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Jul 5, 2018 - Hakodate Redux / Sayonara Hokkaido

Well our journey with Thel & John traversing much of Hokkaido has come to an end. We drove 2,000 km, and saw many beautiful sights on this tranquil & picturesque island. Except for the small towns in the river valleys & on the lake/ocean coasts, and a few cities, Hokkaido is a land of forested mountains, agricultural fields, rivers, lakes, and ocean coastline. It is a nature lovers wonderland. Spent our last couple nights in Hakodate at a small family operated traditional Pensionne. Our gracious hosts even provided us transport to dinner,...

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Jun 19, 2018 - Happy in Hakodate, Hokkaido

The ferry trip from Oma on the northern tip of Honshu to Hakodate on the southern end of Hokkaido took about one & a half hours; we cross the Tsugaru Straits. The ride was smooth with clear skies. Seating on the ferry is extremely limited. There are a dozen or so in the First Class Lounge and another dozen in 'Business'. We had standard boarding passes. That translates to padded flooring where you either lean against a wall, or, as most did, lie prone on the matting asleep. Oh, there were 10 seats at tables in the dining area, but the...

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Apr 8, 2016 - Hakodate

Fri 8th Hakodate 2-11°C, rainy. Hon-Atsugi 11-22°C, clear/cloudy It rained last night, leaving the town with that fresh look this morning, so at about 6am I walked over to the Motomachi area on the lower slopes of Mt Hakodate. Motomachi is the preserved western area from 1859 when Japan opened to the west. The Russian Orthodox church is a nice building with its small onion domes, the Episcopal church is shaped like an arched cross, rather garish and not exactly pleasing to my eye. Of course there's the Catholic church with an attractive...

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Apr 7, 2016 - Hakodate

Thurs 7th 3-13°C, grey skies, showers later. Breakfast at the hotel this morning, Melynda stayed in the hotel to catch up with Uni study, so I went exploring the bay and Motomachi areas. Caught the tram back to Hakodate Ekimae for a stroll through the morning market. Mel says it's quite rude to take pictures in there, so a short description will suffice. There is a large covered area with tables and chairs at one end, and many individual seafood vendors both inside and surrounding the single storey market building. The range of seafood is...

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Apr 6, 2016 - Hakodate

Wed 6th, 2-13°C, clear and sunny. ^_^ Starving at 10 o'clock, I decided we should go to the waterfront for breakfast. We took the tram to the end of the line at Hakodate-dockmae to see the historic red brick warehouses, but after walking 10 minutes in the chill wind, found only docks for the fishing fleet. I took some photos, so it was not a total loss. After consulting the map, we took the next tram back back to where we started. The warehouses were a 5 minute walk from there, or 10 minutes total walk from the hotel. Very scenic old area,...

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Apr 5, 2016 - Osaka to Hakodate

Tues 5th 1-13°C, clear, occasional scattered showers later. Early start today (comparatively speaking), 8:40 shinkansen hikari to Tokyo, then the speedy new 320kph hayabusa at 12:20 for Shin-Hakodate. I packed the winter woolies for Hakodate, 1°C is a bit chilly for this Queenslander. At Shin-Osaka I bought an ekiben to have for breakfast on the train. There is a good choice on display around large long distance train stations.These have good quality, freshly cooked ingredients packed as you order at the best bento vendors. There are plenty...

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May 2, 2015 - Hakodata

Today in Hakodate, Gerry is in quarantine with a slight temp and flu. I went ashore with David and Trish to explore. (No photos yet) We used the tram system to get around which along with buses is the only way to go here. The trams are so much nicer then tearing around on the subway especially for short distances. Our first stop was the Goryokaku Tower which has lovely views of the Goryokaku park. This was once a five pointed fort with moat. The park is full of cherry trees but only some still in bloom. A nice place to walk around. From...

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Sep 25, 2014 - Hokkaido, Hakodate

9/25 Talk by Prof. George on thinking/learning/teaching...excellent! Hokkaido, Hakkodate,  Onuma Natl. Park: Once again very efficient off boarding to bus and excursion began at noon. Our Japanese guide (degree in biology) explains a lot about the city & island... 60% of  Japanese rice grown in Hokaido and sugar comes from sugar beets. Sapporo beer is famous...same latitude as Milwaukee and Munich. ..beer belt. Walk around big lake created by volcano in 1640. Only place beech trees indigenous & lacquer trees, poison ivy vines growing up...

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Jun 8, 2014 - in the rain

The weather gods quit smiling on us today. Hakodate is supposed to be a particularly beautiful city, located on a narrow peninsula. At the sounth end Mt. Hakodate, an extinct volcano, rises 1100 feet and provides wonderful views of the sea on both sides of the city - if it isn’t buried in clouds as it was today. As tours often do, we disregarded the weather, and took the Mt. Hakodate Ropeway, an aerial tram, to the top and peered at nothing until it was time to leave. Luckily, the rest of our tour went to places less affected by the...

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May 28, 2010 - Hakodate and the Black Ships

Not many of the townspeople of Hakodate, witnessing the arrival of Commodore Matthew Perry in the harbour on March 17th 1854, will have suspected that the arrival was part of a series of events that would lead that same harbour to be the scene of the last battle of the Boshin War, the Japanese Civil War, that led to the restoration of the Emperor to political power. Not that there were many people left in town to witness the historic event, because the Matsumae clan, Daimyos of the area, had taken great precaution. Women and children were...

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Nov 19, 2008 - Hakodate

It was time to leave Osaka and move on to Hakodate. The train trip was not that interesting – pretty much the only thing to do is drink beer and eat bento boxes (fine by me!) and that is what happened. At around 8pm we arrived in Hakodate, in a blizzard (by our standards) which was completely unexpected. Searching for our hotel took a relatively long time because unbeknown to us, it was one of the only Toyoko inns not to have “Tokoyo inn” written on the top, but the Japanese characters for it. We eventually found it however and made...

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Sep 29, 2008 - The Land of the Rising Sun

“If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay at home.” JAMES MICHENER I took my first steps on Asian soil yesterday and I apologize to those of you out there who have been this way before…I just want to record my first impressions of Japan. I reserve the right to change some of these views as we spend the next four days in this delightful nation. Japan is clean and neat - the people all appear delighted to see us – they love to show off their country – there is no litter on the...

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