Monthly Event Information ~'12 Sep~

The final fireworks display in this summer seemed to be a big success last night.
Besides the fireworks, lots of fun events will be held this month.

The 10th Bar Hopping FestivalSep 12
Ticket Exchange... 6 pm ~
Start... 7 pm
Goal... 8:30 pm
Place... Main stage is located at Sun Mall shopping street
Access... 10 minutes walk from JR Otaru station
Ticket... 3,500 yen
This is a night event to go bar-hopping around Hanazono area. You can enjoy supplied 5 bars in 90 minutes. After you finish bar hopping, the great draw is held at the main stage. You might get 5,000 yen in cash!! Also everybody can get beautiful gift!!!

Autumnal Delicious Fair Sep 14 ~ 23
Schedule... 9 am ~ 6 pm
Place... Tanaka Sake Brewery Head Store, Tanaka Sake Brewery Kikkogura branch
Access... To head store, 15 minutes walk from JR Otaru station
To Kikkogura branch, take strolling bus B from Chuo-bus otaru station terminal, and get off at Kikkogura sake museum. 15 minutes.
Highly-selected local specialty of Shiribeshi area can be purchased at this event. On Sep 14, tasting event for refined sake, craft beer, wine, and liqueur is held at Kikkogura branch.

CAN Art FestivalSep 15 ~ 17
Schedule... 9 am ~ 5 pm
Place... Canal Plaza hall
Access... 10 minutes walk from JR Otaru station
CAN Art Festival is created from CAN's exhibition thinking for conservation of the environment. The theme of this year is "Extraterrestrial space! Let's protect earth's environment".

(※Last year's)

Shiribeshi Harvest FestivalSep 16 ~ 17
Schedule... 10 am ~ 5 pm
Place... Nature Chamber, 5th ave, 1st floor, Wing Bay Otaru
Access... Get off JR train at Otaru Chikko station or take strolling bus B from Chuo-bus otaru station terminal, and get off at Wing Bay Otaru(20 minutes).
Introductions and sales of Shiribeshi's specialty are held. Many kinds of products will be sold, such as a product which you can enjoy natural taste of material itself, processed goods using fresh fishes. In addition, the another fair will be held at the same time, and fresh foods will be sold by farm producers from all over the country. 

Autumnal Miyako Fair Art street in Miyako street 2012Sep 21 ~ 23
Schedule... 11 am ~ 5 pm
Place... Miyako shopping street
Access... 5 minutes walk from JR Otaru station
Miyako street will be decorated with many balloons. During this evnt, some booths will appear for selling fresh organic vegetables and so on.


Autumnal Village FestivalSep 23
Schedule... 10 am ~ 3 pm
Place... Otaru Nature Village
Access... I recommend to book free shuttle bus. 7 minutes by car from JR Otaru station.
Tel... +81 134 25 1701
You can enjoy "Japanese old-time game", flea market, and vegetable markets.

Otaru Bine First brewed Wine CarnivalSep 26
Schedule... 5 pm ~ 9:30 pm (last admission 9 pm)
Place... Otaru Bine
Access... 10 minutes walk from JR Otaru station
This is an event in which you can enjoy "First brewed" wine at ease as a stand-up party. It is all you can drink for 90 minutes including five kinds of Otaru wine. Also they serve autumnal seasonal dish for 300 yen.

Otaru Lighting up Strolling Tour
Every Tuesday and Friday until October
Schedule... 6 pm~ required about 45 minutes
Place... Former Temiya railway Ironai station
Access... 10 minutes walk from JR Otaru station
Tour around illuminated historical buildings with guides. Depart Ironai station and break up at Otaru canal. Unnecessary for reservation. Free of charge.

Steam Locomotive Niseko
Every Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays of Sep 15 ~ Nov 4
Fare... Return ticket for Sapporo ~ Rankoshi (free area between Otaru Chikko and Rankoshi) 3,600 yen (fare 2,800 yen, reserved seat 800 yen) ※Child's fare is half price. Please inquire for other area's fare.
《To Rankoshi》 Sapporo 8:31 → Otaru (Arr 9:17) Dep 9:58 → Yoichi 10:32 → Niki 10:40 → Kozawa 11:16 → Kutchan (Arr 11:35) Dep 11:45 → Niseko 12:03 → Konbu 12:17 → Rankoshi (Arr 12:27) Dep 12:32 → Konbu 12:43 → Niseko 12:57 → Kutchan 13:16
《To Sapporo》 Niseko 15:40 → Kutchan (Arr 15:59) Dep 16:18 → Kozawa 16:32 → Niki 17:07 → Yoichi 17:16 → Otaru (Arr 17:47) Dep 18:13 → Sapporo 18:59
JR Otaru station... +81 134 22 0771

There are other exhibition, events and more in Otaru.
If you are planning to visit Otaru, please use this information as a reference :)

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