Thursday, May 8, 2014

Hakodate

*Updated*


Finally.  I have been chasing after cherry blossoms for a few days now and going further north to the island of Hokkaido has paid off.  I am in Hakodate, one of the largest cities on Hokkaido.  The sakura are just starting to fall so the trees are still very much in bloom.

Fort Goryokaku, a western style for that was built in the mid to late 1800s, is the premier spot for cherry blossoms in Hakodate.  There is a large history behind the fort, its role in the change of the form of government in Japan and outside Western influences.  You can read about it here, here, and here if you are interested.






























Star shaped Fort Goryakaku.

















































Observation tower overlooking the fort.































People enjoying food and drinks under the cherry trees.  This custom is known as hanami.




























































Row boats were available for rent if you wanted to row yourself and a friend around the moat.











































































































































































In the evening I headed to Mount Hakodate to get some pictures overlooking the city.






























The ropeway up Mount Hakodate.








































































































































Afterwards I wandered around the area near my hotel and found an interesting little alleyway of tiny restaurants.  And I mean tiny.  They seemed to fit 10 people or less.


















































All of these photos are available in my Hakodate Flickr album.