Business Hours for year-end and new-year

These three our tourist information's business hours for year-end and new-year will be changed.
Canal Plaza International Information Center & Souvenir shop
Tourist information in Otaru Sta.
Asakusa Bridge tourist information

Business Hour
Dec.31         9am ~ 3pm
Jan.1           Close
Jan.2 ~ 4     10am ~ 5pm
Jan.5~         9am ~ 6pm

I wish you a peaceful new year :)


The First Sunrise at Mt.Tengu

Would you like to see the early-morning sunlight on the new year's day from the top of the Mt.Tengu to pray for a good year?
Otaru Mt.Tengu ski resort runs rope way for first sunrise on January 1.
Of course you can see the first sunrise and besides, you can do the New Year's visit to a "Otaru Mt.Tengu Shrine".
Generally, Japanese people visit shrines to pray for happiness and good health in the coming year.
Why don't you experience Japanese style new year's days?
In addition, at "Sightly Restaurant Tengu", hot rice-cake soup will be provided to first 100 visitors from 7am.
Hot rice-cake soup is traditional food in New year's days in Japan as well.
And this is great information for those who love skiing and snowboarding.
Mt. Tengu ski resort is also opened from 7am, and skiers and snowboarders can take rope way from 7am to 9am for 1,000 yen as unlimited ride.
This is one of beautiful ways to spend New Year's days in Otaru.

Night view from the mountaintop of Tengu ↓

Otaru Mt.Tengu First Sunrise Operation
Date: January 1, 6:30am ~
Place: Top of Mt.Tengu
Access: Take a bus from Chuo-bus Otaru station terminal Gate 3. Required about 20 minutes. Bus fare 210yen for one way.
Enquiry: +81 134 33 7381


New Year Event for 2013

Hi, Otaru got much snow these day! (Too much?? :|)
Did you enjoy your Christmas day?
Our long event "Otaru Long Xmas" has finished yesterday, and now we are cleaning up after it.
So today, I'll let you know about some events for year-end and new-year.

Countdown Events
Otaru Soko No.1 countdown 2013 (Otaru Craft Beer Brewery)
 Schedule: December 31, 8pm ~ January 1, 5am
 Access: 15 minutes walk from JR Otaru station.
This is an annual event at Otaru craft beer brewery. You can enjoy Otaru's craft beer and foods with live music.

Grand Park Otaru 2012 Contdown Party
 Schedule: December 31, 9:30pm ~ January 1, 1am
 Access: Grand Park Otaru Hotel is located next to Otaru Chikko station.
Live musical performance, lottery and Japanese Calligraphy can be enjoyed with the theme of "Let's give thanks to 2012!". Besides, fireworks display will be held.

The 12th Tanaka Sake Brewery Yukusake Kurusake festival
 Schedule: December 31, 11pm
 Access: 10 minutes walk from Minami Otaru station.
 Lucky sake "Hatsumi" is going to be brewed all night with the sound of the bells on New Year's Eve. Year-crossing herring soba (Japanese noodle) and sweet beans soup with rice cake are provided  and you can join the lottery when you buy "Hatsumi".