Fish and Produce Market
The main fish market is a maze of people selling fantastic looking fish and shellfish in all states of life, from aggressive looking crabs fighting for freedom, to swampy looking vats of fish stuff that I would have to think twice about eating even if my life depended upon it.
Everyone is very friendly and happy to pose for pictures, or take pictures of you with those monsters of the deep. Lots of fish restaurants in the area too.
Higikata Toshizo - LAST SAMURAI
He was in Shinsengumi which group had keep guard at Kyoto for Edo goverment.
But the situation of Japan had dramatically changed in the end of the Edo period.(1868)
But they had strong willness until they died.
"Where there's a will, there's way"
Gyokaku is the last place of their battle.
Gryokaku is the first star style castle in Japan.
End of Edo period (1868) new goverment and Bakuhu(old goverment) fighted each other,which was Hakodate war.
I think this place was really the last Samuri Battle place.
I hear 'Last Samurai' 's model is Saigo Takamori who was Kyusyu man.
But I think Higikata Toshizo was real Samurai.
You can see this castle from a tower.
Next year it will be rebuild and get more high building I heared.
Hakodate Motomachi Catholic Church
Hakodate opened the port earlier than other Japanese port in Edo period (about 150years ago)
This building was built in 1876.but burnd down and then rebuild in 1924.
Many other country's culture ware imported.
So you can see many western style churches
This mood is like Yokohama, Kobe I think.
There is a tower which you have to paid for going up. On the top, you will see a garden below surrounded by a star-shape fortress. However, you would be able to take the whole star into your shot unless you bring a fish ball lens.
Onuma Quasi National Park
A large national park near Hakodate.
You could spend time there for boating, cycling or walking. Do reserve 2+ hours for completing a tour round the lake in the park while watching the natural envrionment there.
The harbor of Hakodate
Another nice view in Hakodate. Best view in the street shown in the picture. I don't know the name in english. But it should not be difficult to find.
Walk up the street, you may find a garden and some architectures. Among the most famous are the Russian Orthodox Church, the Old British Consulate, the Chinese Memorial Hall and the prefectural government's former branch office buildings. They look quite nice.
Beautiful nightview in Hakodate
Nightview in Hakodate is 1 of the 3 most beautiful nightviews in the world besides Hong Kong and Napolis.
If you spend 1+ days in Hakodate, go up the mountain in the night when you see a clear sky. If you don't have sunny days in your stay, you may opt to go up the mountain by bus, it may increase the chance and lengthen the time you can watch the night bulbs in the city. Please note that you may not be able to see anything at the mountain top if the weather is bad.
The godown in Hakodate
It situates along the harbour shore. The godown becomes a shopping arcade now. You may found many souvenirs and good restaurant serving japanese and western food there.
Besides, it is nice looking at night. Please see my pic.
I got the tram out here and had a look at this old fort. Looked very nice with the snow about, although gave the nearby tower a miss.
It's well worth having a look at the local brewery. Good beer, very good beer indeed.
I dropped in for an hour or so to sample the 4 types of beer they have on offer.
750 yen for a 500ml glass.
Hakodate is famous with its cuttlefish. It had become one of symbol of Hakodate.
Find the cuttlefish mark on the street :)
Hakodate is famous with its slope. There are many church in here. Hakodate mountain can be reach from this area by cable car.
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A unique park which have a star shape when you look from the sky.
Since I am unable to take picture from the sky, I took the poster instead :p
A religious house
This house is built in 1898, the first religious house. Even now sisters stay with strict canon. The rule of this house is silent.
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