The next day we went to Otaru, but spent the morning in Jozankei.
We started the day with breakfast! It was buffet-style again, and we went early to enjoy what they were serving fresh. It was mostly Japanese dishes, plus free flow of rice and breadAnd of course the tastiest milk ever from Hokkaido cows.
That’s what I ate: corn soup, scallop roe, potato salad, tamagoyaki (my favourite!), croquettes, salmon and a bun. It sounds like a long list but I really only took a little bit of eachUsually I just have juice for breakfast so it was a little weird to be eating so much.
But the food was so good
After breakfast we headed to the Jozankei Futami Park.
All pretty trees and tweeting birdsThere were only a few people so it felt nice and peaceful taking a walk. Except I was lugging around my big camera, but it was still fun.
We walked until the Futami suspension bridge; it’s popular for its views of the mountain valley.
My brother and I took a lot of pictures here…
It’s a good thing when both siblings are into photography. At movie-esque locations like this we become each other’s personal photographer haha.
We spent a while at the park, and then hurried back to the hotel to check out.
Next on the itinerary: Otaru!
Otaru’s a small port city right at the coast, famous for its canal attraction and fresh seafood. I thought it was a really quaint and adorable place full of characterA bit of a vintage feel, maybe?
My family decided to rent bicycles to get around the main town! I’ve never cycled on a vacation before so I enjoyed exploring on wheels a lot. There were beautiful views of the sea everywhere!
Otaru Canal! It was one of the most crowded tourist spots.
For lunch we had seafood, of course
Seafood rice bowl! My mom likes ikura (salmon roe) a lot, but over here it’s expensive. When I was in Hokkaido—especially Otaru—we saw it everywhere. Not just in different restaurants, but even in the bowl itself there’s so much ikura it’s almost overflowing.
A lot of places had grilled seafood too, like these scallops
And then at my request we all went on a hunt for a shop I’d wanted to go to for a long time—LeTAO. It’s one of the most famous confectionary brands in Hokkaido. Its flagship store is in Otaru so I knew I wanted to try their famous cakes. The one that everyone recommended me is their number one bestseller, the Double Fromage Cheesecake! LeTAO’s so popular that there are three branches on the same street.
Oh, but we got lost trying to find the store
We did get there eventually, and managed to get my precious cake.
I know it doesn’t look like much but. The double fromage cheesecake is LeTAO’s signature dessert. It has two layers of cheese—baked cream cheesecake on the inside and fluffy no-bake cheesecake on the outside. The result is one of the nicest cheesecakes I’ve ever had(It’s a good thing my family liked it too, because we cycled over an hour just for it)
Sushi and sashimi for dinner
There was a variety show playing on the restaurant’s TV so everyone was watching and laughing while eating/serving food…it was quite funny LOL.
And that’s all for that day! I think food was a big part of it haha, I tried out a lot of different things. I’d recommend the manjuu (something like a small bun or mochi) in Jozankei, and lots of seafood in Otaru.
See you in the next post