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About Hakodate

Hakodate is an important port city in the southwestern part of Hokkaido. From the Seikan Tunnel to the south, you can reach Honshu Island's Aomori Prefecture. Hakodate is the great south gate to Hokkaido. Hakodate opened its doors to the world in 1854 and is a long-established port trading city. When you come to Hakodate, be sure to climb up to the top of Mount Hakodate to enjoy the city's glimmering nightscape. If you want a taste of exoticism, you can take a walk among Motomachi's historic buildings. For those who are looking forward to Japanese hot springs, you can go to the Yukawa Onsen to relieve the fatigue of travel. Hakodate City is also a paradise for food lovers.

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Mount Hakodate
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Mount Hakodate is located in downtown Hakodate. Visitors can take a cable car to the observation deck at the top of the mountain, which is considered the best place to view the Hakodate nightscape and Tsugaru Strait. It is a must-see attraction for visitors to Hakodate. Although small in size, the city of Hakodate at night resembles a scattering of shimmering jewels. It is included among Japan's three best night views, alongside the views from Nagasaki's Mount Inansa and Kobe's Mount Rokko. The observation deck also encompasses a restaurant and gift shop, and visitors can enjoy the spectacular night views while dining in the restaurant.
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Hakodate Morning Market is home to the most delicious food in Hakodate, with cuttlefish being the city's specialty. Noodles, ice cream, and even chocolate made from cuttlefish are also a real treat! Visitors here can enjoy the fresh seafood on offer, or if you feel really courageous, why not try sea urchin sashimi? Simply eat it on the spot, or pick a cuttlefish from one of the tanks and ask the shop keeper to whip up some sashimi to experience truly fresh seafood.
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After a circle around the South and North Seas, I and Hadid returned to Hakodate. It was already afternoon in Hakodate. When I saw the Hakodate, I could see the lovely Hokkaido characteristics: the monkeys and hot springs. Just in the Hakodate City, Hakodate and Botanical Garden, I decided to go to see the monkeys.

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Hakodate Tropical Botanical Garden

Here is the Hakodate for tropical plants. In the Botanical Garden, you can see a variety of tropical plants such as exotic cacti in the tropical botanical garden of Hakodate. The botanical garden is very small. We strolled around the park for more than half an hour, and then went straight to the monkey hot spring pool area. Most of the tourists are basically here.

There are small biscuits for the little monkeys to sell at the gate. You can buy them to feed the monkeys. Although the garden name is Tropical Botanical Garden, these cute little monkeys are the real protagonists. Opposite the Monkey Mountain Hot Springs Pool is a pool where you can soak your soup. Because it is very close to the Yunokawa Onsen, you can experience the soup.

The Monkey Mountain and Hot Spring Pool are built in a deep pit below the horizon. A group of Japanese macaques raised in the garden come to the hot spring pool every day to take a bath. It is a whole day, and it is really enviable to watch these monkeys look happy and happy. A few monkeys probably because of the long-term hot springs, the hair is very rare, when I stood up from the pool, I was cold for him, hahaha, after all, it was still snowing.

I watched the monkey for about an hour and watched it, and I was reluctant to leave, or I returned.

You can return to the Hakodate JR station. At this time, the lights in front of the station are lit. The night view is very romantic. It is very suitable for taking pictures. You can take a look at it.

Address: No.15, No.15, Yukawa-cho, Hakodate, Hokkaido

Tickets: 300 yen

Transportation: From the JR Hakodate Station, take the Hakodate tram (city power) Yunokawa direction (Tang ) and get off at the end of the "Tangnokawa" and walk about 15 minutes to the south.

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April-October 9
Posted: 30 Nov 2018


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