New Year’s holidays in Japan can become truly fabulous if you decide to visit the picturesque port city of Otaru. During the economic boom of Hokkaido, at the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th centuries, Otaru flourished, and many western-style buildings were built in the center of the port city. Many of them were later converted into restaurants, cafes, boutiques and museums. These establishments located on Sakaymatsi Street are very popular among tourists.
The program of most travelers necessarily includes a visit to the Otaru Canal, renovated in the 1980s, the annual Snow Light Path Festival, as well as the Museum of Music Boxes, where more than 25 thousand old and modern music boxes are collected. Continue reading
Connoisseurs of ski resorts can easily call the advantages of Japanese pistes. First of all, it is fluffy and dry snow; then – relatively inexpensive prices. But many agree that most of all they miss the hot springs – onsen, which help to relax after skiing.
The jacuzzi and saunas familiar to us have nothing to do with the therapeutic and healing properties of natural onsen, the water in which is supplied from a hot spring rich in useful elements and minerals. Many open onsen allow you to bask and bask in the bath, while admiring the snow-capped mountains. Undoubtedly, this magical spectacle will bring peace and tranquility to your soul. Continue reading