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    The Famous Nightview

    by wathy Written Sep 24, 2005

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    Night view from Hakodate Mountain
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    I heard from the taxi driver in here that this is the third most famous night view after US and Hongkong. Is it true? Well, I heard that here is the most famous night view in Japan, so it is a must see view!!
    Lucky me that there was fireworks festival in the day i visited Hakodate, so that I can enjoy the nightview together with the fireworks. It was awesome!

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    Goryoukaku Tower

    by wathy Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Goryoukaku looked from tower

    Find the histories of Goryoukaku and Hakodate in ground floor of this tower.
    You can climb up to the upstairs to see around of Hakodate, but you cannot see the star shape from here.
    They are building higher tower now, but I dun know if the star shape garden can be see from this new tower

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    Bay Area

    by wathy Updated Sep 24, 2005

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    Brick Old Warehouse
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    The one of oldest harbour that opened for trading in Japan beside the one in Yokohama n Nagasaki. Now this area become a shopping area in Hakodate. This area is famous for the red brick old warehouse which now used as the shops. The most unique shop inside is a shop with christmas thema.
    You can find christmas accesories all year. You also can send christmas card in here whenever you visit but it only will delivered on chirstmas.
    There are many restaurant in here too.

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    The Trappistine Convent

    by wathy Written Jul 25, 2005

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    The Trappistine Convent
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    This convent was founded by eight sisters from France in 1898. You are not allowed to enter this convent. There is some pictures displayed in the next of souvenir shop which show you how is the inner of this convent and how is the the sisters daily activities.
    You can buy original butter cake or candies that made by Sisters in the souvenir shop.

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    Fish and Produce Market

    by saracen Written Jan 7, 2005

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    Charles' Pic of Old Man and Veg

    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.

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    Western style Town hall in Hakodate

    by RoseAmano Updated Feb 17, 2008

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    Town hall
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    Pastel blue and Yellow beautiful town hall was built in 1910.Renaissance pattern building.
    Taisyo emperor stayed here.

    In the minor photos, from the Motomachi district uphill, walk down the street and reach the Bay Area. This downhill scene is well-known in Japan, having been used in television dramas and adverts.

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    Pentagonal Fort Goryokaku

    by robanne Written Jun 19, 2009

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    The Goryokaku tower
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    Goryokaku Fort is actually a park that housed alot of flowers and it one of the places Japanese gather for cherry blossoms viewing. Unfortunately I visited the place at the wrong season and missed the sight! However, there are still other nice flowers that decorated the park though.

    The entire garden is shaped like a pentagon and the entire shape can be viewed at the top of the Goryakaku Tower.

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    Asa-ichi Market

    by RoseAmano Updated Feb 17, 2008

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    Asa-ichi Market, Hakodate, Japan
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    We went to Asa-ichi at about 8:00AM. (ungodly early for Rose)
    After the breakfast we walk around Asa-ichi.
    There many fish fish shop like this.

    I asked a fish dealer where did you catch the fishes?

    He answered: almost these crab are caught from Russian sea.

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  • The harbor of Hakodate

    by sycyuen Updated Sep 21, 2004

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    The harbour 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.

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    St. Johannes Church

    by RoseAmano Written Feb 17, 2008

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    St. Johannes Church, Hakodate Japan

    Located in the Motomachi District along with the other turn of the century churches and architecture, the Hakodate St. Johannes Church began from early Meiji era (1874) with the mission of the Church of England, in which case I reckon ought to render the official name "St. John's" though this is not reflected in the Japanese terminology. Anyway, this building was rebuilt in 1921 and refurbished in 1979.

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    Hakodate Motomachi Catholic Church

    by RoseAmano Updated Nov 13, 2004

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    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
    in Hakodate.
    This mood is like Yokohama, Kobe I think.

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    Goryokaku Park

    by RoseAmano Written Nov 13, 2004

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    Goryokaku Fort
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    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.

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  • Beautiful nightview in Hakodate

    by sycyuen Updated Sep 21, 2004

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    Beautiful nightview from Hakodate Hill

    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.

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  • Onuma Quasi National Park

    by sycyuen Updated Sep 21, 2004

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    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.

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    Motomachi area

    by akikonomu Written Sep 8, 2010

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    A wonderful area with sights of a Russian orthodox church right beside Japanese residential houses, which connects to the English embassy, and leads to a Shinto shrine that offers prayers for safe seafaring. A walkable area that gives a good overview of the history of Hakodate and its status as a trading port with influences from around the globe.

    Best of all are the slopes that are unblocked and lead right into the harbour area, giving a panaromic view from this vantage point.

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