函館 Hakodate – In Japan’s North Star

The stamp shown above is proof that I visited the 五稜郭 Goryōkaku in Hakodate, the only star-shaped fort in Japan, modeled after European forts. Of course, I took photographs there; indeed, I also took photographs of the places I visited before arriving in Hokkaidō. But those photographs went missing in the form of the SD card that they were saved on.

I must have lost the card when changing the battery of my camera in front of the 旧函館区公会堂 Kyū Hakodate Kōkaidō (“Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward”, see below Picture #11) because the SD card was in the same pouch as the battery.

Therefore, there are only photographs that were taken on the second SD card (I changed the cards in the hotel on my way to the public hall). A selection follows.



Impressions of the city

Picture #1. A bear.

Picture #1. A bear.

Picture #2. At the docks.

Picture #2. At the docks.

Picture #3. This is home to the police.

Picture #3. This is home to the police.

Picture #4. The first of many European-looking buildings.

Picture #4. The first of many European-looking buildings.



Picture #5. The Hakodate City Museum of Northern Peoples from the outside.

Picture #5. The Hakodate City Museum of Northern Peoples from the outside.

Picture #6. Impression I of the Hakodate City Museum of Northern Peoples.

Picture #6. Impression I of the Hakodate City Museum of Northern Peoples.

Picture #7. Impression II of the Hakodate City Museum of Northern Peoples.

Picture #7. Impression II of the Hakodate City Museum of Northern Peoples.

Picture #8. Impression III of the Hakodate City Museum of Northern Peoples.

Picture #8. Impression III of the Hakodate City Museum of Northern Peoples.



Picture #9. Another European-looking building.

Picture #9. Another European-looking building.

Picture #10. The four founding fathers of Hakodate.

Picture #10. The four founding fathers of Hakodate.

Picture #11. The Old Public Hall, the highlight of European-looking buildings in Hakodate.

Picture #11. The Old Public Hall, the highlight of European-looking buildings in Hakodate.

Picture #12. Inside the Old Public Hall, there is an imperial ride.

Picture #12. Inside the Old Public Hall, there is an imperial ride.

Picture #13. In the vicinity of the Old Public Hall, there are other, smaller nice buildings to see as well.

Picture #13. In the vicinity of the Old Public Hall, there are other, smaller nice buildings to see as well.

Picture #14. Another one.

Picture #14. Another one.

Picture #15. Oh, and there are a lot of churches, too!

Picture #15. Oh, and there are a lot of churches, too!

Picture #16. But of course, there are also Japanese praying halls.

Picture #16. But of course, there are also Japanese praying halls.



Picture #17. Finally, there is the ropeway that transports you up Mt. Hakodate.

Picture #17. Finally, there is the ropeway that transports you up Mt. Hakodate.

Picture #18. And there, a weather station greets you! But the view from the mountain is said to be ...

Picture #18. And there, a weather station greets you! But the view from the mountain is said to be …

Picture #19. ... wait for it ...

Picture #19. … wait for it …

Picture #20. ... almost there ...

Picture #20. … almost there …

Picture #21. Oh, look, animals!

Picture #21. Oh, look, animals!

Picture #22. Others are waiting as well. For what, again?

Picture #22. Others are waiting as well. For what, again?

Picture #23. ... awesome! The view is said to be awesome.

Picture #23. … awesome! The view is said to be awesome.

Picture #24. The nightscape of Hakodate is one of the three most beautiful nightscapes of Japan.

Picture #24. The nightscape of Hakodate is one of the three most beautiful nightscapes of Japan.

Picture #25. And then I'm down the mountain again.

Picture #25. And then I’m down the mountain again.



On my way to the next destination

Picture #26. The most beautiful mountain of those I have seen in Hokkaido.

Picture #26. The most beautiful mountain of those I have seen in Hokkaido.

Picture #27. An interesting station.

Picture #27. An interesting station.

Picture #28. Snow! (Not Jon.)

Picture #28. Snow! (Not Jon.)



Bonus: Snapshots

Picture #29. One impression of the Goryokaku Tower was on my smartphone.

Picture #29. One impression of the Goryokaku Tower was on my smartphone.

Picture #30. I stayed in a hotel near the Goryokaku a couple of days later.

Picture #30. I stayed in a hotel near the Goryokaku a couple of days later.

Picture #31. Something.

Picture #31. Something.

Picture #32. Oh yes, the station!

Picture #32. Oh yes, the station!

Picture #33. This is one of the trains I took.

Picture #33. This is one of the trains I took.

Picture #34. And this, too.

Picture #34. And this, too.

Picture #35. "Kanita, the town that connects New York and Rome." (It really says so!)

Picture #35. “Kanita, the town that connects New York and Rome.” (It really says so!)



Mumon

  1 Response to “函館 Hakodate – In Japan’s North Star

  1. April 28th, 2016 at 05:58 AM

    WOW, it seems that you had a lot of fun there!

    • Leo Born
      April 30th, 2016 at 12:41 PM

      Yes, I did! 😀

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