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Daytrip – Sapporo to Hakodate (4th November 2015)

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.

 

Lucky Pierrot

Lucky Pierrot

 

 A colourful exterior

A colourful exterior

 

Opening hours

Opening hours

 

Inside the shop

Inside the shop

 

Burger is big and meat is tender and juicy

Burger is big and meat is tender and juicy

 

Something different

Something different

 

Another Lucky Pierrot shop at waterfront bay

Another Lucky Pierrot shop at waterfront bay

 

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 Hakodate Morning Market

The Hakodate Morning Market

 

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.

Touristy attraction

Touristy attraction

 

Popular Hotel La Vista is a walking distance from the red brick warehouse

Popular Hotel La Vista is a walking distance from the red brick warehouse

 

Red Brick Warehouse shopping area

Red Brick Warehouse shopping area

 

Many sweets shops and restaurant around here

Many sweets shops and restaurant around here

 

Waterfront bay

Waterfront bay

 

Street is quiet and clean

Street is quiet and clean

 

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.

View from ropeway station

View from ropeway station

 

Near lower ropeway station

Near lower ropeway station

It was a nice and relaxing stroll along the quiet and beautiful streets.  We only visit areas near to the JR Hakodate station.

 

JR Hakodate Station - a small station where you can walk to the attractions nearby

JR Hakodate Station – a small station where you can walk to the attractions nearby

 

Inside the station

Inside the station

 

Train seat is comfortable and spacious

Train seat is comfortable and spacious

 

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