Boro Noguchi Hakodate
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... an extra jacket.
Takako had asked the taxi drivers to wait 30 minutes for us. It would be worth their while to do so and be guaranteed a fare both ways as well as one for waiting. There were only a few taxis and no busses left on the mountain by the time we left. Amazing how quickly everyone dispersed.
We made it back to the hotel by 7.30pm and went in search of food. Owen had suggested going down to the Port area but would have ...
... we arrived after 2 weeks at sea, which was a lot of fun and pampering. The days flew by, and we were deposited here in Tokyo after visiting 2 other Japanese ports, Otaru and Hakodate, with a side trip to Sapporo. While we had never heard of either before, we were very pleasantly surprised to find them to be enjoyable and interesting. First off, we've found the people to be extraordinarily friendly, despite the language barrier. It ...
... of the largest cemeteries we've seen. It goes way up the hill and the monuments and burial plots are huge. There must be millions of graves here given that cremation is the usual custom. By now it's getting on for 4.30pm and while we had intended to go back to the ship before heading up the mountain on the Ropeway we decided to abandon that idea and get back on the tram and go to the Ropeway now. It's is reputed to be one of the busiest cable cars in ...
... 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 ...