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..
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?
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.
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!)