Smile Hotel Hakodate
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Just right in front of Hakodate station and few minutes walk to morning market.
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We went to the train station about 20 minutes early. We had to get some lunch for the long trip to Aomori. We will transfer to another train to go to Hakodate in Hokkaido. The sky was still blue when we walked to the station but for those who left it just a few minutes later, the heavens had opened up. Takako was a bit drenched when she arrived.
It will take about 5 hours to get there from Akita. We will follow the northern coastline. The ...
... had a picnic lunch there, joined by some rather large and vocal crows who demanded that we share our sandwiches. Otaru was the site of a charming street filled with admittedly tourist-oriented shops, restos and attractions. Here, we found a memorable music box museum. It contained centuries old music boxes of every variety, ranging from the miniscule matchbox to the piano-sized. All were lovingly restored and in working order. ...
... Hakodate Bugyosho (magistrates office). This was the official government office of the Edo shogunate and was placed here when the city opened for trade in the 1800s. The Edo shogunate collapsed and with the final battle here the magistrates office was dismantled. 140 years later in 2010 it has been rebuilt using the exact same materials and traditional techniques. It is a beautiful building and in the springtime the hundreds of cherry trees in ...
... the express train to Hakodate which connects the two islands through the Seikan tunnel. This is to date the longest railway tunnel and you are 140 m under the sealevel
Hakodate on Hokkaido was one of the first cities to be open to foreigners during the turn of century and has an old town just below mount Hakodate. There are a number ...
... in 1910), Russian Orthodox church )
Also went to the Red Brick Warehouse area. Built just after 1907 and now home to up market shops ( with up market prices), galleries and food places. Shops pretty good. I am continually amazed at the packaging and presentation of all the stuff that is sold.
But all of that was after a visit to the "morning market". It is mainly a seafood market but it's more than just "wholesale" selling of ...