Otaru is a popular day trip option. It only takes half an hour from Sapporo Station to get there by JR. This seaside town is famous because of "Love Letters", a romantic movie by Toshihiko Iwai. The romantic glassware and music boxes also attract a lot of visitors. Of course, food lovers should not miss Otaru. The sushi, rokkatei and other delicious desserts there will blow your mind.
Otaru City has retained a lot of its pioneering foreign-style architecture and historical sites, including the Otaru Canal. Every winter, the canal hosts the annual Otaru Snow Lights Road Festival, showcasing the city’s romantic appeal.
Otaru is a small town that can be explored on foot. Slow down, walk through the ancient Otaru Canal, visit the Glass Whistle Museum, stop by the Music Box Museum, pass by the famous dessert shops, try some local sushi and enjoy yourself.