Tatal Land area : 678 km2
Location : Southern tip of Hokkaido, 144 degree 40 minutes of east longitude, 41 degrees 46 minutes of north latitude
Almost same latitude as that of Rome, Barcelona, New York and Chicago
Major Industries: Tourism & Fishery
One of the most popular tourist destinations in Japan. About five million people visit the city every year.
In summer it's cooler than other part of Japan and it's not so cold in winter compared to other part of Hokkaido and it doesn't have much snow like Sapporo or Otaru.
Hakodate is well known as a first international port that opened to foreign countries after 200 years national seclusion policy(1633-1858). After opening its port, western culture flowed into the city. So in the old area of the city you can find many western style buildings built in early 20th century. Those buildings endow the city with an exotic ambience and attract many people.
In addition to that, the view from Mt. Hakodate at night is superb and it is the highlight of the visit to Hakodate for many tourists.
Food is also important point of travel. Hakodate is covered on three sides by water and you can enjoy fresh and excellent seafood. There are many sushi restaurants here. Squid sashimi, or thinly sliced row squid, is best in Japan.
If you are not good at seafood, don't worry. Hokkaido is Japan's food producing region and you can taste good meat, vegetables and dairy products, too. Lamb barbecue is one of its specialties and beef is also good.
What pleases you more, they are offered reasonable price!
The photo below is a new menu, Anmitsu Soft.
Vanilla and green tea mixed ice is coated by brown sugar syrup and under the ice cream seaweed gelatin cubes and gyuhi or shiratama dumplings are placed. It costs 350yen and I liked it. When I visited this shop, I could see calves in the nearby pasture. They were so cute.
At the beginning of trading at Hakodate port, one forth of exporting products was sent to China and they were kombu, dried squid, dried sea cucumber and dried abalone.
The building in the photo was built as a community hall for chinese living in Hakodate in 1910 inviting Chinese capenters and palnning directors.
Unfortunately it is closed to public.
Address: 1-12 Omachi, Hakodate
Nearest tram stop is Omachi.（大町）
Green tea taste wasn't so strong and a wooden disposable spoon was offered.
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Today, I found the Red Moomoo! I was happy to see it. May something good will come to me!
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