Hakodate, Hokkaido, Japan

Hokkaido is an Island in the Northern part of the Japanese archipelago.  It is Japan’s second largest island.  The island is not as populated as the other southern islands of Japan, but it does offer a much-needed connection to nature.  Vacation here brings out the appreciation of what mother nature can offer to our spirit and mind in a variation of spring, summer, autumn, and winter.  Our trip was in October, but we shall return to reconnect with mother nature again.

From Hakodate Airport, a short train ride to the city of Hakodate and a taxi ride to our hotel, brought us to the foot of Mt. Hakodate.  Mt. Hakodate offers many mountain trails for hiking.  But most popular is the cable ride up the mountain to see the night view of Hakodate Bay.

The view from our hotel
The view from our hotel
Hakodate city
Hakodate city
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Night view of Hakodate City from top of Mt. Hakodate

At the foot of Mt. Hakodate is a Japanese Hamburger chain “Lucky Pierrot”.  This one has Christmas every day.  By the way, we found another one at the Bay Area, the next day,  which was packed and had a whole different decoration and atmosphere.  It is renowned for its huge hamburgers and egg wrapped rice.

Lucky Pierrot Logo
Lucky Pierrot Logo
Store front of Lucky Pierrot
Store front of Lucky Pierrot
Inside Lucky Pierrot
Inside Lucky Pierrot

Bay Area consists of Red Brick buildings which used to be warehouses when ships still come in with their cargoes.  These old warehouses are now converted to unique shops of various goods,  lining along the water front.  It is still a good place for recreational boating.  The openness of bay and the smoothness of the water is calming.  A good place to replenish some snacks and have light breakfast.

Red Brick warehouse of store
Red Brick warehouse of stores
Coffee and pastry shops facing the bay
Coffee and pastry shops facing the bay
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the statue of Joseph Hardy Nassima
the statue of Joseph Hardy Nassima

A few feet down the street is the Morning Market.  The morning market consists of shops of fresh vegetables, seafood of all sorts, and vendors of freshly prepared food.  Also, there is the “Donburi Yokocho” restaurant arcade, selling Japanese style fresh seafood dishes.  The most famous is “seafood rice bowl”  which is a bowl of rice topped with different raw seafood.  One must try it to really know how fresh raw seafood could taste so good without requiring seasoning, not even salt.  Although soy sauces were provided.

One of the restaurant of the Donburi Yokocho Restarant Arcade that we were in
One of the restaurants of the Donburi Yokocho Restaurant Arcade that we were in
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One type of seafood rice bowl
One type of seafood rice bowl
One type of seafood rice bowl
One type of seafood over rice
One type of seafood over rice
King Crabs
King Crabs
Giant octopus
Giant octopus
crab steam buns
crab steam buns

The food here is both fresh and healthy. The taste is pure delicious like no others.  Just for this, I shall return.

The Goryokaku is a star-shaped fort complete with a moat around it.  It now serves as a park with lots of red pine trees and cherry trees.  There is a Magistrate’s Office which is an example of Traditional Japanese Mastery.   Nearby is the Goryokaku Tower which offers a bird’s eye view.

Map of Goryokaku
Map of Goryokaku
The Magistrate's Office
The Magistrate’s Office
tall red pines
tall red pines
more pines
more pines
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