⚘ Hakodate is a city and port located in Oshima Subprefecture, Hokkaido, Japan. It is the capital city of Oshima Subprefecture.
⚘ Hakodate is Hokkaido’s third largest city, located at the island’s southern tip. Hakodate is best known for the spectacular views to be enjoyed from Mount Hakodate and its delicious, fresh seafood.❄
⚘ As one of the first Japanese harbor cities to be opened to international trade after the country’s era of isolation, Hakodate has experienced notable influence from overseas, and the foreign population’s former residential district and a Western style fort are among its main tourist attractions.
⚘ Hakodate used to be the most important port in northern Japan. Also, the city had been the biggest city in Hokkaido before the Great Hakodate Fire of 1934.❄
⚘ On March 21, 1934 a fire was started in a house located within the Sumiyoshi area. Over two days, burning debris fanned by strong winds, set fire to the surrounding areas including a local court, department store, school and hospital. According to official documents, 2,166 people lost their lives, with 9,485 injured, 145,500 people made homeless, and 11,055 buildings lost.
⚘ The city is overlooked by Mount Hakodate, a lumpy, forested mountain whose summit can be reached by cable car or hiking trail.❄
⚘ The night view from the summit is well renowned in Japan as one of the best in the country, and one of the top three in the world.
⚘ An obscure local nickname of the bumpy mountain is Gagyūzan (Mount Cow’s Back), referring to the way the mountain resembles a resting cow.❄
⚘ Hakodate Port was among the first Japanese ports to be opened to international trade towards the end of the Edo Period.
⚘ Several red brick warehouses from past trading days survive along the waterfront in the bay area of Hakodate, and have recently been redeveloped into an atmospheric shopping, dining and entertainment complex.❄
⚘ A wide range of trendy souvenir, fashion, interior and sweets shops awaits you.
⚘ Kanemori red brick warehouse is a huge complex. It also features a restaurant, a beer hall, a chapel for weddings and sightseeing cruises of the bay.❄
⚘ The first warehouse in the Hakodate area was found by Kumashiro Watanabe. He came to Hakodate from Nagasaki in 1863 when he was twenty-four years old.
⚘ In 1869, he founded the former Kanemori Haberdasher’s Shop,which now houses the Municipal History Museum,and the former Kanemori Ship Chandlery Shop,which sold imported products and ship chandlery.❄
⚘ Flourishing as a Port, the city has seen countless people and cultures come and go. Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse, the first commercial warehouse in Hakodate, has witnessed the history of the city through its warehousing business.
⚘ As one of the symbols of the Hakodate bay area that still reminds us much of the early days of the shipping industry.❄
⚘ Kumashiro Watanabe was known as one of the four heavenly kings of Hakodate. He started his warehouse business in Hakodate in 1887.
⚘ The present warehouse buildings were rebuilt in 1909.❄
⚘ Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse will continue to witness the history of Hakodate forever and offer every visitor a beautiful, unforgettable time.
⚘ The harbor of Hakodate was one of the first to be opened to foreign trade in 1854 after Japan’s era of isolation had come to an end. As a result, many traders from Russia, China and Western countries moved to Hakodate. Motomachi, at the foot of Mount Hakodate.❄
⚘ Eventually, Hakodate became a district favored among the new foreign residents.
⚘ Motomachi park is Old Hakodate’s City Hall. The former Goryokaku fort is now used in as a public park and is popular in Hokkaido for hanami (cherry blossom viewing).❄
⚘ Since April 2006, the park has also featured the tall, white Goryōkaku Tower. Resembling an air traffic control tower, the structure offers a panoramic view of the park, including mainland Japan across the Tsugaru Strait on clear days.
⚘ Many foreign looking buildings remain in the area today. Among the most famous are the Russian Orthodox Church, the Old British Consulate, the Chinese Memorial Hall, the prefectural government’s former branch office building and the old Hakodate Public Hall.❄
⚘ A morning market is held daily from 5am (from 6am during winter) to noon. Hakodate Asaichi is just nearby from JR Hakodate Station.
⚘ The market area spans about four city blocks.❄
⚘ Products on sale include various types of fresh seafood such as crabs, salmon eggs and sea urchin , as well as fresh produce such as melons.
⚘ Many restaurants can be found in the market area, offering fresh seafood breakfasts, such as specialties like uni-ikura domburi.❄
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