Hakodate – Door to Hokkaido
So after our scrumptious crab meal in Sapporo we hopped onto the train to Hakodate.
What’s so special about Hakodate, why visit? It was the first post opened up to the foreign powers after Perry’s black ships arrived. It also used to be the biggest city in Hokkaido, before a fire leveled it. Oh, and the other reason we were there is because our trip guide/dictator had decided that we must most absolutely view this manifold treasure of Hokkaido (sorry, just watched the Best Exotic Merrygold Hotel and its rubbing off on me).
There were interesting methods of transport.
And interesting manhole covers.
And I do literally mean that.
Ok. I lie. This is not what people came to see. Although I do think that my photo is good enough to feature in somewhere like the Tate Modern. The blurb for this photo would read something like “the emulsion of light symbolizes how humanity spears open the dark skies in its pursuit of shadow” or something like that.
After looking at the view for a while, I got hungry. Then again, most things make me hungry. So we descended the hill (by cable car thank you very much. No more walking in the dark for the moment) and found a nice looking izakaya.
Then moving onto real food. Butter fried scallops. Mhmmm. I think I need to explain something at this point. Hokkaido has some of the freshest seafood in the world, as well as mutant crabs (see next post) which means I was busy stuffing my face as usual. No quiet eating this time.
Score for dinner 8/10. Simple but delicious!