hakadate, Japan


Hakodate, Japan

We skipped over Kushiro because of the typhoon that was supposed to hit it dead on and went into  the Sea of Japan.

Hakodate was one of the first ports to open up to international trade under the Treaty Act of 1854 and so shows some foreign influences in it’s architecture. We had to go through a whole passport custom procedure where we each had to give  our fingerprints and they took another photo of us besides our passports. It took forever.


We first went to see the “Morning Fish Market” and saw tons of crabs, squid and other amazing item..

Hairy crab


Fishing for Squid



A sushi restaurant within the market


One Large Crab weighing in at around 5 pounds!


And for dessert, how about a little cheesecake?


The Market


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We then took a trolley to the Old Town, I took a picture of your typical passengers



The streets of old Hakodate are very steep and have some very interesting buildings. Actually, there are 4 religious buildings within minutes of each other. There is a Roman Catholic Church, a Russian Orthodox Church, an Episcopal Church and a Buddhist Temple. I guess there was great tolerance for different religions in the city. Russia is quite close to this little island in the North of Japan.


The Russian Orthodox Church


Icons inside the Russian Church


The Roman Catholic Church


Maybe someone can tell me why they had a rooster on top of the steeple of the Church? And if you look closely you can see 2 owls under the two statues by the door??? And look at the stone gate they had.

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Episcopal Church – quite modern, was built the last in the 70’s. If you fly over you will see the building is shaped like a cross.


And part of the Buddhist temple. The sun was shining directly on the building and I couldn’t get a good shot from the outside, but this building was on the side of it.




Along the steep streets we came across the old British Consulate with it’s little garden, and benches to sit and while away the day.




We saw some beautiful houses. This one was a restaurant with ivy growing along the side of the building, it looked wind swept and the leaves were turning colors.


The children are adorable, and it seems that each school or class had their own colored baseball caps that each of the kids wore, I guess to identify them with.



There was even a ridiculous surprise around a bend!! Her nails were all blinged up!!!


Can you make out our ship the SS Amsterdam taken from the top of the hill?


Time for dinner! Tomorrow is a day at sea and then we are off to Yokohama and Tokyo (I think!)


2 responses »

  1. Hi Nina and Kal,
    Roosters are considered sacred symbols in Japan, and are permitted to run free amongst the Shinto temples. They are also honored as such in China. Animals symbols are very common throughout Asia and the rooster is a symbol of power, probably due to “cock” fighting. Here is another thought though, I know Owls are used many places as a way to keep other birds from roosting as they are somewhat of a predatory bird so pigeons and other birds do not “drop droppings” all over. Owls are a symbol of wisdom as well. Anyway…loved your pictures and post as usual! Samo, samo here. Watched the US presidential debate last night. I think Mr. Mitt Romney closed the gap a little bit.
    Many blessings for a continued safe and wonderful voyage!

  2. What a pretty place… My Grandmother would have loved that Russian Orthodox church. She was Russian Orthodox. The rooster… I dunno, maybe “wake up and come to church”?? Ha, ha… Thanks for all the lovely photos!

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