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... Because of the unstable structure of the bedrock, engineers decided that they could not use borers. They had to blast and hand dig the tunnel. The decision to build the tunnel came about in 1964 when the fifteenth typhoon for the year (Japan has so many typhoons that they don't bother with names anymore, just numbers) sunk 5 ferries in the straits with the loss of thousands of lives. It was a hurried look at what these ferries were like.
... no trip abroad would be complete without visits to multiple churches and temples of every stripe. No more need be said about that.
But, we did visit a few places that tickled our fancy. Among them was a cable car ride in Hakodate up to the top of a beautiful mountain with a view considered to be one of the top 3 in the world (the others are Hong Kong and Venice). It was a sparklingly crisp day, and the view was ...
... Ironic isn't it. Each of these slopes has a significant name with a meaning, either reflecting where it leads or what sort of businesses were there or a more simple meaning such as Chacha-nobori Slope. Chacha means an old man and the slope is so steep that you will bend over like an old man to walk up hill. There is something different to see in all of these streets. At the Temple, besides the amazing ornately carved buildings and gates, there ...
... catholic, russian orthodox, etc.) beside some shrines. The houses are build according to Western style and remember the time when the first traders have lived there
On the way back we heard in the old shipyards German music and ended up in a restaurant that had a beer festival with "german" dishes. Overall a funny evening and day
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 ...