Hakodate is a very small town as compared to Tokyo or Sapporo so most of the places are very near to one another. There are public trams available that will bring you to most of the tourist spots in the town (e.g. Hakodate station). We stayed in La Jolie Motomachi by WBF, which is walkable to all the places that we want to visit.
So on our second day in Hakodate, we visited Hakodate morning market and Mt. Hakodate. If you haven’t read about our first day in Hakodate, you can view it here!
Hakodate Morning Market
We rested a while after our amazing breakfast buffet before we took a 20-minutes walk to Hakodate Morning Market for the second round of feasting. You can also choose to take the local tram and alight at Hakodate station. The facility is supposed to be closed at 2 P.M so you have to be earlier in order to catch the freshest seafood in Hakodate.
We visited the place for Uni Murakami, the famous Uni restaurant in Hakodate. It was said to have the best and freshest Uni don (~3800 yen) in Hokkaido.
Unfortunately, the queue was so long that we decided to skip this opportunity. The opening hours of the restaurant are 9 AM – 2 PM and 5 PM – 9 PM. If you managed to have a bite, do comment in this post to let us know if it is really so good!
So anyway, we didn’t want to waste our trip to the market so we decided to settle down with a bunch of seafood. We chanced upon 稲場魚介苑 (Inaba store) near the entrance and decided to give it a try.
We ordered a bottle of hot sake, two oysters and a small BBQ-ed king snow crab to share. We couldn’t quite remember the price but it was definitely more than 8,000 yen (> 100 bucks). It’s totally worth it because you definitely can’t get this price in Singapore.
There are many other stores selling sushi, fresh sashimi, and sashimi don. It would be better to visit the place with an empty stomach. But really, we have no regret filling ours with the buffet breakfast.
After the visit to the morning market, we went back to the hotel and rest for a while before heading to Mt. Hakodate. If you have a car, we will strongly advise driving to the foot of the mountain especially if you have any elderly with you. The slope to the foot of the mountain was really steep and difficult to walk.
Before taking the ropeway, we visited the Shrine beside the entrance. We went to make our wish and Mickey took some pretty OOTD photos.
We took the ropeway to the top of the mountain. The lady at the front desk was telling us that we might not be able to see anything as it was very misty. I guessed we were pretty lucky that the mist went away when we took the ropeway up!
The ropeway can accommodate at least 20 people in a single trip. We were quite lucky because we were first in the queue (eh, not kiasu merely coincidence) so we managed to stand in the corner to catch the best view. Remember to stand at the tail of the ropeway if you want to get the best view for your camera!
There are gift shops and snack bars once you are at the top of the mountain. The prices are mostly fixed so you don’t have to worry about any price hike. We didn’t get any food from the snack bars but we bought ice-cream and a bottle of melon soda from the vending machines.
We went up to the rooftop to get the bird-eye view of the whole town. Many people were sitting at the stairs… waiting for something. It could be the Summer firework, which only happened at least an hour later.
We waited for about 30-minutes and decided to leave shortly after the temperature turned really low. After our private hot bath at the hotel, we saw the fireworks from our windows and went down again to enjoy the view with the locals.
We marked a few dinner places when we were planning for our itinerary. In the end, we decided not to follow so strictly. Here’s a map for your convenience!
This concluded our two nights in Hakodate. Next up, we would be driving to Lake Toya for another amazing night!