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... return to the train station, we stopped off at a shop attached to the station, selling all manner of apple products. Aomori is famous for its apples. We ended up buying some apple pastries and a huge apple. I gave a pastry to Robert as he stayed behind to mind the luggage, instead of Takako. He didn't have a chance to get out to buy any.
Hokkaido does not have any shinkansens yet. The trains here are the limited express ones. They are ...
... throw it out at home. This would be a challenge in our case, so we just took it back to the ship.
But I digress. In these cities, we visited street markets full of the freshest and most diverse seafood imaginable, much of it alive and ready for consumption. Some of it, not recognizable. Bonnie drooled whilst I, most definitely, did not. Anyone for a 7 pound (!) crab? It was the size of a poodle. See picture.
Today we dock in Hokodate at 8am but we don't leave until 11pm. We gave to be all back on board by 10.30pm. The exciting thing about this is there is a Ropeway to the top of Mt Goten where you can see the city light up after dark from the Mt Hakodate Observatory House. Getting around is made very easy using street cars and a day pass. From the ship we have a free shuttle that takes us to the railway station and then it's a short walk to the tram stop to ...
After the impressive Nebuta festival we made a tour to the museum and the fish market which is located in the ground floor of a departement store in Aomori.
We saw impressive loads of seefood, rogues, fish, shells, and things we don't know what they are. You could even eat there, but we have had breakfast at the hotel
The train from Kanita to Hakodate takes you under the Tsugaru Strait ( the bit of water between the island of Honshu and the island of Hokkaido)
So for all you people with a statistical bent:
the tunnel is 53.85 km long. It is underground on the Honsu side for 13.55 km, then under the strait for 23.3 km, then underground on the Hokkaido side for 17km.
At the deepest point it is 240 meters deep ( the sea is 140 meters deep and ...