- March 9th, 2015
[LeTAO Head Office in Otaru] Head Office-Limited Melt in Your Mouth Set and Temptation of Chocolate Set
Otaru Western Pastry Store LeTAO (小樽洋菓子舗ルタオ) is a popular pastry store based in Otaru city, and is run by KCC corp. (株式会社ケイシイシイ) opened in 1996. Kotobuki Spirits corp. (寿スピリッツ株式会社), a famous confectionery company in Tottori prefecture, is a parent company. Most of people think that the origin of the Letao inverts words of Otaru (オタル) in Japanese, but it is wrong. It is an initial "Dear tower of Otaru in French (Le Tour Amitie Otaru)". That is unexpected. Their branches open a business in the Otaru, Sapporo, Chitose and New Chitose Airport, and they serve cakes, baked confectioneries and breads.
LeTao Head Office (ルタオ本店) is built along Sakaimachidori Shopping Street (堺町通り), and LeTAO PATHOS, Nouvelle Vague LeTAO Chocolatier, Fromage Danish DANI LeTAO and LeTAO PLUS are along the street. My visited place is the head office. A souvenir shop is on the 1st floor, and a cafe is on the 2nd floor. The building has a tower that is the origin of the store's name.
Sakaimachidori Shopping Street and Marchen Crossroads
Sakaimachidori Shopping Street (堺町通り) and Marchen Crossroads (メルヘン交差点) are tourist attractions between Otaru Station (小樽駅) and Minami-Otaru Station (南小樽駅), and is located in the east part of the Otaru Station, and the distance between the Sakaimachidori Shopping Street and the station is about 900 m. It takes about 15 minutes through Chuo Street (中央通り) on foot. The street with atomosphere of Taisho Period and Medieval Europe is one of most popular tourist attractions in the Otaru along with Otaru Canal, and is an established spot that almost all 8 million tourists that visit the otaru go to see. Otaru Sakaimachi Yukata Wind Chime (小樽堺町ゆかた風鈴まつり) is held between 2days in early August. Admission free. There are toll parking lots around here. Read More
A highway bus "Otaru-go (おたる号)" runs between the Otaru and the Sapporo. Unfortunately, the express bus does not run between New Chitose Airport and the Otaru. Besides, Rent-a-car can be rented around Otaru Station.
Otaru (小樽) that 120,000 people live is the 9th largest port city in Hokkaido, and is located in the located in the northwestern part of Sapporo city. It takes about 30 minutes from the Sapporo to the Otaru by a train. The Otaru is one of most popular tourist cities in the Hokkaido, and about 8 million people visit here. It is also well-known as a city with a lot of slopes, and there are 30 slopes with its name, so the Otaru has a lot of slope lands, and has a lot of narrow roads. It is famous as a city with a lot of sushi restaurants, too, and more than 100 sushi restaurants open their businesses. Fresh seafood caught in the Sea of Japan facing the Otaru or caought in various places of the Hokkaido can be enjoyed. As for a climate, the Otaru has calm climate, it is cold in a summer, and it snow hard. The Otaru was called an inaccessible land in the old days because all transportation facilities paralyzed by a heavy snow. Read More
Melt in Your Mouth Set and Temptation of Chocolate Set
I and an ex-senior came from Tokyo visited here around 14:00 on a weekday. A lot of customers savored their sweets. The cafe was popular after all. We sat at table seats, and read a menu. They offered head office-limited sweets set, so we ordered those. Those were Melt in Your Mouth set (奇跡の口どけセット) and Temptation of Chocolate Set (ショコラの誘惑セット). The price was JPY 1,296 per a set. A drink was served, too.
About 10 minutes later, those were served. The Melt in Your Mouth Set with Double Fromage (double layered cheesecake with baked cream cheese and no-bake mascherpone) and Venezia Rendezvous (cake with mild texture like pudding and aroma) was on a plate, and fruits, fresh cream and candy were dished up beautifully. It was colored generally by white. The taste of the cheese was rich when I had a bite. It was tasty! The sweetness was just right, so I thought that peole might eat it deliciously even if they did not has a sweet tooth.
My ex-senior gave me a bite of his Temptation of Chocolate Set. Chocolat Catalana (frozen pudding) and Chocolat Double (double layered chocolate cheesecake) using high-quality Manjari chocolate of Valrhona company were served on a plate. This was colored generally by black. The sweetness was just right, and it had a little bitter taste. But it was smooth, and was tasty. The frozen pudding was tasty, too, and I thought that peole might eat it deliciously even if they did not have a sweet tooth, too. By the way, they do not have a free parking lot, please use a partner parking lot around the store. Thanks for the tsaty sweets!
|Parking lot||Parking lot is not provided. There are contract parkings|
|Regular closing day||Open all year round|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Mapcode||493 661 579*44|
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the Otaru. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.
A page of Otaru is here
By the way, Club Tourism (クラブツーリズム), a Japanese tour travel agency, provides various types of tours such as day trip tours or ordinary tours. In the case of bus tours, tourists do not drive their cars themselves, so they can savor alcohol. Choosen tourist attractions are national parks such as Rishiri and Rebun, Shiretoko, and popular tourist places such as Furano and Biei, and some activities such as hiking and fruit picking are also enjoyed depending on seasons. If you are interested in tour trips, you should visit the club tourism's website for details.
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