After having breakfast at the hotel, we made our way to Hakodate. Hakodate is the third largest city in Hokkaido, located at the southern tip of the island. It’s well known for seafood such as uni and salmon roe.
Oh yes, and it’s a freaking 3-hours drive from Noboribetsu to Hakodate.
Again, it was an easy drive except that my thighs cramped half way through the journey. It was the first time I drove for more than 1.5 hours on the expressway and I overestimated my body conditions.
Luckily, I was about to rest at a stopover in time. If you only have 1 driver, remember to stop frequently to stretch your body. There are many stopover stations along Hokkaido Expressway, which you and your travel buddies can eat and take a toilet break.
If you are lucky, you might manage to find some special products produced by a nearby farm at the stopover station. We bought a pack of fresh tomatoes, and man it’s damn good (no photo though!) The milk pudding was really awesome too!
La Jolie Motomachi by WBF Hakodate
The last time when we went to Hokkaido, we were really last minute in booking our hotels. This time, we thought that we would be alright because we started booking our hotels 3 months before the trip. Meh… We were so wrong. Once again, most of the hotels were fully booked so we were left with limited choices. It was slightly better because the price hike wasn’t as terrible as before.
La Jolie Motomachi was not on our list because it was very expensive as compared to the other hotels in close proximity. And… the room looked really outdated from Agoda’s photos.
But this hotel was so good! We were really happy that we didn’t have a choice and stayed in La Jolie Motomachi.
We paid around S$ 455 per night for our Twin non-smoking room at the hotel including complimentary evening cocktails and buffet breakfast for two.
We booked two nights as the attractions that we wanted to go are located at two different points. The trip was meant to boost our energy so we decided not to push ourselves too hard with a time-tight itinerary.
The hotel has a free car park right behind the hotel so you don’t have to worry about your parking fee. Parking in Hokkaido is not cheap at all. Hence, you should always try to find a hotel with free parking.
Free Private Hot Bath in the Hotel
Yes! You can book a slot at the front desk to enjoy a free private hot bath for one-hour right in the hotel! Slots are limited so you have to book earlier. We like our experience with the private bath in Noboribetsu so we were really elated that we were able to experience it again in another hotel.
Roe, Roe, Roe Your Rice
I was really amazed by their breakfast buffet. Other than free flow Ika, roe and Amaebi, there were also Miso soup, sushi, salad
Lucky Pierrot is Hakodate’s famous burger joint. There was one outlet that was very near to our hotel. On our first day in Hakodate, we decided to get our dinner fixed at one of the nearby chains.
We forgot what we ordered. Hah, but I remember I commented that it’s quite normal. The shop did have a
I don’t think you can get this outside of Hokkaido. So if you see it, do try it!
Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse
We spent the rest of our evening strolling along the harbor and visiting Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse. It’s located just a mere 10 minutes walk away from our hotel.
The Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse is one of the places you must visit when you are in Hakodate. It consists of 4 facilities, which are mostly converted into a commercial complex. You can find
Since we were craving for snacks, we decided to drop by Hakodate Beer Hall to continue our food venture. The place could get really crowded during dinner time. Do arrive earlier to get a table!
We strolled along the harbour at night. It was really cooling even though it was Summer. The night scene was really beautiful.
Don’t say I never share: This shop makes the best cheesecake I have ever eaten in my whole life. You know, the kind of cheesecake that really melt in your mouth.
We chanced upon this bakery when we were walking back to our hotel (thanks Google Map!) using a shortcut. It seems like there is another outlet near the brick houses but I’m not sure if it’s the same. Anyway, this was the outlet that we went:
There were three flavors: Original, Pumpkins and Caramel. The first two were really good while the caramel version was weird. They have a short shelf life so it’s impossible to bring it back to your country. In fact, the cheesecake almost melted a few hours after we took out from the fridge.
This concluded our first day in Hakodate. In the next post, we will share more on our adventure to Mt. Hakodate and Hakodate Morning Market!