.
The night was cold, very cold. After being exposed to Tohoku's harsh winter temperature for the past week, my body was pretty well adjusted by then.
For some reasons which till now I'm unable to explain, the lights here gave off a warm glow that warmed me to my soul.
Many people flocked to the famous Otaru Canal for the river lights, however I was strangely drawn to the glow along the quiet streets.
No noisy food vendors here which is common for most matsuri. The usual shops were closed for the day. Nothing except the lights, gently smoldering, lining the machi.
Snow logs arranged as in a campfire, lights burning from within. Frozen potpourri vessels competing with a bright winter moon, who will be the brightest of them all.
At times surrounded by darkness, the lights smoldering eerily along the stretch on both sides, I felt as if I was walking along the valley of death in a burning hell.
At some areas, local volunteers set up makeshift charcoal stand. A smoldering charcoal filled bin with a metal net over it, grilling potatoes and mochi, handling them out to strangers free of charge, offering warmth to strangers in the cold of the night.
I definitely prefer Otaru winter lights over her summer blaze.

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