Romantic patch this one. Let’s walk around through my lens, shall we?
There’s of course much more to Hakodate than the Bay. I feel that it will be too much information to go into one post.
Hakodate was one of the first few Japanese port to be opened to the world (USA gunship diplomacy; threatened Japanese with warships and forced the government to open up the ports). *Nagasaki was the first. There’s certainly some East meet West feeling in the architecture and their streets. The town mood was quite mellow, I should say; or it could have been just the touristy me. The town had much to offer.
Hakodate night sky was something that the town took pride in. It was awarded 3 stars according to the Michelin Green Guide. Their tourism board was all over this and it was impossible to miss the crazy adverts. So this one gets a special stand alone post.
The second one that is blog worthy… Lucky Pierrot Burger. Alright, I know this sounds strange, but our Tokyolite friend loved this place and STRONGLY recommended this. True to form, it was fantastic! Magically fabulous Japanese fast food. I understand why our friend obsessed over it. Lucky Pierrot created enough buzz that the locals would travel to Hakodate just to taste their burger & to buy their merchandise. Only in Japan?
This is not a burger town!!! Hakodate was a darling for fresh seafood. Fresh off the water and more relaxed than its Tokyo sister, Tsukiji.
Further seafood info? Hakodate’s morning market – Hokkaido, Japan 函館市、北海道
How to get here?
Hakodate JR station or Hakodate airport
This is Hokkaido (love)
Where I stayed?
Aqua Garden, Hakodate
19-13 Otemachi, Hakodate, Hokkaido Prefecture 040-0064, Japan
Very little English, but friendly staff and very willing to help. 2 min walk from the morning market. Great location. Same as any other Japanese business hotel? Nothing particular mention worthy.
Max 10min walk to the Hakodate station. (it was like 3min for me; or 7min with luggage)
1min walk from Hakodate airport bus. From bus stop to airport was 20~30min.
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