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When I plan a trip to Hokkaido, I have the intention to stay in Hakodate for 2 nights. Due to flight issue, I have to change the plan. Nevertheless, I make a point to have a daytrip from Sapporo to Hakodate though the train ride is 4 hours each way. It was a long day but we enjoyed the daytrip.
As it is a long distance travel, I decided to make seat reservation(both ways) for us as soon as we reached Narita airport. Making seat reservation was not difficult. Make sure you have date and time for travel destination. This is where Hyperdia comes in useful.
We took the 7.30am train ride from JR Sapporo station. It was a very comfortable and relaxing ride. The carriage was clean and non-smoking. Train was not crowded. The Limited Express Hokuto 4 arrived at JR Hakodate station at about 11.15am. Off we went to explore the area before we needed to the 5.15pm back to Sapporo.
The day was sunny and pleasantly cool for walking. First thing first – we went to search for the famous Japanese hamburger chain founded in 1987– Lucky Peirrot. Only can be seen in Hakodate, Lucky Pierrot boasts 17 shops, each with a different theme.
We went to the shop that was about 10 minutes walk from JR Hakodate station. It was a very colourful and full of characters. The burgers we ordered were delicious. Besides burgers, they sell other food items. To my dismay, smoking is allowed in the shop.
Now with our tummies filled, it was time to explore other areas. We went pass the Morning Market where you can have the fresh seafood. It was about 10 minutes from JR Hakodate station. As it was almost noon when we were there, the place was almost empty.
The popular and touristy Red Brick Warehouses by the bay was our next stop. About 20 minutes from JR Hakodate station. The place has many souvenir and sweets shops. Of course, there are also several restaurants and cafes including the ever popular Lucky Pierrot.
We also visited Mount Hakodate ropeway lower station. Wanted to try the cable car ride. However only operation from 4 pm onward. I know the night scene must be spectacular.
It was a nice and relaxing stroll along the quiet and beautiful streets. We only visit areas near to the JR Hakodate station.