TRAVEL PHOTO-LOG 05
Hakodate, HOKKAIDO, JAPAN
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Hakodate was a crucial town in getting us from Tokyo to Sapporo and back. We stayed over for 2 nights (separately) which when totalled up, gave us more than sufficient time to cover the city, thereby ending our more than satisfactory rest stop at Hakodate.
All locals will definitely point you towards Mt Hakodate, and to the mountains we went! On the way, you can visit the Red Brick District, which is a port with a good selection of souvenir and food stalls. The rose ice cream stall is located there; you’d have to pay another 2 bucks or so to have them make your scoops into a rose, but I just went with it anyways because YOLO.
Mt Hakodate was extremely over-hyped, and throngs of tour buses came in one after the other. We queued to grab tickets, queued to be wedged onto the cable car, and queued to get off. The top of the tower was simply stuffed with too many tourists, even selfie sticks couldn’t get us through the wall barricade of handphones and cameras. After waving the white flag on not being able to grab the city lights and almost calling it a day up here, the seats on the cafe cleared somewhat and we managed to snag a window view!
Hakodate morning market is a different experience altogether from Tsukiji. You’d still have to wake up groggily early, and in our case, walk 2-3 kilometers from our hotel to the market as there weren’t public transportation. Prices were significantly cheaper as compared to Tsukiji’s but of course don’t expect the quality of sashimi to be on the same level. In the restaurant we went, you’re able to pick 3-4 different types of sashimi you’ll want to add into your donburi.