I’m very sorry for the past weeks, because since my arrival in Japan I didn’t post anything. I was really busy and to be honest, I didn’t had any clue what to post on this blog. But now an idea just came up on my mind and I would like to start a new series of blog posts: Photo Walk Tours. I think this is a great way to combine different interesting material like photos, information and my impressions together in one post.
So here it is: the first Photo Walk Tour which give you an impression of the route from Otaru University of Commerce Campus to Otaru Station.
The route is 2,0km long and it takes around 22-25 minutes to get from OUC Campus to Otaru Station.
1) We departure from the International House of OUC Campus (小樽商科大学国際交流会館). The International House has been established not a long time ago for the purpose of providing accomodation to international students and international researchers in order to promote international cooperation. So all of the exchange students, who participate in the YOUC Program or stay for half a year, (mostly) live there. It has 41 living rooms, 37 of them for international (exchange) students and 4 for researchers. There is also a lounge and a laundry room with washing machines and dryers. More information about the International House will be posted in an extra post.
Our next stop is the University Gate. If you go through it (on the left side is the guard’s house), you will reach most of the OUC Campus’ buildings, e.g. cafeteria, main lecture building, international office, etc. More information about the Campus area will be posted in an extra post.
If you pass by the University Gate, you will reach the bus stop area on the left side. There Bus No. 19 heading to Otaru Station will depart around 2 times per hour. The bus stops at 3 bus stops: High School of Commerce (near OUC), in front of Coop Supermarket and nearby at the station. It takes around 6min to the final bus stop. From the Bus stop you need another 3min to Otaru Station entrance. One ride costs 210 Yen (1,60 Euro) Like you see on the first and fourth picture, there is a high slope, since Otaru University of Commerce is on a “Mountain”. It’s exhausting going all the way back from Otaru Station to OUC Campus, but it’s also some good daily training, which keeps you healthy.
4) On the right side, pretty near to OUC Campus, you will see the entrance of Otaru High School of Commerce. I don’t have further information so far, but as soon as I get more information about that, I will keep you updated.
5) After you pass by the High School, you have to walk like 7-9 minutes to the next station of our Photo Walk Tour.
6) Our next stop is COOP Supermarket. You can get here cheap Bentos (lunch boxes) for around 400 Yen (3,00 Euro), garbage bags (blue and yellow ones, you will need them for your garbage!) and other stuff you can usually find in super markets. COOP is opened until 10pm, even on Sundays and Holidays.
7) If you pass by COOP and walk down the street, you can see the televion tower of Otaru. You will also pass the Police Station of Otaru on the left side. Then you will come to a cross-way. On the corner, there is a delicous Yakitori Restaurant named 串鳥 (Kushidori). Yakitori are chicken pieces grilled on a skewer. Also on the corner, there is a convenience store called sunKus. It is opened 24 hours 365days a year. There you can get also bentos and other useful staff. In special cases you can also pay your bills there. More informationen about paying bills at sanKus will follow.
8) On the opposite side of the street there is an small Post Office. It is usually opened until 5pm on weekdays. You can also withdraw money there with your International Visa Card. Master and Maestro Cards are currently not supported.
9) Then, on the right side of the street, a big department store called Nagasakiya will appear. Besides a Super Market on the B1 Floor, there is even a 100 Yen Shop (everything is sold for 105 yen), Shoe Plaza, and ドンキーホーテ (Donkîhôte), a store, where you can get almost everything (e.g. frame for drying clothes!)
10) On the left side, you will reach Otaru Station, our final Destination. There is also a Bus Terminal. From Bus Track No 2 the busses for OUC Campus depart. Again it costs 210Yen, no matter, at which bus stop you leave the bus.
That’s it so far for Photo Walk Tour No 1. I hope you liked it.
I will update this post from time to time with additional information. If you have any feedback for me, write me a mail (see about section for mail adress). I’m happy for EVERY feedback you give me.