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October 20, 2017 - Hakodate in 18 hours - Part One

One of the cities I visited in my October/November 2017 trip was Hakodate. A city on the southern tip of the island, there are lots to see and do. I spent only 18 hours in the city, and I could have easily stayed longer.

Terminus Station for the Hokkaido Shinkansen

In my last few entries I mentioned I took the Shinkansen from Tokyo to Hakodate. Once you reach the northern terminus, you arrive at Shin-Hakodate Hokuto Station. The station is 20 minutes outside the city, and you need to take the Liner train into Hakodate Station.

JR Hakodate Station

Hakodate Station as you see today looks pretty new with lots of amenities and open space. The outside even includes this bright red sculpture.

The famous painted manhole covers. Squids welcome you!
This is the island of crab. Lots of crab!
My kaisendon, consisting of raw scallop, raw squid, and crab meat.

One of the first things people do when they step foot in the city is head straight to the Morning Market. Located literally across the street, it is a small market but full of delicious seafood. There is a mall (Donburi Yokocho Market) that specializes in restaurants that sell the kaisendon. I made a visit here and had lunch. Here shows a bowl of raw scallop, raw squid, and crab meat. The raw squid was chewy but subtle in taste, and the scallop was melt in your mouth.

Mount Hakodate just after sunset
Mount Hakodate at night
Panorama of Hakodate at night

One of the top tourist attractions in Hakodate is the night time views of Mt. Hakodate. Regarded as one of the top night time views in Japan, the unique landscapes give the city a unique jewel-like appearance. There are lots of tourists at the observation point so expect huge crowds.

The photos above were taken right at sunset and also at night an hour later. The panorama photo does not so justice on how pretty it is.

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List of Posts:
2017/10/29 - Oya History Museum - A Cavern in Time
2017/10/28 - Nikko - Land of Spirituality and Tourists Part Two
2017/10/28 - Nikko - Land of Spirituality and Tourists Part One
2017/10/27 - Aizu - Wakamatsu and Kitakata: Land of Ramen and Red Cows
2017/10/27 - Ouchijuku - Historic Town in Fukushima Prefecture
2017/10/25 - Noboribetsu - The Comforts of Hell!
2017/10/24 - Otaru - Land of History and Economic Power Part One
2017/10/24 - Otaru - Land of History and Economic Power Part Two
2017/10/23 - Sapporo - Fresh Seafood and Western History
2017/10/22 - Lake Toya - A Land of Destruction and Beauty Part Three
2017/10/21 - Lake Toya - A Land of Destruction and Beauty Part Two
2017/10/21 - Lake Toya - A Land of Destruction and Beauty Part One
2017/10/20 - Hakodate in 18 hours - Part Two
2017/10/20 - Hakodate in 18 hours - Part One
2017/10/20 - All aboard the Hokkaido Shinkansen in Gran Class style
2015/12/06 - Tsukiji's Last Breath
2015/12/02 - Kawagoe Day Trip
2015/11/29 - Pokemon Train on the JR Ofunato Line
2015/11/29 - Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture
2015/11/28 - Yamadera
2015/11/23 - The Architecture of the Yoyogi National Gymnasium