Walking tour of Hakodate
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Today was HOT! I came up to Hokkaido to escape the heat but I think it followed me. Aside from the heat, I had an amazing day today. I did a walking tour that the National Geographic: Traveler Japan recommended it. The walk took me about five to six hours (I stopped for food along the way…a couple of times) and 5.6km (3.5 miles). I started my walk around 9:30am and ended around 4:00.
I took a taxi from the train station to Hakodate Dokku-mae and then walked southwest on the Uomi-zaka street to the Foreigners Cemetery. According to the sign posted outside of the cemetery, most of the foreigners who died in Hokkaido were buried here along with some Christian Japanese citizens.
The next two buildings I could have skipped. I do not know if it was too early in the morning and they were closed or if all there was to see was the outside. The Old Russian Consulate and the Chinese Memorial Hall were unimpressive, as I could not get inside to see them.
The Soma Company Building was the next stop on my tour and I took a quick photo as I walked passed. The guidebook said it was one of the most photographic buildings in Hakodate so I had to take a picture of it.
By this point, it was hot and I was starting to feel rather disgusting so I decided to stop for a bit of tea/lunch at the Old British Consulate. The Old British Consulate is a white building with blue trimmed windows. If you have a chance to walk around it, I suggest doing that. There is a lovely gazebo that is shaded by trees, it offers a great view of a fountain and some flowers. Inside the consulate there is a gift shop, a small museum, and a tea room. I sat for forty-five minutes while I ate lunch and enjoyed a cup of tea.
After my tea, I climbed up the rest of the hill and reached the Old Public Hall.
The church area was next on my tour and I stopped at the Russian Orthodox Church and the Roman Catholic Church. The Russian Orthodox Church was striking with its rounded design. The Roman Catholic Church looked like a normal church to me.
After the Church District, I walked along the Ice Cream District.
Hakodate is famous for its view from the top of Mount Hakodate-yama. The way to travel to the top of the mountain is via cable car and that was my next stop on the walking tour, Mount Hakodate Cable Car Station. I have a horrible fear of heights and I almost chickened out three times before I bought my ticket to go up the mountain. It was worth it! The cable car ride is fast and smooth and it offers a great view of the two ports. The view from the top of the mountain is beautiful. I was able to see the hourglass shape of Hakodate. This is a must do for anyone who is in Hakodate.
Once I was down the mountain I walked for fifteen minutes to reach the waterfront.
Once I was down the mountain, I walked to the Red Warehouse area. Here I stopped for a sweet strawberry dessert at Snaffle’s and then I continued on my walk to Hakodate Beer where I stopped for drink. I finished my walk at the train station where I caught a train for Sapporo before starting on my next journey to Rishiri Island.
I thought Hakodate was an amazing city to visit and if I have the chance I am going to visit there again. I would love to do the walking tour in cooler weather and I also want to see Goryokaku (Five Corner Fort). This fort was built by the Shogun to defend Japan from foreigners. I didn’t have time to visit it on this trip but I would love see it on my next visit