The old port town of Otaru was established when Hokkaido was being opened up one
hundred years ago. Several of the old shops and warehouses have been restored to
their original condition. This is a canal where fish were unloaded.
Many of the buildings still remaining survived the harsh climate because they were
made of stone.
Hot Spring Resort
About an hour by train from Sapporo is the hot spring resort Nobribetsu.
A few dozen of Hokkaido's bears were rounded up and put on display in what the
promoters call a bear ranch. The poor animals have been reduced to suffering the
indignity of begging food from the tourists.
This poor little bear was dressed up in an apron to dance with the zoo keeper.
Like every full-service hot spring resort, Noboribetsu has a strip theater.
The Tokugawa Shogunate united Japan under one government and moved the capital
to Edo (present day Tokyo) in 1603. This began the Edo Era which lasted until the 1867.
The Edo Wonderland theme park is a reconstruction of the ancient capital with the staff
dressed like medieval Japanese. It is quite an experience.
The guests are entertained by geisha.
And a ninja show for the kids.
Modern Day Samurai
We even got to wear period dress.