Tram around Hakodate
You don't really need to take trams to anywhere else in Hakodate other than probably to Fort Goryokaku or to the Yunokawa Onsen. Pllaces like the Motomachi District, Mount Hakodate and Kanemori Red Brick Warehouses are really within walking distance from one another. Price of the tram is really dependent on the distance traveled (200 - 240 JPY).
Do always remember to take a ticket when you board the tram. On the ticket there will be a stop number, and the price of your fare will be reflected on a LED display board near the driver - Just check your fare out by tallying it with the stop number. Drop the ticket and your coins into the machine slot and you're good to go! Well you can also bring out all your coins with your ticket when in doubt and the kind driver will calculate your fare and make the payment for you.
ropeway up Hakodate Yama
The ropeway station is found in the Motomachi District and costs about 1160 JPY for a return trip up and down Mount Hakodate.
I got my return ropeway trip at a discount with a voucher found in one of the shops in Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse around the bay area.
Try the Hakodate's streetcars,...
Try the Hakodate's streetcars, the first in Hokkaido, were put in service in 1913. The Chinchin-densha(Tinkle-tinkle streetcar) nicknamed 'Hakodate Dandy,' a reproduction of a streetcar that served in the Meiji era.
trishaw pullers !
Spotted alot of trishaw pullers near the JR Hakodate Station and around the Kanemori Red Brick Warehouses, so I reckon they are ferrying tourists to and fro for a fee. Although I did not try it but it should be quite interesting.
Sleeper Express Train from Tokyo to Hakodate
The famed Hokutosei (North Star) Sleeper express leaving Ueno Station in Tokyo bound for Sapporo Station twice daily routes:16：50 and 19：03, and arriving in Hakodate at 4：33 and 6：34 respectively.
There is also another train of the same route called the Cassiopeia, which is all-first-class luxury version which leaves Ueno at 16：20 arriving Hakodate at 4：18.
Here is the only station whereby the train arrives here in one direction, and departs in the opposite direction.
The photos shown here are alas, the economy class version but delightfully retro train as described at top.
The lounge car has a pay telephone, which was a nice chance to use up dozens of those decades-old, non-interest-earning, pre-paid "telephone cards" accumulated over the years which has long since gone the wayside to today's mobile phone culture.
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JR Train - Super Hokuto
To and from Hakodate can be easily done by the JR railway. I took the limited express train from JR Hakodate Station to Lake Toya.
There are 40-min daytime "cafe" cruises, and a 1 hour nighttime cruise in summer and high-peak travel season. Operates hourly from 10:30 till 16:00 or 17:00 depending on season.
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Sapporo to Hakodate
I got roundtrip ticket for only 10000yen. This kind of ticket is limited for some schedule only. Check it out at any JR station.
3 hours needed from Sapporo to Hakodate.
the easiest way to explore Hakodate is by Hakodate Tram or bus.
Get the one day pass for tram and bus (1000yen) or 2 days pass (1700yen)
You can buy from the driver directly.
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