Senshuan is the oldest company in Hakodate and the third oldest in Hokkaido. It started the business in 1860.
You can get traditional Japanese sweets there. Yamaoyaji biscuit, which uses milk and butter, is a Japanese and western mixed style product. It is locally well-known and five-piece box costs 315yen.
Tosenji temple is located five or ten minutes walk from the Yunokawa Streetcar Stop. In the precincts of this temple, you'll find many stone statues. They are the statues of Kannon, or the Goddess of Mercy. There are thirty three kannon and they used to be placed Mt. Hakodate.
In old days, there was a boom to travel around thirty three temples in the western part of Japan(Kyoto, Osaka area) but for the most people, it was difficult to do so.
So the people of influence brought soil from thirty three temples and made the same number of statues of Kannon and placed them in Mt. Hakodate in 1833. But those were removed when Mt. Hakodate was fortified in 1899. They were placed on the moutain foot and then, carried to Yunokawa in 1914. People in Yunokawa worshipped those Kannnon twice a year. But as time passes, through the urban development and land adjustment, some statues were abandoned and forgotten. So in 1975, Tosenji temple gathered all the remaining statues.
The present garden style thirty three Kannon was newly placed in 2007 with the help of temple chief and the followers. They visited thirty three temples and gathered soil again using three years.
Hakodate suffered so many big fires and one of them burned the wooden warehouses that used to stand there. After the fire, fire-proof red-brick construction was introduced to build today's red-brick warehouses. Kanemori is the name of the company that owns these warehouses. Today, you'll find a beer restaurant and a shopping mall inside. But if you go backstreet, you'll know that they still use the buildings as warehouses.
The photo below was taken from a room of Onuma Prince Hotel.
Soon it comes a season of autumn-color leaves. You will be able to enjoy colorful leaves on branches and on the surface of lake water.
On fine days, you can see a peak of Mt. Komagatake from the summit of Mt. Hakodate.
This coaster is used at the cafe on the third floor of the Hakodate Airport. You can buy this at 1,050yen. It's a little expensive, isn't it?
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